Place of Business: Teacher Retirement System of Texas
•Coordinates and administers the insurance and retirement benefits programs for TRS employees.
•Prepares for and presents the benefits portion of New Employee Orientation.
•Organizes and oversees the annual open enrollment period, including communicating plan year changes, disseminating forms, brochures, and benefits information; scheduling information meetings for employees; and processing related documents.
•Organizes and oversees benefit, retirement, and wellness vendor fairs for agency employees.
•Processes employee insurance and flexible benefits elections, including entering into the Employee Retirement System (ERS) PeopleSoft system.
•Explains COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act) benefits, deferred compensation options, and related benefit information to separating employees.
•Researches and advises on benefit related policies, regulations, and statutes on a State, Federal and International level.
•Prepares and processes employee related retirement and benefit deductions and adjustments for payroll processing.
•Audits benefit reports on ERS PeopleSoft system and the Uniform Statewide Payroll System (USPS).
•Researches and reconciles employee related benefit and retirement discrepancies.
•Responds to inquiries from employees, family members, oversight agencies, and vendors regarding benefit program options, rules, policies, procedures, and related issues.
•Assists employees with benefits related questions or issues in accordance with agency policies, ERS procedures, and State and Federal statutes and regulations
•Communicates with agency staff, Comptroller's Office, ERS, and the State Auditor's Officer to research, explain, and/or resolve complex benefits and/or retirement-related questions, issues, and problems.
•Processes and audits timekeeping records for accuracy and to ensure compliance with applicable federal, state and agency regulations, policies and procedures.
•Assists with the weekly processing of timesheets including maintaining employee and department weekly timesheets, ensuring timesheets are submitted in a timely manner, researching, calculating and correcting time balances, and identifying and resolving timesheet setup or calculation issues.
•Audits weekly timesheets and daily exception upload report to ensure accuracy of time reported; adjusts employee records accordingly.
•Provides back-up support on prior state service verifications, month-end and fiscal year-end close leave accounting process, and reconciling discrepancies in employee leave balances.
•Processes and audits agency awarded time including donated sick hours, military hours, and administrative leave.
•Provides back-up support to payroll and benefits staff, and assists other Accounting Teams on special projects, such as the Financial System Replacement (FSR) project or other program updates.
•May assist with the monthly processing of the employee payrolls, including regular, lump sum, and hourly, in compliance with applicable regulations, policies, and procedures.
•Reviews and recommends changes to employee payroll and benefits policies, procedures, forms, and processes.
•Provides training and technical assistance to payroll, benefits, and other agency staff on employee payroll and benefits related regulations, policies, procedures, and systems.
•Performs related work as assigned.
•Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in accounting, finance, or a related field.
•High school diploma or equivalent and additional payroll, benefits, leave coordination, accounting, financial analysis or related work experience may substitute for the required education on an equivalent year-for-year basis.
•Four (4) years of full-time payroll, benefits, leave coordination, accounting, financial analysis or related experience requiring compilation, reconciliation, and analysis of detailed financial information.
•Two (2) years of full-time employee benefits administration experience.
•Experience may be concurrent.
•Experience processing and reconciling payrolls, and coordinating leave and benefits in a State of Texas agency.
•Experience with the State of Texas Uniform Statewide Payroll/Personnel System (USPS), CAPPS HR/Payroll (Centralized Accounting and Payroll/Personnel System) and/or the Employees Retirement System (ERS) PeopleSoft system.
•Certification as a Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) and/or Certified Benefits Professional (CBP).
Salary: $4,023.16 - $6,579.41/monthly
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