Director, University Benefits

CEBS Requirement: None

Albuquerque, NM

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Position Summary:
The University of New Mexico seeks a Director, University Benefits to lead the Human Resources benefits, retirement, employee wellness, and leave programs. This position reports directly to the Vice President of Human Resources and is responsible for the strategic direction and oversight of all aspects of the university's employee benefit programs. This position will also work collaboratively with the HR Senior Leadership to provide efficient, effective, and valuable services to HR customers. Additionally, this position is responsible for working with university leadership and constituents to assess the effectiveness of benefit programs in meeting strategic objectives and the development and implementation of improvements to benefit programs. The Benefits and Employee Wellness department is responsible for the administration of health, education, disability, long term care, life, FSA, retirement (defined benefit and defined contribution), leave, and employee wellness benefits for UNM employees and retirees. The Director, University Benefits also plays a key role in the financial oversight of the University's self-insured medical plans.

The Director, University Benefits, will recommend plan revisions and create new plans and initiatives that are best practices, cost effective, and consistent with the University's overall mission. The director will oversee the administration of contracts and other agreements involving employee, retiree, and student benefits. UNM plans include self-funded as well as insured plans. This person is responsible for overall compliance with all federal and state regulations pertaining to health and welfare, retirement, and education benefits.

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Conditions of Employment:

  •  Employees in this job title are subject to the terms and conditions of an employment contract. Employment contracts are typically subject to review and renewal on an annual basis.
  • Employees who provide services or work in patient care or clinical areas are required to be in compliance with the University's influenza vaccination requirement.

Requisition ID: req29580
Working Title: Director, University Benefits
Position Grade: 17
Campus: Main - Albuquerque, NM
Department: HR Benefits (730F)
Employment Type: Staff
Staff Type: Contract
Status: Exempt
Pay: Monthly: $8,092.93 - $11,583.87

Benefits Eligible:
This is a benefits eligible position. The University of New Mexico provides a comprehensive package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, UNM offers educational benefits through the tuition remission and dependent education programs. See the Benefits home page for a more information.

ERB Statement:
As a condition of employment, eligible employees working greater than .25 FTE as determined by the New Mexico Education Retirement Act must make mandatory retirement contributions. For more information, review the Benefits Eligibility at a Glance grid.

Background Check Required: Yes
For Best Consideration Date: 6/14/2024

Application Instructions:
Only applications submitted throughthe official UNMJobs site will be accepted. If you are viewing this jobadvertisement on a 3rd party site, pleasevisit UNMJobs( to submit an application.
Applicants should provide an updated resume, a cover letter outlining how their qualifications meet the responsibilities and qualifications for this position, and a list of at least three professional references.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 7 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience with/in:

  • Developing and administering employee benefit plans such as, but not exclusive to, medical, dental, vision, life insurance, disability, and 403(b)/457(b) retirement plans
  • Managing benefit-related compliance requirements, including familiarity with the Affordable Care Act and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
  • Managing a human resources team consisting of benefits staff
  • Providing guidance to professional staff who manage multiple large projects
  • Strategic oversight of benefits administration, to include evaluating the effectiveness of organizational benefit offerings and developing recommendations for enhancement
  • Managing a large benefits program in a complex higher education institution that includes a health sciences center or a similar complex organization
  • Strategic oversight of employee health and financial wellness programs
  • Strategic oversight of employee leave programs

Ability to:

  • Manage ongoing benefit provider relationships including handling escalated issues, understanding new programs, validating data and collaborating to develop useful reports
  • Direct the administration of plan documents, policies, procedures and best practices to ensure compliance with all benefit laws and regulations
  • Understand actuarial principles, benefits accounting, and qualified plan compliance
  • Utilize and develop wellness and health plan metrics, and other departmental metrics to strategically develop coordinated employee health and wellness initiatives

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