Director, Employee Benefits and Communications

Hoboken, NJ
Mar 18, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Description

Stevens Institute of Technology is seeking a collaborative, strategic, creative subject matter expert, and exceptional communicator to develop and lead a best-in-class benefits function in support of Stevens' strategic objectives. The Director, Employee Benefits and Communications reports to the Vice President for Human Resources (VPHR) and is responsible for the overall design, implementation, administration, and communication of the University's Retirement and Health & Welfare employee benefit programs. The Director ensures that the University's employee benefits programs support the organization's strategic objectives, are competitive, and meets all budgetary and legal requirements. The Director achieves the objectives of his/her role through collaboration with the VPHR, Senior Leadership, Internal Faculty and Staff Advisory Committees, and external vendor relationships as needed. The Director relies on extensive experience and judgement to plan and accomplish goals, and leads and directs a small staff. The Director also is responsible for developing and maintaining federal/state/local compliant human resources policies and implementing effective communication strategies to keep employees informed of changes in policies and benefits. The Director will also assist the VPHR in counseling employees on issues related to EEO, ADA, FMLA, and other regulatory statutes.

Key Responsibilities:

Benefits Administration
  • The Director is responsible for the administration of the University's employee benefit programs including but not limited to: retirement plans; medical dental, vision; life insurance plans; temporary disability programs; and wellness programs.
  • Manage annual benefit/insurance renewals and open enrollment activities, working closely with brokers to secure most competitive rates for the University and its employees.
  • Manage vendor relationships to ensure timely, accurate, and compliant administration of benefit programs.
  • Ensure compliance with regulatory requirements including but not limited to ERISA, COBRA, and ACA by staying up to date on regulatory changes to ensure proper administration.
  • Responsible for the timely submission of annual filings, such as the Form 5500; facilitate the annual audits of the University's defined benefit and defined contribution plans.
  • Prepare and execute benefits documentation, such as original and amended plan texts, benefit agreements and insurance policies. Instructing brokers, insurance carriers, and other administrative agencies to effect changes in benefits programs.
  • Supervise the maintenance of enrollment records for all employees; advise and counsel management and employees on existing benefits.
  • Develop benefits information and statistical data for actuaries, insurance carriers, auditors, and management as needed.
  • Liaise with Payroll to resolve payroll interface issues, 403(b) funding issues, year-end reports, non-qualified entries, etc. Liaise with Finance on pension general ledger issues, non-qualified transactions, and historical information.
  • Conduct exit interviews, assess data and tends to provide insight and strategic recommendations that will impact positive change to our work culture.
  • Serve as Deputy Title IX Coordinator; in coordination with Stevens' Title IX Coordinator, the Deputy Title IX Coordinator is responsible for managing educational programs for faculty and staff to promote awareness and prevention of gender-based and sexual misconduct; also, responsible for conducting prompt, thorough, fair and impartial initial investigations of complaints in the manner s/he deems necessary; attend annual training on issues related to misconduct and on how to conduct an investigation that protects the safety of all individuals involved.

Communications Management
  • Lead in effective human resources policy development, review, and implementation consistent with organizational strategy and direction.
  • Serve as a resource to faculty and staff on policy and guidelines related to employee relations. Analyze trends, recommend and implement solutions to employee relations issues. Monitor and ensure consistent application of employment practices organization wide.
  • Develop and execute strategy for regularly communicating with and educating faculty and staff on human resources policies, programs, and benefits plans. Ensure Human Resources website is maintained with the most up-to-date benefits and policy information.
  • Conduct HR investigations as needed to include: gathering and analyzing facts, applying relevant laws, policies and past practice to reach conclusions, and recommend management actions. Partners with Legal Counsel, Internal Audit, and other internal investigative bodies, as necessary.

Key Requirements:
  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • 7-10 years of demonstrated expertise in the employee benefit field including all aspects of Health & Welfare benefits and their administration and compliance, retirement benefits both qualified and non-qualified plan administration and regulations; higher-ed or non-profit experience preferred.
  • Ability to partner with Senior Leadership to develop strategies to achieve organizational goals.
  • Demonstrated quantitative and analytical skills.
  • Strong project management skills; ability to manage multiple projects as the same time; highly organized with a strong attention to detail is required; ability to work under pressure and under deadlines with limited time frames.
  • Ability to create a workplace environment that fosters collaboration, quality and excellence.
  • Effective communication (oral/written) skills with ability to develop rapport with and positively influence a diverse audience.
  • Excellent and proven presentation skills with the ability to be persuasive, compelling, concise and articulate.
  • Skill in critical and creative thinking to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems
  • Understand the complexities of educating readers about their health benefits and create comprehensive and engaging communications

To be successful in this role, a high level of autonomy is key. You know how to build strong relationships and can effectively collaborate with key stakeholders in order to solve intricate problems. Most importantly, you care deeply about the employee experience and are extremely passionate about fostering a positive working environment for our team members.

Stevens Institute of Technology

General Submission Guidelines:

In order to be considered a candidate for any job at Stevens, you must submit an online application. Please attach a cover letter and resume with each application. Other requirements for consideration may depend on the job.

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EEO Statement:

Stevens Institute of Technology is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Accordingly, Stevens adheres to an employment policy that prohibits discriminatory practices or harassment against candidates or employees based on legally impermissible factor(s) including, but not necessarily limited to, race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, nationality, citizenship status, age, ancestry, marital or domestic partnership or civil union status, familial status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, atypical cellular or blood trait, genetic information, pregnancy or pregnancy-related medical conditions, disability, or any protected military or veteran status.

Stevens is building a diverse faculty, staff and student body and strongly encourages applications from female and minority candidates as well as veterans and individuals with disabilities. Stevens is a federal contractor under the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as well as other federal statutes.


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