Under general direction of the Chief, Benefits Division, Department of Personnel Administration, this one-position class plans, directs, organizes, and controls the day-to-day operations of a wide range of statewide benefit programs from their design to implementation.
Develops long-range plans and program goals to ensure that State employee benefits are cost-effective; ensures that the benefit programs are administered consistent with Federal and State laws and regulations; serves as the internal expert for the benefit programs; supervises staff involved in administration of program activities including the State's health and retirement policy, dental, vision, flexible benefits, life insurance, legal services, employee assistance program, long-term disability, return-to-work, workers' compensation, wellness/safety, state-owned housing, and other related benefits; negotiates with outside vendors and directs the development of negotiating strategies for collective bargaining; monitors and evaluates the performance of outside vendors to ensure compliance with contract standards and accomplishment of cost containment requirements.
Experience: Five years of progressively responsible benefit programs experience, including at least one year in a management capacity. Duties must have included policy development, benefit programs implementation and/or administration, and contract negotiation and/or management. (Qualifying experience gained in the California state service applied toward meeting these requirements must include at least one year performing the duties of a class at a responsibility level comparable to that of a Staff Services Manager II.) and
Education: Equivalent to graduation from college, preferably with specialization in public administration, human resources, business, or a related field. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.)
Knowledge of: Principles, practices, and trends of benefit programs implementation and management in the public or private sector; program planning and evaluation; working knowledge of collective bargaining negotiating strategies and employee benefit regulatory laws relating to workers' compensation, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), and H ealth Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA); a manager's responsibility for promoting equal opportunity in hiring and employee development and promotion, and for maintaining a work environment that is free of discrimination and harassment.
Ability to: Effectively interact with public and private sector functionaries to carry out the activities of statewide benefit programs; analyze situations accurately, use creative reasoning and a variety of analytical techniques, and take effective action; organize and direct the work of a staff engaged in a variety of complex benefits programs; communicate effectively; work well under pressure of multiple priorities and short deadlines; effectively negotiate with vendors and labor representatives to reach agreements; effectively promote equal opportunity in employment and maintain a work environment that is free of discrimination and harassment.
Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality; act independently; be flexible; use tact; and handle stressful situations.