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Posted 11/1/2021

Job Title:

Senior Benefits Specialist


Human Resources


Archbishop Quigley Center
835 N. Rush St.
Chicago, IL 60611-2030


Full time


The Archdiocese of Chicago (AoC) is the third largest diocese in the United States and serves more than 2.2 million Catholics in 347 parishes in Cook and Lake Counties. The Archdiocese, pastored by Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, has more than 15,000 employees across its ministries, including Catholic Charities, the region’s largest nonprofit social service agency. The Archdiocese also has one of the country’s largest seminaries. The Archdiocese’s 217 elementary and secondary schools comprise one of the largest U.S. private school systems.

Position Summary

Under general direction of the Director of Compensation and Benefits, the Senior Benefits Specialist implements, administers, maintains, and communicates benefit programs, policies, and procedures. Reviews and recommends benefits programs that are attractive to employees, comply with legal requirements, and are cost effective. Benefit programs include 403(b), retirement, leave programs, medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short- and long-term disability.

Essential Responsibilities

· Primary contact for plan vendors and third-party administrators in relation to employee benefit, claim, enrollment, and eligibility issues.

· Monitor and verify compliance with applicable Federal and state regulations, including ACA, FMLA, ADA. Ensure timeliness and accuracy of required reporting.

· Reviews benefit enrollment data and premiums for accuracy in HRIS and benefit enrollment systems.

  • Manages the open enrollment process with vendors and HR Operations Team.
  • Under guidance of director works with
  • Respond to escalated benefits and 403(b) inquiries from HR Operations Team or management, regarding plan provisions, benefits enrollments, status changes, and other inquiries.
  • Effectively administer PPL, FMLA, and ADA, reviewing and approving applications and other related leaves of absences/disabilities.

· Monitor benefits billings against the benefits budget.

· Review/update benefits communication material.

  • Prepare and conduct benefit education programs for employees and management staff.
  • Other duties as assigned.




Required Knowledge, Skills, and Experience

  • Thorough working knowledge of employee benefits and applicable federal and state regulations including the ACA, ERISA, COBRA, FMLA, ADA, Section 125, workers' compensation and DOL requirements.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Strong skills in Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, and Power Point as well as HRIS.

Required Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in HR or related field, however, experience and/or other training/certification may be substituted for the education.
  • Five or more years of employee benefits administration experience.
  • SHRM-CP or CEBS professional designation preferred.

The Archdiocese of Chicago is in the midst of exciting changes as we renew our local Church. With a variety of opportunities to contribute your professional talents and experience, we invite you to consider any of our current openings at We offer competitive salary and benefit packages, as well as opportunities for professional and personal growth and development.

If you are interested in being considered for this opening, please visit the list of open positions on AppliTrack. Please complete a letter of interest, a profile, or submit your resume.

Thank you for your interest in the Archdiocese of Chicago.

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