• Temporary Leave Specialist

    Job ID
    Temporary Full-Time
    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
    Human Resources and Legal
  • Overview

    Cures Start Here. At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, home to three Nobel laureates, interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists seek new and innovative ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. Fred Hutch’s pioneering work in bone marrow transplantation led to the development of immunotherapy, which harnesses the power of the immune system to treat cancer. An independent, nonprofit research institute based in Seattle, Fred Hutch houses the nation’s first cancer prevention research program, as well as the clinical coordinating center of the Women’s Health Initiative and the international headquarters of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network. Careers Start Here.

    The temporary Leave of Absence Specialist will be responsible for handling simple to complex leave administration, advising supervisors, interpreting policy, and counseling employees. Daily work assignments are performed independently. Requires discretion and confidentiality in dealing with sensitive and confidential information. Consults with the Leave and Accommodation Manager, Employee Relations team and Employment Counsel as necessary to ensure the fair and consistent application of policies and procedures.


    The incumbent must  have the ability to critically think through ambiguous situations, and collaborate with subject matter experts to develop appropriate solutions. This position routinely assists and supports fellow HR team members. They will also maintain current and complete understanding of Federal and State laws including case law and regulations such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, FLSA, ADA, FMLA, and state laws.


    • Counsels employees and managers concerning leave rights and responsibilities and guides managers throughout the leave in interpreting the legal parameters of applicable federal, state and local laws.
    • Responds to inquiries from employees and supervisors requiring application of organizational policies and practices regarding eligibility, definition, paid/unpaid status, continuation of benefits, accommodation and return-to-work relating to leaves of absence for faculty, general staff, and University of Washington Physicians.
    • Oversees the distribution, completion and return of leave related materials, resolving discrepancies or issues when necessary.
    • Maintains leave request site, leave related documents, files and tracking records for internal/external audits and inquires
    • Acts as a liaison between employee and insurance providers to resolve disability related issues and assures effective utilization and positive employee relation.
    • Reviews and processes time and effort or automated time and labor report for all employees on a leave of absence. Assures accuracy and at direction, resolves discrepancies in reports with management, the employee, and payroll.


    Minimum qualifications:

    • This position requires a minimum of three years of related Human Resource experience, with a minimum of 2 years of leave administration experience
    • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite programs and HRIS databases a must (preferably PeopleSoft)
    • Understanding of all aspects of leaves related laws, regulations, policies, principles, concepts and practices, including, but not limited to, Title VII, ADA, ADAAA and FMLA
    • Demonstrated strong written and verbal communication skills
    • Must have good judgment and decision-making skills
    • Ability to work independently, but a strong effective team player with a commitment to delivering results, solutions oriented services utilizing superior organizational skills
    • Strong interpersonal and business partnering skills are essential for success


    Preferred qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree in human resources or related field
    • PHR or CLMS certification

    Our Commitment to Diversity

    We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Employer. We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability (physical or mental), marital or veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, or membership in any other legally protected class. We are an Affirmative Action employer. We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply and desire priority referrals of protected veterans. If due to a disability you need assistance/and or a reasonable accommodation during the application or recruiting process, please send a request to our Employee Services Center at escmail@fredhutch.org or by calling 206-667-4700.


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