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Senior Benefit Analyst
CO - Golden
Position Type
Hours Per Week
Working at NREL
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado is the nation's primary laboratory for research and development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.
From day one at NREL, you’ll connect with coworkers driven by the same mission to save the planet. By joining an organization that values a supportive, inclusive, and flexible work environment, you’ll have the opportunity to engage through our ten employee resource groups, numerous employee-driven clubs, and learning and professional development classes.
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Job Description
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (“NREL”) is seeking a senior Benefits Analyst. This position will oversee the administration of NREL’s benefit programs and will provide consultation and analysis to management on the strategic aspects of NREL’s benefit programs.
  • Plan and Execute Day-to-day administration of enrollment and eligibility for new hires, qualified life events and separations.
  • Review bi-weekly benefit eligibility feeds.
  • Retirement: Review and analyze various records and other information to accurately determine retirement benefits, withdrawals and rollovers, death benefits, refunds and other related information.
  • Maintains and leads close relationships with vendors.
  • Administer, lead and oversee COBRA administration.
  • Assist with reviewing and analyzing data around ACA.
  • Partners with HR, Payroll and Finance to assist with development of employee benefit programs, system set-up, reporting & audits, budget, along with annual IRS filings.
  • Expertise explaining employee benefits by conducting meetings; preparing written and graphic announcements and explanations; responding to requests.
  • Updates job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications; maintaining personal networks; participating in professional organizations.
  • Develops, conducts and participates in a variety of presentations to inform and educate management and employees about changes to benefit plans, administrative practices and legislated requirements and programs.
  • Interprets and reviews plan documents, plan descriptions and summaries.
  • Will assist Benefits Manager with benefit plan data gathering and analysis.
  • Supports and Participates in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) activities by seeking first to understand through active listening, soliciting feedback, valuing, and incorporating diverse perspectives, into the work and team environment.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Basic Qualifications
Relevant Bachelor's Degree and 9 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant Master's Degree and 7 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant PhD and 4 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant JD and 4 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Applies extensive technical expertise, and has full knowledge of other related disciplines. Contributes to the development of new concepts, techniques and standards. Considered internal subject matter expert. Extensive knowledge of laws, regulations, principles, procedures and practices related to specific field. Excellent leadership, project management and problem solving skills. Ability to use various computer software programs.
  • Must meet educational requirements prior to employment start date.
Additional Required Qualifications
  • Must have strong knowledge of benefit administration, to include medical, dental, vision, welfare plans and retirement administration.
  • Strong Ability to interpret organizations procedure, compensation guidelines and administrative regulations.
  • Experience with enrollment and eligibility, day-to-day customer service and state and federal compliance.
  • Experience communicating effectively orally and in writing.
  • Experience with written comprehensive and articulate reports on complex topics.
  • Experience developing and maintaining effective working relationships with employees.
  • Experience making effective presentations and to convey information in a clear, understandable manner.
  • Experience working independently and exercising reasonable judgment in decision making.
  • Experience managing multiple assignments within established deadlines.
  • Knowledge of standard office software including spreadsheet applications and word processing.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with Workday.
Job Application Submission Window
The anticipated closing window for application submission is up to 30 days and may be extended as needed.
Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week)
Job Profile: Professional IV / Annual Salary Range: $79,600 - $143,300
NREL takes into consideration a candidate’s education, training, and experience, expected quality and quantity of work, required travel (if any), external market and internal value, including seniority and merit systems, and internal pay alignment when determining the salary level for potential new employees. In compliance with the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, a potential new employee’s salary history will not be used in compensation decisions.
Benefits Summary
Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance; short*- and long-term disability insurance; pension benefits*; 403(b) Employee Savings Plan with employer match*; life and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance; personal time off (PTO) and sick leave; paid holidays; and tuition reimbursement*. NREL employees may be eligible for, but are not guaranteed, performance-, merit-, and achievement- based awards that include a monetary component. Some positions may be eligible for relocation expense reimbursement. Limited-term positions are not eligible for long-term disability or tuition reimbursement.
  • Based on eligibility rules
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NREL is committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace in accordance with the federal Drug-Free Workplace Act and complies with federal laws prohibiting the possession and use of illegal drugs. Under federal law, marijuana remains an illegal drug.
If you are offered employment at NREL, you must pass a pre-employment drug test prior to commencing employment. Unless prohibited by state or local law, the pre-employment drug test will include marijuana. If you test positive on the pre-employment drug test, your offer of employment may be withdrawn.
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Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any position at NREL you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.
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