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At Fred Hutch, we believe that the innovation, collaboration, and rigor that result from diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission of eliminating cancer and related diseases. We seek employeeswho bringdifferent and innovativeways of seeing the world and solving problems.Fred Hutch is in pursuit of becoming an antiracist organization.Weare committed to ensuring that all candidates hired share our commitment to diversity,antiracism, and inclusion.
The Benefits, LOA and Wellness team leader is responsible for the planning, design, implementation, and administration of an overall benefits and wellness strategy to ensure market competitiveness, fair internal practices and alignment with the organizations mission, vision and values. This includes creatively maximizing internal awareness and utilization of our programs, building efficiency, and managing costs. The Manager also leads the end-to-end leave of absence program, including program design and administration with a focus on the employee experience, policy and legal compliance and continuous improvement.
Drive service delivery, administration, participant communication/education, cost management and compliance processes for employer-sponsored employee benefits, wellness and leave of absence programs.
Responsible for the strategic vision and cultural alignment of the Wellness Program, as well as achievement of that vision through various wellness initiatives and goals.
Manage the administration of Leave of Absence programs/benefits; drive timely notification, documentation, eligibility review, and benefit coordination.
In partnership with the Director of Total Rewards, oversees the planning and administration of all activities related to annual benefit renewal process and open enrollment
Research and resolve benefit issues to ensure a positive employee experience while maintaining confidentiality at all times.
Deliver consistent, effective, and accurate communication with program participants; produce presentations and program materials including required notices and program-related updates
Evaluates, designs and recommends program offerings and modifications based on overall effectiveness, benchmarks, market assessment, business strategy and cost impact.
Lead, develop and manage benefits team members, emphasizing service delivery, accountability and continuous improvement.
Conduct regular audits and reviews of processes, documents, tools, and workflows to ensure data quality, process effectiveness, and compliance with program and regulatory requirements.
Leads mapping of benefits and wellness processes and programs and ensures documentation of all programs and process with a focus on consistency and creating the ability to scale
Responsible for due diligence and successful integration related to mergers and acquisitions for benefits.
Manage internal reporting of plan metrics, including monitoring of the self-funded claims experience, and benefit plan expenditures to identify trends and make recommendations to minimize plan and budget risks.
Manages vendor relationships including benefits consultants, brokers, third party administrators and other external service providers by building strong relationships and overseeing vendor performance
Reviews and analyzes changes to state and federal laws related to benefits and reports/recommends changes to management.
In concert with Director, present detailed and comprehensive benefits recommendations to internal senior stakeholder/leaders and the board.
Develops and communicates a compelling vision for wellness that motivates and engages employees to increase healthy behaviors for the long term.
Ensures that development and implementation of benefits programs, policies and practices are in compliance with ERISA, COBRA, FMLA, HIPAA, ACA, ADA, Seattle Sick-Safe, WA Paid Family Leave and other applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.
Maintains and implements schedule of governmental benefit filings (Form 5500, etc.)
Formally educates employees and supervisors/leaders on Leave Management.
Interpret and advise HR team on benefit changes; provide training and guidance as required
Lead third-party relationships for global benefits programs including consultants/brokers and carriers
Anticipate legal changes for leave requirements across the U.S. and proactively identify solutions to ensure compliance and employee experience
Serve as primary support for sensitive and escalated employee concerns, appeals and claims
Identify process improvements to provide an enhanced employee experience
Work across multiple departments to ensure information is consistent, engaging and available
Other duties as assigned
Bachelor's degree in business management, human resource management or other related field, and/or commensurate experience in benefits management.
5+ years directly related full-cycle benefits experience (to include leave of absence and wellness) in a Human Resources department setting with 3+ years supervisory experience.
Must have experience administrating multiple plan renewal and open enrollment cycles
In-depth understanding of features and mechanics of a broad variety of employee benefit and retirement programs required.
Solid understanding of ERISA and all applicable requirements, regulations, and federal and multi-state laws relating to employee benefit programs, qualified retirement plans and leaves of absence, experience with administration of benefits programs in multiple states and internationally preferred
Experience in the administration of benefits programs in a multiemployer/union plan environment is highly preferred
Demonstrated success implementing and sustaining effective Wellness program including the measurement of impact/effectiveness.
Knowledge of best practices and processing requirements relating to leave management
Ability to effectively articulate benefit plan options to a wide range of audiences
Demonstrated ability to drive complex projects to completion using effective project management, communication and influence skills.
Experience interpreting and communicating policy requirements.
Ability to critically analyze problems and develop solutions
Excellent verbal and written communication, collaboration and customer service skills
Strong attention to detail and ability to work under daily deadlines while handling multiple tasks
MS Office proficiency
Workday and PeopleSoft experience preferred
A statement describing your commitment and contributions toward greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in your career or that will be made through your work at Fred Hutch is requested of all finalists.
Our Commitment to Diversity
We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Employer. We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability (physical or mental), marital or veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, or membership in any other legally protected class. We are an Affirmative Action employer. We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply and desire priority referrals of protected veterans. If due to a disability you need assistance/and or a reasonable accommodation during the application or recruiting process, please send a request to our Employee Services Center at email@example.com or by calling 206-667-4700.
At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, teams of world-renowned scientists and humanitarians work together to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other diseases. Researchers are discovering new ways to detect cancers earlier, improve treatments, and learn how to prevent cancers from growing. Although Fred Hutchinson opened its doors in 1975, its history began about 20 years before that. In 1962 Fred Hutchinson envisioned a center devoted to studying cancer, a disease that took his brother’s life. Today Fred Hutchinson is contributing to the next waves of breakthrough treatments and prevention strategies. Fred Hutchinson collaborates with the Seattle Cancer Alliance, the National Cancer Institute, and the University of Washington.