Executive Director, Health, Welfare & Retirement

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Chicago, ILLINOIS
Job Type: FullTime

Department
 

Office of the Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer


About the Department
 

UChicago Human Resources is dedicated to building institutional capacity to advance the University's mission in providing excellence in education, research and innovation. As a strategic partner, we collaborate with the divisions and units to attract, develop, reward and engage diverse talent to meet their specific goals and those of the University overall. We are a team of resources working together to provide organizational leadership, advice and support to meet the changing needs of our academic and staff community. The University of Chicago offers a wide variety of benefits programs and resources to its employees. From our health plan options and wellness programs, to our continuing education opportunities and competitive retirement plans, the University is committed to providing benefits that matter to you at each stage of your employment.


Job Summary
 

The Executive Director, Health, Welfare & Retirement provides overall strategic and operational leadership for the University's compensation, benefits and retirement programs. The Director is a creative thought leader who brings contemporary ideas and innovative approaches with the capacity to drive understanding and engagement to create the Total Rewards philosophy and program. Reporting to the Chief HR Officer, and as a member of the HR Leadership Team, the incumbent operates at both a strategic level in collaboration with senior executives and at a tactical execution-oriented level to ensure successful program implementation.

Responsibilities

  • Guides the design of the benefit plans through vertical managers to ensure competitiveness while managing its cost.
  • Administers employee benefits programs such as 403(b) (both DB and DC plans), medical, dental, vision, life/AD&D, disability, tuition reimbursement and any ancillary plans which may be offered to the employee population.
  • Oversees all financial aspects of the annual benefits budget and prepares or directs the preparation of reports, analysis, and recommendations for cost effective management of benefits financial resources.
  • Directs management team and monitors supervision of all total rewards staff in the areas of subject matter expertise and customer service.
  • Manages relationships with vendors and carriers.
  • Steers the programmatic and financial analysis of all benefit plans.
  • In conjunction with Legal Counsel, ensures that all benefit plans meet legal and regulatory requirements, and that all prescribed reports, records, and documents meet established standards.
  • Communicates University benefits policies, practices and fiduciary responsibilities in a manner which supports positive relationships with the Office of the Provost, Offices of the Deans, Administrators, University Hospitals, Managers, University-wide HR Representatives, HRS, faculty and staff in the various units.  Oversees open enrollment and health affair events.
  • Ensures University compliance with provisions of Employee Retirement Income Security Act. Prepares reports required by law to be filed with federal and state agencies such as the IRS, DOL and other regulatory agencies. Ensures compliance with local overseas rules and regulations.
  • Evaluates and compares existing University Total Rewards with those of other employers by analyzing plan metrics, surveys and other sources of information.
  • Develops specific recommendations with respect to possible plan changes that reflect best practices and our goal to attract and retain talent. Makes recommendations for changes as needed.
  • Creates a service environment and culture that supports an excellent faculty and staff experience.
  • Operates in the spirit of continuous improvement, seeking out process refinements and automation opportunities.
  • Measures performance of team through measures and metrics; creates key dashboards that serve to inform total rewards performance.
  • Oversees leave polices and administration to ensure that the program is administered effectively and compliantly.
  • Oversees and provides leadership for designated University benefit plan(s) for benefits-eligible employees, retirees and their dependents. The benefit plans may include, but are not limited to, medical plans, dental plans, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, long term disability, tuition reimbursement programs, retirement plans and supplemental retirement plan.
  • Establishes new and/or improved benefit plan designs. As required, ensures plan compliance with applicable federal laws and regulations. Works directly with legal counsel on legal matters pertaining to benefit plan(s).
  • Provides oversight for the enrollment activities for designated benefits plan(s). Directs processes and procedures for the administration of benefit plan(s). Maintains plan documents, summary plan descriptions, communications materials, required legal notices and administrative forms. Communicates changes in laws affecting plan policy and administration. Manages vendor relationships to assure smooth delivery of benefit programs.
  • Performs other related work as needed.


Minimum Qualifications
 

Education:

Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

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Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 10+ years of work experience in a related job discipline.

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Certifications:

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Preferred Qualifications

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Advanced degree.

Experience:

  • Seven years of experience in total rewards management.
  • Specific leadership experience in health and welfare programs, in a large, diverse setting.
  • Background refining and automating processes.

Preferred Competencies

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Presentation and interpersonal skills.
  • Decision-making skills.
  • Analytical skills.
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required)
  • Cover letter (preferred)
  • References Contact Information (preferred)


When applying, the document(s) MUST  be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Resume/CV of the application.


Job Family
 

University Human Resources


Role Impact
 

People Manager


FLSA Status
 

Exempt


Pay Frequency
 

Monthly


Scheduled Weekly Hours
 

37.5


Benefits Eligible
 

Yes


Drug Test Required
 

No


Health Screen Required
 

No


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required
 

No


Posting Statement
 

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity /Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

 

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form .

 

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.

 

All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history.  A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment.  Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.

 

The University of Chicago's Annual Security & Fire Safety Report (Report) provides information about University offices and programs that provide safety support, crime and fire statistics, emergency response and communications plans, and other policies and information. The Report can be accessed online at: http://securityreport.uchicago.edu . Paper copies of the Report are available, upon request, from the University of Chicago Police Department, 850 E. 61st Street, Chicago, IL 60637.



