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Member Services Representative

Department: Member Services

Reports to: Manager, Member Services

FLSA Status: NonExempt

Direct Reports: None

POSITION PURPOSE:

The Member Services Representative is responsible for assisting a large population of active and retired union members including their eligible dependents via in-person and telephone regarding their benefits including but not limited to Health and Welfare, Pension, Annuity, Scholarship and Vacation. This is a demanding, fast-paced environment.  Strong in-person and telephone communication skills are required. 

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

  • Problem-solve issues regarding benefit eligibility, pension inquires and vacation inquiries in an effective and timely manner
  • Review incoming documents for accuracy and completion, obtain missing information as necessary
  • Maintain records of member interactions and transactions; record details of inquiries, comments, complaints, and details of actions taken
  • Perform member verifications
  • Follow HIPAA and organizational procedures for maintaining confidentiality; exercise independent judgment consistent with these guidelines
  • Multitask and prioritize workload under tight deadlines in a demanding environment; must escalate appropriate issues to management in a timely fashion
  • Learn from written material; review and refer to plan documents for assisting member
  • Follow department procedures as outlined in the URBAN user guides and SOP’s

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Bi-Lingual (English/Spanish) a plus
  • Typing 45 -55 WPM
  • Professional ability to manage high volume and high energy callers
  • High School Diploma or equivalent is required; some college preferred
  • Two (2) years’ experience in a customer service capacity is preferred
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel with ability to learn customer service software applications
  • Ability to work under minimal supervision, independently and or as a member of a team
  • Must be detail oriented with strong attention to accuracy

Benefit Associate

Job Description

The Welfare Benefit Associate is responsible for the administration of the Funds’ Insurance programs and assists all eligible members and dependents regarding their Welfare benefits coverage. The position includes daily communication with members and dependents via telephone, in person and in writing, as required.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Administers Retiree/COBRA/Association/Self Pay premiums and dependent information
  • Reviews relevant forms and documents for accuracy and completion
  • Requests missing information as necessary to complete enrollments
  • Determines coverage by examining Fund records
  • Reviews and processes retiree and member eligibility
  • Updates and maintains member information in database
  • Assists members and retirees with eligibility and enrollment
  • Ensures proper enrollment with third party vendors
  • Assists with inquiries from members and eligible dependents concerning claims issues
  • Tracks the eligibility dates of dependent
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KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
  • Strong math and analytical skills
  • Excellent verbal, telephonic and written communication skills
  • Familiar with health and welfare claims processing (ICD-9, HCFA coding)
  • Experience processing disability claims
  • Enjoys being an individual contributor and a team-player
  • Experience working with multiple, complex benefit plans including union plans
  • Working knowledge of ERISA and related amendments as well as HIPAA
  • Able to prioritize, organize and work efficiently, complete tasks with deadlines, transition from task-to-task and maintain focus
  • Detail-oriented and have an ability to troubleshoot
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Power Point, Excel and Outlook

NYCCBF offers competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits. The Fund Office is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all qualified candidates regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, or disability. M/F/D/V

Technical Project Manager

DEPARTMENT: Information Technology

POSITION REPORT TO: Director of Information Technology

FLSA STATUS: Exempt

DIRECT REPORTS: None

POSITION PURPOSE:

The Technical Project Manager is responsible for performing needs assessment, planning, and managing the overall direction, coordination, implementation, testing, execution, completion, training, and documentation for a variety of projects. This individual manages vendors and implementation support staff and coordinates internal staff as required on project and ongoing basis.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Evaluate operational processes, determine need, and define project scope, specifications, goals, and deliverables that support Funds’ business goals in collaboration with Funds’ management and stakeholders.
  • Draft project proposals detailing need, goals, standards of success, and economic analysis relating to cost benefit and return-on-investment standards.
  • Develop comprehensive project plans and associated communications documents detailing milestones, deliverables, and success criteria and providing actionable feedback.
  • Create and issue RFPs when applicable.
  • Identify the resources and participants needed to achieve project goals. Coordinate managers, technical personnel, and external parties during all project phases, from initial development through implementation. Where required, negotiate with other department managers for the temporary use of required staff from within the Funds.
  • Direct project teams in all aspects, including daily management, identification, evaluation, motivation, and development of team members. Set and continually manage project expectations with team members and other stakeholders as well as delegating tasks and responsibilities to appropriate personnel.
  • Effectively communicate project status, issues, and risks to team members, stakeholders and Funds’ management on a regular ongoing basis and disseminate information on any problems or potential delays. Resolve and/or escalate issues affecting the project including, but not limited to costs, political, resources, legal, and timeline issues.
  • Develop best practices and tools for project execution and management by ensuring proper development, documentation, and sign-off of system specifications, requirements and functionality enhancements.
  • Establish a formal testing process, including development of test cases, scheduling of end-user testing, regression testing, and tracking of identified issues/bugs.
  • Maintain the master schedule for all project related activities using appropriate tools.

ADDITIONAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Manage vendors from pre-engagement evaluation through post-engagement review, including billing, payment, contract, and support, in accordance with Funds’ policies and procedures.
  • Prepare budget proposals and recommend subsequent budget changes where necessary.
  • Set up and manage quality control and change management systems.
  • Create and maintain documentation detailing Funds’ Standard Operating Procedures, workflow, operation manuals, and user guides.

REQUIREMENTS/EDUCATION:

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) in management or a combination of education and equivalent work experience.
  • PMP, CPM, APMC or another related project management certification is desirable.
  • Six (6) to ten (10) years related experience and/or training in senior-level management.
  • Solid knowledge of project management and/or change management techniques and tools.
  • Able to demonstrate success in prior project management roles.
  • Proven experience in strategic planning, risk management, and change management.
  • Proficient in project management software.

OTHER SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving – Identify and resolve problems in a timely manner; gather and analyze information skillfully; develop alternative solutions; work well in group problem solving situations; use reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
  • Planning/Organizing – Able to organize tasks, time, resources and people; prioritize and plan work activities; facilitate setting goals and objectives; develop realistic action plans; schedule tasks and coordinate with various team members to accomplish the results; possess the ability to foresee the entire project as a whole at all times.
  • Decision Making – Exhibit sound and accurate judgment; support and explain reasoning for decisions; include appropriate people in decision-making process.
  • Communication Skills – Speak clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; communicate effectively with people at all levels; adapt communications style with different individuals on various levels and to the situation at hand; listen and get clarification; respond well to questions; demonstrate group presentation skills; and participate in meetings.
  • Leadership – Exhibit confidence in self and others; inspire and motivate others to perform well; lead goal setting and use the right methods to build and influence the project team towards goal attainment; effectively influence actions and opinion of others; accept feedback from others; give appropriate recognition to others.
  • Negotiations – Able to see the concerns and issues of all stakeholders and respond by finding the best solutions that address issues without compromising the other stakeholders or the overall project.
  • Adaptability – Adapt to meeting changing demands; able to quickly assess new situations and focus on potential solutions.

PHYSICAL DEMAND:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; talk and hear, in person and by telephone; use hands and fingers to handle, feel or operate computers and other standard office equipment; and reach with hands or arms. Must be able to lift and/or move up to 40 pounds.

NYCCBF offers competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits. The Fund Office is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all qualified candidates regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, or disability.

Director of Operations

DEPARTMENT: Executive

POSITION REPORT TO: Executive Director

FLSA STATUS: Exempt

DIRECT REPORTS: Four

POSITION PURPOSE:

The Director of Operations is responsible for the day to day oversight of administrative functions of the Funds office, including, but not limited to, coordination of staff with outside vendors related to insurance, compliance and auditing matters; follow-up on Board and Committee directed initiatives and decisions; project management as directed; leadership of Legal Support, Member Services, Welfare and Retirement Services.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • In coordination with the Executive Director, Chief Financial Officer, and senior management, seek to improve processes that will increase efficiency and productivity.
  • Perform the required research and analysis, inclusive of engaging applicable staff and Fund Professionals, as needed, before an appropriate course of action is taken.
  • Serve as the point person for audit firm for annual financial audits and other agreed upon procedures and ad hoc projects.
  • Assist with the preparation of all Board and Committee meetings; attend all Board and Committee meetings and carry out any necessary and applicable post meeting action items.
  • Work closely with Fund Professionals to ensure compliance with all ERISA, DOL, and IRS regulations.
  • Assist in the preparation, review, and maintenance of all regulatory notices (e.g. SPDs, SMMs, AFN, SAR, etc.).
  • Prepare all fiduciary and non-fiduciary insurance applications.
  • Manage multiple projects to ensure timely and efficient completion.
  • Provide oversight of Legal Support, Member Services, Retirement Services and Welfare departments.
  • Assist both active and retired participants in resolving benefit related matters.

REQUIREMENTS/EDUCATION:

  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (“CEBS”) preferred.
  • Five (5) or more years’ experience supporting executive level projects and initiatives within a Taft Hartley fund.
  • Excellent project management skills, including the coordination of complex projects.
  • Strong knowledge of MS Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • Must be exceedingly well organized, flexible.

OTHER SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Must be detail-oriented and able to prioritize and handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to interact with staff at all levels in a fast-paced environment, sometimes under pressure, remaining flexible, proactive, resourceful and efficient, with a high level of professionalism and confidentiality.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential.
  • Strong decision-making ability and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work both individually and in a team-based environment.

NYCCBF offers competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits. The Fund Office is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all qualified candidates regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, or disability.   Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to executivedirector@nyccbf.org