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Senior Manager, Compensation, Benefits & HRIS

Oakton Community College
Des Plaines, IL

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Job Details

Category:: Staff
Department:: Human Resources
Locations:: Des Plaines, IL
Posted:: Jan 7, 2022
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full Time Staff
Position ID:: 141301

About Oakton Community College :

For over 50 years, Oakton Community College has been the setting where thousands begin or continue their college or career studies. Educating people of all ages, from all walks of life and from more than 40 nations, Oakton focuses on improving the quality of life for everyone who enters its doors.

We offer:

Continuing education
Great benefits
Paid winter break
FRIDAYS OFF during the summer

Job Description:

Basic Function and Responsibility:

The Senior Manager is responsible for overseeing and managing the compensation, benefits, and HRIS functions of the Human Resource Department. The Senior Manager, Compensation, Benefits & HRIS has the responsibility and authority delegated by the Chief Human Resources Officer to provide direction, implementation, and support for all compensation practices and procedures of the College, all employee benefit plans administration, compliance with applicable legal, financial and reporting requirements, and management of Human Resource Information Systems.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Member of the HR Leadership Team contributing to the strategic development and improvement of HR initiatives and programs.
  • Manages the compensation, benefits, and HRIS staff including strategy implementation, ongoing operations, coaching, feedback, and talent development.
  • Ensures data integrity in HRIS system in coordination with Payroll and IT.
  • Oversees all functions associated with employee benefits to include, but not limited to: annual plan administration, renewals and open enrollment for health insurance, dental, vision, long-term disability insurance (LTD), basic and voluntary life insurance, deferred compensation plans (403b and 457 plans), long-term care insurance, flexible spending account plans, and employee assistance program (EAP),
  • Liaison to the College Insurance Committee and participates in ad hoc committees related to employee benefits as needed.
  • Leads HR compliance and HR employee customer service for the State Universities Retirement System (SURS) and College Retiree Benefits. Partners with Payroll to provide an excellent holistic employee experience.
  • Actively participates in the design and testing of HRIS automated processes and reporting tools to ensure efficient and accurate workflow to meet the needs of the department. Works with the IT and Payroll departments to identify, initiate and review established services and procedures to ensure that the operations are efficient and make use of improved technology equipment and procedures.
  • Ensures compensation and benefits are administered appropriately for all employees and in compliance with all collectively bargained contracts for represented employee groups.
  • Leads the processing of faculty load and compensation according to payroll timelines and serves as liaison to Academic Affairs for faculty pay.
  • Monitors competitive trends in compensation and benefits by participating in salary surveys and analyzing results, benefits offerings, and costs. Makes plan recommendations to CHRO.
  • Oversees the administration of and participates in:
    • Job evaluations and job description development and maintenance.
    • Job reclassifications and adjustment recommendations in College pay practices.
    • Statistical data and reports regarding compensation and benefits as needed by College administration, other colleges, government agencies and Affirmative Action reports.
    • Preparation of annual union eligibility reports.
    • Analysis and classification of new and existing positions ensuring proper placement and credibility within organizational structure. Preparation of recommendations for placement and appointment letters as needed.
    • Medical leaves and maintenance of all medical information files in compliance with HIPAA regulations.
  • Leads and ensures currency of documentation for HR operations Standard Operating Procedures, programs, and policies.
  • Responsible for effective risk management actions regarding knowledge retention, transfer & sharing, cross training, and operations continuity, especially for the HRIS function.
  • Stays current on HR topics, trends, laws, and regulations especially surrounding Higher Education and the Illinois Public Sector.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned including special assignments as directed by the Chief Human Resources Officer.



  • Bachelor's degree in Human Resources administration, finance, accounting or related field, or an equivalent combination of training and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired is required. Master's degree in HR or related field or MBA preferred.
  • Professional Certification such a (S) PHR or CEBS preferred with the ability to attain within 1 year.
  • Minimum five (5) years' experience or formal training in at least three of the following: HRIS Administration, Benefits Administration, Compensation, Employee Relations, or HR Operations Management.
  • Minimum two (2) years' experience in managing multiple HR topics (benefits and /or compensation preferred).
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English.
  • Strong customer focus; ability to manage multiple priorities; ability to communicate across employee groups and levels; detail oriented and ability to supervise other employees.
  • Knowledge of current employee compensation and benefit laws (including ACA), trends and upcoming legislative issues (pensions, medical insurance, DOL and/or FLSA regulations etc.).
  • Experience in working with HRIS required. Experience with Banner preferred.

Preferred Experience:

  • Higher Education experience in benefits and compensation management strongly preferred.
  • Experience with the Korn Ferry Hay Group Job Evaluation System.
  • Knowledge of public sector pension plans.
  • Ellucian Banner preferred

Additional Information:

Supervision Received:

Administrative supervision is received from the Chief Human Resources Officer.

Supervision Exercised:

Direct supervision is exercised over assigned Human Resources staff.

HOURS: Monday - Friday 8:15 am - 5:00 pm

SALARY: $70,399

Application Instructions:

For further details, visit our website at and select the Employment link to view Employment Opportunities.

Please be sure to have a current resume, cover letter, and list of, at least, three (3) professional references with contact information prepared to submit with your application. One (1) of the references must be your most recent, direct supervisor.

Oakton Community College is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution, committed to employing competent, qualified individuals. Oakton Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, socioeconomic status, sex or gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation in admission to and participation in its educational programs, college activities and services, or in its employment practices.

Oakton Community College requires all employees to adhere to a Vaccination /Testing Mandate and Mask Requirement.

Oakton Community College does not currently have a work form home policy and employees, are required to report to campus.



With more than 2,500 course offerings each term, Oakton Community College offers a wealth of educational options in the heart of Chicago’s northern suburbs. From degree programs to non-credit career enhancement and personal enrichment courses, Oakton has something for everyone. 

Founded in 1969, Oakton is a two-year community college offering associate's degree programs and non-credit courses in northern Cook County, Illinois.

Oakton's 147-acre main campus sits in a forest preserve in Des Plaines, Illinois. A second campus in Skokie serves residents on the eastern side of the District and is home to the Art, Science, and Technology Pavilion. The College also offers continuing education classes at off-campus locations throughout the region, and many students pursue studies at home through our distance learning program.

Programs of Study
Associate's degrees in 80 areas of study prepare students to transfer to four-year institutions or to step directly into rewarding careers. Continuing education programs offer personal enrichment and career advancement opportunities through courses ranging from art to home improvement to English as a Second Language.

Oakton's 700 full- and part-time faculty members boast top academic credentials, and their true passion is teaching. In small classes, our faculty engage students as individuals and guide their learning experience.

Oakton's 46,000 credit and non-credit students represent all ages, 55 nations, and a wide range of experience. More than half come from a minority background, bringing a wealth of perspectives to campus.

Student Life
Students at Oakton participate in 50 clubs and organizations, from the Ceramics Club to Students for Social Justice, and they take a role in college governance and more through the Student Government Association and other leadership groups. A rich activities calendar offers lectures, social events, service opportunities, and more.

With a full performing arts season and a museum dedicated to the work of Chicago-area artists, Oakton Community College fosters a creative environment where the arts flourish. For students, that means opportunities to learn, create, and perform. For the community, the College offers a wide array of cultural events and opportunities to experience creativity.

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