Human Resource Associate/Benefits Specialist

Working Title: Benefits Specialist

Office of Human Resources


  1. Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Administration, Management, Organizational Administration, Public Administration, Labor Relations, Business Administration or a field closely related to the position.
  2. Two (2) years (24 months) of work experience performing professional-level human resources duties.

Specialty Factor: Demonstrated experience  analyzing and explaining benefits related rules, policies, and procedures, consistent with Federal and State law, rules, and/or regulations affecting public human resource administration as well as administering moderately complex human resource principles, such as recruitment, selection, training, and employee relations.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  1. Must possess high degree of emotional intelligence, capable of remaining calm and professional while experiencing/observing angry or emotional outbursts.
  2. Ability to exercise professional judgment on a consistent basis.
  3. Ability to work with ambiguity and effectively manage multiple priorities on a daily basis.
  4. Must possess strong oral and written communication skills.
  5. Must possess the ability to organize, analyze and interpret data with strong attention to detail.
  6. Must possess the ability to use Microsoft Office Outlook, Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of university or public labor organization contracts.
  • Experience in higher education human resources.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

  1. Effectively communicate on a daily basis
  2. Remain at a workstation for extended periods
  3. Move about in various locations across campus as needed to complete day-to-day work

The position requires a background check.


The function of this position is to administer employee benefits for a campus community in excess of 1,200 status and non-status employees. The incumbent in this position requires a high level of expertise in the campus HR benefits program, which includes but not limited to: all leaves of absence, including Military, Disability and Family Medical Leave (FML), retirements, orientation of new staff, benefit maintenance in Banner, CMS, SURS, and Ariel (Morneau Sheppell). Develops and implements policies and procedures related to the benefits functional areas. Authorizes and tracks new hires and retirees, ensuring compliance with SURS participant provisions as well as annuitant rules regarding the employment of retirees. Ensures compliance with the Affordable Care Act. Manages benefits data and adheres to stringent time frames during initial election of benefits, open enrollment, and life change events. Manages employee information regarding Family Medical Leave in Banner for tracking hours and approval. Position will require travel.


$60,000 per year


Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Hours may vary depending on departmental needs)



To apply:

In order to be considered for employment by Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU), you must submit the following:

Above you can download and print a copy of the Employment Application and Statement of Annuitant Form. You must complete, sign and date the application and annuitant form and submit them along with official transcripts, resume and cover letter to cs-employment@neiu.edu by the application deadline. A new application and annuitant form are required for each position applied.

If you have any questions, please email us at CS-Employment@neiu.edu. Please visit the State of Illinois University Civil Service website for general information. NEIU Employment Services reserves the right not to consider any application on the basis of incomplete information/documents, delay in submission, and disqualifications under the rules of State Universities Civil Service System. Employment Services, however, assures that your application will be duly reviewed on the basis of the classification(s) in which you qualify and, accordingly, will inform you of their decision.

Application Deadline:
A current application, affirmative action form, statement of annuitant status form, official transcript(s), resume and cover letter must be submitted by the close of business 07/29/21.

Northeastern Illinois University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and invites applications from Women, Minorities, Veterans and Persons with Disabilities, as well as Other Qualified Individuals. Northeastern Illinois University positions are contingent upon the University's receipt of its State of Illinois appropriation.