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TITLE:
                    Benefits Analyst
REPORTS TO:        Chief Benefits Officer
CLASS:                    Exempt

Salary range: $62,421 to $80,688
CLOSES: 11:59 p.m. Monday, March 11

GENERAL PURPOSE:

To support and provide technical support in administering the activities and operations of the Fort Worth Employees’ Retirement Fund’s (FWERF) benefit programs (11,000+ members); including tracking active member contributions, retirees and survivor benefit payments, retirement processing, refunds, and death benefits.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES / RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Lead the development and testing of the PAS and its interface systems.
  2. Monitor and compare the retirement ordinance with administrative rules to ensure consistency in document changes and amendments.
  3. Assist in the development of retirement forms and benefit statements for members.
  4. Develop and maintain written documents and/or manuals for the PAS and FWERF processes.
  5. Verify that online help and knowledge repository system is up to date.
  6. Work with personnel from the City of Fort Worth and the FWERF banking institution to resolve interface conflicts.
  7. Liaison to the City of Fort Worth to resolve payroll data issues and deduction issues. Monitor maintenance of the PAS product, identify problems, notify appropriate staff or outside vendor, and work to resolve issues and correct processes or system issues.
  8. Perform complex benefit calculations for all types of retirement, alternate payees, DROP enrollment, DROP exit options, service purchases, buybacks, and eligible surviving beneficiaries.
  9. Point of Contact with City Human Resources and Payroll staff for questions related to employee and retiree issues.
  10. Compile and analyze data for ad-hoc reporting requests; prepare summary reports of findings.
  11. Conduct research on projects; compile and analyze data; prepare summary reports of findings.
  12. Oversee annual processes, including annual statements, posting of COLA, 1099-R testing and production, actuarial data, audit data, and the interest process.
  13. Assist in processing of Disability Retirement process and Domestic Relations Orders.

DUTIES / RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Cross-train benefits staff on PAS procedures and processes.
  2. Understand and communicate the FWERF Administrative Rules and Procedures.
  3. Develop and run statements, as necessary.
  4. Perform related duties and responsibilities, as required.

JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

Knowledge, Skill, and Ability:

Knowledge of:

  • Principles, theories, and practices of public administration; principles, theories, concepts, practices, and terminology of governmental pension benefits; project management practices, methodologies, and techniques.
  • Various information systems, hardware, and software capabilities as relates to pension administration systems.
  • Principles and practices of program implementation, testing, and administration.
  • Relevant federal, state, and local laws and codes related to member benefits.

Skills and Competencies:

  • Proficient in Microsoft office products; particularly as it relates to advanced excel programming functions and database support tools and methods.
  • Good problem solving and troubleshooting analysis skills.

Ability to:

  • Keep information confidential whenever necessary.
  • Multi-task and work under pressure.

Education, Formal Training, or Experience:

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and ability to qualify.

Experience: Three to five years of increasingly responsible human resources, employee benefits administration, pension administration, or Information Technology experi­ence. Experience with software testing, data analysis, and reporting required.  Knowledge of pension administration or benefits preferred.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in business administration, liberal arts or related field, or high school diploma supplemented by college level course work in human resources, business administration, information technology, or a related field.  Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.

Equipment and Software Directly Used: Networked personal computer with mouse and peripherals, fax machine, copy machine, and telephone. Microsoft Office software, web-based benefits, pension or human resource database systems, and software.

Working Environment / Physical Activities: Office environment; exposure to computer screens; working closely with others. Essential and other important responsibilities and duties require maintaining physical condition necessary for sitting for prolonged periods of time; being able to lift and carry a minimum of 20 pounds; must be able to stand, reach, bend, and kneel; manual dexterity required.

Must submit to pre-employment background verification. FWERF is a drug-free workplace.

To apply, please send a resumé and cover letter to Josiah.Vencel@fwretirement.org. Position closes 11:59 p.m. Monday, March 11.