Human Resources Benefits Partner, R20058

Human Resources Benefits Partner, R20058

Salary: Depends on Qualifications

Location: Bellevue WA, WA

Job Type: -Exempt

Division: Human Resources

Job Number: R20058

Job Status: Full-TimeNot Eligible for OvertimeNon-Represented

The Human Resource Benefits Partner provides coordination, advice, and consultation of medical/disability leave, such as reasonable accommodation, workers’ compensation, long term disability, employee exiting/onboarding, and employee death coordination. Provide specialized duties and guidance and consultation on any, some, or all of the following: benefits administration, interpretation and application of laws, rules, policies and procedures, program and policy development, or other functions relating to human resource management.

This position serves as a skilled, experienced, consultant performing professional, human resource duties. Responsible for prioritizing and coordinating issues within designated area of responsibility. Requires application of knowledge and expertise to make decisions on complicated issues often requiring proactive intervention. Responsible for resolving complex or difficult benefit issues. Plans and carries out work independently and with minimum supervision, utilizing knowledge of laws, policies and regulations.

Salary range begins at $69,000. Annual salary will be commensurate with candidate’s qualifications and related experience.

We offer comprehensive compensation package with salary and benefits as the main components. Generous benefits package is offered through Washington State plans that includes multiple medical, dental, life and disability coverage choices for employees and dependents; choices of retirement and deferred compensation plans; paid holidays, sick, and vacation plans; transit program, reduced tuition, employee discounts and memberships, etc.

For more details about Bellevue College’s excellent employee benefits, please visit Benefits section, next to Description section.

Bellevue College is a diverse student-centered, comprehensive and innovative college, committed to teaching excellence that advances the life-long educational development of its students while strengthening the economic, social and cultural life of its diverse community. Bellevue College is located just 10 miles east of Seattle where we serve a student population of over 44% students of color and over 1,100 international students. The college promotes student success by providing high-quality, flexible, accessible educational programs and services; advancing pluralism, inclusion and global awareness; and acting as a catalyst and collaborator for a vibrant region.

We strive to create a vibrant and inclusive campus community that supports a diverse student body, faculty and staff. As an essential part of our, diversity, equity and pluralism are promoted and fostered in all aspects of college life. By enriching student life through leadership opportunities, personal learning and cultural experiences, we are committed to building an inclusive and diverse campus community that fosters creativity, innovation and student success.

The Office of Human Resources is a dynamic and dedicated office that integrates strategic human resources management, pay and position administration, and process improvement to build and support a fully engaged, diverse workforce environment to meet the goals and mission of Bellevue College. Our staff strives to make Bellevue College the Employer of Choice by creating and fostering an environment which allows the College to attract, hire, and retain the best people.

Reasonable Accommodation

• Programmatic responsibilities for HR reasonable accommodation functions. Provide information, interpretation, advice and counsel to management and employees regarding reasonable accommodation. Primary lead for employee reasonable accommodation process including, coordinating College efforts to reasonably accommodate employees and applicants as required. Develop and maintain appropriate files, letters, statistical data and other documents regarding reasonable accommodation. Coordinate and collaborate with other departments and external entities as necessary to assist with facilitation of reasonable accommodation requests. Assist disability separated employees with training and return to work options as required by law.
• Provide expert consultation regarding rights and responsibilities to supervisors and employees. Responsible for the up-to-date case management of reasonable accommodation requests, from initial submission to full return to work.
• Develop, implement and continuously improve the College’s reasonable accommodation program services. Identify when College systems and practices may need to be modified in order administer reasonable accommodations correctly. Identify new initiatives and areas of opportunity to improve management of Benefits and proposing options.
• Monitor state and federal legislation that will impact reasonable accommodation, coordinating potential impact and program administration changes with VP-HR. Monitor and analyze trends/issues in reasonable accommodation and ADA compliance.
• Provide information, interpretation, advice and counsel to management and employees regarding extended medical leave as a reasonable accommodation, and long-term disability insurance.
• Collaborate and advise HR staff and employing departments regarding complex disability retirement cases.
• Serve as a subject matter expert when providing employees with Labor and Industries (L&I) claim, including disability retirement and/or separation.

