Benefits Specialist 1203

  • City of Los Angeles
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 29, 2023
Full Time Human Resources and Personnel
  • Salary: $60,948.00 - $89,094.00 Annually USD

Job Description


$60,948 to $89,094
The salary in the Department of Water and Power is $70,240 to $87,278.

Candidates from the eligible list are normally appointed to vacancies in the lower pay grade positions.Annual salary is at the start of the pay range. The current salary range is subject to change. Please confirm the starting salary with the hiring department before accepting a job offer.For information regarding reciprocity between the City of Los Angeles departments and LADWP, go to .
A Benefits Specialist counsels and provides information on employee benefits and retirement programs; researches and resolves issues regarding program services and benefits; performs benefit calculations; may assign, review and evaluate the work of subordinates engaged in support activities for this work; applies sound supervisory principles and techniques in building and maintaining an effective work force; fulfills equal employment opportunity responsibilities; and does related work.

Two years of full time paid experience in a class at the level of Senior Administrative Clerk (formerly Senior Clerk Typist) in the administration of benefit or retirement programs, including providing counseling, researching retirement or benefit related information, providing benefit services, or performing retirement or benefit related calculations, using systems/software to obtain appropriate data; or Successful completion of 60 semester or 90 quarter units from an accredited college or university and 1,040 hours of paid experience assisting in the duties listed in Requirement #1.


For Requirement #1, applicants who lack six months or less of the above required experience may file for this examination. However, they cannot be appointed until the full experience requirement is met.
Some positions may require a valid California driver’s license. Candidates may not be eligible for appointment to these positions if their record within the last 36 months reflects three or more moving violations and/or at-fault accidents, or a conviction of a major moving violation (such as DUI).
For Requirement #1, qualifying experience gained outside of the City of Los Angeles requires eighteen months of clerical experience with increasing responsibilities to be at the level of Senior Administrative Clerk. Therefore, non-City qualifying experience must be gained in positions after eighteen months of clerical experience.
Please note that qualifying education must be from a college or university accredited by a City of Los Angeles recognized agency. A list of approved accrediting agencies can be found at .
Candidates completing the exam process may be contacted by the Personnel Department to provide required proof of qualifying coursework. Applicants who wish to expedite this process may attach a copy of their qualifying coursework to their on-line application at the time of filing in the Attachments section.


In accordance with Charter Section 1010 (b) and Civil Service Rule 5.31, selective certification will be used for some positions that require special skills and/or training. Only persons possessing the following at the time of filing may be considered for appointment to fill such positions:

The ability to speak or write a language other than English.

Applicants that desire to be considered for this Selective Certification must specify the language other than English in the appropriate box on the application. Applicants who fail to provide the information at the time of filing will not be considered further in selective certification.


Applications will only be accepted on-line on the dates listed in the “Application Deadline” section of this bulletin. When you are viewing the on-line job bulletin of your choice, simply scroll to the top of the page and select the “Apply” icon. On-line job bulletins are also available at .


Applicants are urged to apply early to ensure you have time to resolve any technical issues you may encounter.

Applications will only be accepted on-line on the following dates listed below:

Filing Period 1: From 8:00 am Friday, January 27, 2023 to 11:59 pm, Thursday, February 9, 2023

Filing Period 2: From 8:00 am Friday, February 2, 2024 to 11:59 pm, Thursday, February 15, 2024

The examination may close without prior notice at any time after a sufficient number of applications have been received. Filing periods may change without prior notice or additional dates may be added, as needed, at a later date. For administrative purposes, filing will close periodically and reopen on the dates noted in the “Application Deadline” section of this bulletin.

In accordance with Civil Service Rule 4.2, all applicants who apply may not be tested in this examination. To meet anticipated hiring needs, only a limited number of qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the selection process in the following order: 1) Los Angeles City Promotional applicants who meet the minimum requirements. You must have received a regular appointment to a City position or be on a reserve list to apply for this examination as a promotional candidate; 2) Applicants currently employed by the City of Los Angeles on a part-time or exempt basis who meet the minimum requirements; 3) Remaining applicants who meet the minimum requirements in sufficient numbers to meet hiring needs based on random sampling of those qualified candidates. Applicants not selected to be tested may re-apply in a subsequent filing period in order to be considered for that period's selection process.


