Division Director, Benefits (human Resources Analyst Iv)

Fairfax, Virginia
$79,103.23 - $131,838.30 Annually
Apr 06, 2019
Apr 06, 2019
Full Time
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Develops strategic direction and provides management oversight to the county's employee/retiree benefit programs. Oversees the Benefits Division in administering four health insurance plans (three of which are self-insured), dental insurance, life insurance, long term care, long term disability, flexible spending accounts, deferred compensation, and coordinates compliance with the Family and Medical Leave Act. With a staff of 23 merit and non-merit employees, the division serves over 12,000 employees and their dependents, and supports over 5,000 retirees. Duties include:
  • Resolves complex administrative issues with third party vendors;
  • Monitors benefit plan utilization, expenditure and revenue;
  • In conjunction with actuaries, carriers and the Department of Management and Budget, projects future year costs/premiums and assists with the development of the Health Fund budget and reserves;
  • Provides recommendations on benefit strategy and plan funding;
  • Develops communication strategies to educate employees about their benefits;
  • Stays abreast of benefit trends and health care reform legislation.
Must have the ability to lead large scale projects and change initiatives; possess excellent communication, interpersonal, and customer service skills; demonstrated analytical and assessment capabilities; ability to partner with other agencies to achieve success; and the ability to manage multiple concurrent tasks.

Illustrative Duties

Manages a Business Area (such as Benefits, Payroll, Compensation, Classification, EEO, Employee Relations, Employment)

Responsible for major business area such as a division or program;

Develops vision, goals, objectives and performance measures;

Plans and evaluates operations, programs and staff;

Oversees budget, internal controls and fiscal operations;

Oversees technology operations related to business area;

Develops policy and coordinates policy with senior management team;

Responsible for customer service;

Conceptualizes and plans new or improved programs for business area, collaborates with senior management team on interdisciplinary programs.

Responsible for communication and information dissemination regarding operations, programs, policies and procedures;

Interprets legislation, regulations and case law that effect business area, develops compliance strategies, proposes new legislation or changes to existing legislation.

Senior Management Team

Collaborates with others inside and outside the organization to develop and implement HR

policies and programs that support business areas countywide;

Develops and facilitates interdisciplinary teams and teamwork;

Represents the county on policy-making committees, teams and task forces;

Manages department in director's absence.

Provides Consultant Services

Creates, plans, facilitates, and evaluates strategic change initiatives;

Develops conceptual solutions to complex problems and issues with countywide implications;

Acts pro-actively to improve business processes within the organization;

Serves as subject matter expert for internal and external clients;

Serves as project manager for new systems and programs in various areas. For example:

employee compensation and benefits; organizational and workforce development; business process engineering; automated systems.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of management principles and practices;

Knowledge of organizational development;

Knowledge of consulting principles and practices;

Knowledge of local government issues, operations and responsibilities;

Knowledge of human resources issues, operations and responsibilities;

Knowledge of information technology;

Knowledge of financial, budget and internal control principles;

Knowledge of methods of planning and evaluation.

Ability to formulate the long term view and direction (vision) for a business area, program or project in the organization;

Ability to create strategies and plans for achieving that vision;

Ability to analyze complex issues, processes and operations and develop solutions;

Ability to manage the staff and operations of a business area, program or project;

Ability to manage staff and operations using performance measurements;

Ability to manage change;

Ability to communicate effectively with individuals and groups in a diverse workforce and


Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, coworkers,

senior managers, elected officials, members of boards, authorities and commissions, citizens, and representatives from other organizations;

Ability to work as a team member or leader and develop teamwork in others;

Highly developed skills in creative thinking;

Highly developed skills in leadership;

Highly developed skills in problem solving;

Highly developed skills in oral and written communication;

Highly developed skills in interpersonal relationships;

Highly developed skills in collaboration;

Highly developed skills in decision making.

Employment Standards


Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university and five years of HR experience including experience as a senior consultant, program/project manager, or operations supervisor. A master's degree may be substituted for one year of the required experience.

Not applicable.

Experience managing self-insured medical plans; public sector benefits administration; experience with the benefits component of HCM software such as SAP; experience implementing creative solutions to ensure compliance with Health Care Reform regulations, GASB and retiree health care. Demonstrated experience supervising staff.

The appointee to the position must satisfactorily complete a criminal background check.

Work is generally sedentary. May be required to do some walking, bending, and carrying of items under 15 pounds in weight. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview.

It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314 . EEO/AA/TTY.

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