Benefits Specialist

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Closing date: Sep 22, 2017

Location: Yellowknife

Department: FIN Financial Shared Services

Job Code: 14711

Salary: $87,263 - $104,208

Job: Full-Time

Term: Regular

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About the Job

Department Information

The Department of Finance has the mandate to provide leadership and direction to the public service in all areas of finance and human resource management. This mandate includes negotiating major financial arrangements with the federal government, providing analysis and advice to the Financial Management Board, and ensuring that financial and information resources are managed effectively, efficiently and economically. This mandate also includes the recruitment and retention of a competent public service that representative of the people it serves, the development of programs and services that effectively serve the human resource needs of the public service.

Job Information

The Benefits Specialist oversees benefits and insurances consultation for all employees of the NWT Public Service and is the primary resource for all senior management in the GNWT. The position provides complex calculations and detailed information that requires a thorough knowledge of both benefits and insurance information. The position is a technical resource to the department and its clients and is required to review, evaluate, and make recommendations on business processes.

GNWT Financial and Employee Shared Services is responsible for providing a range of financial transaction processing services for all Departments of the GNWT, NWTHC, boards, agencies, authorities and includes operational offices in Yellowknife, Fort Smith, Hay River, Fort Simpson, Norman Wells and Inuvik. Under the shared services model, these responsibilities must be fulfilled for each respective client with often competing priorities, timelines and workload demands.

Located in Yellowknife and reporting to a Manager, Financial Operations, the Benefits Specialist is responsible  for: overseeing the  onboarding  activities  related  to  the accurate assignment of benefits and insurances to all Senior Management of the NWT Public Service; overseeing the maintenance of the benefits records; administering leave as per the collective agreements and provide pre-retirement counseling. This position provides timely, accurate, and consistent response to benefits inquiries.


  • Proven understanding of benefits administration

  • Basic understanding of accounting principles

  • Ability  to  read   and  understand      relevant  Acts,  manuals,  employment agreements, regulations and procedures

  • Proficient  in the use  of software applications  and  computerized  Enterprise  Resource Management systems

  • Ability to manage technical functions in a large-volume environment

  • Ability to mentor staff

  • Good communication, client relations and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to interpret relevant technical reports

  • Ability to organize time effectively and meet deadlines

Typically. the above qualifications would be attained by:

These skills are normally acquired through the successful completion of a relevant undergraduate degree and the completion of an Employee Benefits Administration certificate such as a CEBS diploma and a minimum of 4 years directly related benefit administration experience OR an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Limited Competition

This Job Opening is limited to employees with the GNWT/WSCC in indeterminate and term positions.

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Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.

Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory criminal record check. Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.


Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Management and Recruitment Services
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
Yellowknife Centre 5th Floor  
P.O. Box 1320, Yellowknife NT X1A 2L9
Fax: (867) 873-0445

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 14711         

Closing Date: Friday, September 22, 2017 - 23:59, Mountain Standard Time

Salary Information

The salary range for this position is from $44.75 per hour to $53.44 per hour (approximately $87,263 - $104,208) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $3,450.