Assistant Vice President, Benefits

New York City, New York
Feb 27, 2018
Executive Administration Jobs
Vice Presidents
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The New School is seeking a dynamic and collaborative leader to serve in a key role overseeing the Universityʼs health and welfare, retirement and related benefit programs. This is a highly visible position, reporting directly to the Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, and is an exciting opportunity to ensure that a rich assortment of benefits and a positive customer experience is provided to the faculty and staff who make The New School a great place to work.


The Assistant Vice President for Benefits is responsible for providing leadership in plan design, administration and compliance across the full range of medical, dental, prescription, retirement and other benefit programs. The Assistant Vice President directs the evaluation, planning, and implementation of all employee benefit programs, including health and welfare plans, life, disability, FMLA, worker’s comp, NY Family Leave, COBRA, defined contribution plans (403(b), 457(b), 457(f)), tuition waiver, and wellness.

  • Oversee all aspects of benefits administration leading a team of benefits professionals
  • Maintain relationships with insurance carriers and benefit advisors; negotiate renewals and vendor contracts
  • Partner with senior leadership, vendors and consultants on statistical analysis, benchmarking, industry trends, and changes in regulatory requirements
  • Ensure compliance with state and federal laws (including 5500 filings, ACA reporting, 403(b) audit and non-discrimination testing, ADA compliance, plan documents, annual notices, etc.)
  • Recommend modifications to benefit programs
  • Collaborate with the Faculty Senate, Staff Senate and other groups on benefits related matters
  • Provide leadership on Staff Pension Review Committee monitoring investment options and fees, plan financials, and adherence to Investment Policy Statement
  • Oversee Workday Benefits system configuration, working collaboratively with the Workday Solutions Group on the development and implementation of best practices


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Proven record of success leading employee health and welfare, retirement and other benefit programs, with particular emphasis on self-funded plans in a higher education setting
  • Exceptional leadership and teamwork skills in working with internal and external constituents
  • Proficiency with financial cost projection and reporting obligations associated with benefit management
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong customer service orientation and project management skills
  • Solid decision making, data management, and analytical abilities
  • Working knowledge of HRIS/payroll systems
  • Experience administering benefits under collective bargaining agreements
  • 7-10 years benefits experience; 3-5 years as a senior benefits manager
  • Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree; Benefits Certification

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