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Leave and Benefits Specialist

Company: TerraPower
Location: Bellevue
Posted on: January 24, 2023

Job Description:

TITLE: Leave & Benefits Specialist


TerraPower is a nuclear technology company based in Bellevue, Washington. At its core, the company is working to raise living standards globally through a more affordable, secure and environmentally friendly form of nuclear energy along with innovations in medical isotopes to improve human health. In 2006, TerraPower originated with Bill Gates and a group of like-minded visionaries who evaluated the fundamental challenges to raising living standards around the world. They recognized energy access was crucial to the health and economic well-being of communities and decided that the private sector needed to take action and create energy sources that would advance global energy deployment. TerraPower's mission is to be a world leader in new nuclear technologies, while developing innovators and future leaders in the nuclear field. As a result, the company's activities in the fields of nuclear energy and related sciences are yielding significant innovations in the safety and economics of nuclear power, hybrid energy and medical applications - all for significant human health benefits.

TerraPower is seeking to hire highly motivated and forward-thinking professionals who are interested in focusing on advanced nuclear reactor research and development and influencing change within the nuclear power landscape and bringing forward the critical production of medical isotopes. TerraPower is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate in hiring on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religious creed, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. In addition, as a federal contractor, TerraPower has instituted an Affirmative Action Plan (AAP) in an effort to proactively recruit, hire, and promote women, minorities, disabled persons and veterans.

Leave & Benefits Specialist

This role will support the full cycle leave administration processes including New Child, FMLA, Paid Family & Medical Leave (PFML), L&I, personal leave and other types of company approved leaves. , Medical accommodations as well as return to work processes are in scope for this role. . You will partner closely with the Payroll, HR, and third-party vendors to administer the programs, provide employee education, and support employees with benefit utilization.


  • Support employees with leave request. Ensure employee understanding of the eligibility, documentation, and leave schedule.

  • Oversee tracking, documentation and timely responses for active leave of absences and incoming requests.

  • Work closely with employee Managers to support employees who go on leave.

  • Field and answer leave related questions about state and federal regulations, healthcare providers.

  • Arrange approval of employee leaves and project codes to properly track in the system of record according to the leave types.

  • Lead as subject matter expert on all aspects of state and federal leave mandates as well company leave policies and benefits.

  • Ongoing development of leave management and compliance knowledge; stay current with changes in leave regulations and continually update company policy, procedure, guidelines.

  • Evaluate, update and develop leave related policies and forms, documents, or communications with compliance of company policy and state, local, federal law.

  • Coordinate with the Payroll team to ensure pay and use of PTO (or other leave codes) is reflective of the actual leave schedule and collaborate on the true-up and reconciliation process when the employee returns to work.

  • Other duties as assigned.

    Key Qualifications and Skills

    • BA/BS degree preferred with a minimum of of three to five years of benefits and leave administration experience including FMLA, health, disability, life, and 401(k) as well as ancillary benefits

    • Knowledge of Federal and State regulations, filing and compliance requirements both adopted and pending which could impact employee benefits programs.

    • Customer service oriented in high growth, high touch organization

    • Accuracy, time management, and timely follow-up

    • Proficient with Microsoft Excel and able to quickly adapt to other Finance and Accounting systems (ADP, Netsuite, Oracle Enterprise Cloud)

    • Working knowledge of payroll systems, experience with ADP preferred

    • Highly organized and detail-oriented; high degree of accuracy

    • Ability to multi-task. Handle benefits projects and ad hoc requests timely and accurately

    • Capable of quickly comprehending new information and technologies

    • Capable of working in a fast paced environment

    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, comfortable working with operations team/non-accounting professionals

    • Ability to keep payroll, personal benefits and Human Resource information confidential

    • The successful candidate will possess a high degree of trust and integrity, communicate openly and display respect with a desire to foster teamwork

      Job Functions

      Job Functions are physical actions and/or working conditions associated with the position. These functions may also constitute essential functions for the job which the employee must be able to fulfill, with or without accommodation. Information provided below is to help describe the job so that the applicant has a reasonable understanding of the job duties/expectations. An applicant's ability to perform and/or tolerate these actions and conditions will be discussed and workplace accommodations may be made on a case-by-case basis following an individualized assessment of the applicant and other considerations, including but not limited to any governing safety standards.

      • Motor Abilities: Sitting and/or standing for extended periods, bending/stooping, grasping/gripping, fine motor control (hands)

      • Physical exertion and/or requirements: Minimal, with ability to safely lift up to 25 pounds

      • Repetitive work: Prolonged

      • Special Senses: Visual and audio focused work

      • Work Conditions: Stairs, typing/keyboard, standard and/or sitting working environment of > 8 hrs./day

      • Travel required: 0-5%

        TerraPower's technology is controlled for export by various agencies of the U.S. Government. TerraPower must evaluate applicants who are foreign nationals (other than asylees, refugees, or lawful permanent residents) in accordance with U.S. Government export control requirements. To facilitate TerraPower's export control reviews, you will be asked as part of the application process to identify whether you are a U.S. Citizen or national, asylee, refugee, or lawful permanent resident of the United States. Government export authorization approval times vary. Based on the business needs for a particular position, TerraPower may not consider a foreign national from a country if it is impracticable to obtain timely Government export approval.

        Job details

        Salary Range: $68,359 - $117,379
        Job Type: Full-time

        • Competitive Compensation

        • Salary, eligible to participate in discretionary short-term incentive payments

        • Comprehensive Medical and Wellness Benefits Medical

          • Vision

          • Dental

          • Life

          • Life and Disability

          • Gender Affirmation Benefits

          • Parental Leave

          • 401k Plan

          • Generous Paid Time Off (PTO)

            • 21 days of annually accrued PTO

            • Generous Holiday Schedule

              • 10 paid holidays

              • Relocation Assistance

              • Professional and Educational Support Opportunities

              • Flexible Work Schedule

                *Typically, our employee salaries are within .90 - 1.0 of the mid-point of the posted salary band. Any salary offered within the posted salary band is based on market data and commensurate with the selected individual's qualifications and experience. This range is specific to Washington State.

                TerraPower Career and Benefits information:

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