BENEFITS MANAGER, UW PHYSICIANS

University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98104

BENEFITS MANAGER, UW PHYSICIANS

Req #: 197319
Department: UW MEDICINE FACULTY PRACTICE PLAN SERVICES
Job Location: Downtown Seattle
Job Location Detail: Columbia Center in Downtown Seattle (701 5th Ave, Seattle) 
Posting Date: 11/18/2021 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary is commensurate with education and experience. 
Shift: First Shift 
Notes: This position provides opportunities to work in a fast-paced, challenging, diverse and rewarding environment.  As an employee you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.  For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.  

A remarkable team of nearly 30,000 caring professionals comes together each day at UW Medicine to improve the health of the public. For us, working here is not just a jobits a calling. As providers, faculty, scientists, staff and administrators from diverse backgrounds, we are united by our dedication to excellence in providing patient-centered care, conducting innovative research and teaching the next generation of healthcare professionals.

UW Medicine Faculty Practice Plan Services (FPPS) supports UW Physicians (UWP), a practice group for more than 1,800 physicians and other healthcare professionals associated with UW Medicine. UW Medicine includes Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center - Montlake, UW Neighborhood Clinics, UW Medical Center - Northwest, the UW School of Medicine, Valley Medical Center, and Airlift Northwest. UWP members also practice at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, a partnership of UW Medicine, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and Seattle Childrens Hospital.

UW Medicine Faculty Practice Plan Services has an outstanding opportunity for a Benefits Manager, UW Physicians (UWP). Reporting to the Controller, this individual will be responsible for design, administration and communication of a complex benefit program for the two faculty group practices of the University of Washington: UW Physicians (UWP) and Childrens University Medical Group (CUMG). This position has overall responsibility for directly supervising the Benefits Specialist.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Manage the retirement plans and health/welfare benefits administration.
  • Ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations pertaining to all benefit plans.
  • Review and analyze changes to state and federal laws and report necessary or suggested changes to senior management and the joint UWP-CUMG Retirement & Benefits (R & B) Committee.
  • Lead the strategic planning of health & welfare and retirement benefits for UWP and CUMG.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with all UWP, CUMG, and UW Medicine stakeholders.
  • Manage the relationship with brokers, insurance carriers, trustees, and other administrative agencies outside the company to ensure benefit program is administered effectively.
  • Assist Controller in support of the R&B Committee including preparation of documents for meetings and presentations to the UWP Board of Trustees and CUMG Board of Directors.
  • Generate and coordinate communications to physicians regarding changes to benefits.
  • Respond to and resolve benefit inquiries and concerns from UWP physicians and serve as a resource for CUMG staff on inquiries and concerns from CUMG physicians and staff.
  • Prepare and execute, with legal consultation, benefit documentation including plan documents, summary plan descriptions, benefit agreements and insurance policies.
  • Develop new employee benefit orientation, communication materials and other educational opportunities for all staff and members.
  • Perform other duties, as assigned.

  • REQUIREMENTS:
  • Bachelor's degree in business administration, accounting, finance, or related field required.
  • Five years of experience with with benefits administration including multiple retirement plan administration and benefit compliance experience required.
  • Two years of supervisory / management experience required.
  • Three years of ADP Enterprise or other HRIS/payroll system administration experience strongly preferred.
  • Proficiency with Windows based software and Microsoft Office Suite products in a network environment.
  • Superior Excel Skills (i.e. v-look ups, pivot tables).
  • Knowledge of ADP Enterprise V5 preferred.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute for stated requirements.

  • KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES:
  • Advanced research and analytical skills.
  • Problem solving and attention to detail.
  • In depth knowledge of benefits and regulatory requirements.
  • Strong command of the English language. Strong writing skills and excellent oral and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to convey a positive and professional image in person, to work effectively with physicians and departmental staff.
  • Ability to deal effectively in a highly political environment and with diverse personalities and backgrounds.
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with all stakeholders outside the organization. i.e. benefits participants, the public, government, benefits vendors.
  • Ability to conduct compliance audits and take corrective actions on any findings.
  • Ability to evaluate current workflows and processes to identify and develop proposals for improvement.
  • In depth knowledge of HRIS and payroll systems.
  • Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.
  • Ability to manipulate data and other information management tools for analysis and reporting purposes.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and decision-making.

  • DESIRED:
  • Benefits certification (CEBS, CBP) preferred.

  • Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

    Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

    The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

    The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

    To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or dso@uw.edu.

    COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIREMENT

    Governor Inslee's Proclamation 21-14.2 requires employees of higher education and healthcare institutions to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. View the Final candidate guide to COVID-19 vaccination requirement webpage for information about the medical or religious exemption process for final candidates.


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