Benefits Specialist at Green Thumb

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The Role

The Benefits Specialist will support the benefits function for Green Thumb Industries, a rapidly growing organization of nearly 2,500 employees.  You will be a key member of the Total Rewards and overall People Team. You will be responsible for supporting open enrollment, compliance, and administration of our benefits programs, leave process, and 401(k).  You are excited to learn new systems, establish SOPs, support ongoing communication and education initiatives and interact directly with employees at all levels, all while executing day-to-day tasks with a high level of accuracy.  

Responsibilities

Benefit Administration

  • Support administration (either directly or with vendors) of all benefits programs
  • Monitor eligibility, limitations and restrictions of plan participants and ensure compliance with both plan provisions and government requirements
  • Coordinate annual Open Enrollment with Director of Benefits including renewal, communications, enrollment tracking, forms, changes, and updating vendors with new information
  • Audit benefit records to ensure accuracy and consistency of data across various benefit systems both internally and externally with vendors
  • Provide guidance and counsel to employees and managers on the requirements and provisions of benefit programs and assist with the resolution of potential problems
  • Oversee/direct benefits onboarding and offboarding of Green Thumb teammates including the administration of COBRA compliance
  • Assist with monthly review of benefit plan self-billing and review to ensure all additions, changes and terminations are updated with benefit vendors on a regular basis
  • Ensure timely distribution of all required annual compliance communications

Leave Administration

  • Apply policies, procedures and guidelines and update payroll with leave notifications
  • Manage third party leave administrator and act as a liaison to process all short- and long-term absences, determine employee eligibility for various leave programs including FMLA, ADA, STD and LTD according to established guidelines and provide employees, payroll and managers with required timely notice
  • Communicate with employees and supervisors concerning leave benefits and provide employees with accurate information on deductions from pay relating to absences, medical certification requirements, return-to-work dates, etc
  • Develop and present leave trainings for employees and managers
  • Analyze and reconcile leave discrepancies

Strategy and Partnership

  • Support all employee benefit initiatives in partnership with the People Team
  • Identify opportunities for process and system improvements within the benefits administration function
  • Evaluate and make strategic recommendations for ongoing enhancements or changes to our comprehensive benefit offerings
Qualifications
  • Demonstrates basic knowledge of ERISA, employee benefit programs, including flexible benefit programs, financial analysis and budgeting
  • Requires strong communication skills, good writing skills, strong customer service and analytical skills
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office products with advanced Excel experience and has ability to perform mathematical calculations in computing rates, premiums and adjustments
  • Organizational skills to develop/maintain reporting "standards" where applicable
  • Project management experience to oversee various projects
  • Must be a problem solver, comfortable working independently and making decisions
  • Must remain open to change and new information and ideas and adapt to the same
  • Must encourage and foster cooperation and teamwork
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred
Education and/or Experience
  • Minimum of 2 years related experience required
  • Bachelor's Degree in Human Resources or related field with an emphasis in business or finance, or equivalent years professional/analytical experience related to the above described duties
  • Experience with Kronos or Wurk preferred
  • Operates with a high level of professionalism and integrity, including dealing with confidential information
  • Must understand and comply with the rules, regulations, policies, and procedures of Green Thumb
  • Must learn the Cannabis laws, rules and regulations and passion to further their understanding and knowledge of the industry and the laws
Additional Requirements
  • Must pass any and all required background checks
  • Must be and remain compliant with all legal or company regulations for working in the industry

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Location

Green Thumb is located in River North, a short walk from the Chicago Brown Line and near the Ohio expressway entrance.

What are Green Thumb Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
GTI offers pre-tax commuter benefits for all employees to be used on transit and ride sharing apps!
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
GTI has a 420 Happy Hour which occurs on a monthly basis hosted by rotating team members who create a theme-based event.
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