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Benefits Specialist Senior

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Employers By State in 2021.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Posted Job Title
Benefits Specialist Senior

Job Profile Title
Benefits Specialist Senior

Job Description Summary
The Benefits Specialist Senior will have responsibility for FMLA, Paid Parental leave and FMLA. The position will have responsibility for compliance, problem resolution, policy interpretation and payroll processing for STD recipients.

Job Description

People are our highest priority at Penn. Without the help of talented faculty and staff, it would be impossible to carry out the mission of this University. That's why Human Resources strives to provide you with all the resources you need to excel personally and professionally. Whether you're looking to enhance your skills, explore your academic interests, build your retirement savings, or develop a healthy lifestyle, we can help.

Human Resources also encourages the University to welcome and support diversity in the workforce. A diverse and open campus maximizes our talent pool, inspires creative thinking, and encourages a culture in which different views are appreciated and respected.Our focus is on the people at Penn-over 25,000 strong-who make us the largest private employer in the Philadelphia region. To learn more about the Division of Human Resources visit: https://www.hr.upenn.edu/

As part of the Division of Human Resources, the Benefits Specialist Senior will manage all components of FMLA, STD and Paid Parental Leave which includes all aspects of compliance, problem resolution, policy interpretation and payroll processing for STD recipients. Review documentation to ensure that the University remains compliant with federal regulations. Position requires extensive knowledge of Penn policies and federal regulations, strong judgment, research, and decision-making skills as well as the ability to interact with all levels of management. Incumbent will be responsible for providing direction to HR affiliates and University staff.

Specific Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Manage and administer all components of FMLA, STD and Paid Parental Leave Plans, including the collection and review of all applicable forms and letters


  • Analyze impact of changes in legislation on benefit plans and implement, as necessary, for FML, STD and PPL and notify appropriate personnel of recommended strategic direction


  • Manage database and employee files to maintain compliance and confidentiality


  • Train managers and business administrators on FML, STD and PPL processing


  • Process payroll for STD and monitor payments for accuracy


  • Explain and interpret FMLA regulations and University policies to managers, supervisors, business administrators and employees


We are seeking someone with:

  • Bachelor's degree and 3 -5 years experience in HR or a benefits related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • Experience in the administration of FMLA and STD strongly preferred.


  • Ability to work independently, be detail-oriented, possess excellent communication skills (both written and verbal)


  • Strong interpersonal skills and strong computer skills, including experience with Microsoft applications.


Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Human Resources

Pay Range
$42,953.00 - $77,315.00

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits

  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.




To learn more, please visit: https://www.hr.upenn.edu/PennHR/benefits-pay

To apply, visit https://wd1.myworkdaysite.com/en-US/recruiting/upenn/careers-at-penn/job/Franklin-Building/Benefits-Specialist-Senior_JR00041158-2

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