Executive Director, Health and Voluntary Benefits

Job description

Title:Executive Director, Health and Voluntary Benefits Job Category:Staff Description:


  • Responsible for day-to-day oversight of USG health plans and voluntary benefits functions, including managing a team and an array of third-party vendors to service the needs of multiple populations including self-insured, fully-insured, a portfolio of voluntary benefits, and a retiree purchasing exchange.
  • Responsible for researching, recommending and implementing the strategic direction of the Healthcare and Voluntary Benefits Programs for the University System of Georgia
  • Ensures industry best practices and most innovative strategies are being utilized to obtain the most comprehensive and cost-effective offerings
  • Manages a team that is responsible for success of the health and voluntary benefits programs to include: (1) Creating goals and internal performance metrics for each plan and the overall program; (2) Creating goals and internal performance metrics for engaging and educating the USG population on the overall program; (3) Monitoring and ensuring Vendor Performance Metrics are being met on a quarterly and annual basis; and (4) Ensuring coordination of vendor programing to meet strategic objectives
  • Works with key stakeholders and industry experts, develops strategies for promoting enhanced care integration and management, health improvement among plan members and cost containment across plans and vendors
  • Works closely with the Director of Retirement to meet strategic goals for the overall USG Total Rewards program
  • Researches, recommends, develops business plans, and leads implementation of new technologies to enhance the employee enrollment experience and employees’ ability to maximize the value of benefit programs
  • Recommends and leads employee benefits engagement strategy to achieve maximum employee engagement through communications and technology
  • Responsible for vendor procurement materials and processes as well as performance monitoring activities (including routine audits and enforcement of performance guarantees).
  • Presents to various committees and internal and external stakeholders on the USG health and voluntary benefits programs
  • Ensures Plans maintain compliance with State & Federal laws
  • Works with internal and external consultants, advisors, and attorneys to establish and achieve goals and objectives
  • Coordinates with and provides subject matter expertise to Chairs of various TRSC subcommittees
Required Qualifications:


  • A Master’s degree in health, business, or public administration or in a related field is highly desired; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Over (5) years’ experience in a leadership and management role with responsibility for health and benefits administration.
  • Has held a strategic decision-making role in a large-scale benefits implementations
  • Large scale project management experience
  • Large scale employer benefits policy and procedure development experience
  • Experience managing a team to establish and achieve strategic objectives
  • Proven track record of inquiry, innovation, and successful vendor management


  • Knowledge of federal and state laws, rules and regulations impacting higher education.
  • Knowledge of process improvement theories and practices.
  • Knowledge of Board of Regents policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of data analysis and reporting principles.
  • Knowledge of current best practices in higher education.
  • Skill in managing and leading a professional staff.
  • Skill in collaborating with multiple constituents.
  • Skill in decision making and problem solving.
  • Skill in interpersonal relations and in dealing with the public.
  • Skill in setting, implementing and communicating strategies.
  • Skill in contract negotiation.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.
  • Ability to make independent judgments.
Desired Qualifications:


  • Ten or more years of experience administering benefits plan(s) in a large employer setting
  • Five years’ experience administering benefits plans for a large (5,000 employees or more) employer
  • Higher education and/or public benefits administration experience
  • Experience with administering benefits in HCM and benefits enrollment systems

Location:Atlanta Regular/Temporary:Regular Minimum Hiring Salary:Salary commensurate with education and experience Hours Per Week:40 Required Documents Message:Cover Letter, Resume




Diversity Profile: University



View more

Learn more on Inside Higher Ed's College Page for University

Arrow pointing right
Job No:
Posted: 2/4/2019
Application Due: 8/3/2019
Work Type: