The Pennsylvania State University seeks a Senior Director of Benefits for Human Resources to lead the University's benefits, wellness and leave management programs. Reporting to the Vice President for Human Resources and as a member of the HR leadership team, the Senior Director is responsible for strategic design, development and implementation of forward-thinking, market-driven programs and services to support recruitment and retention of faculty and staff. The incumbent will manage key vendor and consulting partnerships in establishing, directing, and achieving strategic benefits programs and is responsible for the oversight of the daily administration of a comprehensive set of benefit offerings. The Senior Director is responsible for managing, collecting, and analyzing survey data on benefits and wellness programs, and responding to internal and external requests for information on benefits and wellness, and maintains and provides key metrics and dashboards to inform decision-making for Human Resources. The Senior Director is expected to demonstrate a high level of professionalism and the communication skills needed to develop strong relationships with a broad range of internal stakeholders as well as with external business partners; and the ability to analyze, balance, and plan for the benefits and wellness needs of the University community.
As a member of Penn State Human Resources, you will be joining a team of individuals who have the ambition to help Penn State succeed. Workforce diversity, cultural inclusiveness, and employment equity are deeply rooted in Penn State's historic mission and are critical to our success. Just as we are committed to a diverse educational environment, we are also committed to a diverse working community. We value inclusive excellence as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.
Duties and Responsibilities include:
Regular assessment of plan design and utilization to ensure alignment with University's mission and strategic initiatives.
Apply a data-driven approach to ensure benefit programs are cost-effective, innovative, competitive, inclusive, and meet the needs of a diverse employee population.
Ensure compliance with legal requirements.
Develop an effective Benefits communication strategy to ensure employee understanding of Benefits plan offerings, policies, and key dates.
Oversee administration, direction, and review of employee benefit programs which include: medical, retirement plans, dental, vision, life/accidental death & dismemberment, short term disability, long term disability, flexible spending, voluntary benefits, wellness program, tuition assistance and more.
Oversee the preparation and compilation of plan documents, vendor contracts, agreements and all other documents required for the administration of benefits and wellness programs.
Serve as primary contact for internal and external benefit plan audits.
Supervise the benefits and wellness team and provide support for technical requirements and customer service programs in the benefits and wellness areas. Mentor, lead and develop staff. Partner in strategic organizational development conversations and decisions.
Provide expert benefits and wellness support to all Human Resources staff and recommend process improvements for the effective use of technology across these functional areas.
Bachelor's Degree plus ten years of relevant and progressive experience in Human Resources including supervision of staff, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Advanced computing skills, proficient use of desktop word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation tools such as PowerPoint to effectively gather, interpret, organize, and present data and information.
Strong written and verbal communication and presentation skills.
Attention to detail, the ability to handle confidential information, excellent communication and presentation ability, and mathematical skills.
Ability to collaborate, influence and establish trust with campus partners.
Advanced degree in HR, Management/Business, Industrial Relations or related field.
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