Benefits and Wellness Manager

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

Come join Bucknell University's Human Resources team as the next Benefits and Wellness Manager! The Benefits and Wellness Manager administers and manages the University benefit services and the ongoing development and administration of the University's wellness program and incentive strategy in support of University goals to fully engage and motivate the diverse staff of the University. This position works closely with external and internal constituents to continuously assess needs, utilization, and program improvements. The Benefits and Wellness Manager also develops and maintains key metrics to ensure the effectiveness of University Benefits and Wellness programs. This position reports directly to the Executive Director, Benefits and Wellness.

The HR team has a weekly “huddle”, where we share information, troubleshoot issues, and celebrate achievements, so there are lots of opportunities to connect and collaborate with other team members. Bucknell provides a work environment that is fun and relaxed, but serious; challenging, while enriching and rewarding. Be part of a team where your work influences today’s scholars and tomorrow’s leaders.

This is a full-time, 12-month, exempt, benefits eligible position.

Job Duties:
• Administers the Bucknell faculty, staff, and retiree health and welfare programs. This includes, but is not limited to, monitoring industry norms/trends and understanding how legislative changes will impact the University's benefits program. Serve as the subject matter expert for benefits on employee inquiries/cases, maintaining excellent knowledge of benefit plan design. Develops and distributes various employee benefit communications, including employee presentations as required.
• Serves as the subject matter expert for benefits within the University's Enterprise Resource Platform (ERP), responsible for configuring benefit plans, eligibility requirements, and benefit events in the ERP.
• Works closely with the payroll team, reviewing payrolls for the accurate processing of pay and benefits.
• Manages leave processing as it relates to payroll in the ERP.
• Supports and assists in the counseling of active and retired faculty and staff relating to benefits and wellness.
• Manages the outreach to new faculty and staff related to their benefit options, service waiver requirements, etc.
• Provides benefit information to faculty, staff, benefit vendors, and government agencies consistent with benefit reporting rules and regulations (COBRA, ERISA, HIPAA, FAS106, Retirement plan audit, ACA, etc.).
• Serves as the ERP’s subject matter expert for absence, responsible for configuring the time off plans.
• Manages the retirement plan enrollments and remittances, balancing against each payroll cycle. Coordinates monthly retirement financial advisor meetings.
• Serves as work schedule subject matter expert, responsible for configuring work schedules and eligibility requirements in the ERP.
• Administers the Bucknell faculty and staff Wellness Initiative. Monitors industry norms/trends and understands how legislative changes will impact the University's wellness programs. Develops and distributes various employee wellness communications, including employee presentations as required.
• Acts as primary contact for all wellness vendors who deliver programs and services. Participates in periodic partnership calls and coordinates with vendors on open issues, etc.
• Supervises the casual staff supporting the wellness program.
• Develops and manages the wellness budget.
• Updates internal and external benefits and wellness websites for accuracy of information and usability for different constituencies. Creates new resources as needed. Seeks continuous technology and process improvement in the delivery of services.
• Coordinates services to surviving family members regarding death benefits issues.
• Serves as a resource to faculty and staff with Long Term Disability claims.
• Actively contributes to Bucknell’s efforts to foster a diverse and inclusive campus community.
• Supports and promotes 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.
• Participates in campus-wide or department-specific strategic projects, committees, and working groups as needed.
• Performs other duties as required or appropriate.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Bachelor's degree or equivalent and five (5) years of experience and credentials in managing benefit and wellness programs
• Demonstrated knowledge of relevant laws and regulations, including COBRA, ERISA, HIPAA, and Medicare
• Demonstrated enthusiasm for learning and staying current with trends and legislation
• Strong written and oral presentation and communication skills
• Technical proficiency in relevant applications such as MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), as well as Human Resources related software to effectively gather, interpret, organize, and present data and information
• 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:
• SHRM, CEBS or other HR professional certifications
• Supervisory experience
• 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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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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