Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Associate Retirement And Benefits Officer

Recruitment #180712-4731AR-001

Introduction

Located at 55 Elm St, Hartford, CT; Monday thru Friday; 40 Hours Per Week.   

Applicants are required to upload a cover letter with their submission.  (Note: In order to upload documents you must ensure that your internet browser's 'pop-up' blocker is off.  Failure to do so may prevent you from being able to upload documentation and submit your application.)  Questions about these required documents should be directed to the hiring agency's human resources office:  grace.soares@ct.gov, (860) 702-3322.

Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.  Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's License.

Selection Plan

In order to be considered for this job opening, you must be a current employee of the Office of the State Comptroller who has permanent state status, and meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening.  You must specify your qualifications on your application. 

All applicants must include a resume within the "Resume Tab" of their application. Candidates invited to interview will be required to submit their last two performance evaluations and last two years of attendance records.

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Grace Soares at Grace.Soares@ct.gov, (860) 702-3322.  

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In the Office of the State Comptroller, Retirement Services Division and Healthcare Policy and Benefit Services Division this class is accountable for acting as a working lead and/or performing the most complex tasks in the administration of various retirement and benefit plans and programs.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Manage existing 2500 members in Partnership Plan 1.0; Lead the administration of the CT Partnership Plan 1.0 and 2.0 including but not limited to attending statewide benefit fairs and conferences to promote the plan to municipal leaders, union leaders, and insurance brokers; Lead in monitoring and approving group applications including census review for risk assessment of partial group applications; Present the plan to large and small groups of municipal employees during the initial enrollment period;  Handle escalated issues regarding benefits, claims, premium billing, claims payment, and claim and cost reports for participating groups; Train and lead unit staff on CT Partnership Plan procedures and administration; Prioritize and delegate duties as needed; Manage the relationship between each Partnership Plan groups and the insurance carriers; Manage the financial aspects of the CT Partnership Plan by monitoring deposits and expenditures and to advise on the current and projected balances in the Partnership accounts; Present status updates monthly to the Healthcare Cost Containment Committee; Lead for ensuring contracts and renewal documents are executed in a timely manner; performs related duties as required.       

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Considerable knowledge of retirement and/or pension fund principles and practices with special reference to retirement and benefits administration; knowledge of personnel and payroll practices and procedures; knowledge of examining and researching principles and practices; considerable oral and written communication skills; interpersonal skills; considerable ability to prepare, analyze and evaluate employee benefit statements, other employee records and reports, and benefit claims and cost data; considerable ability to interpret and apply statutes, contracts and regulations; ability to utilize computer software; some supervisory ability.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Seven (7) years of experience in employee benefit and/or retirement administration.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE

One (1) year of the General Experience must have been at professional working level in the fields of accounts examining, human resources, payroll or related administrative functions.
Note: For State Employees this is interpreted at the level of Retirement and Benefits Officer, Accounts Examiner, Accountant, Payroll Officer 2, Retirement Research Counselor, Retirement Counselor, Payroll System Supervisor or Fiscal/Administrative Officer.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED

1. College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor’s degree.
2. A Master’s degree in business administration, accounting or a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) year of the General Experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

 • Knowledge of relevant agency policies and procedures regarding health benefit administration, including relevant CT statutes, CT Partnership Plan Operating Rules, and Partnership Plan contract requirements.

• Advanced financial knowledge including underwriting principles, accounting principles, and budget management.

• Ability to lead employees.

• Excellent interpersonal skills.

• Excellent oral and written communication skills.

• Strong analytical and problem solving skills.

Conclusion

AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.







The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.