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Job Description

TITLE: Leave & Benefits Specialist


TerraPower is a nuclear technology company based in Bellevue, Washington. At its core, the company is working to raise living standards globally through a more affordable, secure and environmentally friendly form of nuclear energy along with innovations in medical isotopes to improve human health. In 2006, TerraPower originated with Bill Gates and a group of like-minded visionaries who evaluated the fundamental challenges to raising living standards around the world. They recognized energy access was crucial to the health and economic well-being of communities and decided that the private sector needed to take action and create energy sources that would advance global energy deployment. TerraPower’s mission is to be a world leader in new nuclear technologies, while developing innovators and future leaders in the nuclear field. As a result, the company’s activities in the fields of nuclear energy and related sciences are yielding significant innovations in the safety and economics of nuclear power, hybrid energy and medical applications – all for significant human health benefits.

TerraPower is seeking to hire highly motivated and forward-thinking professionals who are interested in focusing on advanced nuclear reactor research and development and influencing change within the nuclear power landscape and bringing forward the critical production of medical isotopes. TerraPower is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate in hiring on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religious creed, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. In addition, as a federal contractor, TerraPower has instituted an Affirmative Action Plan (AAP) in an effort to proactively recruit, hire, and promote women, minorities, disabled persons and veterans.

Leave & Benefits Specialist

This role will support the full cycle leave administration processes including Parental Leave, FMLA, Paid Family & Medical Leave (PFML), Workers Compensation, personal leave, and other types of company approved leave. This role will also work with medical accommodations and return-to-work processes. This position will partner closely with Payroll, HR, and third-party vendors to administer the programs, provide employee education, and support employees with benefit utilization.


• Support Leave requests, providing employees guidance and procedures on how to navigate full cycle of Leave from initiation to return to work.

• Oversee tracking, documentation, and timely responses for active leave of absences and incoming requests.

• Work closely with employee managers to support employees who go on leave.

• Arrange approval of employee leaves and project codes to properly track in the system of record according to the leave types.

• Lead as subject matter expert on all aspects of multi-state and federal leave mandates as well as company leave policies and benefits.

• Continue ongoing development of leave management and compliance knowledge; stay current with changes in leave regulations and continually update company policy, procedure, and guidelines.

• Coordinate with the Payroll & Finance Systems team to ensure pay and use of PTO (or other leave codes) is reflective of the actual leave schedule and collaborate on the true-up and reconciliation process when the employee returns to work.

• Field and answer leave related questions about state and federal regulations, healthcare plans, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) related inquires.

• Liaison between departments and vendors on Workers Compensation related inquiries.

• Assist employees with Short-Term and Long-Term Disabilities inquiries.

• Other duties as assigned.

Key Qualifications and Skills

• Minimum of 5 years of Leave Administration experience including FMLA, disability, and life, as well as ancillary benefits.

• BA/BS degree or 10+ years of work experience in lieu of BA/BS degree.

• Knowledge of state and federal regulations, filing and compliance requirements both adopted and pending which could impact employee benefits programs.

• Working knowledge of multi-state leave of absence laws and regulations, as well as Workers Compensation policies.

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, comfortable working with operations team/non-accounting professionals.

• Strong customer service in a high growth, high touch organization.

• Accuracy, time management, and timely follow-up.

• Proficient with Microsoft Excel and able to quickly adapt to other Finance and Accounting systems (ADP, Oracle Enterprise Cloud).

• Working knowledge of payroll systems, experience with ADP preferred.

• Highly organized and detail-oriented; high degree of accuracy.

• Ability to multi-task.

• Handle benefits projects and ad hoc requests timely and accurately.

• Capable of quickly comprehending new information and technologies, as well as ability to work in a fast-paced environment.

• Strong understanding of the sensitive nature of working with confidential leave, benefits, and payroll information.

• The successful candidate will possess a high degree of trust and integrity, communicate openly and display respect with a desire to foster teamwork.

Job Functions

Job Functions are physical actions and/or working conditions associated with the position. These functions may also constitute essential functions for the job which the employee must be able to fulfill, with or without accommodation. Information provided below is to help describe the job so that the applicant has a reasonable understanding of the job duties/expectations. An applicant's ability to perform and/or tolerate these actions and conditions will be discussed and workplace accommodations may be made on a case-by-case basis following an individualized assessment of the applicant and other considerations, including but not limited to any governing safety standards.

• Motor Abilities: Sitting and/or standing for extended periods, bending/stooping, grasping/gripping, fine motor control (hands)

• Physical exertion and/or requirements: Minimal, with ability to safely lift up to 20 pounds

• Repetitive work: Prolonged

• Special Senses: Visual and audio focused work

• Work Conditions: Stairs, typing/keyboard, standard and/or sitting working environment of >8 hrs./day

• Travel required: 0-5%

TerraPower’s technology is controlled for export by various agencies of the U.S. Government. TerraPower must evaluate applicants who are foreign nationals (other than asylees, refugees, or lawful permanent residents) in accordance with U.S. Government export control requirements. To facilitate TerraPower’s export control reviews, you will be asked as part of the application process to identify whether you are a U.S. Citizen or national, asylee, refugee, or lawful permanent resident of the United States. Government export authorization approval times vary. Based on the business needs for a particular position, TerraPower may not consider a foreign national from a country if it is impracticable to obtain timely Government export approval.

Job details

Job Type: Full-time

Salary Range Level 7: $71,093 - $106,640

Salary Range Level 8: $81,383 - $122,074

*Typically, our employee salaries are within .90 – 1.0 of the mid-point of the posted salary band. Any salary offered within the posted salary band is based on market data and commensurate with the selected individual’s qualifications and experience. This range is specific to Washington State.


• Competitive Compensation

• Eligible for discretionary short-term incentive bonus pay

• Comprehensive Medical and Wellness Benefits

· Medical

· Vision

· Dental

· Life

· Life and Disability

· Gender Affirmation Benefits

· Parental Leave

• 401(k) Plan

• Generous Paid Time Off (PTO)

· 21 days of annually accrued PTO

• Generous Holiday Schedule

· 10 paid holidays

• Professional and Educational Support Opportunities

• Flexible Work Schedule

TerraPower Career and Benefits information: https://www.terrapower.com/contact-us/careers/

Please visit www.terrapower.com to apply

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