Position Number: S-3175 Type of Recruitment: External
Position Summary: Central Michigan University prioritizes the health and well-being of faculty and staff. The Director of Benefits and Wellness is a member of the Human Resources Leadership Team, responsible for developing, negotiating, and directing all university employee benefit programs, including health, prescription, dental, vision, life, disability, flexible spending accounts, health savings accounts, retirement, wellness, employee assistance program, tuition benefits, and related programs. The Director plans, leads, directs, and coordinates benefits policies, activities, and team, and provides the Associate Vice President with strategic planning recommendations to ensure effective, efficient, and legally compliant administration of university employee benefits. Reports directly to the Associate Vice President for Human Resources.
Required Qualifications: Bachelors Degree, preferably in human resource management, business administration or a related field. Six years progressively responsible administrative experience, with at least three years experience in benefit administration. Knowledge of regulations and compliance requirements related to benefits administration. Demonstrated strong analytical and problem-solving skills. Leadership and team management experience, fostering a collaborative and positive customer-service environment. Strong organizational skills, ability to take initiative, work independently, and lead projects from start to finish. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Demonstrated collaborative approach and ability to establish credibility and trust with stakeholders. Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Demonstrated proficiency with spreadsheets, current office software such as Microsoft Office, and software applications. Ability to perform the essential functions and requirements of the job with or without accommodations.
Preferred Qualifications: Certification in a professional HR program such as CEBS, CBP, or PHR/SPHR. Experience working in a higher education environment. Demonstrated ability to work in a unionized and/or shared governance environment. Experience working with HR information systems.
Duties & Responsibilities: Manages the administration of all university employee benefit programs including regular evaluation and analysis of programs and services. Benefits programs include self-funded medical, prescription, and dental, fully insured medical and prescription, vision, life, disability, flexible spending accounts, health savings accounts, retirement plans, tuition benefits, employee assistance program, wellness, and voluntary benefits. Develops and maintains productive vendor and consultant relationships and delivery, to ensure adherence to contracts, excellent levels of service and satisfactory issue resolution. Continuously assesses benefits market to identify benefit trends and best practices, evaluates and recommends programs, carriers, plan design, and costing. Ensures benefits comply with state and federal laws, enforces adherence to requirements, advises management on necessary changes to assure compliance with applicable laws. Works with legal counsel to prepare and execute benefit documentation such as plan documents and amendments, summary plan descriptions, vendor agreements, etc. Develops, implement, and evaluate benefits-related policies and procedures. Oversees accurate and timely processing of third-party billing payments including auditing, resolution of discrepancies, oversees reconciliation of benefit accounts. Oversees analysis of self-funded program utilization and costs, works with consultants to develop rate structures for self-funded programs, oversees reporting of claims trends and analysis of quarterly/annual settlements, manages reserve fund assets. Manages annual open enrollment including communications, presentations, coordination with collective bargaining, university budget processes, and SAP processes. Develops communication and education strategies that will create and enhance awareness and understanding among employees and meets regulatory requirements; designs and facilitates new employee benefit orientation, and educates employees on benefit-related programs, policies and procedures. Leads and facilitates Health Care Committee, participates with Michigan Universities Coalition on Health (MUCH) group purchasing coalition and coordinates the Retirement Investment Advisory Committee. Manages and supervises the benefits & wellness team fostering a culture of collaboration and strong customer-service orientation. Develops goals and provides direction to staff completing daily responsibilities, promotes/encourages staff professional development. Maintains fiscal responsibility for Benefits & Wellness unit budget and improves processes and efficiencies. Ensures comprehensive employee benefits records and documents files are maintained in a systematic, confidential format. As part of the HR Leadership team, collaborates with other HR leaders to advance the goals and objectives of Human Resources and the university in accordance with the universitys strategic plan, applicable university policies, state and federal regulations, and collective bargaining agreements. Performs other duties as assigned.
