The George Mason University, Human Resources & Payroll Department is looking for a Director of Benefits. The Director of Benefits is responsible for managing benefit programs for George Mason University. The role includes consultation with executive leadership, human resources colleagues, and the state's Department of Human Resource Management regarding benefit programs, policies and practices. The role will also include planning, developing, and implementing new benefits and wellness programs, policies, and practices. This position is responsible for ensuring program compliance with federal and state requirements. The scope of employee benefits programs includes group health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, and other programs.
George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.
Provide leadership and direction to the Benefits team;
Select, monitor, evaluate, and manage all vendor relationships serving as the university contact for benefit vendors and insurance carriers on all university sponsored benefit plans;
Ensure all benefit programs are designed and administered within full compliance of pertinent Federal and state laws and regulations, and that all government and regulatory agency reporting and disclosure requirements are met timely, accurately and completely;
Work with the state and/or vendors to ensure that STD (short term disability), LTD (long term disability), and WC (worker's compensation) benefits are managed properly. Direct staff and ensure coordination with payroll and others to ensure correct payment and deductions for benefit contributions during various types of leave;
Manage current leave programs and create new leave programs and develop policies and procedures. Set clear guidelines to maintain and explain accurate leave benefits, determining eligibility, calculation of leave payouts, and leave balance management. This includes the communication of policies and procedures to managers and affected employees, working in coordination with the HR policies colleague;
Maintain current knowledge of government regulations and laws associated with benefits and absence management. Benchmark best practices for faculty, staff and executives. Support Investment Policy Committee (IPC) through work with actuarial consultants and ORP vendors including committee members. Evaluate and analyze current retirement programs to ensure all plans remain market competitive and cost effective. Follow Investment Policy Statement guidelines for all retirement plans and try benchmark to meet ERISA compliance regulations. Prepare as needed and/or required annual returns and filings;
Develop and execute comprehensive communication strategies and programs to foster employee understanding, better consumerism and appreciation of the value of all company sponsored benefit programs and services;
As needed, conduct cost analyses to determine the direct and indirect cost of absence and recommend practices to improve costs where possible;
Assists with the administration of corporate compensation practices; oversees the development and maintenance of the executive deferred compensation plan. Work with Benefits attorney and Chief Human Resource Officer to ensure legal and current trends in employee sponsored benefit programs;
Acts as internal benefits expert, and strategist;
Analyze existing benefits, wellness, and absence management policies and prevailing practices of like institutions to remain competitive in programs and policies; and
Manage benefits projects through bench marking university best practices. Provide metrics and data on new trending programs.
Master's degree in HR, Business Administration or other relevant field required; or Bachelor's degree with significant benefits, wellness, and absence management experience equivalent to an advanced degree;
Progressive related experience in benefits administration, wellness programs, and absence management;
Knowledge of creating, developing, and implementing new benefit options and benefits plans and designs;
A substantive knowledge of/experience in federal and state law, compliance requirements in HIPPA, COBRA regulations, FMLA, ADA, and general HR practices;
Demonstrated supervisory and leadership skills; proven ability to model desired work values and practices for other team members and create a work setting that encourages both individual and team accomplishments;
Excellent problem solving and analytical skills; proven ability to research, follow up and resolve complex issues and problems surfaced by the team;
Excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to present complex issues/data with a high level of clarity and impact;
Skills and experience in counseling and advising diverse employees at all levels in a complex organization;
Ability to work with diverse individuals and groups on campus;
Analytical skill in examining benefits plans and compensation programs; and
As part of an evolving department, candidate must be adaptable to change and have the competencies to perform their role and execute responsibilities as part of a wider HR Business Partner model.
Experience in higher education or a large diverse work environment;
Previous experience within a state institution;
Ability to work initiatives through committees and create buy-in and support;
Strategic planning experience;
Strong skills in project management and problem-solving;
Understanding of benefit contracts with vendors and pricing methodology;
Experience working with Oracle HRMS database, Banner, or other related HRMS systems;
Experience creating complex and diverse faculty and staff programming;
Experience marketing benefits as well as experience with public benefits administration;
Eight years of progressive experience in benefits administration including creation/analysis of benefit designs, vendor contract management, and qualified define contribution plans;
Several years of supervisory experience managing a staff of three or more full-time employees; and
Certified Benefits Professional or CEBS.
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.
Location: Fairfax, VA
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Special Instructions to Applicants:
For full consideration, applicants must apply at https://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.
George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 46024
About George Mason University
George Mason University is Virginia's largest public university located in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. With strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, information technology, public policy, economics, visual and performing arts, life sciences and biotechnology, Mason prepares its alumni to succeed in the workforce and meet the needs of the region and the world.