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Senior Specialist, Benefits & Compensation

Bethesda, MD

Position Summary

The Sr. Specialist, Benefits & Compensation provides day-to-day support to the APHL workforce at-large, including remote staff. This position coordinates the administration of People & Culture programs and functions including but not limited to: compensation, benefits administration, position descriptions, maintenance of employee data within our HRIS, and plans in accordance with policies and programs.


This is a remote-friendly position that requires the employee to reside within the Maryland, Northern Virginia, or Washington, DC area as there is required occasional in-person attendance at the office, typically up to 8 or more times per year. Some of these on-site requirements may be requested on short notice.

Duties & Responsibilities



  • Works in conjunction with Associate Specialist, People & Culture as contact for APHL Benefit Plan renewals and employee enrollments
  • Leads the setup of new plan designs and enrollment profiles for open enrollment in ADP
  • Coordinates with APHL’s benefits broker to solve complex employee insurance benefits issues
  • Coordinates and leads employee education sessions for Open Enrollment and benefits education sessions
  • Answers employee questions and provides information to employees related to the organization’s benefits, policies and programs
  • Leads the administration of the annual open enrollment process
  • Coordinates with Accounting to reconcile employee insurance deductions
  • Ensures the implementation, explanation, administration and management of corporate benefit programs
  • Manages 401(K) Plan annual audit and IRS 5500 filing



  • Coordinates with Accounting in managing compensation, taxation, deductions, garnishments, etc.
  • Ensures the legal maintenance of accurate employee records and P&C programs and activities on a timely basis and in accordance with corporate requirements
  • Provides input to and manages the approved wage and salary policies in accordance with the corporate policies and procedures; researches market trends, external equity, incentive compensation, and compliance with governmental wage and hour regulations
  • Collects and processes data for annual salary increase process
  • Works in conjunction with Director, People Operations on bi-annual promotion process


Plans and Regulatory Compliance

  • Responsible for filings and compliance in regulated and non-regulated reporting
  • Point of contact for annual acknowledgements for COI, Handbook, etc.
  • EEO Reporting
  • Stays current of relevant developments in legislation/regulatory issues and other trends in areas of responsibility that may impact business operations
  • Gathers, inputs, and retrieves electronic data to prepare reports and presentations to management, staff, and Board
  • Prepares, proofs, and edits various documents, forms, and reports
  • Prepares routine electronic correspondence
  • Works with vendors to secure scalable functional support services
  • Provides leadership, coaching, and/or mentoring in alignment with P&C Management responsibilities
  • Performs other duties as assigned



Supervises the Associate Specialist, People & Culture.

Employment Standards- Education and Experience


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Management, Human Resources, or other related field
  • Graduate Degree preferred and could be substituted for work experience
  • A minimum of 5+ years of direct benefits and compensation experience
  • Supervisory experience required

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


  • Possesses comprehensive knowledge of broad HR management subject matter
  • Performs work under minimal supervision; works well in teams and individually



  • Strong analytical and reporting skills
  • Excellent organization and time management skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Exceptional communication skills, both oral and written
  • Proficiency with all Microsoft Office products and ADP Workforce Now required.



  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality and professionalism
  • Ability to build collaborative relationships and to foster teamwork
  • Handles complex issues and problems,
  • Has the ability to make logical decisions, carries out decisions
  • Reports up potentially difficult or high-risk circumstances



  • SPHR, PHR, SHRM-SCP or SHRM-CP preferred
  • Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CBES) preferred

APHL Weeks:

APHL Week is a Conference/Convention that is held at the APHL Home Office Bethesda, MD. This event is mandatory for all employees to attend. Travel and lodging will be reimbursed by APHL.

Please Note: Reimbursement for travel and lodging may not be possible for employees that are local to the APHL Home Office.




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