Supervision Exercised: Supervisors are expected to support the Leadership Standards of Central Michigan University and foster a culture that inspires excellence. The Leadership Standards define how we lead and treat others in our teams. As leaders, it is our responsibility to seek input from our teams to continuously improve leadership abilities and demonstration of the standards. Additionally, it is our responsibility to encourage and support the growth and development of those whom we lead. At CMU, we encourage employees to grow both personally and professionally, and thus advance CMUs culture of excellence.
Employee Group: Professional & Administrative -Salary Staff Pay Level: Pay Range: $95,000 - $115,000 Division: Finance and Administrative Services Department: HR-Benefits & Wellness Position Status: Regular Position End Date: Employment Status: Full Time FTE: 1.0 Position Type: 12 month Weekly Work Schedule: M-F 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; evenings & weekends as required. Location: Mount Pleasant, MI Posting Ends: Open Until Filled: Yes
About the Department:
About CMU: Central Michigan University has a more than 125-year legacy of preparing students to become leaders and changemakers in their communities and in their personal and professional lives.
We serve nearly 15,500 students on our Mount Pleasant campus, in satellite locations around the state and throughout the country, and through flexible online programs. Many of our approximately 300 undergraduate, masters, specialist and doctoral programs in the arts, media, business, education, human services, health professions, liberal arts, social sciences, medicine, science and engineering are nationally ranked for excellence.
CMU leads the nation in leadership development programming through our Sarah R. Opperman Leadership Institute, and we are proud to be among only 5% of U.S. universities in the top two Carnegie research classifications. Our faculty work with graduate and undergraduate students in areas such as Great Lakes research, medical innovation, engineering technology and more.
Central is home to 17 mens and womens Division 1 sports including football, basketball, gymnastics, baseball, wrestling and more. Our student-athletes achieve great success in competition and in the classroom, capturing Mid-American Conference championships and maintaining an average cumulative GPA of 3.17.
CMU is located in Mount Pleasant, a community that blends the best of small-town living with big-city amenities. Its part of the culturally varied and vibrant Great Lakes Bay Region that also includes Saginaw, Bay City, Midland and the states largest Native American community, centered on the Saginaw Chippewa Isabella Reservation in Mount Pleasant.
Area residents enjoy the mix of outdoor activities, cultural events, shopping and dining options, and family attractions. Other major Michigan destinations and attractions - Lansing, Grand Rapids, Detroit, Traverse City, wineries, beaches, golf and ski resorts, and many more - are within easy reach of the citys central location in Michigans Lower Peninsula.
CMU employees enjoy access to a nationally recognized wellness program along with health care and benefits that exceed regional, state and national norms.
CMU Leadership Standards: Central Michigan University is a place where we value students and work for their success, where we act as family, and where employees are engaged, appreciated and have extraordinary opportunities to make a difference.
We intentionally maintain and strengthen the hallmark CMU culture that sets us apart from our peers by expecting CMU leaders and employees to model the following Leadership Standards and develop them within their teams.
Message to Applicants: Central Michigan University is dedicated to fostering a broadly diverse and inclusive campus that respects all social identities, experiences, and perspectives. In an effort to further this initiative, we are especially interested in candidates who will advance and promote an inclusive and supportive environment for every member of our university community.
You must submit an on-line application in order to be considered as an applicant for this position.
Cover letters may be addressed to the Hiring Committee.
Position will remain open until filled. The university reserves the right to close the recruitment process once a sufficient applicant pool has been identified. For best consideration, please submit application materials before Sunday, November 12, 2023.
CMU, an AA/EO institution, strongly and actively strives to increase diversity and provide equal opportunity within its community. CMU does not discriminate against persons based on age, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, height, marital status, national origin, political persuasion, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race, religion, sex, sex-based stereotypes, sexual orientation, transgender status, veteran status, or weight (see https://www.cmich.edu/offices-departments/OCRIE). If you wish to see 'EEO is the Law' posters, please click here. CMU does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, including admission and employment, and is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 not to discriminate in such a matter. Inquiries about the application of Title IX can be made to CMUs Title IX Coordinator, the US Department of Educations Assistant Secretary, or both. CMUs Title IX Coordinator can be reached at: Phone: 989-774-3253 Office: 103 E. Preston St. Bovee University Center, suite 306 Mount Pleasant, MI 48858 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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