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Benefits Assistant

Job ID: 4658

Updated: Oct 4, 2018

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Category: Human Resources

About Kirkland & Ellis

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a preeminent, full-service law firm with offices around the world and a staff as diverse as the practice areas we support. Our clients range from Fortune 100 companies to medium and small corporations, financial institutions, and private equity firms.  Known for our commitment to excellence, Kirkland strives to provide superior service to our clients as well as our fellow employees. From Information Technology to Human Resources, Paralegal Services to Business Development, Kirkland offers non-attorney professionals challenging careers in a variety of functional areas. Whether starting or growing your career, Kirkland can offer a performance-driven culture filled with bright and innovative teams of co-workers.

Essential Job Functions

The Benefits Department is seeking a Benefits Assistant who will primarily support the efficient administration of the Firm’s health and wellbeing benefits and our leave of absence plans. The Benefits Assistant will also be expected to develop working knowledge of the Firm’s retirement plans in order to ensure seamless service to Firm participants. Additional responsibilities will include support of various department projects and initiatives. The Benefits Assistant role requires both independent work and collaboration with others, high personal performance standards, and occasional overtime.

Essential Functions:

  • Clearly and accurately articulate benefit related information both verbally and in written form. 
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of the Firm’s health & welfare plans in order to ensure seamless service to Firm participants.
  • Perform activities related to leave of absence administration, including but not limited to, completing data entry, coordinating with third party administrator, understanding and interpreting leave of absence policies, communicating to managers, and communicating with participants on leave.
  • Reconcile and process carrier invoices.
  • Review benefit enrollments for partners and employees and work with carriers to resolve participant and data issues.
  • Collaborate and develop strong interpersonal relationships both within and outside of the department. Provide exceptional, prompt service to attorneys and staff on all benefits related issues.
  • Effectively track and report on the status of workload and produce high quality, accurate work in a timely manner.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced and active work environment and within close proximity to other individuals. Must be able to multi-task and work with distractions.
  • Take initiative in identifying and implementing process improvements. Provide accurate information and propose and execute effective solutions to problems.
  • Ability to use resources and think outside the box to problem solve. Know when to escalate issues. 
  • Maintain strict confidentiality of sensitive and confidential data.

Other Functions:

  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of the Firm’s retirement plans in order to ensure seamless service to Firm participants.
  • Share information and offer to help other department members when workloads are unbalanced.
  • Assist with any other functions/duties/special projects as assigned by management.

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Required
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Analytical ability
    • Organizational skills
    • Acute attention to detail
    • Keen judgment and problem-solving skills 
    • Responsive and dependable
    • Familiarity with ERISA, DOL, FMLA, ADA, and other benefits and leave-related laws and regulations 
  • Preferred
    • 3+ years of retirement and/or health & welfare benefits experience


  • Required
    • Proficiency in Outlook, Excel, and Word
  • Preferred
    • Experience with PeopleSoft
    • Working knowledge of PowerPoint

How to Apply

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