Director of Benefits and Wellness 7261BR Finance & Administration Human Resources
Detailed Job Description The Director of Benefits and Wellness is responsible for RIT's employee benefits and wellness strategies, benefits administration, fiscal management of a nearly $100M benefits budget, and ensuring legal and regulatory benefits compliance, as well as strategy and management of the employee wellness program. The individual will develop and maintain benefits programs, as well as provide direction and oversight for the implementation of related policies and procedures. Key responsibilities include:
Develop comprehensive, contemporary, inclusive, competitive, and cost-effective benefits and employee wellness strategies and programs in collaboration with senior leadership; manage implementation of adopted strategies.
Provide direction and oversight for the administration of benefit programs for all university employees, including health and welfare, retirement, tuition, worker's compensation, disability, leave administration, and other related benefits.
Provide direction and oversight for retiree benefits, including medical coverage and RIT's Medicare Exchange.
Oversee administration of the institution's 403(b) retirement plan. Support annual plan audit. Serve on Retirement Savings Plan Investment Committee.
Ensure benefit plans' compliance with relevant Federal and state laws and regulations (i.e., HIPAA, COBRA, ERISA, ADA, IRS regulations, NYS Paid Family Leave, NYS Paid Sick Leave, etc.) and update summary plan descriptions, plan documents, benefits forms, and policies as necessitated by law and ease of administration. Serve as ERISA Plan Administrator for benefit plan appeals.
Authorize employee benefit and employee wellness program expenditures, including overseeing management of $40K annual health plan wellness fund.
Review and ensure accurate reporting and payment of premiums, claims, and all other benefit-related expenses, as well as employee contributions, COBRA payments, etc., and audit budget report of benefits expenditures.
Interface with RIT administration, finance, legal & faculty and staff shared governance groups regarding benefit matters.
Foster a culture of customer service within the benefits and wellness areas; continuously review and modify benefits services as necessary.
Develop and deliver comprehensive communication programs for benefits and wellness, through in-person presentations, web presence, social media, and other appropriate means.
Develop and revise written policies and procedures (as needed) related to employee benefits administration.
Direct university's participation in benefits benchmarking and surveys; monitor RIT's employee benefits competitiveness on an ongoing basis.
Direct selection and ongoing management of and negotiation with benefit and wellness vendors and consultants.
Manage annual benefit renewals with broker and provider representatives, and in strategic planning for benefit programs, including consideration of new programs, alternate providers, plan design modifications, etc.
Supervise, train and develop staff of eight professional benefits and wellness specialists to ensure quality, integrity and responsiveness of benefits administration and wellness programs.
Serve on the HR Leadership Teamepresent RIT on relevant external community committees & boards.
Live our values, embrace diverse perspectives, and nurture the RIT community to remain a great place to work for all.
Minimum Qualifications Education/Experience:
Experience: At least eight years relevant experience, including four years experience in supervisory/ management role
Must have superior knowledge of labor and employment law, particularly employee benefit laws and regulations, and experience using MS Office and benefit management software.
Deep understanding of and experience with contemporary benefits and wellness strategies and programs.
Must demonstrate ability to communicate effectively and work with a wide variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds.
Proven success producing high quality oral and written communications; strong and effective presentation skills.
Demonstrated effective analytical ability.
Proficiency with benefits administration software.
Strong customer service, organizational and prioritization skills also required.
Professional Area: Employment Category: Fulltime Staff Job Function:Wage Band: 124A
Rochester Institute of Technology, the 10th largest private university in the U.S., is among the worlds leading technological universities. Its 18,000 undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries are enrolled in over 200 academic programs, including 7 interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs. A pioneer in experiential education, RIT was the first to offer undergraduate degree programs in biotechnology, information technology, software engineering, and microelectronic engineering. As home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, the university offers unparalleled academic opportunities and services for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Founded in 1829, RIT has 115,000 alumni throughout the United States and around the world. RIT has been named by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the 'Great Colleges to Work For.' RIT is a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation site, and is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples through the Upstate NY Higher Education Recruitment Consortium. For more information, visit www.rit.edu/overview/rankings-and-recognition and www.rit.edu.
As a member of the RIT community employees receive a well-balanced benefits package that offers a variety of choices and access to additional employment advantages. These benefits, combined with an employees pay, provide a total compensation package that can be tailored to meet your needs. More on RITs Benefits, Health & Wellness program can be found at: https://www.rit.edu/fa/humanresources/content/benefits-health-and-wellness
RIT does not discriminate. RIT is an equal opportunity employer that promotes and values diversity, pluralism, and inclusion. For more information or inquiries, please visit RIT/TitleIX or the U.S. Department of Education at ED.Gov
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Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is a diverse and collaborative community of engaged, socially conscious, and intellectually curious minds. Through creativity and innovation, and an intentional blending of technology, the arts and design, we provide exceptional individuals with a wide range of academic opportunities, including a leading research program and an internationally recognized education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Beyond our main campus in Rochester, New York, RIT has international campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai, and Kosovo. And with more than 19,000 students and more than 125,000 graduates from all 50 states and over 100 nations, RIT is driving progress in industries and communities around the world. Find out more at www.rit.edu .