Workers’ Compensation

• Provide oversight of the workers’ compensation program. Monitor all related reports, including the BC Incident Report and Labor and Industries (L&I) claim forms for BC employees and volunteers. Monitor the processing of all L&I claims and coordinate process with employee and applicable College departments. Monitor workers’ compensation payments and track and report loss of earnings to L&I. Coordinate with employee and department regarding return-to-work procedures. Conduct disability claims management and coordinate various disability and leave programs.
• Provide guidance to other HR staff regarding Labor and Industries (L&I) claim. Develops and maintains data bases, appropriate files, letters, statistical data and other documents. Coordinate and collaborate with other College departments as necessary to assist with facilitation of Labor and Industries (L&I) claim. Collaborate, counsel and advise departmental and HR staff and BC employees regarding Labor and Industries (L&I) claims and return-to-work processes.
• Serve as a subject matter expert when providing employees with Labor and Industries (L&I) claim, including disability retirement and/or separation.

Other Benefit Services Support

• Employee Exiting/Off-Boarding – Provide development, coordination and support of the BC Exiting /Off Boarding Program; review HRIS data to verify separation; prepare and send letters; analyze survey results; respond to inquiries.
• Employee Death Coordination – Provide development, coordination and support of employee death procedures and processes at Bellevue College. Work with department, administration, and employee family to ensure appropriate processes are followed. Monitor obituaries for potential deaths of employees, family members or retirees.
• Assist in the annual open enrollment for employees by assisting in the drafting of communications regarding the process, and scheduling and presenting informational meetings for employees regarding insurance changes in order that employees have the latest information with which to make decisions regarding their benefit packages. Monitor online enrollment to ensure that employees have complied with mandatory open enrollment and follow up with employees, if necessary.
• Provide backup to Benefit Specialist as needed.


• Organize and support special programs and projects. Monitor programs/projects as they relate to departmental goals. Collaborate on various project problem solving; research issues and special problems, and recommend solutions. Researches information, compiles statistics, gathers, and computes and analyzes various data; prepares special reports, summaries or replies to inquiries. Research and help implement “best practices”. Research and prepare background information for presentations, articles and publications; obtains and provides specific information, researches various issues, special problems, recommends solutions, coordinates and assists with policy matters.
• Develop and provide formal training in areas of expertise. Maintain knowledge on current developments and practices in human resources. Provide backup to HR staff as needed. Perform other duties as assigned.


• Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management, Business Administration, Public Administration, Behavioral Science or closely related field. Any combination of relevant education and/or experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis.
• Three (3) years of progressively responsible professional-level human resource experience.


• Demonstrated experience in reasonable accommodations, worker’s compensation, and/or benefits administration.
• Demonstrated effective interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.
• Demonstrated experience interpreting and applying laws, rules, policies and procedures.
• Demonstrated proficiency in the use of computers and software applications.
• Demonstrated success in fostering internal and external community relationships
• Demonstrated commitment to pluralism with the ability to advocate for it on campus and work as a team member on a campus committed to inclusion.
• Flexibility of schedule and willingness to work select evenings and/or weekends.


• Demonstrated ability to successfully prepare and present policy interpretations and investigation findings and conclusions.
• Demonstrated ability to interprete or apply labor laws, collective bargaining agreements and contracts.
• Professional certification from a recognized human resource/personnel association.
• Human Resource experience in a higher education setting.

Applications received by 07/28/2020 will be given full consideration. Applications received after that date may be considered until the position is filled. This position is not eligible for relocation allowance.

Background Check:
Prior to start of employment, a background check will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment, but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the position.

How to Apply:
Click on the word Apply at the top right corner of the job announcement.

Individuals interested in this position are encouraged to apply. Your application must include a complete online application and all of the required documents below to be considered complete. Any application that does not provide all requested information will be considered incomplete and will not be screened for the position.

• Complete an online application (note that stating “See Resume” on any section of the online Application will be deemed incomplete)
• Attach a Resume
• Attach a Diversity Statement that addresses the following: Please provide specific examples of how your educational and/or professional experiences, background or philosophy demonstrate your commitment to diversity and equity, and how these prepare you to contribute to Bellevue College (min 1 pg, max 2 pgs)

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Bellevue College is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing equal opportunity and nondiscrimination to applicants and employees without regard to race or ethnicity; creed; color; national origin; sex; marital status; sexual orientation; age; religion; genetic information; the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability; or whether a disabled or Vietnam-era veteran. Please see policy 4100 at Applicants with disabilities who require assistance with the recruitment process may contact or 425-564-2271. The following people have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Title IX Coordinator, 425-564- 2641, Office C227, and EEOC/504 Compliance Officer, 425-564- 2178, Office R130.

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