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Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System Office
  • Position Number: 5066791
  • Location: Hartford, CT
  • Position Type: Human Resources

Posted: February 29, 2024
Level: Management / Confidential (Professional 3)
Hours: Full-time, 40 hours per week
Closing Date: The committee will begin review of applications immediately. Applications must be submitted by 5:00pm (EST) on March 27, 2024.

CSCU System Office
61 Woodland Street Hartford, CT 06105
**This position is hybrid***
For more information, please click on the above link to be directed to the CSCU System Office website.

Connecticut State Colleges & Universities Mission:
The Connecticut State Colleges & Universities (CSCU) contribute to the creation of knowledge and the economic growth of the state of Connecticut by providing affordable, innovative, and rigorous programs. Our learning environments transform students and facilitate an ever-increasing number of individuals to achieve their personal and career goals.

CSCU Vision:
The Connecticut State Colleges and Universities will build on its long and successful history by working collectively - within and across institutions - and by engaging external partners to increase the number of students pursuing and completing personally and professionally rewarding certificate and degree programs, improving their social mobility, and helping the state to meet its current and future workforce demands.

CSCU Equity Statement:
The Connecticut State Colleges and Universities commits to bold and disruptive change by actively identifying, naming, and dismantling structural racism, systemic poverty, and other barriers; establishing equitable and anti-racist policies and practices; and empowering students, faculty, staff, and administrators to advance racial, social, and economic justice. Our core collective responsibility is to continuously assess practices and policies and transform the world we live in by eliminating inequities.

Anticipated Start Date:
June 2024

Position Summary:
The Benefits & Retirement Specialist, under the supervision of the Benefits & Retirement Manager, is accountable for performing the transactional management, analysis, and review of the benefits & retirement modules in CORE-CT Human Resources Management System (HRMS) and Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) for CT State Community College, Charter Oak State College, and the System Office representing 6400+ non-represented Management/Confidential, unclassified and classified bargaining unit employees in the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities (CSCU) System.

Example of Job Duties:
Under the direction of the Benefits & Retirement Manager, the Benefits & Retirement Specialist is responsible for CORE-CT HRMS & EPM data processing, record collection and maintenance for all benefits & retirement transactional and data elements pertaining to CT State, Charter Oak State College, and the System Office through effective performance in these essential duties:

  • Collects, processes, and compiles CSCU benefits & retirement data through the application of the CORE-CT HRMS and CORE-CT Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) / STARS systems and in accordance with Management/Confidential Personnel Policy and Collective Bargaining Agreements.
  • Completes weekly, biweekly and monthly review of CORE-CT benefits deduction reports for the Colleges and System Office to maintain and ensure collection of appropriate benefits deductions.
  • Performs service and salary data collection and review through the use of CORE-CT EPM/STARS and in the preparation of standard and/or ad hoc HR reports, templates and data queries for use in retirement audits. Documents procedures for future reference and implementation of continuous process improvements and best practice initiatives in the collection, analysis, and presentation of data. Maintains an HRMS data repository and data integrity.
  • Participates in OSC and CORE-CT HRMS Team-sponsored training when appropriate and available.
  • Assists with retirement processing including total service time determinations, salary audits, document preparation and submission to the Office of the State Comptroller Retirement Services Division.
  • Assists with healthcare and state group life enrollments and data changes including open enrollment processing,
    benefits billing and Cobra notifications.
  • Assists with the processing of transactions in the CORE-CT On-Demand Module
  • Works with confidential employee information and is responsible for compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations including but not limited to ACA, COBRA, IRS, FMLA and HIPAA privacy regulations.
  • Provides excellent and timely customer support to resolve employee questions/issues and exercises discretion when responding to inquiries.
  • Supports the Benefits & Retirement Manager in the pursuit and implementation of best practice benefits & retirement processing.
  • Performs other duties and responsibilities related to those enumerated above which do not alter the basic level and responsibilities of the position.

This posting includes qualifications, experience and skills but is not limited to the full duties and responsibilities that is stated within the job description.

Incumbents must possess proven ability to effectively work with a culturally, linguistically, and ethnically diverse faculty, staff, and student. They are expected to have excellent oral and written communication skills along with strong Information technology literacy skills such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams etc.)

Minimum Qualifications:
Associate's Degree in Human Resources Management, Business Management, Public Administration, or a related field with one (1) year of prior experience in the principles, practices, and techniques of Human Resources or data analysis or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Incumbents are required to have demonstrated advanced knowledge and abilities in the following:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of CORE-CT HRMS Benefits Module and EPM/STARS.
  • Ability to utilize technology to access and analyze data and maintain records.
  • Demonstrated strong proficiency in the use and application of MS-Excel.
  • Ability to work with technical and non-technical personnel at various levels of the CSCU organization and communicate technical information in a clear and concise manner with demonstrated ability to modify content based on the audience.
  • Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills, with the ability to deal effectively with a wide variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds and provide quality customer service.
  • Strong problem-solving skills including the ability to collect and analyze information.
  • Ability to interact with cross functional teams to exchange information, share ideas, and create a positive and productive team dynamic.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.

Substitutions Allowed:

Applicants who do not meet the minimum qualifications as stated are encouraged to put in writing precisely how their background and experience have prepared them for the responsibilities of this position and by providing appropriate references. Exceptions to the degree requirements may be made for compelling reasons.

Starting Salary:
Anticipated Salary; $70,756 approximate annual plus excellent State of CT medical insurance, retirement, and related fringe benefits.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family, and plan for a secure future. Benefits include generous leave policies; several retirement plans; and many choices for comprehensive health insurance. You also have access to many additional benefits to save for retirement, protect your family & more with supplemental benefits. Tuition reimbursement may apply if applicable.

Application Instructions:
To apply you must submit a cover letter and resume.

Incomplete applications or those submitted after the closing date will not be considered and links to other sources to view resumes are not acceptable.

Selection Procedure:
Following the closing date, application materials will be evaluated by a selection committee. Candidates selected for further consideration will be limited to those applicants who are best qualified based on the minimum and preferred qualifications and who have submitted all the required documents by the closing date and time listed on the job announcement. Candidates who have been selected and approved to Interview will be contacted, and finalists will be recommended for further consideration by the Hiring Manager for final selection and recommendation for employment.

Background Screening:
All employment, if offered, is contingent upon proof of citizenship or employability under the requirement of the Immigration and Control Act (IRCA) and the successful passing of a background check. CSCU is committed to providing a safe campus community. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check and, when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

Continuing Notice of Nondiscrimination
CSCU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or criminal record. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: John-Paul Chaisson-Cardenas, PhD, MSW, Vice-president of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, (


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