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Human Resources and Benefits Manager

Koniag, Inc.

Anchorage, Alaska 99503
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Full Time
1st Shift
  • HR Generalist
  • Benefits
  • Employee Relations
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Job Details

Koniag, Inc. is one of 13 regional Native corporations established by Congress in 1971 under the terms of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA). ANCSA settled the aboriginal land claims of Alaska Native people by conveying land and seed capital to Native for-profit corporations representing various geographic regions of the state. Koniag's original share of the ANCSA settlement was $23 million, 800 acres of land and the subsurface estate of approximately 900,000 acres. Koniag was incorporated on June 23, 1972, to manage the land and financial assets on behalf of the corporation's approximately 3,400 Alutiiq shareholders who originated from the Kodiak Archipelago. The corporation's headquarter office is located in Kodiak, Alaska with an office in Anchorage, Alaska. Through gifting and inheritance of shares, the number of shareholders has grown to approximately 3,800 today and there are about 1,200 descendants currently registered in Koniag's database. Our Alutiiq people have a rich culture and heritage, and the Kodiak Archipelago Region has a unique geography that cannot be found anywhere else. The Koniag Board of Directors is dedicated to preserving the culture and land for future generations by keeping our businesses profitable to provide benefits such as dividends, education/employment opportunities, and a source for culture information to current and future shareholders.



Job Summary:

The HR and Benefits Manager is a functional partner to the business leadership of KI and KWA.   This role will support the management team by providing human resource services such as HR consultancy, benefits management, policy development, program development and implementation pertaining to employment, compensation, benefits, performance management, employee relations, and recruiting/retention, and to ensure compliance with all federal, state and local laws. This position will be a member of the Corporate HR management team working in collaboration with HR Specialists to help drive corporate strategic projects in support of subsidiaries and overall business plans.



Essential Functions include, but are not limited to: (Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.)

  • Collaborate with subsidiary HR leaders on the development and execution of all HR initiatives and strategies; including policies, organizational/individual development, talent management, staffing, employee relations and compensation.

  • Provide comprehensive, compliance and benefit advisory services to executive management, subsidiary leadership and HR Operations that focus on:

    • HIPAA compliance, privacy and data protection.

  • Collaborate to develop and maintain policies, procedures and practices to promote risk awareness and a compliant environment.

  • Develop and maintain metrics reflecting status of work in areas of Benefits and HR.

  • Strategic planner partnering with executive management team, Board and benefits committees and external vendors i.e. benefits broker/consultant, outside legal counsel, retirement plan advisors on development of employee benefit programs that meet the objectives of cost management and retention/recruiting.

  • Oversee the administration of all benefit and 401(k) retirement plans including open enrollment, systems requirements, management of reporting of renewal and results, compliance reporting, audits, regulatory filings and communications.

  • Manage executive benefits plans to include executive life insurance and legacy SERP and NQDC plans.

  • Hold the position as secretary for internal Welfare Plan Committee and Retirement Plan Committee, managing agendas, content and minutes of each meeting.
  • Fully participate in the design of the human resources plan supporting the business agenda and contribute to the development of the business/functional strategy and annual plan. Lead the execution of the HR plan for respective business sector.

  • Work as an integrated team member with all other distinct functions of HR within the organization.

  • Lead change management and process improvement efforts for the organization pertaining to HR functions and service.

  • Provide advice and guidance to business leadership on HR policies and practices – identifying and pre-empting potential issues.

  • Support leadership in improving enhanced quality communications with employees on business changes or HR policy or practices changes.

  • Lead communication efforts for HR that requires distinctive networking with business partners and employees. Collaborate and leverage centralized communications, tools and products wherever practical.

    • Be a catalyst for manager and employee self-help when it comes to HR employee information, transactions and benefit plan management.

    • Manage compliance with AAP, EEO-1, Vets-100 and other regulatory requirements including maintaining and preparing records, reports, and logs.

    • Partner with managers to provide models and recommendations for recruiting, staffing, performance management including performance improvement plans, reward and salary management, employee relations and employee development.

    • Implement and provide training to supervisors as needed, in alignment with overall business strategies.

    • Recruiting, new hire orientation, onboarding including I-9 verifications, Background Checks, e-Verify and payroll documentation.

    • Conduct and/or manage internal investigations including reporting results.

  • Maintain Personnel Files and HRIS.

  • Administer FMLA and Disability Leaves.

  • Other duties as assigned.


Knowledge, Skills & Ability:

  • Bachelor’s degree and minimal PHR/SHRM-CP certification required; Graduate degree and/or SPHR/SHRM-SCP certification preferred.

  • A minimum of 10 years of HR Generalist and benefit plan experience, with at least 7 years at the management level; minimum of 3-4 years w/supervisory experience.

  • Must have excellent written/verbal communication skills and strong interpersonal/organizational skills.

  • Knowledgeable with Benefits, Operational HR, Compliance and interface with other internal departments (i.e. payroll, IT, accounting/finance).

  • Strategic thinker with ability to view projects and processes with “big picture” view.

  • Ability to work under pressure, handle multiple tasks with multiple functions.

  • Demonstrated positive experience working with brokers/consultants, vendors, outside counsel.

  • Demonstrated process improvement and cost savings initiatives.

  • A motivated self-starter who can project and anticipate future organizational needs.

  • Must be able to work independently and have ability to interact effectively with staff and senior management.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and expertise with HRIS systems and integration with all other functions systems, i.e. payroll, accounting, IT.

  • Ability to work independently; yet driving collaboration and teamwork through business partnership and HR functional networking.

  • Demonstrated track record to influence, coach and lead senior management and employees at all levels.

  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.

  • Manual dexterity to operate computer keyboard and standard office equipment. 

  • Ability to work more than a 40-hour week if necessary.
  • Ability to sit and review information on a computer screen for long periods of time (up to 10 hours a day with lunch and breaks).
  • Must be able to withstand repetitive motion up to 10 hours a day with lunch and breaks.


Office Location and Travel:

This position is located in Anchorage, AK.

Periodic travel to corporate offices in Alaska, Virginia and Michigan may be required.


Working Environment & Conditions

This position is primarily indoors, consistent with a standard office position and has a noise level of mostly low to moderate. The incumbent is required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear. The work load may require the incumbent to sit for extended periods of time. The incumbent must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 lbs. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.




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