Examination Weight:

Essay - Advisory
Interview - 100%

The examination will consist of an on-line advisory essay and an interview. In the interview, the following competencies may be evaluated: Attention to Detail; Self-Management; Supervision; Fact Finding; Interpersonal Skills; Oral Communication; Written Communication; Job Knowledge, including knowledge of: benefit plan terminology and types; State, Federal, and local laws governing defined benefit plans, retirement benefits, defined contribution plans, or City of Los Angeles flexible and health benefit programs; and other necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Additional job analysis information can be obtained by going to and clicking on Competencies under Benefits Specialist.

Prior to the interview, applicants will be required to prepare some written material related to the duties and responsibilities of a Benefits Specialist. This essay material will not be separately scored, but will be presented to the interview board for review and consideration, which may include discussion, in the overall evaluation of the candidate. Those who do not complete the advisory essay will not be invited to the interview and will be considered to have failed the entire examination. To be considered complete, the advisory essay must include a substantive response for each question or problem included in the advisory essay for which an applicant is required to provide an answer. Please note that applicants must complete the advisory essay and meet the minimum qualifications as stated on this bulletin in order to be considered further in the examination process.

The advisory essay will be administered on-line. Applicants invited to participate in the examination will receive an e-mail from the City of Los Angeles outlining the specific steps needed to complete the on-line advisory essay. Applicants who fail to complete the advisory essay as instructed may be disqualified.

For candidates who apply during Filing Period 1, it is anticipated that the on-line advisory essay will be administered between MARCH 21, 2023 and MARCH 28, 2023.

For candidates who apply during Filing Period 2, it is anticipated that the on-line advisory essay will be administered between MARCH 26, 2024 and APRIL 2, 2024.

Candidates will be notified by e-mail of the date, time, and location of the interviews, which may be held in Los Angeles or on-line.

For candidates who apply during Filing Period 1, it is anticipated that interviews will begin during the period of APRIL 17, 2023 to APRIL 28, 2023.

For candidates who apply during Filing Period 2, it is anticipated that interviews will begin during the period of APRIL 24, 2024 to MAY 5, 2024.


Test dates may be postponed in order to help protect the safety of our candidates and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Candidates will receive an e-mail from the City of Los Angeles Personnel Department if the anticipated test dates are postponed.

This examination is based on a validation study.As a covered entity under the Fair Employment and Housing Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and upon request, will provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities. To request a disability accommodation, please complete the Disability Accommodation Form within 14 calendar days of the submittal of the City application. The Disability Accommodation Form can be obtained at Applications are accepted subject to review to ensure that minimum qualifications are met. Candidates may be disqualified at any time if it is determined that they do not possess the minimum qualifications stated on this bulletin.A final average score of 70% or higher is required to be placed on the eligible list.You may take the Benefits Specialist examination only once every 24 months under this bulletin. If you have taken the Benefits Specialist examination during an open filing period in the Personnel Department within the last 24 months under this bulletin, you may not file for this examination at this time.Your rank on the employment list may change as scores of candidates from other administrations of the examination are merged onto one list.Your name may be removed from the open competitive list after six (6) months.In conjunction with Civil Service Rules, applicants who have received a regular appointment to a City position or are on a reserve list will be considered Promotional candidates while all other applicants will be considered Open candidates.The promotional list will ordinarily be used ahead of the open competitive list. However, if open competitive candidates receive a higher score, without military credits, than the highest available promotional candidate, after adding seniority credit at the rate of 0.25 of a point for each year of continuous classified City service, the Civil Service Commission, upon request of the appointing authority, may approve certification of such open competitive candidates ahead of the promotional candidates.In accordance with Civil Service Rule, Sec. 4.24, review periods may be combined. Candidates in the examination process may file protests as provided in Sec. 4.20, 4.22 and 4.23 as applicable and within the required time frame; however, the Personnel Department may respond to and resolve protests prior to the establishment of the eligible list.For candidates seeking initial City employment, in accordance with Los Angeles City Ordinance 187134, information regarding COVID-19 vaccination requirements as conditions of employment

Notice :

If you receive and accept an offer of employment to a regular position with the City of Los Angeles, your employee benefit coverage (including health and dental coverage, as well as life insurance) will commence approximately six weeks after your original appointment. Not all positions in the City receive benefit coverage; you should inquire regarding the availability of employee benefits prior to accepting a position. All City employees are required to be Disaster Service Workers.


The City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, creed, color, ancestry, medical condition (cancer), or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.


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