Mississippi State University seeks a dynamic, experienced professional to join our recently reorganized Human Resources Management department. This is a unique opportunity to contribute, grow, and add value as we transform to a strategic partner with our community.
With over 22,000 students and 4,600 faculty and staff, MSU is located in Starkville, MS.
Position provides direction for the administration of university benefit programs to achieve efficient benefits service delivery and operations. In collaboration with state agencies and university administrators, recommends and implements a forward-thinking strategy using technology and best practices to achieve robust benefits programs that reflect market trends and cost containment parameters.
In collaboration with HRM leadership, University's Employee Benefits Committee, and applicable state and federal agencies, manages the University's benefits programs for all faculty and staff employees, including state retirement plans, health and welfare plans, life insurance plans, deferred compensation programs, and voluntary benefits.
Responsible for effective benefits procedures to ensure compliance with all plan provisions, university policies and procedures, payroll processes, and federal or state requirements and regulations.
Administers the policy for federal and state leave plans, including FMLA and workers compensation coordination with state leave laws.
Responsible for efficiencies in collecting and processing benefits enrollment for employees, providing data pertaining to the university's enrollment processes, and efficiently processing employees' benefits elections during annual open enrollment.
Manages the benefits accounting process to ensure accurate deductions, vendor payments and required reporting.
Supports and exhibits positive vendor interactions and relationships for current, prospective, or interested benefit partners.
Accurately completes and submits benefits reports to ensure university compliance with federal and state guidelines.
In collaboration with the Associate Director, manages a communication plan to educate faculty and staff about the university's benefit offerings. Along with staff, provides benefits, retirement, and financial planning counseling services to retirees, faculty, and staff.
Provides coverage as needed for the New Employee Orientation programs for staff and faculty.
Provides ongoing supervision to direct reports. Develops work schedules, job assignments, job training, oversight, and ongoing guidance. Conducts performance reviews and collaborates with Associate Director managing staff performance.
Provides guidance and information to employees and administrators on University benefits plans, policies and procedures.
Serves on the University's Employee Benefits Committee. Conducts utilization analysis for applicable voluntary benefit plans and prepares reports; provides value-added recommendations to the HRM leadership team based on outcome.
Conducts tracking and reporting of staff workload, productivity, and employee contacts. Provides monthly summaries of benefits office production.
Provides guidance and supervision to benefits staff on courteous and prompt customer service, and positive interactions with staff, faculty, and retirees.
Review of applicants will begin on March 1, 2020, and continue until the position is filled.
MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.
1. Bachelor's degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, or related field.
2. Four years of progressively responsible human resources, business, or related experience; three years of supervisory experience.
1. Experience administering/managing benefit plans. 2. Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) or Certified Benefits Professional (CBP) preferred.