Benefits Analyst

Minneapolis Public Schools | Minneapolis, MN, United States

Posted Date 1/23/2023

Job Title: Benefits Analyst and Requisition ID number: 98414

Close Date: No established closing date; open until filled

Organizational Unit: Talent Acquisition (10000777)

Site: Davis Center (0001)

FTE: 1.0 FTE; this is based on full-time equivalency with 1.0 being full time

Union: MACA(02)

Functional Area: Administrative

Resume and Cover Letter are mandatory to apply for any position.



Under general supervision, performs professional Human Resources (HR) functions and analytical duties related to MPS employee benefits program; provides information and assistance to employees on benefits programs and MPS services; coordinates issues with employees and service providers.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS -- Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class. Employees are required to be in attendance and prepared to begin work at their assigned work location on the specified days and hours. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions, but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Provides assistance and information to MPS staff on employee benefits programs, services, policies & procedures; exercises the highest degree of confidentiality and professionalism.
  • Administers the MPS employee benefits program, including employee counseling, technical research and issue analysis; coordinates benefits programs, including health and disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, retirement, employee leave programs and other benefits programs.
  • Assists employees with processing and completion of technical documents; provides instruction and assistance on enrollment forms; addresses questions regarding benefits, policy and procedures, and other personnel issues within scope of authority.
  • Facilitates open meetings to communicate information on employee benefits and enrollment programs.
  • Audits payroll to verify proper account deductions for benefits costs; audits FMLA leave deductions; monitors compliance with regulations and standards governing benefits programs.
  • Maintains and updates benefits database; reviews and evaluates reports, updates databases and files, and corrects data as needed; calculates deductions and tests SAP configuration for benefits programs
  • Researches and resolves employee issues, and communicates information on status and changes; researches individual records to resolve issues and correct errors.
  • Performs administrative functions for the benefits programs; processes transactional information; performs experienced technical records management duties; performs data entry and record updates for employee tracking, records maintenance and database management.
  • Processes invoices, purchase requests, and contracts for the Total Compensation department.
  • Demonstrates courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with students, clients, visitors, and MPS staff; acts in a manner that promotes a harmonious and effective workplace environment
  • Enthusiastically promotes the Superintendent’s goals and priorities in compliance with all policies and procedures.
  • Maintains absolute confidentiality of work-related issues, records and MPS information.
  • Accesses highly confidential documents relating to the bargaining process, and maintains strict confidentiality of document content and meeting discussions.


Education, Training and Experience Guidelines

Associate’s Degree in Human Resources, Business or Public Administration, or related field; AND two (2) years of employee benefits experience; OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience as determined by Human Resources.

Knowledge of:

  • State and Federal regulations, and accounting requirements for employee benefits programs.
  • Claims processing and payment policies and procedures.
  • Principles and practices of public sector personnel administration and effective customer service.
  • Principles of confidential records and file management.
  • Specialized software applications, including Human Resources Information System (HRIS).
  • State and Federal laws, statutes, rules, codes and regulations governing HR functions.
  • Organizational and functional responsibilities of HR Department work groups.

Skill in:

  • Interpreting and applying state and Federal rules, ordinances, codes and regulations.
  • Researching, analyzing, and evaluating benefits issues, programs, policies and procedures.
  • Interpreting and explaining technical employee benefits policies and procedures.
  • Answering questions, advising staff, and resolving problems regarding benefits programs, plan design, coverage, and claims issues.
  • Prioritizing multiple tasks, and delegating tasks and authority.
  • Working within deadlines to complete projects and assignments.
  • Collecting and analyzing data, and preparing reports.
  • Entering data into a computer system with speed and accuracy.
  • Providing effective customer service.
  • Reviewing documents and extracting relevant information.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with co-workers and clients.
  • Operating a personal computer utilizing standard and specialized software.
  • Communicating effectively verbally and in writing.


A valid Minnesota State Driver’s License may be required.


Work is performed in a standard office environment which requires occasionally lifting such articles as file boxes or heavier materials with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently. A job in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree or may involve sitting most of the time with long periods of computer work and heavy phone usage.


Final candidates may be invited to interview with a committee. Final appointment to this position will be contingent upon passing a criminal background check.


Diversity is one of Minneapolis Public Schools core values and is essential to our goal of putting children first and making them college-ready. Diversity of our workforce provides us with a competitive advantage and allows us to better understand, communicate with and educate our diverse student body. Minneapolis Public Schools will not deny anyone the opportunity for training or employment because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender or gender identity, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sexual orientation, age, family care leave status, or veteran status.

Minneapolis Public Schools strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply.

Posting Notes: | [No Established Closing Date] | Talent Acquisition (10000777) | Davis Center (0001) | Administrative

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