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Benefits Manager

Mesa County Valley School District #51
Grand Junction, Colorado 81501
  • Job Type
    Employee
  • Job Status
    Full Time
Job Title:                                   Benefits Manager                  
Pay Program:                            Support Staff FLSA Status:    Exempt
Reports to: Chief Operations Officer/Executive Director of Human Resources Pay Range: CX12  $59,375 - $85,542
Reviewed/Revised Date:        November 2018 Work Year:       Year Round

 
VISIONTo Engage, Equip and Empower our learning community today for a limitless tomorrow.
 
SUMMARY: This position oversees and collaborates with District leadership, insurance brokers, service providers, and state regulatory agencies to meet the employee benefits related insurance needs of the District.  Benefit Manager is the primary contact for benefits claims working closely with employees, Human Resource (HR) personnel, claims processors, health care professionals, and client attorney’s on all aspects of a claim’s acceptance or initial decline and authorizing overrides, settlements, and/or providing for other claim resolution.  Employee monitors and reviews all claims, audit reports, and other data conducting trend analysis for the District ensuring regulatory compliance and developing insurance cost control processes.  Accountabilities include annual budgeting and financial recommendations regarding insurance needs, vendors, and costs as well as monitoring benefit policies.  This position is considered a technical resource to District staff regarding benefits and benefit insurance programs and as such is expected to facilitate positive staff interactions providing the highest standards of professionalism and customer service.
 
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 
Job Responsibility Descriptions
  1. Collaborates with District leadership, insurance brokers, service providers, and state regulatory agencies to meet the employee benefits related insurance needs of the District.  As a self-insured organization this position negotiates insurance using Requests For Proposals (RFP), annual renewal applications, and manages contracts and insurance plans that include but are not limited to:
§ Medical Insurance          §Dental Insurance                                   § Vision Insurance
§ Pharmacy                       § Flexible Spending Accounts                 § COBRA Insurance
§ Life Insurance                § Employee Assistance Program (EAP)  § Voluntary Product Plans                     
 
Benefits Manager works directly with insurance brokers/consultants to develop plans, programs, and options that are an integral part of the District’s total compensation package offered to employees.  Benefits management incorporates a wide variety of programs and options designed to support the District’s strategic plans through benefit programs that help recruit and retain highly qualified staff across all levels.  Accordingly, the Benefits Manager works to research, analyze and make recommendations for existing benefit program changes, additions, and deletions while balancing costs, District concerns, and employee requests.   In addition, this role is expected to stay informed of new and innovative benefit program trends or offerings.  The employee performs a high level of analysis in order to make detail and informed recommendations with a goal of guiding organizational policy regarding our competitive and cost effective benefit offerings.
  1. As the Plan Administrator, this role oversees and directs the work for third-party provider administrators and provider vendors’ interactions with the District’s covered employees.  Employee also manages the online benefit enrollment program ensuring data quality, cost containment. and compliance.  Employee monitors and reviews all claims, audit reports, and other data conducting trend analysis for the District ensuring regulatory compliance and developing cost controls.  This role is the primary contact for benefits claims working closely with employees, Human Resource (HR) personnel, claims processors, health care professionals, and client attorney’s on all aspects of a claim’s acceptance or initial decline and authorizing overrides, settlements, and/or providing for other claim resolution. 
  1. Manages multiple partnerships with employee healthcare clinics, and wellness providers to create and implement programs and initiatives for employees and their dependents.  Activities under this responsibility include implementing a continuous campaign for employees informing them of all benefit programs and plans and championing the specific policies, procedures, and operational norms that promote their successful implementation.  Manager uses a variety of communication media including, website, emails, brochures, flyers, educational sessions, and group meetings.  Manager works to provide information that increases employees’ understanding, satisfaction and creating better utilization of available benefits.  Conducting and overseeing the District’s annual Employee Health Assessments and providing a variety of online preventative health programs year-round are a part of this role.
  1. Coordinates and chairs the District’s Insurance Committee.  Manager conducts quarterly meetings preparing and discusses benefit proposals, current relevant or pending legislation, contract terms, and existing program or plan concerns.  Employee also makes regular insurance related presentations to the Board of Education (BOE), Superintendent and other stakeholder groups as necessary.  Employee also makes recommendations for workplace improvements collaborating with HR staff and others regarding new or requested benefits.   
  1. Accountabilities include annual budgeting and financial recommendations regarding insurance needs, vendors, costs, and related matters. Employee responsibilities include staying informed of industry trends including “incurred but not reported” (ICNR) loss factors and pending or proposed legislation that could impact D51.  Employee participates in and maintains compliance with a variety of reporting requirements including the IRS 1094-C form.  Employee produces reports and data as requested by leadership or to meet compliance requirements.  In addition, employee may participate in new District initiatives assessing risks, potential costs or liabilities and making recommendations.  
  1. Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements

