The Williams College Office of Human Resources seeks an energetic, collaborative, and process oriented professional to serve as a key member of the department’s management team. Reporting to the Director of Human Resources, the Benefits Administrator serves as the resident expert of the college’s many benefits offerings. They are responsible for managing a comprehensive employee benefits program for approximately 1,200 faculty, staff, and retirees. Responsibilities include design and administration of self-funded health and dental plans, reviewing and analyzing claims data, managing broker and vendor relationships, regulatory compliance and reporting, employee counseling, and implementation of new initiatives. The successful candidate will be an excellent communicator with a thorough understanding of relevant laws, compliance, and reporting like the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Mass Paid Leave Act.
The Benefits Administrator will work closely with the Benefits Specialist to oversee the employee wellness program and engagement strategy. This is a highly collaborative role that aims to distill complex concepts, analyze trends, and present materials in a relevant manner for planning purposes as they relate to open enrollment, the Benefits Committee, Wellness Committee, and the Retirement Governance Committee.
Williams is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty and staff. Our expectation is that the successful candidate will excel at working in a community that is broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion. Applicants should highlight relevant experience with supporting a diverse employee community including advocating for inclusive benefits.
Responsibilities include but are not limited:
Supervise the Benefits Specialist including coaching and ongoing professional development
Review claims and other cost drivers regularly anticipating the impact on setting employee premium
Create, review, and update plan summaries, communication materials, open enrollment materials, and benefit presentations
Responsible for accuracy and presentation of benefits on the HR website
Collaborate with Payroll Systems Manager, Budget Director, and HRIS Manager on quarterly analysis of budget; review details with HR Director and VP for Finance and Administration
Responsible for leave administration and Worker’s Compensation claims programs
Budget and oversee the administration of the tuition grant program
Maintain up to date knowledge of federal and state regulations involving employee benefits including FMLA, ADA, HIPAA, ERISA, COBRA, and 403(b) as they apply to the college’s benefits
Conduct regular audits and reviews of processes, documents, tools, and workflows to ensure data quality, process effectiveness, and compliance with program and regulatory requirements
Possess in-depth knowledge of College’s policies, particularly related to the benefits
Coordinate audits and compliance activities including non-discrimination testing, Form 5500 filing, and Summary Annual Reports, and annual FAS112 reporting the Controller’s Office
Maintain in-depth knowledge of wellness plan related regulations, policies, and procedures to ensure compliance with all related federal and state laws
Coordinator and facilitate ongoing campus trainings and workshops on leave administration, policy and regulations, and retirement education programs
Participate as an active member of the College’s Retirement Plan Governance Committee, coordinate quarterly agenda with committee chair; prepare meeting minutes
Provide guidance and recommendations for problem resolution to individuals and manager
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent with five years or more of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
Excellent quantitative and qualitative analytical skills with proven ability to demonstrate data interpretation that maps back to business terms and outcomes
Possess the ability to generate enthusiasm among diverse constituencies and individuals
Must have the ability to exhibit excellent customer service, integrity, and confidentiality when working with both internal and external customers
Possess outstanding listening and influencing skills and the ability to cultivate trust and credibility among various constituencies
Ability to develop and maintain highly effective relationships both internally and externally
Ability to work collaboratively in a team-based environment
Effective communication skills (verbal and written), including the ability to address small and large groups
Exceptional problem-solving skills with strong attention to detail; keen ability to multi-task and prioritize work deliverables as needs evolve
Knowledge of quantitative analysis techniques essential, experience in compensation analyses a plus
Familiarity with PeopleSoft or other human resources systems is a preferred
Human resources certifications are preferred (e.g. SHRM-CP, SPHR, PHR, etc.)
Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.
About Williams College
Williams College is a coeducational liberal arts institution located in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts with easy access to the culturally rich cities of Albany, Boston, and New York City. The college is committed to building and supporting a diverse population of approximately 2000 students, and to fostering an inclusive faculty, staff, and curriculum. Williams has built its reputation on outstanding teaching and scholarship and on the academic excellence of its students.