Benefits Accountant

Bering Straits Native Corporation Anchorage , AK 99501

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The Bering Straits Native Corporation Anchorage office is currently seeking a qualified Benefits Accountant for the BSNC Benefits Department. Under the direction of the Sr. Benefits Manager, the Benefits Accountant is responsible for the accurate and timely reconciliation of all benefits deductions, payments, and accounts. The Benefits Accountant works closely with HR, Payroll, Accounting, and IT. The incumbent processes benefits billing, analyzes and verifies a variety of records and documents; reconciles accounts and prepares reports; and performs other related duties as required.

Incumbent will be responsible for performing professional level duties with a great degree of independence. Uses the Deltek Time and Expense, Costpoint, and COGNOS systems to assist in managing and administering employee benefits programs for the organization. Scope of benefits includes the parent company and multiple subsidiary/joint ventures conducting business in approximately thirty different states and some overseas and foreign locations, for a diversified workforce that includes union, Service Contract Act, Davis Bacon Act, and other employee classes. Programs encompass health, dental, vision, life, disability, accidental death and dismemberment, critical illness, group accident, 401(k) plans, and other benefits. Incumbent is responsible for possessing and maintaining technical knowledge of related laws, practices, concepts, and trends.


The Essential Duties and Responsibilities are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed for this position, and are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.

  • Demonstrated expertise with bank and account reconciliation, financial analysis, review and report writing.

  • Performs reconciliations and payments.

  • Responds to external requests

  • Provides excellent customer service and continuous process improvement.

  • Administers benefit billing for employees on unpaid Leaves of Absence.

  • Provides benefit administration as needed to assist and back up the Benefits Dept.

  • Create or request Cognos reports as needed to insure accurate benefits processing and internal auditing

  • Continuously evaluate processes and implement process improvements to increase accuracy and efficiency

  • 401k administration weekly file transfers and reconciliation of accounts

  • Accurately complete assignments and tasks, while paying attention to detail and processes.

  • Consistently manage time and resources to appropriately prioritize and complete goals and objectives.

  • Maintain effectiveness while experiencing major changes in work responsibilities or environment and the ability to adjust within new structures, processes, requirements or cultures.

  • Willingness to learn and apply accounting processes and procedures to keep up with advancing accounting methods and computer technology.

  • Strong knowledge of general, governmental accounting, auditing principles and practices.

  • Ability to establish and maintain an effective process to monitor, collect and review information while vigilantly managing quality to ensure work is free of errors.

  • Ability to deliver a high level of customer service and work as an effective member of a diverse team.

  • Communicates effectively both orally and in writing at all levels of the organization

  • Ensures compliance of employee benefits programs with all legal and contractual requirements, including ACA, ERISA, SCA, state and local regulations, etc.

  • Assist with the administration of employee benefits programs, such as basic and major medical coverage, dental insurance, visions, group life insurance, disability, voluntary plans, 401(k) plans, and other benefits, and open enrollment administration and capture in related computer systems.

  • Maintains benefits records and documents necessary for implementing benefits coverage, including periodic audits of data and coverage.

  • Complies with federal, state, and local legal requirements by studying existing and new legislation; obtaining qualified opinions; enforcing adherence to requirements; advising management on needed actions.

  • Maintains benefit records by developing recordkeeping systems; initiating new-hire benefits; recording and tracking changes.

  • Reconciles benefits accounts and approve billing statements.

  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies.


Required (Minimum) Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Human Resources, Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, or related field.

  • 6+ years' experience with Corporate Health and Welfare benefit programs at company with multiple subsidiaries and multiple state operations. Includes implementation and administration, compliance and audit experience.

  • 5 years' experience with full-cycle 401k program administration (operations & audit).

  • Experience with Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation plan strongly preferred.

  • Demonstrated experience with government contracting and associated benefits FEHB, SCA H&W fringe, wage determinations, vacation and holiday benefits.

  • Experience reconciling benefit deductions and billings with employee deductions and contributions; including set up and configuration of HRIS systems.

  • Experience with Deltek products; Costpoint, Cognos, strongly preferred.

  • Strong HRIS systems and technical knowledge, including experience developing reports and troubleshooting issues.

  • Successful record of building and improving operational processes and procedures, ability to drive program efficiency and high levels of customer satisfaction.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Other Characteristics

  • Experienced and skilled in MS Office applications

  • Analyzing information, financial skills, maintaining employee files, compensation and wage structure, and administration of benefits, organizational astuteness and knowledge of employee classification.

  • Knowledge of federal and state employment laws/regulations and familiarity with employee benefits compliance processes.

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills - ability to interface with all levels of the organization.

  • Highly organized, detail oriented, and goal oriented.

  • Self-starter able to work in a fast paced environment with changing priorities. Ability to multi-task and be proactive in a fast-paced environment with frequently changing priorities, deadlines, and workloads.

  • Practices and techniques of automated accounting and financial record keeping and report preparation.

  • Principles and practices of auditing and reconciling a variety of financial and accounting documents and records.

  • Basic budgeting and cost accounting practices and procedures.

  • Computer applications related to the work, including intermediate to advanced level spreadsheet and database applications.

  • Techniques used to reconcile subsidiary accounts, to control accounts, and to maintain books through trial balance.


  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing with employees, department personnel and customers.

  • Communicate with diverse groups of people by demonstrating effective interpersonal skills and sensitivity.

  • Read, research, analyze and interpret fiscal documents and other records.

  • Perform detail work and accounting.

  • Learn specific accounting information systems.

  • Interpret and apply business and governmental laws and regulations.

  • Identify and correct errors in a variety of mathematical computations and financial documents.

  • Use automated spreadsheet software.

  • Prepare comprehensive, clear, and concise accounting and statistical reports.

  • Read and interpret financial reports.

  • Audit and reconcile financial, accounting and payroll documents and records; maintain journals and reports.

  • Read, interpret and apply rules, regulations, policies and procedures involved in fiscal record keeping and accounting functions.

  • Interpret, explain and apply regulations and procedures in varying situations.

  • Organize and prioritize work and meet critical deadlines.

  • Maintain accurate records and files.

  • Operate standard office equipment.

  • Exercise judgement.

  • Work independently in the absence of specific instructions.

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Must maintain a constant state of mental alertness at all times. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Essential and marginal functions may require maintaining physical condition necessary for bending, stooping, sitting, walking or standing for prolonged periods of time; most of time is spent sitting in a comfortable position with frequent opportunity to move about.


Work Environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be borne by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Job is performed in an office setting with exposure to computer screens and requires extensive use of a computer, keyboard, mouse and multi-line telephone system. The work described herein is primarily a modern office setting. Occasional travel may be required.


  • No supervisory responsibilities.


As a condition of employment, may be required to pass a pre-employment drug screening, as well as have acceptable reference and background check results to obtain access to military base. Must have reliable transportation to/from work a necessity and must be able to obtain access to military installations.

Shareholder Preference. BSNC gives hiring, promotion, training and retention preference to BSNC shareholders, BSNC shareholder descendants and BSNC shareholder spouses, in that order.

Bering Straits Native Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/ AA/ Male/ Female/ Disability/ Vets employer.

We participate in the E-Verify Employment Verification Program. We are a drug free workplace.

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Benefits Accountant

Bering Straits Native Corporation