Senior Benefits Advisor
Employee Benefits Security Administration, U.S. Department of Labor
in Atlanta GA / Telecommute
Open & closing dates: 05/08/2019 to 05/21/2019
Pay scale &
grade: GS 13
Salary: $93,282 to $121,264 per year
1 vacancy in the following location: Atlanta GA
Telework eligible? Yes as determined by agency policy
Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is responsible for planning, directing, and administering a program of enforcement and a program of outreach, education and assistance to ensure maximum compliance of employee benefit plans and their service
providers throughout the geographical jurisdiction of the Region with the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). This position is located in Atlanta, GA.
Additional selection(s) may be made from
This position is inside the bargaining unit.
The primary purpose of this position is to provide information, guidance, and assistance to employee benefit plan administrators, participants, beneficiaries, the
general public, and other government agencies concerning the provisions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986 (COBRA), the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of
2010 (ACA), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), the Newborns' and Mothers' Health Protection Act of 1996, the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, the Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998,
the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (GINA), Michelle's law, and related regulations. The incumbent also serves as a mentor to more junior benefits advisors; provides on-the-job training; and may lead a team consisting of benefits advisors,
student benefits advisors and/or support staff located in the regional office; assists the supervisory benefits advisor by leading team projects; and, participates in the regional office's planning and conducting of outreach and education programs. As
such, the incumbent reports to the supervisory benefits advisor and assures that the work assignments of the other team members are carried out by performing a range of duties such as: maintaining a current knowledge of procedures, policies, and directives
in order to answer questions of other team members; distributing and monitoring the timely accomplishment of the workload; reviewing the work of team members; and, compiling, evaluating, and preparing reports on regional program activities, as requested.
The incumbent directly assists participants, beneficiaries and plan officials by explaining their respective rights and obligations under the various statutes and resolving disputes about benefit entitlement and eligibility. In doing so, incumbent
researches, analyzes, and applies provisions of these laws and related regulations to specific factual situations and prepares detailed written and/or telephonic responses using clear and understandable language. The inquiries are complex and highly
sensitive from the public concerning statutory and plan rights and obligations. Incumbent must be able to properly recognize and respond to new, novel and extremely complex matters. Incumbent identifies and prepares referrals of potential violations to
EBSA's enforcement program. The incumbent also plans and conducts complex outreach and educational programs and workshops, which are designed to enable participants to better understand and exercise their rights under the law and as well as give plan
administrators and practitioners the opportunity to better understand and comply with the law. The incumbent is responsible for keeping abreast of problems and situations affecting various industries and companies within the region as well as identify and
make contact with "grass-roots" organizations who can serve as partners in agency educational efforts. The incumbent is responsible for maintaining liaison with other Departmental, state and federal agencies to educate them about the requirements
of ERISA as well as professional industry and employee groups and other concerned organizations for the purpose of explaining obligations and benefits under ERISA and related statues.
- Requires a valid drivers license.
- Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen.
- Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
Applicants must meet time-in-grade,
time-after-competitive-appointment and qualifications requirements within 30 calendar days after the closing date of the vacancy to be eligible for consideration for selection.
Federal Employees Please Note: Your SF-50 must include enough information
to be able to determine that time-in-grade requirements have been met and reflects your position title, pay plan/series/grade, tenure and the type of appointment (i.e. competitive/excepted). In some cases you may need to submit more than one SF-50.
Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.
Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-12, in the
Specialized Experience: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in
or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-12) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the
organization. Applicants who have the 1 year of appropriate specialized experience. As indicated in the table, are not required by this standard to have general experience, education above the high school level, or any additional specialized experience to
meet the minimum qualification requirements.
Applicant must demonstrate knowledge of the employee benefits field and the ability to provide assistance and educational information to individuals, employers, special interest and other groups in
the employee benefits industry. Examples of qualifying experience may have been gained in government, pension and health benefit plan administration, or consulting firm, law firm, actuarial or accounting firm, labor union, health and pension trade
association or research service, bank trust department, brokerage firms, insurance companies or investment firms.
There is no substitution of education for the required specialized experience.
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