Benefits Specialist

Put your passion and skills to work for the planet. Climate change is the most urgent issue of our time, and we need people like you to help us build a vital Earth — for everyone.


We’re Environmental Defense Fund, a fast-paced nonprofit with a growing staff of more than 850 people in nearly 30 countries. We deliver game-changing solutions that cut climate pollution and strengthen people’s ability to thrive despite the effects climate change is already having. We work wherever we can have the most impact, from local communities to top companies to governments worldwide, and even in space.


Our culture, values and commitment to diversity make EDF an exciting and meaningful place to work. Every job here makes a difference. Won’t you join us?

Overall Function


The Benefits Specialist will support in the design and administration of EDF’s benefit programs. As part of a fast-growing international non-profit, this role is responsible for supporting the global short- and long-term strategies for health and wellness programs, ensuring the organization provides market competitive benefits which attract and retain colleagues in a compliant and cost-effective manner. The ideal candidate will be a proven adaptable Benefits professional with experience in a diverse, growth environment.


Key Responsibilities

  • Provides support in the analysis, development, design, communication, and implementation of global benefits; include benefits structure, cost analysis, and annual renewals
  • Research and evaluate benefit programs and policies and stay up to date on trends; domestic and global
  • Liaise with third party vendors and industry related partners to provide relevant regional benchmarking and strategic proposals for policies and program
  • Liaise with global HRBPs and relevant stakeholders for benefits set up in new geographies
  • Ensure the accuracy of all benefit enrollments in the HRIS and vendor systems to ensure accurate eligibility information
  • Coordinate annual open enrollment and renewals for global sites
  • Support planning and coordinating global wellness initiatives and strategy
  • Update global HR procedure manuals and materials and communications for organization wide distribution to educate employees about their benefits
  • Analyze the costs and benefits of wellness and insurance programs
  • Keep up to date on compliance and legislative changes related to benefits; domestic and international
  • Conduct benefits related HRIS testing and reporting
  • Process and track benefit expenses and reimbursements requests (e.g. tuition, wellness, fitness, etc.)
  • Manage benefits inquiries in the HR mailbox and assist with general employee inquiries
  • Manage triggers and processes related to hire and termination including new hires benefit enrollment, benefits termination, COBRA
  • Participates in advancing EDF DEI goals in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected, included, and empowered to address the environmental and organizational challenges in alignment with EDF values



  • 3+ years’ experience in benefits administration, preferably in a medium-sized global firm (e.g., 300-600 employees) and a bachelor’s degree
  • Firm understanding of human resources policies and procedures; domestic and global
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, written and communication skills (oral and written)
  • Strong attention to detail to ensure accuracy amount multiple systems and documents
  • Ability to think critically, identifying and evaluating solutions
  • Positive attitude and ability to remain flexible in an evolving environment.
  • Ability to take initiative, multitask, meet deadlines and work well under pressure
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team.
  • Good judgment to manage sensitive and confidential matters.
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and Outlook; knowledge of HRIS preferred (Workday a plus)
  • Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds


Hiring Range

We offer a strong total rewards package encompassing competitive salary, robust benefits, and professional development opportunities consistent with a modern global organization.

The pay range for this role is 60,000 - 75,000 USD which takes into account factors such as candidate experience, skills, training, internal team equity and local norms.

Environmental Defense Fund is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.