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Benefits and Insurance Specialist

Western Farmers Electric Cooperative

Anadarko, Oklahoma 73005
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WFEC is a generation and transmission (G&T) cooperative that provides essential electric service to 21 member cooperatives, Altus Air Force Base, and other power users. These members are located primarily in Oklahoma and New Mexico, with some service territories extending into portions of Texas and Kansas. Now in its 75th year of operation, WFEC has six generating facilities, located at Mooreland, Anadarko and Hugo, OK, and Lovington, NM, with a total power capacity of more than 1,850 MW, including hydropower allocation and other contract power purchases. WFEC owns and maintains more than 3,700 miles of transmission line to some 280 substations and 59 switch stations. For more information, visit

Applications will be accepted until September 8, 2017 Apply on-line at

Salary:  $68,918 - $106,893

SUMMARY: Under the general supervision of the Manager, Human Resources & Resource Planning, the Benefits and Insurance Specialist administers benefits programs, employee retirement plans, property, liability, fiduciary, workers compensation and surety insurance; implements communication strategies regarding benefits and insurance; maintains files and electronic records; provides guidance on insurance-related questions or issues. Recommends appropriate techniques, programs and policies to minimize financial and physical loss for Western Farmers Electric Cooperative (WFEC).

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Include the following; other duties may be assigned.

Benefits related items:

Plans, implements, administers, and budgets employee benefit plans including medical insurance, dental insurance, employee and dependent life insurance, short and long-term disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, health savings accounts, and other insurance benefit programs. Serves as a key benefits resource to employees, dependents and retirees by answering questions, providing benefits-related information, performing enrollments and communicating plan goals, changes, updates and additions. Ensures accuracy of received benefit invoices and existing self-billed benefit spreadsheets. Responsible for tracking timelines, payments and communications related to participant benefits eligibility. Some examples include: Family Medical Leave Absences, COBRA, retiree billing/invoicing, and Workers Compensation. Responsible for administering the WFEC Wellness Program, including awards, employee reimbursements and wellness fairs. Plans, organizes and presents the annual open benefits enrollment, including employee meetings, the online benefits selection process and the implementation of changes.

Responsible for accurate and timely filing of regulatory reports, such as Form 5500s, FAS 106, FAS 110, reporting for the Affordable Care Act, calculations and wage and benefit calculations for FEMA. Responsible for the setup, testing, operation, and maintenance of the Benefits Administration module of PeopleSoft HR and all self-service functions related to benefits.

Property & Casualty Insurance related items:

Recommends appropriate techniques, programs and policies to minimize loss, such as avoidance, loss prevention and reduction, retention, grouping of exposure units, and transfer. Coordinates the Cooperative's insurance programs in the general areas of property, liability, fiduciary, workers compensation and surety insurance. Prepares applications for coverage including the coordination and submittal of all supporting documents to appropriately inform broker and underwriters of all known risks and related coverage requirements. Assists in placing insurance while working to maximize coverage and minimize cost by ensuring that underwriters have a clear understanding of the nature of the Cooperative's business, the inherent risks, and the Cooperative's risk management efforts. Assists with the preparation of the Cooperative's written response to loss control reports resulting from the inspections and ensuring follow-up on WFEC's commitments as a result of such insurance inspections. Keeps Manager informed on critical risk management issues. Coordinates claims and service providers, professionally and effectively manages and resolves third party claims while maintaining positive relationships with WFEC's member owners, their consumers, and the public. Proper claims administration will be required to assure timely and economic recovery under the policy terms.

Items common to both areas:

Creates presentations using PowerPoint, or similar program, to communicate benefits and insurance-related information to employees, external parties, or at Committee and Board meetings. Contributes knowledge of prevailing practices, emerging types of plan/coverage design and customary structure to improve the effectiveness of plans. Conducts research to stay abreast of changes and developments in laws and regulations, and suggests changes as necessary to ensure compliance. Implements and maintains effective processes for efficient organization, storage and retrieval of related records.


QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the education, experience, knowledge, skills, abilities and behaviors required of this position.

Education and Experience: A Bachelor's Degree in Human Resources or a related field and five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in benefits administration or property and casualty programs is required; directly related experience may be substituted for education at the rate of two (2) years of experience for one (1) year of education.

Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations; ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedures; ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups, managers, employees, and outside professionals.

Math Skills: Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions or numerical information including fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions in practical situations.

Reasoning Ability: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of data and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Computer Skills: Ability to use a personal computer and Microsoft Office software including Excel (expert level skills), Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook is required; experience using PeopleSoft HR, Payroll, or Time and Labor or a human resource information system or automated pay administration system is required.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: This position requires a current driver's license; professional benefits and/or insurance certifications are preferred.

WORK SCHEDULE REQUIREMENTS: May be asked to work additional hours to meet deadlines; may be required to travel on short notice; travel required less than 10% of the time.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus. Vision and hearing, normal or corrected to normal, are also necessary.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The characteristics of the work environment described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The work is performed in a typical office environment; the noise level is usually low.








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