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HR Specialist I or HR Specialist II (Benefits Specialist)

San Diego State University
San Diego
HR Specialist I: $28.25 - $29.66; HR Specialist II: $5,546.67/mo - $5,824.00/mo

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HR Specialist I or HR Specialist II (Benefits Specialist)

Req No: 2024-17066
Category: Human Resources
Type: Full-Time Central Staff
Salary: HR Specialist I: $28.25 – $29.66; HR Specialist II: $5,546.67/mo - $5,824.00/mo
Close Date:

  • This position is open until filled with an initial application review to take place after May 27, 2024.
  • This position works a hybrid in-office/remote schedule of two in-office days per week and the incumbent must live a commutable distance from San Diego State University.
  • The wage is dependent upon qualifications, classification level, and internal equities and is non-negotiable. The wage range is as follows:
    • HR Specialist I: $28.25 - $29.66 per hour, non-exempt
    • HR Specialist II: $5,546.67/mo ($32/hr) - $5824.00/mo ($33.60/hr), exempt


The SDSU Research Foundation (SDSURF) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support and further the research, education, and community service objectives of San Diego State University, a leading public research university furthering discoveries, interventions, and solutions that improve communities and change the world. SDSURF fosters a culture of creativity and collaboration with integrity and respect for individuals that results in the delivery of superior service to support the university's strategic aspirations to transform lives.


The Human Resources Department supports the Foundation's mission by providing quality customer service and guidance in the areas of recruitment and onboarding, compensation and benefits administration, training, and employee relations. SDSURF HR strives to create a positive employee experience throughout the entire employee lifecycle. Through strategic partnerships, the Human Resources department helps attract and retain qualified, diverse, and competent talent who are committed to the success of the Research Foundation.


As the Benefits Specialist, reporting to the Benefits Manager, you are a contributing force to the organization’s mission, vision, values, strategic goals, and objectives. Your role is responsible for assisting with the administration of all health & welfare benefit plans, as well as retirement and leave of absence programs for the Research Foundation. The Benefits Specialist will also be responsible for performing a variety of administrative and technical tasks in support of the Benefits Team.


As a key player in the success of the Benefits Team within the HR Department and the Research Foundation, you will be responsible for (but not limited to):
  • Serves as point of contact for employees regarding benefits.
  • Serves as subject matter expert on health and welfare plans for employees including but not limited to medical, dental, vision, flexible spending accounts, short-term disability, long-term disability, life, accident, voluntary benefits, wellness, and 403b plans.
  • Processes qualifying life event enrollment or termination of benefits changes; audits, researches, and corrects enrollment or deduction problems.
  • Presents benefits portion of new employee orientation for all benefitted employees.
  • Actively participates in all aspects of Annual Open Enrollment.
  • Administers retiree benefit premium ACH withdrawal program and processes retiree premium checks.
  • Builds and maintains working relationships with the benefits brokers, carriers, and vendors.
  • Assists Sr. Benefits Specialist with administering 403(b) and wellness program.
  • Assists Benefits Manager with annual VEBA & 403b, and other audits.
  • Consults with employees requesting a leave of absence; researches and determines eligibility, and notifies employees of leave rights under applicable Federal, State, and Research Foundation options.
  • Creates and distributes required forms, letters and documentation; maintains confidential files and collects all required leave documentation.
  • Tracks medical certification, leave accruals, and return to work dates; serves as point of contact for employee on leave.
  • Collaborates with HR Business Partners on interactive process dialogs with individuals that have medically necessary work restrictions.

For a complete list of specific duties and qualifications, please review the full position description.

REQUIRED Experience and Education

HR Specialist I:
• Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in business, human resources, accounting, or a related field, OR an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.
• Previous experience working an office or administrative environment.

HR Specialist II:
• Bachelor's degree in human resources and/or equivalent combination of education and relevant work experience.
• One year of professional human resources work experience.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Recent experience with leave of absence administration in California
  • Recent experience with benefit administration
  • HR or benefits certification

Special Skills

• Working knowledge of leaves of absence, Family Medical Leave, California Family Rights Act, Pregnancy Disability Leave and other Federal and State statutory leaves.
• Working knowledge of Health and Welfare plan mechanics including but not limited to medical, dental, vision, flexible spending, life, accident, disability, and COBRA.
• Ability to analyze complex benefit plans and information and identify issues.
• Ability to apply independent judgment, discretion, and initiative to address problems and develop solutions.
• Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, display flexibility and handle multiple work priorities and interruptions while meeting deadlines and objectives.
• Ability to organize, prioritize, and display strong data review and reporting skills.
• Ability to work effectively with all levels of leadership, employees and peers, and to relate well to others within the Human Resources environment.
• Ability to compose detailed and professional correspondence.
• Ability to maintain standards of professional ethics and composure, and respond proactively to issues with professionalism.
• Ability to maintain confidential and sensitive information.


  • Hybrid in-office/telework arrangement in place. This is not a fully remote position.
  • Applicant must live in a commutable distance from SDSU.
  • This position is open until filled with an initial review date of 5/27/2024.
  • A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with SDSU Research Foundation
  • San Diego State University Research Foundation is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets/Title IX Employer

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Since it was founded in 1897, San Diego State University has grown to offer bachelor's degrees in 89 areas, master's degrees in 78 areas and doctorates in 21 areas. SDSU's approximately 32,000 students participate in an academic curriculum distinguished by direct contact with faculty and an increasing international emphasis that prepares them for a global future.

SDSU's annual economic impact to the state of California is $6.5 billion, according to an impact report done by the California State University in 2010.

Of SDSU's 280,000-plus alumni, approximately 60 percent live in San Diego. They comprise more than half the region's engineers, teachers, entrepreneurs and the local workforce for a host of other industries.

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Research: Since 2000, SDSU faculty and staff have attracted more than $1.7 billion in grants and contracts for research and programs ranging from cardiovascular disease to marine biology.

Diversity: SDSU ranks No. 19 in the nation for racial diversity and among the top universities for economic diversity. SDSU was ranked No. 11 in the nation and No. 4 in California for bachelor's degrees awarded to Hispanics by Hispanic Outlook for Higher Education

International Study: SDSU offers 350 international education programs in 50 countries. Nearly 12,000 students have studied abroad in the past 12 years.

Community Service: SDSU is a recognized leader in innovative efforts to improve urban K-12 education. The City Heights Educational Collaborative and Compact for Success both positively impact the academic achievement of elementary, middle and high school students in the local area.

Sustainability: Sustainability is an every-day part of the university culture at San Diego State University. Students, faculty and staff all participate in a myriad of ways, from festivals, to research to academic programs. In spring 2014, SDSU opens its first LEED Platinum Certified building — the 206,000 square-foot Aztec Student Union.

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