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Illinois State University 

Benefits Counselor

Department: Human Resources, Normal, IL

General Summary

Under general direction this position is responsible for counseling faculty and staff in the explanation, enrollment, and utilization of a wide variety of benefit programs, leave of absence management, and New Employee Orientation of advanced difficulty.

The incumbent must have advanced knowledge and understand the complex relationship between FMLA, ADA,  and workers’ compensation law and how these coordinate with University policy and benefit administration.

In order to be effective in this position, the incumbent needs to have a working knowledge and perform functions in the following systems; HRIS, Payroll, Central Management Services and State Universities Retirement System.

Home Sweet Home Ministries
Director of Business Operations
Bloomington, IL
Home Sweet Home Ministries demonstrates Christ's love through innovative approaches that instill hope, restore lives, and build community. Our Vision is to be a ministry of refuge and renewal powered by Jesus Christ.

BASIC FUNCTION: The Director of Business Operations is responsible for assigned Human Resource functions and oversees the business infrastructures of Home Sweet Home Ministries. Human Resources duties include, but are not limited to employment; communication; personnel policies; employee relations; occupational health and safety; training coordination and records maintenance. Infrastructures include building and grounds, administrative assistance, computer technology, phone system, and fleet maintenance.

1. Employee Relations
a. Assumes primary responsibility for official human resources-related communications with employees.
b. Provides new employee orientation.
c. Promotes a positive work environment in all interactions with employees.
d. Develops and implements employee appreciation and recognition events.
e. Conducts exit interviews.
2. Records Maintenance
a. Creates and maintains all required employment records in compliance with all relevant labor laws.
b. Receives and evaluates background check results for new employees.
c. Completes and processes employee record forms for any changes in employee status.
d. Prepares and processes letters of employment for new employees and employees with a change in status.
e. Analyzes employment related data, including applications, hires, performance ratings, merit increases, promotions, terminations, exit interviews, and staff injuries.
f. Prepares required reports.
g. Provides verification of employment upon request.
h. Prepares responses to all unemployment claims and coaches supervisors related to contested unemployment claims.
3. Compensation and Benefits Management
a. Leads the development and administration of agency compensation and benefits systems.
b. Explains employee benefits and enrolls eligible employees in benefits as needed.
c. Maintains effective communication with benefit providers and employees related to employee benefits.
4. Personnel Policies and Procedures
a. Develops and updates personnel policies and procedures that will support fulfillment of Home Sweet Home Ministries’ mission.
b. Updates Employee Handbook as policy revisions are made. Ensures that the current Employee Handbook is available on the S drive and to supervisors.
5. Recruitment and Selection
a. Directs all recruitment activities. Maintains and updates the employment pages on HSHM website, distributes information on job openings throughout HSHM, and uses other advertising venues as appropriate
b. Ensures that current and accurate job descriptions and interview formats are available for all positions.
c. Acts as an ongoing resource to hiring supervisors throughout the employment process.
d. Receives, tracks, and processes all employment applications.
e. Conducts initial phone screenings and in-person interviews as needed.
f. Obtains references for final candidates.
6. Professional Leadership
a. Stays abreast of current trends and developments in the field of human resources.
b. Assists in the development and implementation of strategic planning goals and objectives for human resources.
c. Provides training, tools, techniques, and guidance to supervisors and as needed to assist with human resources issues, such as the employment process, employee relations, coaching, and performance management.
d. Represents Home Sweet Home Ministries in business contacts with professionals and the public outside the agency.
7. Staff Development & Performance
a. Assesses staff training needs and develops, promotes, and provides staff training and career development opportunities.
b. Provides annual update training related to the Employee Handbook and other required employee training.
c. Ensures that training records are maintained for all employees.
d. Coordinates efforts related to employee discipline and termination.
e. Writes or approves all forms of employee discipline, to ensure the protection of employee legal rights and to offer legal protection to Home Sweet Home Ministries.
8. Legal Responsibilities
a. Ensures that Home Sweet Home Ministries’ human resource functions fully comply with all relevant laws and contractual regulations.
b. Interprets agency policy and labor laws regarding disciplinary action.
c. Consults with employment attorney as needed.
d. Ensures the agency’s labor law posters and notifications to employees comply with all applicable laws.
9. Occupational Health and Safety
a. Files and provides follow up for workers’ compensation claims.
b. Provides assistance, notifications, and recordkeeping for employees taking leaves of absences.
c. Takes proactive measures to ensure the health and safety of all employees.
d. Maintains effective working relationship with OSF Occupational Health Services.
e. Requests, receives, and processes drug and alcohol screening results.
10. Facilities Management
a. Establishes, implements, and monitors a preventative maintenance schedule for all mechanical and safety equipment. Recommends maintenance contracts as appropriate.
b. Establishes, implements, and monitors maintenance schedules for all agency-owned vehicles.
c. Maintains records of all maintenance provided to buildings and vehicles.
d. Coordinates monthly fire drills and building safety training.
e. Assists with planning and supervising building improvement projects.
f. Provides oversight and direction to maintenance and custodial workers.
11. Contract Management
a. Coordinates with vendors and contractual partners, including but not limited to those related to computer technology, telephone service, waste and recycling, salvage, utilities, maintenance, repair, and office equipment.
b. Serves as primary contact for any issues related to City of Bloomington  requirements.
12. Personnel Management
a. Leads and manages a cohesive team that focuses on fulfilling the mission of  Home Sweet Home Ministries.
b. Recruits, hires, trains, supervises, and evaluates assigned staff.
c. Ensures that assigned staff embody the mission, vision, and values of Home  Sweet Home Ministries.
1. Bachelor’s degree in human resource management, business management or  related field.
2. Five or more years of relevant human resources experience.
3. PHR, SPHR or comparable certification preferred.
4. Previous Operations Management experience preferred.
5. Demonstrated ability to delegate appropriately and lead a diverse yet cohesive team.
6. Willing and able to maintain high standards of confidentiality.
7. Demonstrated skills in Microsoft Office applications, database management, and the maintenance of records and statistics.
8. Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
9. Ability to organize efficiently, establish priorities, and attend to details.
10. Ability to work cooperatively as a team member with other agency staff.
11. Actively involved in a local church and able to relate to a personal testimony of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: 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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with  disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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Advanced Trading
Human Resource Coordinato

