Benefits Manager

Benefits Manager
Finance & Administration
Human Resources

Job Summary

Reporting to the Director of Benefits and Wellness, the Benefits Manager is responsible for the administration and development of benefit programs including the group health plans, life insurance, flexible spending accounts, education benefits, retirement plans and retiree benefits.

In collaboration with the offices for Legal Affairs and Compliance and Ethics, the Benefits Manager ensures all benefits programs, policies and communications are compliant with federal, state and local regulations, as well as best practices. This leader proactively works with brokers, consultants, and vendors to identify potential cost savings and value-added improvements for the University’s benefits offerings.

Job Responsibilities

Administer all aspects of RIT’s comprehensive benefit plans including medical, prescription drug, dental, vision, flexible spending accounts, life and AD&D insurance, employee assistance program (EAP), education benefits, voluntary deduction programs and retiree benefits.

Maintain current, in-depth knowledge and expertise in employee benefits, conduct benefits research, and make recommendations on pending legislative actions regarding benefits.

Respond to benefits issues and troubleshoot problems. Identify recurring issues and make recommendations for solutions. Use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to issues.

Develop, interpret, modify, and communicate various benefits policies and administrative procedures.

Participate in setting the benefits strategy; oversee completion and analyzed results from external benefits surveys. Use results for recommendations for potential new benefits as well as program improvements and enhancements; implement decisions.

Develop and maintain effective relationships with third party providers and ensure maximum utilization of resources and services.

Coordinate the resolution of complex plan administration issues with third party administrators. Oversee premium payments to third party providers.

Serve as a resource to HR staff in matters concerning benefit programs, human resource management system processing and information concerning applicable benefit policies.

Manage open enrollment for employees, retirees, surviving spouses and LTD recipients, including annual employee Benefits Fair.
Work with Sr. Benefits Specialist and HRIS for any systems changes required. Model and calculate employee medical and dental plan contributions annually.

Manage employee benefits communication and education activities: develop high-quality employee benefits communication materials; create and deliver effective presentations, conduct employee meetings, and sponsor guest speakers on various topics of interest to employees.

Prepare a variety of government reports and analyses reflecting benefit statistics, costs, and related data to include 5500’s, ACA reports, summary plan descriptions and summary annual reports.

Identify reporting needs and develop and maintain benefit-related and census reports. Review and analyze reports/data, determine necessary actions, and ensure proper follow-through and documentation. Verify data accuracy.

Manage the maintenance of records reflecting benefit coverage, eligibility and evidence of benefit coverage. Ensure appropriate system support and training.

Assist in establishing and monitoring the University’s benefits budget.

Support Director of Benefits and Wellness in administration of executive compensation benefits programs.

Oversee issuance of total compensation statements and retirement savings projections annually.

Develop and demonstrate a multicultural awareness and contribute to cultivating an inclusive, diverse and respectful University community. Demonstrate civil and inclusive behavior when interacting with staff, faculty, students, retirees, vendors and visitors.

Promote a flexible, collaborative and inclusive work and living environment and engage in educational opportunities to increase awareness and understanding of diversity and inclusion.

Required Minimum Education Level: BA, BS
Work Location: Hybrid — Remote/On-campus
Shift: A
Wage Band: 120A
FLSA Category: Exempt
Employment Category: Fulltime

Required Application DocumentsCover Letter, Curriculum Vitae or Resume

What do we believe at RIT?

Rochester Institute of Technology is a diverse and collaborative community of engaged, socially conscious, and intellectually curious minds. Through creativity and innovation, and an intentional blending of technology, the arts and design, we provide exceptional individuals with a wide range of academic opportunities, including a leading research program and an internationally recognized education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. We are dedicated to building a diverse community, one where employees feel a sense of belonging, and are valued for their contributions and the perspectives they bring.

As a member of the RIT community, you’ll receive a comprehensive employee benefits package that offers multiple options and access to additional employment advantages. You can tailor your benefit elections to meet your needs (affordable medical/dental/vision benefits; paid vacation/sick time/retirement saving plan with exceptional employer match; and tuition assistance for you and your family, to name a few).

How To Apply

In order to be considered for this position, you must apply for it at: Click the link for search openings and in the keyword search field, enter the title of the position or the BR number.

Additional Details

The hiring process for this position may require a criminal background check and/or motor vehicle records check. Any verbal or written offer made is contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources. RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the work place. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities. RIT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities under the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York Human Rights Law, or similar applicable law. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Human Resources office at 585-475-2424 or email your request to Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Commitment To Safety

COVID 19: Please familiarize yourself with the requirements of the RIT Safety Plan. Information on the responsibility for each employee can be found on the RIT Ready website. As per the RIT Employee COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, all university employees must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Vaccination exemptions may be granted: (1) to employees who are unable to be vaccinated due to a medical condition or disability; (2) on the basis of an employee’s sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance, or (3) to employees who are fully remote and sign an Employee Attestation stating that they will not be on campus for any reason, nor will they participate in any in-person university-sponsored activities.

Required Qualifications

BA/BS degree
7+years of benefits analysis/administration experience; supervisory experience. Higher education experience a plus.

Quantitative analytical skills, including advanced Excel capabilities
Hands on experience with HRIS or benefit enrollment systems and reporting preferred
Attention to detail
Demonstrated problem solving skills, adapting knowledge and experience to situations; ability to troubleshoot
Interpersonal skills; ability to interact successfully across all levels within and outside the organization; customer service orientation
Ability to communicate effectively (verbal and written) with all constituents
Proven experience managing multiple deadline-driven priorities; demonstrated ability to take initiative and ownership of projects.
Ability to initiate as well as manage change
Self-directed, works with minimal supervision
Ability to maintain the highest level of confidentiality
Working knowledge of federal and state labor and employment laws, particularly employee benefit laws and regulations

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