The Benefits Manager will be responsible for management and oversight of the day-to-day activities and processes associated with the HR Benefits areas including but not limited to: overseeing all activities associated with the online State Personnel System (SPS) WorkDay for Health Benefits, the Affordable Care Act Program administration, Retirement Plans, Disability, Employee Assistance Plan, and the Tuition Remission Program. This position supervises the work of the benefits unit and staff.
Provide leadership and supervision of the Benefits Unit. Supervise the day-to-day work activities of the benefits unit in the administration of health, retirement, tuition remission, disability, and other benefit programs. Create goals, objectives, and planning for the Benefits Unit.
Manage UMBC employee data flowing into the SPS Workday for Benefits System administered by the State of Maryland. Work closely with the State of Maryland, USM, UMBC Benefits Staff, and the Division of IT on data evaluation, integration, and reporting.
Review and report ACA data to the State of Maryland. Work closely with the Budget office on Affordable Care Act financial reporting. Review complex ACA eligibility for contractual jobs such as contingent employment, adjunct faculty which may require a complex review of hours worked and courseload calculations.
Reviews, researches, and evaluates more complex requests to ensure appropriate steps have been completed to facilitate employee enrollment in, or eligibility for, the various benefit plans to include health plans (medical, prescription, dental, life, LTD, etc), tuition remission and/or retirement plans. Work closely with employees and/or dependents who have complex benefits needs such as disabilities, newborns, divorces, loss of employee/dependents, and other life events.
Create and execute communication strategy for Benefit information dissemination. Manage benefit communications to the UMBC campus. Update and maintain Benefit information on the UMBC website, post internally in myUMBC, compose and send direct email communications, campus announcements, and other methods of communication. Ensure the HR website has the most up-to-date information for the campus community and the general public as it relates to benefits, Affordable Care tuition remission/reimbursement, and other related matters.
Responsible for creating, facilitating, and hosting campus training and events on pre-retirement, financial wellness, EAP, Open Enrolment Fairs and Trainings, and other benefit topics.
Responsible for ensuring campus compliance with IRS regulations, State Policies and Laws, USM Policy, and Federal regulations. Remain abreast of changes to various Federal, State, and USM Board of Regents policies governing exempt and nonexempt staff of the university to ensure campus administrative processes to ensure continued compliance.
Serve on several institutional and USM committees to foster campus collaboration and inter-institutional collaboration.
Obtain (if applicable) and maintain certification through the State of Maryland Department of Budget & Management and the Maryland State Retirement Agencies.
Required Minimum Qualifications:
Requires a Bachelor's Degree and at least three years (five-seven preferred) of HR benefits experience.
Knowledge of traditional benefits programs, COBRA, HIPAA, ERISA, FMLA, ACA and related laws.
Experience handling and prioritizing multiple initiatives, projects and relationships.
Strong customer service and written/verbal communication skills with the ability to interact with and present to employees at all levels of the organization.
Three years of supervisory experience strongly preferred
USM and/or State Retirement experience
Notary Certification through the State of Maryland
Background Screening Statement:
A background check will be required.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Upload a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references.
Screening of Applications Begins:
For best consideration submit application materials by February 13,2021 (applications will be accepted until the position is filled).
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
UMBC offers a benefits package for regular and grant-funded regular employees including generous leave, excellent health, life, and disability insurance, retirement plans, tuition remission, on-site preschool, and numerous professional development and wellness opportunities. Contingent II positions may include some benefits.
Please note the Type and FLSA Status above to determine the benefits offered for this position.
Equal Opportunity Statement:
UMBC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, minority group members, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
If you require a reasonable accommodation for a disability for any part of the employment process, please contact the Human Resources Department at 410-455-2337 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
As required by the 1986 Immigration Act, be prepared to present acceptable documentation upon hire showing your identity and that you are a U.S. citizen or an alien who is authorized to work.
Internal Number: 493300
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