Advance Trading, Inc, an industry leading commodity brokerage firm headquartered in Bloomington, IL is looking to hire a dynamic individual to fill the role of Human Resources Coordinator. We are looking for a highly motivated and career minded person who wants to grow with an outstanding company.

We need an individual with a strong background in Human Resources management who possesses highly effective written and verbal communication skills. Proficiency in all Microsoft products is essential. A Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources or related business field is required. An excellent competitive salary and benefits package is available to the right candidate.

Job Summary:
The Human Resource Director will plan, lead, direct, develop, and coordinate the 
policies and activities of the Human Resource (HR) department, ensuring legal compliance and implementation of the organization’s mission and talent strategy.

Duties and Responsibilities
 Identifies staffing and recruiting needs; develops and executes best practices for 
hiring and talent management.

 Recruits, interviews and hires new staff

 Manage onboarding process for all newly hired employees.

 Administers all aspects of human resource programs including, but not limited to, compensation, benefits, and leave; disciplinary matters; disputes and investigations; performance and talent management; productivity, recognition, and morale; occupational health and safety; and training and development.

 Responsible for all benefits enrollment and administration, including but not limited to, Health, dental, vision, long and short term disability, life insurance, 401k, HSA and Flexible Spending Accounts.

 Monitors and ensures the organization’s compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations, and recommended best practices; reviews and modifies policies and practices to maintain compliance.

 Maintains knowledge of trends, best practices, regulatory changes, and new technologies in human resources, talent management, and employment law; applies this knowledge to communicate changes in policy, practice, and resources to management.

 Plans, leads, develops, coordinates, and implements policies, processes, training, initiatives, and surveys to support the organization’s human resource compliance and strategy needs.

 Assists and ensures that performance reviews are conducted in a timely and construction manner.

 Handles discipline and termination of employees in accordance with company policy.

 Collaborates with senior management to understand the organization’s goals and strategy related to staffing, recruiting, and retention.

 Conducts research and analysis of organizational trends including review of reports and metrics from the organization’s human resource information system (HRIS) or talent management system.

 Performs other duties as required.

Required Skills/Abilities:

 Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

 Outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail.

 Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.

 Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

 Ability to adapt to the needs of the organization and employees.

 Ability to prioritize tasks and to delegate them when appropriate.

 Thorough knowledge of employment-related laws and regulations.

 Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software.

Education and Experience:

 5-10+ years of Human Resources experience required.

 Bachelor’s degree in a related field is preferred or a combination of relevant experience and education is a plus.

 SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP, PHR/SPHR highly preferred

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Heartland Community College, Phi Beta Lambda "Suit Up Closet"

Donate your gently used or new business attire and healthcare attire such as scrubs to Heartland Normal Campus, Student Commons Building Room 1511 during regular Library hours.

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