Benefits Manager

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Job Description

Benefits Manager-1800120

Required Qualifications (as evidenced by an attached resume):

Bachelor's degree. Five (5) years of progressively responsible, full-time benefits administration experience, to include at least three (3) years of supervisory experience. Expert knowledge of ERISA, COBRA, ADA, Section 125, Medicare, Social Security, DOL, FMLA, PFL, Military and other leaves of absence.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience utilizing one or more of the following systems: PeopleSoft, Oracle Ebusiness, PAYSERV, and/or NYBEAS. Leadership experience in a Higher Education environment. Proficiency with online benefits enrollment administration. Prior experience implementing an online benefits program. Experience working for New York State/public employer.

Brief Description of Duties:

The Benefits Manager will be a proactive, strategic thinker with hands-on execution of responsibilities. Lead, direct, evaluate and develop a team of benefits professionals to ensure that the organization's benefit strategy is implemented effectively and that the organization complies with all relevant regulations, laws, union contracts and employment standards. This position requires an individual with excellent interpersonal skills, strong initiative, accountability and ownership, who possesses the ability and interest in providing a strong customer service culture, quality work product and innovative recommendations for solutions and productivity improvements. The selected candidate will have experience effectively multi-tasking in a fast paced, deadline driven environment with a high degree of accuracy and organization.

Manage the administration of employee benefits programs for State and Research Foundation employees such as retirement plans; 457, 403(b), medical, dental, vision, Life insurance, disability programs, FSA, HSA, and voluntary benefits. Assist in the evaluation, documentation, and administration of employee Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodation request. Manage and oversee the Annual Benefits Open Enrollment Install processes of approved new plans or changes to existing plans by preparing announcement materials, plan summary documents and other media for communicating plans to employees. Conduct employee meetings and arrange for enrollment. Provide advice and counsel management and employees on existing benefits and the impact of changes. This position manages all benefits staff and is responsible for the recruitment, performance management, and professional development of the employees within the team. Ensure company compliance with provisions of Employee Retirement Income Security Act and the Affordable Care Act. Supervise 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. Handle benefits inquiries and complaints to ensure quick, thoughtful, courteous resolution. Lead the design of the benefits-related components and pages within the University website. Present and communicate plan provisions, structure and changes to Benefits by facilitation of new employee orientation as well as upon request. Review and analyze changes to state and federal laws pertaining to benefits, and report necessary or suggested changes to Executive Leadership. Develop benefits information and statistical data for Executive Leadership. Supervise maintenance of enrollment forms and claims records for all benefits plans. Serve as lead relationship manager for all University retirement and benefit vendors. Reengineer all benefits processes to ensure they are efficient and as automated as possible. Maintain contact with university employees in person, by phone or mail or email to facilitate proper and complete utilization of benefits for all employees. Monitor, audit and reconcile all employee benefit enrollment forms. Other duties or projects as assigned.

Special Notes:

This is a Management Confidential position. This is a full time appointment. FLSA Exempt position, not eligible for the overtime provisions of the FLSA. Minimum salary threshold must be met to maintain FLSA exemption. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required as needed. Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out of area and overnight travel may be expected.

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Essential Position: This has been designated as an essential position based on the duties of the job and the functions performed. Positions that are designated as such are required to report to work/remain at work even if classes are cancelled, and the campus is working on limited operations in an emergency.

About Stony Brook:

Stony Brook University, home to many highly ranked graduate research programs, is located 60 miles from New York City on Long Island's scenic North Shore. Our 1,100-acre campus is home to 24,000 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students and more than 13,500 faculty and staff. SBU is a comprehensive research-intensive university and a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), which includes 34 public universities among its 62 members. SBU consists of 12 schools and colleges and a teaching hospital that provides state-of-the-art healthcare in the Long Island region. SBU also manages and performs joint research with Brookhaven National Laboratory, the only Department of Energy Laboratory in the Northeast, and shares doctoral programs with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, a world-renowned molecular biology institute. Home to the Emerson String Quartet, the Jackson Pollock House in East Hampton, New York, the Humanities Institute, and the Southampton Arts Program, and with endeavors that extend to the Turkana Basin Institute in Kenya and the Ranomafana National Park in Madagascar, SBU sustains an international reputation that cuts across the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

Stony Brook University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. We encourage protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, women and minorities to apply.

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Official Job Title: Senior Personnel Associate
Job Field: Human Resources
Primary Location: US-NY-Stony Brook
Department/Hiring Area: Human Resource Services-Stony Brook University
Schedule: Full-time Day Shift 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 pmHuman Resource Services-Stony Brook University
Posting Start Date: Jun 7, 2018
Posting End Date: Jul 7, 2018, 11:59:00 PM
Salary: Commensurate with experience.
Salary Grade: MP4





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Posted: 6/8/2018
Application Due: 7/8/2018
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