Located in Boston, Dana Farber Cancer Institute brings together world-renowned clinicians, innovative researchers, and dedicated professionals as allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow’s physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.
Reporting to the Sr. Director of Compensation, Benefits and HRIS, the Benefits Manager is responsible for the planning, implementation, and administration of the Institute’s health and welfare, retirement and future wellness programs. This is a role that requires being able to lead and manage day-to-day operations and improvements with an awareness of the longer-term direction desired for benefits programs at DFCI. The individual in this role requires a leadership presence within the HR organization as well as the greater DFCI Community, while maintaining key vendor relationships and working alongside team members on certain operational aspects of DFCI’s programs. This role will play an essential part in the turnaround efforts within this HR function by creating a benefits infrastructure driven by service and engagement of the greater DFCI organization.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Administer benefit plans in accordance with plan provisions and plan documentation, as well as leading the resolution of complex programmatic and system issues
Analyze existing health and welfare, and retirement benefits, making recommendations for new benefit programs and modifications to existing programs that are in line with competitive trends, business needs and as financial parameters allow.
Provide technical expertise regarding retirement plans, including defined benefit administration, as well as defined contribution plans.
Manage specific benefit activities including: Creating and managing the Benefits Team’s annual calendar and program project plans, tracking (e.g. log/triage) and reporting customer interactions with the intent of analyzing trends/solutions, recommending creative solutions spanning across all benefit programs, building and monitoring effective external service provider relationships, overseeing vendor performance, looking for further outsourcing opportunities and leading all aspects of the open enrollment process.
Develop appropriate communication plans, strategies and materials to support employee understanding and engagement regarding all benefit offerings. This will include the development of materials that promote existing or new benefits plans and wellness programs, as well as any ongoing communication needs as Plan or legislative changes occur. Leverage vendor relationships to their full extent regarding these elements.
Ensure all plans are in compliance with Federal, State and local benefits laws and regulations, including IRS code, ERISA compliance and audit requirements. Manage adherence to annual non-discrimination testing, required mailings and all plan documentation (i.e. SPDs, plan amendments)
Develop and manage internal reporting of plans and manage all plan audits.
Administer DFCI’s fringe benefits budget.
Work in strong collaboration with Finance, Legal, and customer groups in planning and communication of updates and changes to plans and programs.
Manage team of 2-5 Benefits Team professionals.
MINIMUM JOB QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS:
B.A./B.S. with a minimum of 6-8 years of increasingly responsible benefits experience and management experience is required. Technical expertise on varying types of retirement plan design and administration, or comensurate experience, needed. Benefits certification is desirable.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
Knowledge in benefits administration and related laws and regulations, including but not limited to ERISA, HIPAA, ADA and FLSA
In-depth knowledge of retirement plans and benefits (qualified and non-qualified plans).
Solid and progressive understanding of benefit administration operations and systems.
Ability to develop and communicate long-term plans while managing the improvements to current infrastructure and operations
Proven track record of developing junior staff in both benefits related content and approach to how work is accomplished.
Strong time and project management skills
Outstanding written and interpersonal skills
Ability to present recommendations effectively in oral and written form to all levels of the Institution
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents
Strong computer skills including Word, EXCEL, Power Point
High level of confidentiality
Progressive experience in HR as well as benefits a must
Experience in a very high paced environment to include turnaround situations, or mergers and acquisitions
MUST be a team player, team builder and have superior skills as a collaborator across organizational functions
Able to see the challenge, be energized by the opportunity and is FUN to work with!
Strong desire to grow and learn in HR, Health Care and as a professional
This position is full-time, Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an Affirmation Action/Equal Opportunity Employer - committed to diversity and inclusion in our workforce.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute - 21 months ago