EDUCATION AND RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Finance, Human Resources or other related field*;
  • Minimum three years’ administrative experience in self-insured organization required;
  • Minimum three years’ experience in benefits and/or human resources management in large organization required;
  • Membership in and/or Benefits-Welfare Certification with Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) or other related professional organization desirable;
  • Additional experience in worker’s compensation, property casualty insurance or asset/risk management desirable.

*Acceptable equivalent of education and/or experience will be at the sole discretion of the District
 
LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS or CERTIFICATIONS:

  • Criminal background check required for hire;
  • Valid Colorado driver’s license or valid Colorado identification;
  • Attend and successfully complete Colorado Governmental Immunity Training (CGIA) within 6 months of hire;
  • Attend and successfully complete any additional staff development training as required by state law or as directed.

 
TECHNICAL SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE & ABILITIES:
Legal Knowledge– Benefits Manager must possess a working knowledge of and promote and enact federal, state, and District education policies, standards, and procedures.  This position is responsible for supporting District systems in understanding and abiding by legal and ethical boundaries as outlined in the:

  • Affordable Care Act  (2010, 2019);
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIIPA, 1996);
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA. 1993);
  • Americans with Disabilities Act, (ADA, 1990);
  • Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA, 1985);
  • Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA 2015);
  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA, 1974);
  • Colorado Governmental Immunity Act (CGIA, 1979);
  • Exceptional understanding of Federal and State Internal Revenue Services – Benefits related laws, tax code, and regulations.

Cultural Awareness– Benefits Manager must also possess a basic knowledge of local cultural diversity and how District services are best provided.  Other knowledge expectations include but are not limited to:

  • Exceptional Ability to maintain confidentiality in all aspects of the job; especially regarding personnel issues;
  • Well-developed oral and written communication skills with consulting abilities; preference for oral Spanish language skills;
  • Well-developed interpersonal relationship building skills and public relations;
  • Well-developed ability to negotiate, and set and meet deadlines and scheduled obligations;
  • Strong attention to detail, organizational, planning and analytical skills;
  • Strong ability to diffuse and manage emotional or stressful situations;
  • Ability to be adaptable and flexible with collaborative critical thinking and problem-solving capabilities;
  • Ability to manage competing priorities with frequent interruptions in a timely manner;
  • Ability to accurately apply basic accounting and financial management standards to budgets, reports, and other financial transactions;
  • Ability to visually display complex data in an understandable format;
  • Ability to promote and follow Board of Education policies and building and department procedures;
  • Ability to communicate, interact and work effectively and cooperatively with people from diverse ethnic and
    educational backgrounds;
  • Ability to recognize the importance of safety in the workplace, follow safety rules, practice safe work habits, utilize appropriate safety equipment and report unsafe conditions to the appropriate administrator

 
MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT OPERATING KNOWLEDGE:

  • Operating knowledge of and experience with personal computers and peripherals;
  • Operating knowledge of and experience with typical office equipment, such as scanner, copier, fax machine, etc.
  • Operating knowledge of and experience with software programs for word processing, spreadsheets, and email; preference for experience with Google and Office 365 software packages;
  • Working knowledge of a variety of vendor software, District’s benefit software PlanSource, and District’s employee tracking software are required within 60 days of hire.

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Posted: 2018-12-27 Expires: 2019-01-26

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Benefits Manager

Mesa County Valley School District #51
Grand Junction, Colorado 81501

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