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Department: Human Resources
Job Type: Full-Time
Available From: Jul 1, 2021
Reports To: Director, Human Resources

Date:                                    July 2021


Job Title:                            Benefits Manager


Department:                    Human Resources


Reports To:                        Director of Human Resources


Position Overview: Responsible for the administration of SVA’s benefit plans and regulations - medical, dental, 401k, Life, STD, LTD, AD&D, HSA, FSA, Worker's Comp, FMLA, COBRA, and HIPAA.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Ensure that the day-to-day administration of administrative staff and faculty benefit programs are properly carried out.
  • Maintain benefit records by developing record-keeping systems; initiating new-hire benefits; recording changes.
  • Manage new employee and open enrollment proactively; provides comprehensive information related to benefits options, conducts periodic benefits information sessions; responds to employee inquiries, and directs employees to vendor resources and publications as required.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for benefits vendors, reconciling vendor reports for all benefits and deductions; ensures payments are processed in a timely manner, providing report metrics for periodic and annual reporting.
  • Manage and schedule employee benefits enrollment and insurance premium payment processing.
  • Monitor legislative changes regarding benefit-related laws such as COBRA, HIPAA, and FMLA and provide the HR department, senior management, and employees with necessary updates to ensure compliance.
  • Track, monitor, and adjust faculty premium rates resulting from changes in contact hours and insurance premiums; communicate changes to faculty.
  • Compile information and ensures the timely filing of the Welfare Plan with an auditing firm.
  • Maintain a list of retirees and communicate plan changes/modifications as needed.
  • Evaluates benefit programs and recommend alternatives for the most effective utilization of financial resources in relation to the short and long-term needs of the employees and the College.
  • Ensure compliance with Federal and State laws, including, but not limited to Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
  • Supervise the processing of workers’ comp, short-term and long-term disability claims.
  • Manages workers’ compensation incident reporting in collaboration with security and environmental health and safety; works closely with college staff regarding incident investigations as required.
  • Oversee the tracking of workplace injuries and preparation of OSHA 300 log.
  • Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops;
  • review professional publications; establishing personal networks; and participate in professional societies.
  • Prepare special reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information and trends.
  • Contribute to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.



  • Bachelors’ degree required.
  • 5-7 years of benefits experience and 2-3 years supervisory experience.
  • Knowledge of benefits [e.g. medical, dental, 401k, STD, LTD,] and applicable government regulations (e.g. HIPAA, FMLA, COBRA).
  • Strong customer service attitude – ability to handle a high volume of calls and employee concerns.
  • Ability to work independently and initiate, prioritize and identify solutions with strong attention to detail.
  • Advanced computer literacy (word processing, spreadsheets, database, HRIS).
  • Excellent organizational, proofreading, and communication (oral and written) skills.
  • Ability to handle confidential material.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and a willingness to work flexible and extended hours.

To apply for this position, please click on the link here.

 No walk-ins or phone calls, please.


The School of Visual Arts is an equal opportunity employer. Diversity and inclusion is a core principle of the College. SVA enjoys a community that represents a significant number of historically underrepresented communities, ethnic and religious backgrounds, gender identities, diverse abilities, and foreign countries, and all are encouraged to apply.