Position Title:Human Resources Specialist
Date Posted: July 2, 2021
Job Location: Kenosha
Company Name: County of Kenosha
Contact: Clara-lin Tappa
1010 56th Street
Kenosha, WI 53140
(262) 653-2800

Are you a detail oriented, organized individual who enjoys working with people? Do you have a knack for understanding complicated topics like health insurance and explaining them to someone else so they can understand? Do you have a strong administrative background? If so, this job opportunity may be perfect for you! Our team is committed to serving the employees of Kenosha County.  If you want to be part of our great team, you need to be willing to roll up your sleeves and help get the job done, whatever HR job that may be.
The Human Resources Specialist provides administrative support in all areas of HR with a specialty in benefits.  The Specialist is a member of the HR team who works with employees, retirees, and vendors to ensure smooth benefits administration and HR services. 
  • Understand all benefits plans and communicate professionally and clearly with a variety of audiences.
  • Oversee and coordinate the wellness program.
  • Handle benefit inquiries and concerns working with active employees, retirees, vendors and insurance consultants.
  • Process COBRA events and ensure compliance with COBRA and other federal regulations.
  • Oversee Flexible Spending Account administration.
  • Process annual notice distribution and open enrollment materials.
  • Coordinate open enrollment activities and participate in meetings.
  • Work with the benefit carriers and our payroll system vendor to send enrollment data electronically and ensure successful processing.
  • Reconcile/process monthly and annual reconciliations of benefit plan census/billings. 
  • Oversee the recruitment process for exempt job vacancies including scheduling testing and interviews, application processing and coordination with the hiring teams.
  • Update and maintain HR external webpage and intranet content.
  • Process 1095 C forms and coordinate ACA reporting and monitoring.
  • Process paperwork for new hires to ensure all forms are completed timely.
  • Prepare ID badges for building access.
  • Prepare journal entries and process payments for various benefits-related vendor invoices.
  • Assist with events and meetings.
  • Manage paper and laser fiche files.
  • Perform other work as required or assigned.
Education and Experience
  • Associate’s degree in HR, business or related field; and
  • Experience in a professional office setting; or
  • Any combination of education, training, and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Education and Experience
  • Bachelor's degree in HR, business or related field 
  • Benefits administration and HRIS experience (Ceridian preferred)
  • Human Resources experience with public sector employer
Licenses or Certifications
  • SHRM-CP, PHR or IPMA-CP certification
Other Job Requirements
  • Valid driver’s license and access to an insured vehicle for use in the performance of the job
Knowledge of:
  • Health care plan regulations, practices, and benefits terminology.
  • Knowledge of the Wisconsin Retirement System.
  • Modern office practices, procedures, and equipment.
Skill in:
  • Performing business math and calculations related to benefit premiums.
  • Microsoft Office Suite applications.
  • Performing a variety of duties, often changing from one task to another of a different nature.
  • Handling multiple procedural processes simultaneously.
  • Providing quality customer service to customers in a timely manner.
  • Using office equipment, including computer, calculator, scanner, phone, and fax machine.
  • Using financial ERP software.
  • Verbal and written communication.
  • Typing and data entry.
  • Time management.
Ability to:
  • Maintain confidential information.
  • Communicate effectively with staff, officials, and the public and foster good working relationships.
  • Compile, analyze, and assemble data and information in a meaningful and effective manner.
  • Devise methods and procedures for handling unusual or complex situations and assignments.
  • Maintain accuracy.
  • Remain professional and courteous at all times.
  • Work independently and without direct supervision.
  • Prepare, comprehend, and interpret a variety of documents including plan documents, invoices, census reports, policy manuals, benefit summaries, correspondence, etc.
  • Plan, organize, and prioritize multiple work assignments and projects.
  • Organize self and office in order to meet schedules and deadlines of the work.
  • Follow oral and written instructions.
  • Concentrate on moderate and/or fine detail with frequent interruptions.
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. 

  • The position involves sitting and computer/phone work for long periods of time and light physical demands, such as exerting up to 25 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force to move objects.
  • Physical agility to assist with set up and take down and facilitating various events both on and off site.
The work environment and exposures 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.
This role will frequently or often work in an office or similar indoor environment.  Incumbent will sometimes or occasionally work in the following environments: outdoors and in the community.
This role will sometimes or occasionally be exposed to individuals who are rude or irate.
  • Application Review - Qualifying.
  • Oral Interview - Qualifying.
  • Background Check - Qualifying.
  • Pre-Employment Drug Screen - Qualifying.
If you require accommodations at any point in the selection process because of a disability, please notify Human Resources in advance for arrangements. 
  • Full time, generally 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday.
  • May occasionally work evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Kenosha County is a Wisconsin Retirement System participating employer.  Your participation is required, which includes an employee contribution.  To learn about Kenosha County’s benefits, please visit: https://www.kenoshacounty.org/DocumentCenter/View/11781/2021-BENEFITS-SUMMARY
To learn more about the Kenosha County Human Resources Division, please visit: 
To apply, please visit:  www.kenoshacounty.org/jobs
Applications must be submitted no later than Friday, July 16, 2021

Thank you for your interest in employment with
Kenosha County! 

Kenosha County is an affirmative action,
equal opportunity employer.

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