Director, Benefits and Wellness Program

Updated: 12 days ago
Location: Miami, FLORIDA
Job Type: FullTime


Barry University, Human Resources department is currently seeking a Director of Benefits and Wellness Programs. This position is responsible for the strategic direction, oversight and administration of the university’s employee benefits and wellness program, ensuring the organization is in full compliance with applicable laws and regulations. In addition, the position works closely with the Vice President of Human Resources in developing, implementing and evaluating ongoing HR policies, programs, functions and activities for benefits and wellness initiatives.

Essential Functions

Establishes the strategic direction of benefits and wellness programs by:

  • Overseeing benefit programs to include analysis and acts as primary contact with providers (including group health, dental, vision, LTD, Life, etc.), workers' compensation and retirement plans.
  • Evaluating and comparing existing benefits with those of other institutions by analyzing other plans.
  • Participating in benefit surveys and utilizing other sources of information to make recommendations for improvements or changes to existing benefits and wellness programs.
  • Developing annual goals and long term objectives.
  • Developing annual action plans to meet goals and long-term objectives.
  • Developing and implementing policies and procedures related to all benefit and wellness programs.   
  • Assures University compliance with provisions of Employee Retirement Income Security Act, Health Care Reform and all regulatory compliance relating to benefit and wellness programs.
  • Supervises preparation of reports and applications required by law to be filed with federal and state agencies, such as Internal Revenue Service, Department of Labor, insurance commissioners, and other regulatory agencies.
  • Reviews and analyzes changes to state and federal laws pertaining to benefits, and reports necessary or suggested changes to leadership.
  • Oversees compliance with all regulatory mailings, communications and filing of reports as required. Acts as primary contact to third party administrator, General counsel and external counsel who assist with University compliance.    
  • Plan, direct, and supervise all activities relating to the administration and maintenance of employee benefit programs. Develop, implement, and control programs in a manner that ensures cost-effectiveness, market competitiveness, and internal equity among employees. This includes the administration of the University Tuition Assistance Plans, FMLA, Leave plans and all 403B/401K hardships, loans, and withdrawals.  
  • Provide oversight, mentorship, and direction for staff within Benefits and Wellness by establishing annual goals, conducting annual performance appraisals, and coaching when appropriate.  
  • Oversees and processes all unemployment claims through UCAC. Schedules all hearings and files all appeals. Compiles and analyzes all unemployment data including number of claims, financials, etc.    
  • Analyzes aggregate health claims data to recommend and implement employee wellness initiatives based on claims to drive lifestyle and behavior changes which will lower claims and premiums for future.

Develop, manage and forecast HR budgets related to Benefits and Wellness:

  • Responsible for monthly reconciliation of Purchasing Credit Card (AMEX).
  • Responsible for the submission of annual budgetary reports.
  • Responsible for preparation of quarterly, annual reports relating to Benefits and Wellness.      

Serves on various University and external committees as appropriate:

  • Serves as a Human Resources advisory member to the Administrative Staff Council (ASC). Serves as an HR advisory member and lead efforts for the Benefits Subcommittee of the ASC.
  • Serves on the Human Resources Advisory Committee (HRAC) to ICUBA. This will require monthly travel.
  • Serves on the University Wellness Initiative Network (WIN) in order to collaborate and provide strategic direction to employee wellness programs on campus.
  • Serves on the Retirement Committee of the University.
  • Serves on the University Benefits Committee.   


  • Bachelor's Degree of Science required. Master’s Degree of Science preferred.
  • 5 years of related Experience.
  • Knowledge of specialized principles or techniques equivalent to those that would normally be obtained through a formal four-year college/university academic program or an in-depth specialized training program directly related to the type of work to be performed. 
  • Must have one or more of the following certifications are preferred SPHR, PHR, CEBS.
  • Must be able to analyze statistical data for claims, spend analysis for all benefit and wellness related programs.
  • Must be able to multitask and manage projects effectively.
  • Ability to utilize Microsoft Office applications (e.g., Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint) and HRIS software (e.g., Ellucian, Workday, Softdocs etc.).
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills both written and verbal. High customer service skills in relationship to consulting with supervisors and communicating with employees of Barry University. 
  • Must have excellent proofreading and editing skills.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively as a presenter for benefit related meetings, workshops and training. Must possess excellent listening skills.
  • This position requires monthly travel.

Benefits: Barry University offers a comprehensive benefits package to full-time employees that includes health, dental, vision, life insurance, retirement, tuition assistance, paid time off and work/life balance initiatives such as wellness programs, spirituality in the workplace, and training and development.

Barry University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment.

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