Oregon Health & Science University

Benefits Specialist

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Human Resources
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
Unclassified Administrative
HR Service Center Benefits
Salary Range
Commensurate with qualifications, experience and internal equity
HR Mission
Central Services
Drug Testable

Function/Duties of Position

The Benefits Specialist Position is responsible for a variety of benefits-related tasks such as responding to employee inquiries via email and phone and processing benefits changes.  Benefits Specialists are expected to assist on complex questions; process changes to employee benefits; take ownership of processes, complete audits, create content for communication, and assist with annual activities, such as Open Enrollment.

  • Assign and respond to employee inquiries in the Benefits general email inbox; answer the Benefits general phone line; respond to requests and questions from employees and managers; assist with complex emails and phone calls; present to employees at New Hire Orientation and other sessions; draft letters as requested by employees regarding coverage; own, maintain, and generate content for the Benefits intranet site; conduct mail merges for mass communication; assist with communication campaigns.
  • Process benefit corrections and retroactive adjustments; troubleshoot employee issues with vendors; complete urgent adds; process variety of court-ordered insurance items; conduct weekly, bi-weekly and monthly audits.
  • Complete process improvement projects that arise; act as subject matter expert for designated pieces of the benefits offering; assist with implementation of new vendors and processes.
  • Other Duties As Assigned: projects will be assigned to Benefits Specialists in specific areas to enhance their knowledge of OHSU benefits programs; all Benefits team members conduct some administrative duties including scanning and mail-sorting. 

Required Qualifications

  • High school diploma or GED. 
  • 2 years of Benefits experience or 1 year of OHSU specific Benefits experience. 
  • MS Office Suite skills, including intermediate Excel skills. Customer service skills- sensitivity to employees with diverse needs and circumstances. Resiliency- ability to work in a fast-paced environment and manage through customer service situations that can be emotional. 
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree.
  • Experience in an HR department.
  • Knowledge of Oracle, Knowledge of OnBase, Webpage maintenance.

All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu.

As an organization devoted to the health and well-being of people in Oregon and beyond, OHSU requires its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


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