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Benefits Specialist

Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians

Arlington, Washington 98223
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Full Time
1st Shift
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  • Employee Relations
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Job Details

The Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians is seeking a Benefits Specialist to join our exciting Human Resources Team!

As the Benefit Lead the Benefits Specialist is responsible for administrating all benefit and retirement programs including billing and audits. Develop benefit procedures; work closely with benefit vendors and update employee benefits with minimal supervision and direction. Assist with employee relations.

Position Responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain a system of procedures to administer the employee group benefits program.
  • Maintain and monitor employee insurance program/policies including the renewals, bids, and claim problems.
  • Coordinate work flow and procedures between Employee Benefits and other departments.
  • Act as a liaison between all group benefit plan representatives and employee benefits.
  • Prepare and develop communication and educational materials regarding the benefits package for all the insured employees.
  • Maintain benefit records in Abila (HRIS) and compile reports from database as needed.
  • Plan, organize and direct the activities related to group health, dental, vision, life, disability and 401(k) plans.
  • Review and assure compliance with Federal, ACA, and Washington Statutes as it affects employee benefits.
  • Advise management on resolving benefits issues.
  • Research and analyze healthcare plans, including medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance.
  • Design a comprehensive benefits package to meet the needs of a changing workforce.
  • Evaluate the costs and value of offering perks such as wellness programs, and employee assistance programs.
  • Coordinate the acquisition of medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance coverage and benefit programs.
  • Build and maintain relationships with all group benefit plan vendors.
  • Monitor and review performance agreements with all benefit plan brokers and TPA’s.
  • Review and approve vendor invoices for payment, resolve disputes and report on fees and costs.
  • Meet priorities and deadlines.
  • Assist in Employee Relations matters as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Supervisory Responsibilities

No supervisory responsibilities.




Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.


The worker is frequently subject to inside environmental conditions, which provide protection from weather conditions, but not necessarily from temperature changes, and is subject to outside environmental conditions and to wet and/or humid conditions.   The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

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


  • Frequently involves sedentary work.
  • Occasionally involves light work: exerting up to 20 pounds of force and/or up to 10 pounds of force and/or negligible amount of force to move objects.
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • Constantly requires the ability to give and receive detailed information through verbal communication.
  • Constantly requires verbally expressing or exchanging ideas of important instructions accurately, loudly, or quickly.
  • Constantly requires working with fingers rather than the whole hand or arm.
  • Constantly requires repetitive movement of the wrists, hands and/or fingers.
  • Often requires walking or moving about to accomplish tasks.
  • Occasionally requires standing and/or sitting for sustained periods of time.
  • Occasionally requires ascending or descending stairs or ramps using feet and legs and/or hands and arms.
  • Occasionally requires raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally.
  • Occasionally requires stooping which entails the use of the lower extremities and back muscles. Infrequently requires crouching.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus.


Position Qualifications

  • Five years minimum experience as an HR Generalist with an emphasis in HR Benefits Administration.
  • B.A. degree or similar combination of education and experience.
  • Tribal Health Plan experience preferred
  • ACA reporting experience preferred.
  • Employee relations experience
  • Prior experience with an HRIS or Sage MIP/Abila program preferred.
  • Must successfully pass a background check and drug screen.
  • Must possess a current Washington State Driver’s License and be insurable under the Tribe’s vehicle insurance.




Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of principles and practices of human resources.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Strong computer skills.
  • Knowledge of in Indian Health Services (IHS) Purchased Referred Care (PRC) preferred.

The Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians offers competitive salaries, generous 401k plan, health, vision, dental, vacation, sick leave, several  paid holidays, and encourages and supports opportunities for growth!

Please submit your application and resume today! or email

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