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Employee Benefits Specialist III

Recruitment #21-004822-0008

Introduction

The Employee Benefits Division of the Department of Budget and Management, a State agency, has a regular full-time position available for an Employee Benefits Specialist III.

GRADE

15

LOCATION OF POSITION

301 W. Preston Street, Room 510 Baltimore, MD. 21201

POSITION DUTIES

An Employee Benefits Specialist III is the intermediate level in professional HR work with a focus on Employee Benefits. The incumbent will perform specialized enrollment, claims issue resolution and counseling work related to the application and interpretation of laws, rules, regulations and policies governing the State of Maryland’s Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program (the Program).

Reviews, processes or rejects benefits events in the Statewide Personnel System (Workday) and conducts appropriate research to address benefits eligibility questions in accordance with benefits policy; Exercising tact and diplomacy both within the Employee Benefits Division and when working with our Members.

At times may handle telephone inquiries in a high-volume call center, customer-oriented environment; Learn the SPS Help Desk ticketing system (Mojo); monitor for assigned tickets, enter tickets, review tickets, research issues as needed, and resolve problems to close out the ticket. 

Performs a variety of report-related tasks, including vendor error reports, age reports, evidence of insurability reports, EGWP/PDP reports, etc. Works extensively in Microsoft Excel and or Google Sheets analyzing and processing member and vendor data and takes corrective action when necessary. 

Research participant records using computer databases, other agency and control agency information systems and identifies discrepancies in the payment of deductions resulting from events such as agency transfer or military active duty;

Performs other related duties

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education:   A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Two years of experience responding to inquiries, calculating program eligibility, counseling and advising persons concerning health benefits.

Notes:

1. Candidates may substitute additional experience, on a year-for-year basis, for the required education.

2. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Business Management, Business Administration, Human Resources or Public Administration for the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in Human Resources classifications or Human Resources specialty codes if the work includes benefits-related experience on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.

SELECTIVE QUALIFICATIONS

One year experience analyzing report data relevant to a Health and Welfare Benefits program, writing summaries and synthesizing data from various sources into documents that can be used for higher level decision making.

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Strong preference will be given to the following:

Previous HR Generalist experience or certification Benefit administration experience Working knowledge of HRIS software. 

Examples would include Workday, Peoplesoft, or Oracle. 

Previous experience with a help desk ticketing system Experience with applications like MS Office and Google Mail Services

Prior customer service experience with a high volume of calls or call center experience.

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

1. Employees in this classification are required to obtain certification in State Personnel Management System policies and procedures and in the functionality of the Statewide Personnel System from the Office of Personnel Services and Benefits, DBM within six months from the time of the appointment to the position. Employees also are required to obtain recertification every six months thereafter.

2. Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties may be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.  

SELECTION PROCESS

Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment. All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date. Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year.

EXAMINATION PROCESS

The assessment may consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of the position. It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all experience and education that is related to this position.

For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service must be provided prior to hire.

BENEFITS

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

Online applications are highly recommended.

However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application and supplemental questionnaire may be submitted to: 

Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division, 
301 W. Preston St. 
Baltimore, MD 21201. 

Paper application materials must be received in our office by the closing date for the recruitment. No postmarks will be accepted.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the DBM Recruitment and Examination Division at Application.Help@maryland.gov or 410-767-4850, MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258.  

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruitment, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.