Benefits Manager
City of Salem, Oregon - Salem, OR

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JOB SUMMARY The City of Salem is looking for an innovative and knowledgeable Benefits Manager. This position will be responsible for administering a comprehensive employee benefit program with emphasis on a self-funded medical insurance program for health, dental and vision. Position will be the primary person responsible for contract administration of vendors, and service providers such as flexible spending accounts administrator, third party benefit administrator, and deferred compensation plans. Position will be responsible for not only the financial aspects of contract administration, but will also be the primary liaison between the vendors or service providers, and the City of Salem staff. The Benefits Manager will be working in a professional Human Resources office, acting as a liaison with operating departments on Human Resources needs and assisting in the formulation of human resources policies and procedures concerning employee benefits. Work is performed with considerable independence within the framework of goals and benchmarks. Work is reviewed

for results and progress updates by the Director of Human Resources. Additionally, this position carries overall responsibility for planning, developing and carrying out programs essential to the administration and establishment of benefit programs for City employee such as establishing health, dental and vision plans and premium rates in ensures that there are adequate reserves to pay anticipated claims. Assures compliance with Federal and State laws relevant to health insurance, including COBRA, FMLA and OFLA and retirement. Reviews employee benefits and human resources policies with each new employee, explaining employee benefit plans options and any other rights and responsibilities employers have under State and Federal laws. Performs reseach and compiles and analyzes data. Participates in labor negotiations during discussions on insurances by providing analysis on benefit proposals for compliance with State and Federal requirements, and costs of those proposals. Conducts exit interviews with employees to determine reason for ending employment with the City, and areas where the City could improve. Manages the City Life, Voluntary Term Life, LTD, Voluntary AD&D, Long Term Care, and 457k Deferred Compensation Programs, and the City’s PERS and OSPERA Retirement Program, 125 Flexible Spending Account program, and the EAP program. Plans and oversees the Wellness Program. As part of the Wellness Program and benefit administration, position chairs Wellness Program Committee as well as the Benefits Committee, planning monthly meetings, providing technical resources and information to committee members as well as researching ideas brought forth from committee meetings for feasibility, costs, and/or what is needed for implementation.


Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in a related field; AND


Five (5) to Seven (7) years of experience in a related field; OR

Any combination of education, experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the class.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate their ability to effectively communicate by leveraging excellent interpersonal, written, and presentation skills for both internal and external audiences. Additionally the candidate needs to have a deep and demonstrable knowledge of concepts, principles, practices, laws, and rules gained through a combination of study and experience relating to all phases of benefits; have knowledge of contemporary office practices and procedures and basic office software products, especially report writing tools, spreadsheets and databases; have knowledge and experience in medical insurance market and administration; and have knowledge of municipal government operations, programs, and provision of all employee integration agreement.

The Benefits Manager position requires the ability to develop and implement communication strategies that increase benefit member knowledge, the ability to administer contracts, plan and manage a budget, and the ability to comply and with state and federal laws that relate to health insurance; the ability to work independently and make decisions with minimal supervision; the ability to comprehend and apply concepts for enhancement and efficiency of department and general operations; and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with individuals, coworkers, other agencies and the public. Position requires the candidate to maintain required work hours and attendance.

SELECTION PLAN If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit an online application, a cover letter, and a resume by the closing date of this announcement. The application materials will be reviewed for the job requirements. The best qualified candidates will be invited to an interview. A thorough background check will be required of those to be given final consideration.


: Please complete the on-line Application and submit electronically by the close date at Applications must be received by the Human Resources Department by 11:59 p.m. on the closing date. You will receive an email confirmation of your submitted electronic application. The City cannot be responsible for material that is illegible or missing as a result of transmitting or which may be lost through the mail. All newly selected finalists for City employment are subject to a criminal background check and may be subject to testing for drugs.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Women, Minorities and Disabled individuals are encouraged to apply. ADA accommodations will be provided upon request.

This announcement is not an implied contract and may be modified or revoked without notice.