Department
 

Office of the Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer


About the Department
 

UChicago Human Resources is dedicated to building institutional capacity to advance the University's mission in providing excellence in education, research and innovation. As a strategic partner, we collaborate with the divisions and units to attract, develop, reward and engage diverse talent to meet their specific goals and those of the University overall. We are a team of resources working together to provide organizational leadership, advice and support to meet the changing needs of our academic and staff community. The University of Chicago offers a wide variety of benefits programs and resources to its employees. From our health plan options and wellness programs, to our continuing education opportunities and competitive retirement plans, the University is committed to providing benefits that matter to you at each stage of your employment.


Job Summary
 

The Executive Director, Health, Welfare & Retirement provides overall strategic and operational leadership for the University's compensation, benefits and retirement programs. The Director is a creative thought leader who brings contemporary ideas and innovative approaches with the capacity to drive understanding and engagement to create the Total Rewards philosophy and program. Reporting to the Chief HR Officer, and as a member of the HR Leadership Team, the incumbent operates at both a strategic level in collaboration with senior executives and at a tactical execution-oriented level to ensure successful program implementation.

Responsibilities

  • Guides the design of the benefit plans through vertical managers to ensure competitiveness while managing its cost.
  • Administers employee benefits programs such as 403(b) (both DB and DC plans), medical, dental, vision, life/AD&D, disability, tuition reimbursement and any ancillary plans which may be offered to the employee population.
  • Oversees all financial aspects of the annual benefits budget and prepares or directs the preparation of reports, analysis, and recommendations for cost effective management of benefits financial resources.
  • Directs management team and monitors supervision of all total rewards staff in the areas of subject matter expertise and customer service.
  • Manages relationships with vendors and carriers.
  • Steers the programmatic and financial analysis of all benefit plans.
  • In conjunction with Legal Counsel, ensures that all benefit plans meet legal and regulatory requirements, and that all prescribed reports, records, and documents meet established standards.
  • Communicates University benefits policies, practices and fiduciary responsibilities in a manner which supports positive relationships with the Office of the Provost, Offices of the Deans, Administrators, University Hospitals, Managers, University-wide HR Representatives, HRS, faculty and staff in the various units.  Oversees open enrollment and health affair events.
  • Ensures University compliance with provisions of Employee Retirement Income Security Act. Prepares reports required by law to be filed with federal and state agencies such as the IRS, DOL and other regulatory agencies. Ensures compliance with local overseas rules and regulations.
  • Evaluates and compares existing University Total Rewards with those of other employers by analyzing plan metrics, surveys and other sources of information.
  • Develops specific recommendations with respect to possible plan changes that reflect best practices and our goal to attract and retain talent. Makes recommendations for changes as needed.
  • Creates a service environment and culture that supports an excellent faculty and staff experience.
  • Operates in the spirit of continuous improvement, seeking out process refinements and automation opportunities.
  • Measures performance of team through measures and metrics; creates key dashboards that serve to inform total rewards performance.
  • Oversees leave polices and administration to ensure that the program is administered effectively and compliantly.
  • Oversees and provides leadership for designated University benefit plan(s) for benefits-eligible employees, retirees and their dependents. The benefit plans may include, but are not limited to, medical plans, dental plans, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, long term disability, tuition reimbursement programs, retirement plans and supplemental retirement plan.
  • Establishes new and/or improved benefit plan designs. As required, ensures plan compliance with applicable federal laws and regulations. Works directly with legal counsel on legal matters pertaining to benefit plan(s).
  • Provides oversight for the enrollment activities for designated benefits plan(s). Directs processes and procedures for the administration of benefit plan(s). Maintains plan documents, summary plan descriptions, communications materials, required legal notices and administrative forms. Communicates changes in laws affecting plan policy and administration. Manages vendor relationships to assure smooth delivery of benefit programs.
  • Performs other related work as needed.


Minimum Qualifications
 

Education:

Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

---
Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 10+ years of work experience in a related job discipline.

---
Certifications:

---

Preferred Qualifications

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Advanced degree.

Experience:

  • Seven years of experience in total rewards management.
  • Specific leadership experience in health and welfare programs, in a large, diverse setting.
  • Background refining and automating processes.

Preferred Competencies

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Presentation and interpersonal skills.
  • Decision-making skills.
  • Analytical skills.
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required)
  • Cover letter (preferred)
  • References Contact Information (preferred)


When applying, the document(s) MUST  be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Resume/CV of the application.


Job Family
 

University Human Resources


Role Impact
 

People Manager


FLSA Status
 

Exempt


Pay Frequency
 

Monthly


Scheduled Weekly Hours
 

37.5


Benefits Eligible
 

Yes


Drug Test Required
 

No


Health Screen Required
 

No


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required
 

No


Posting Statement
 

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity /Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

 

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form .

 

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.

 

All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history.  A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment.  Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.

 

The University of Chicago's Annual Security & Fire Safety Report (Report) provides information about University offices and programs that provide safety support, crime and fire statistics, emergency response and communications plans, and other policies and information. The Report can be accessed online at: http://securityreport.uchicago.edu . Paper copies of the Report are available, upon request, from the University of Chicago Police Department, 850 E. 61st Street, Chicago, IL 60637.


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