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Lead Human Resources Specialist


An employee in this class serves as the lead person in administering paraprofessional technical duties in the Personnel Department.  Work involves serving as a primary benefits representative responsible for administration of life, health, and dental insurance, or administration of leaves of absence, short-term and long-term disability insurance, workers’ compensation, and retirement.  Employee is responsible for answering employee questions regarding their specific areas of assignment and maintaining accurate files.  Employee assists employees, administrators, and the general public with staffing, licensure, and compensation.  Employee is the primary point of contact for the HR Director.  Employee is also responsible for working directly with principals and other administrators at the direction of the Assistant Superintendent.  Employee must exercise considerable tact and courtesy in dealing with the public and employees on a daily basis.



Works individually with employees to ensure benefits are appropriated according to eligibility and choice.  Presents what benefits are offered, explaining how to complete appropriate forms, and answering any questions pertaining to the benefits offered.

Receives and responds to questions regarding insurance coverage, costs, claims, exclusions to coverage, etc.

Processes insurance forms; distributes and files copies of forms appropriately; processes enrollment changes and sends information to Finance.

Types a variety of letters from standardized formats regarding coverage; maintains active/non-active employee benefits and health record files.

Determines insurance termination date for terminated employees.

Serves as the contact person for the insurance companies.

Administers leaves of absence for the school system.  This process involves receiving inquiries and requests for various types of leave from employees; explaining the information needed for the leave; meeting with the employee requesting the leave to work out the details of the leave and to ensure understanding; completing insurance forms and letters to notify appropriate parties; and ensuring compliance with applicable local, state, and federal rules, regulations, and laws.

Serves as the contact person for employees requesting leaves of absence.

Processes and administers short- and long-term disability insurance.

Processes workers’ compensation claims.  Works with site-based personnel to expedite the timely submission of workers’ compensation documentation and to coordinate compensable absences with payroll.

Maintains OSHA logs in order to meet workers’ compensation regulations.

Facilitates the retirement process by explaining the requirements and benefits associated with the retirement system; counsels employees regarding retirement options.  Serves as liaison to the State Retirement System.

Prepares and issues employment contracts and letters to newly hired employees.

Serves as licensure specialist for assigned schools and administrative sites.  Answers licensure questions, maintains license information and acts as liaison between DPI and WCS employees.

Serves as the Lead Specialist for assisting the Assistant Superintendent in all areas of HR administration.

Manages HRMS to track/maintain employee position data.

Attends meetings as necessary for Assistant Superintendent.

Performs other related work as required.



Associates degree in business preferred, and 6 to 9 years experience in office administration; or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.



Must be physically able to operate a variety of equipment including computers, copiers, etc.  Must be able to exert up to 10 pounds of force occasionally, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. 

Requires the ability to read a variety of correspondence, reports, forms, statements, etc.  Requires the ability to prepare correspondence, reports, forms, evaluations, statements, etc. using prescribed formats.

Requires the ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions; to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagrammatic form.

Requires the ability to record and deliver information, to explain procedures, to follow oral and written instructions.  Must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in a variety of technical or professional languages including insurance, personnel and governmental terminology.

Requires the ability to deal with people beyond giving and receiving instructions.  Must be adaptable to performing under stress and when confronted with emergency situations.

Requires the ability to talk and hear ideas by means of spoken word.  Must be able to communicate via telephone.



Must be a notary public.

Considerable knowledge of the benefits offered by the school system, specifically in the area of assignment.  Basic knowledge of the interaction between local, federal, and state agencies relative to benefits transfer or coordination at retirement.

Considerable knowledge of paperwork required to apply for and modify various benefits.

Considerable knowledge of the insurance claims process.

Ability to present material to individuals and groups of people.

Considerable knowledge of the retirement process.

General knowledge of the principles of organization and administration.

Ability to stay current on ever changing benefit requirements.

Ability to maintain complete and accurate records and complex files.

Ability to type accurately at a moderate rate.

Ability to use common spreadsheet, word processing and file maintenance programs.

Ability to follow both oral and written instructions.  Willingness to share knowledge to strengthen department as a whole and others as individuals.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships as necessitated by work assignments.

Ability to work alone, focused to complete assigned duties on a daily basis, and whenever other areas of the department need immediate short-term assistance.

Ability to cross-train within the department and to be flexible in working more as a team player than as an individual with specified job description.

Willingness to take on new assignments, or try new ways of working in order to save time and work smarter.

Willingness to assist within the department in any area necessary to give the employees immediate, first-class service.


REPORTS TO:      Executive Director of Human Resources

FSLA STATUS:    Non-Exempt


The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees in this job.