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University Department & Position Background:
Cornell is a privately endowed research university and a partner of the State University of New York. As the federal land-grant institution in New York State, we have a responsibility to make contributions in all fields of knowledge in a manner that prioritizes public engagement to help improve the quality of life in our state, the nation, the world. Cornell ranks 13th nationally in research expenditure with a total research expenditure exceeding one billion dollars.
Student Health Benefits is responsible for ensuring that all Cornell students meet the university's health insurance requirements. We also manage and provide support for those enrolled in Cornell's Student Health Plan (SHP), Student Health Plan Plus (SHP+), Dental Plan, and Vision Plan, and administer the Ithaca-campus Student Health Fee. Learn more about who we are.
The Student Health Benefit Enrollment Specialist for the Student Health Benefit (SHB) reports to the Manager of SHB. With general oversight from the SHB director, the Specialist is primarily responsible for managing and monitoring all enrollment actions for SHP's nearly 14,000 members including spouses and dependents; monitoring and completing the form filing of the Student Health Plan with New York State Department of Financial Services; assists in ensuring effective implementation of the Certificate of Coverage with SHB's third party administrators; assessing, monitoring and managing benefit equity across the health plan; and manages all communication to health plan members in support of the Executive Order on health care transparency.
This position is responsible for identifying, evaluating, and analyzing enrollment functions and processes central to the operations of the health plan. To this end, this position will be responsible for 100% accuracy with all touchpoints including enrollment systems and third-party administrator vendors, including the monitoring of all changes in eligibility due to changes in student status at Cornell University, Weill Cornell Medicine and Cornell Tech. This position is responsible for making recommendations for improvements in eligibility and enrollment tracking, implementing associated action plans for effective remediation, and monitor the cost and effort impact of implemented measures. The Enrollment Specialist will also partner with internal stakeholders to advise on eligibility and enrollment efforts and educate as needed.
This position is a content expert on the ever-evolving Department of Financial Services benefit structures overarching requirements of NY State health insurers.
Candidate will have a Bachelor's degree (such as finance, health administration or related discipline) and a minimum of 3 to 5 years' experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The candidate will also have experience with project management and fully experienced in complex data management and synthesis along with the following skills:
Adept at navigating through complex, fast paced organizational change; strong organizational and project planning skills; forward and agile leaning in risk management approach
Experience with and knowledge of working in a regulatory environment with required reporting
Ability to write and manage a certificate of coverage and summary plan document
Proactively audit processes, practices and documents to identify weaknesses in enrollment processes
Interpretation of federal and state regulatory insurance guidelines and standards including model language and circular requirements
Proven experience building internal and external partnerships with management and stakeholders
Strong blend of quantitative competencies and proactive communication style
Proven ability to collaborate with cross-functional stakeholders to drive desired outcomes
The successful candidate will also possess the following management skills:
Project management experience
Relational database operation and management
Excellent analytical and organizational skills
Written and verbal communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills
Expertise in Excel and Power Point
Proven track record of completing work on time and within budget
Ability to work in a diverse culture
Ability to pass a background check as required by Cornell
Advance degree (such as an MBA, MHA, CPA) and 3 years' experience in university/corporate insurance, compliance, audit, or policy related programs desired.
Rewards and Benefits
Work with a progressive leadership team serving a dynamic University community.
Cornell provides great benefits that include educational benefits, access to a plethora of wellness programs, employee discounts with local and national retail brands, health care options to choose from, generous paid leave provisions: three weeks of vacation, twelve holidays (including end of year winter break through New Year's Day) and superior retirement contributions.
Cornell is nationally recognized as an award-winning workplace for our health, wellbeing, sustainability, and diversity initiatives. For more information, follow the link. Benefits at Cornell.
No Visa sponsorship is available for this position.
University Job Title:
Insurance & Risk Management Specialist III
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