University of New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

Director, University Benefits - req# 29580

Posted 28 days ago

Job Description

Dir,University Benefits
Requisition ID req29580
Working Title Director, University Benefits
Position Grade 17
Position Summary

The University of New Mexico seeks a Director, University Benefits to lead the Human Resources benefits, retirement, employee wellness, and leave programs. This position reports directly to the Vice President of Human Resources and is responsible for the strategic direction and oversight of all aspects of the universitys employee benefit programs. This position will also work collaboratively with the HR Senior Leadership to provide efficient, effective, and valuable services to HR customers. Additionally, this position is responsible for working with university leadership and constituents to assess the effectiveness of benefit programs in meeting strategic objectives and the development and implementation of improvements to benefit programs. The Benefits and Employee Wellness department is responsible for the administration of health, education, disability, long term care, life, FSA, retirement (defined benefit and defined contribution), leave, and employee wellness benefits for UNM employees and retirees. The Director, University Benefits also plays a key role in the financial oversight of the Universitys self-insured medical plans.

The Director, University Benefits, will recommend plan revisions and create new plans and initiatives that are best practices, cost effective, and consistent with the University's overall mission. The director will oversee the administration of contracts and other agreements involving employee, retiree, and student benefits. UNM plans include self-funded as well as insured plans. This person is responsible for overall compliance with all federal and state regulations pertaining to health and welfare, retirement, and education benefits.

See the Position Description for additional information.

Conditions of Employment
  • Employees in this job title are subject to the terms and conditions of an employment contract. Employment contracts are typically subject to review and renewal on an annual basis.
  • Employees who provide services or work in patient care or clinical areas are required to be in compliance with the University's influenza vaccination requirement.
Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree; at least 7 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.

Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with/in:

  • Developing and administering employee benefit plans such as, but not exclusive to, medical, dental, vision, life insurance, disability, and 403(b)/457(b) retirement plans
  • Managing benefit-related compliance requirements, including familiarity with the Affordable Care Act and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
  • Managing a human resources team consisting of benefits staff
  • Providing guidance to professional staff who manage multiple large projects
  • Strategic oversight of benefits administration, to include evaluating the effectiveness of organizational benefit offerings and developing recommendations for enhancement
  • Managing a large benefits program in a complex higher education institution that includes a health sciences center or a similar complex organization
  • Strategic oversight of employee health and financial wellness programs
  • Strategic oversight of employee leave programs

Ability to:

  • Manage ongoing benefit provider relationships including handling escalated issues, understanding new programs, validating data and collaborating to develop useful reports
  • Direct the administration of plan documents, policies, procedures and best practices to ensure compliance with all benefit laws and regulations
  • Understand actuarial principles, benefits accounting, and qualified plan compliance
  • Utilize and develop wellness and health plan metrics, and other departmental metrics to strategically develop coordinated employee health and wellness initiatives
Additional Requirements
Campus Main - Albuquerque, NM
Department HR Benefits (730F)
Employment Type Staff
Staff Type Contract
Term End Date
Status Exempt
Pay Monthly: $8,092.93 - $11,583.87
Benefits Eligible This is a benefits eligible position. The University of New Mexico provides a comprehensive package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, UNM offers educational benefits through the tuition remission and dependent education programs. See the Benefits home page for a more information.
ERB Statement As a condition of employment, eligible employees working greater than .25 FTE as determined by the New Mexico Education Retirement Act must make mandatory retirement contributions. For more information, review the Benefits Eligibility at a Glance grid.
Background Check Required Yes
For Best Consideration Date 6/14/2024
Eligible for Remote Work No
Eligible for Remote Work Statement The Director, University Benefits is expected to work on campus with the possibility for a hybrid work schedule.
Application Instructions

Only applications submitted throughthe official UNMJobs site will be accepted. If you are viewing this jobadvertisement on a 3rd party site, pleasevisit UNMJobs to submit an application.

Applicants should provide an updated resume, a cover letter outlining how their qualifications meet the responsibilities and qualifications for this position, and a list of at least three professional references.

Positions posted with a Staff Type of Regular or Term are eligible for the Veteran Preference Program. See the Veteran Preference Program webpage for additional details.

The University of New Mexico is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.

The University of New Mexico requires all regular staff positions successfully pass a pre-employment background check. This may include, but is not limited to, a criminal history background check, New Mexico Department of Health fingerprint screening, New Mexico Children, Youth, and Families Department fingerprint screening, verification of education credentials, and/or verification of prior employment. For more information about background checks, visit Refer to for a definition of Regular Staff.