Executive Director, Benefits and Wellness

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Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Human Resources

Bucknell University, a private, highly ranked, national liberal arts institution, is looking for an Executive Director of Benefits and Wellness to lead the University’s benefits, wellness and leave management programs including direct collaboration with external and internal partners for the University's self-funded health insurance plans. Reporting to the Vice President for Human Resources and as a member of the HR leadership team, the Executive Director is responsible for strategic design, development and implementation of forward-thinking programs and services to support recruitment and retention of faculty and staff. This position manages 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 Executive 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 Executive Director demonstrates a high level of professionalism and the skills needed to develop strong relationships at the University as well as with business partners; and the ability to analyze, balance, and plan for the benefits and wellness needs of the Bucknell community.

Duties and Responsibilities include:
● Regular assessment of plan design, utilization, to ensure alignment with University mission and goals.
● Design, evaluate and modify benefit plans, plan documents and policies to ensure that programs are current, competitive and in compliance with legal requirements.
● 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.
● Direct preparation and distribution of written communications to inform employees, retirees and cobra participants of benefits and personnel policies.
● Effectively utilizes metrics to assess, forecast, model, design, and develop total compensation programs.
● Manages the preparation and completion of key employee reports including Form 5500 and other internal/external compliance reports.
● Manage relationships with external consultants, brokers, vendors and plan providers.
● Oversee internal and external benefit plan audits.
● Direct and monitors the interface of all Human Resources and Finance Office processes in the functional areas of payroll, accounts receivable, and budgeting including benefit plan and other accounting reconciliations.
● 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.
● Advise and consults with all areas on employment matters related to benefits and wellness, and provides appropriate data and training as necessary.
● Evaluate current programs to ensure compliance with governmental regulations and competitiveness with other organizations. Monitor federal and state laws and regulations relating to benefits programs, and maintain current information on all technical requirements for the delivery of effective benefits and wellness services.
● Ensure that the benefits programs and wellness initiatives support the diverse needs of faculty and staff, and the broader University diversity & inclusion goals.
● Actively contribute to Bucknell’s efforts to foster a diverse and inclusive campus community.
● Support and promote the University’s sustainability efforts to protect, maintain and increase the long-term viability and resilience of the University’s environmental, social and economic support systems.

Minimum Qualifications
● Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience.
● Ten years of relevant and progressive experience in Human Resources including supervision of staff.
● Familiarity with benefits administration, compensation, and other human resource processes and functions
● 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. Demonstrate a high level of professionalism and exceptional written and verbal communication and presentation skills as well as outstanding customer service and organizational skills.
● Extreme accuracy and attention to detail, the ability to handle confidential information, excellent communication and mathematical skills, the ability to multi-task effortlessly in a hectic, team-based environment
● Ability to collaborate, influence and establish trust with campus partners. Previous experience building relationships and working with sensitive and confidential information.
● Strong organizational skills; evidence of self-motivation; demonstrated ability to plan, schedule and work both independently and in teams within a service-oriented organization.
● Demonstrated success managing multiple projects and competing priorities while balancing the need for quality with meeting deadlines.

Preferred Qualifications
● Advanced degree in HR, Management/Business, Industrial Relations or related field
● Professional certification (CEBS, PHR, SPHR, CCP, SHRM-SCP, etc.)
● Higher education experience


About Bucknell

Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is an undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 60 majors and 70 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell’s 3,700 undergraduate and 30 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors on scholarly and artistic projects.

Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of its undergraduate students. Student life is vibrant with about 200 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletics teams, a robust arts culture, and a commitment among many of the students to community and global service work.

Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

The Community

Lewisburg (pop. 5,700) is located in central Pennsylvania and features beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), a variety of restaurants, shops and boutiques, and the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. It is the seat of Union County, which has about 44,000 residents.

The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University’s main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital. Bucknell is within a three-hour drive of New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The cost of living is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and outstanding opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School consistently ranks among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.

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COVID-19 Information

Bucknell University is committed to the health and well-being of our community. As such, we have implemented many strategies to keep our community healthy. Students are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to vaccinate and provide documentation of vaccination to Human Resources. Employees who do not provide evidence of vaccination are required to participate in the University’s COVID-19 sequential testing program. All members of the Bucknell community and campus visitors are required to wear masks inside public and academic buildings, regardless of social distancing or vaccination status. Click here for more information.

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