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HR - Director, Health Benefits Job

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Date: Jun 2, 2021

Location: Memphis, TN, US

Company: Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare


Directs and manages the overall design and administration of health and welfare benefit programs for MLH. Responsible for ensuring benefits programs are competitive, sustainable, and have an impact on the short and long-term performance of the company. Works with HR, Finance, Operations leaders and vendor partners to implement, optimize, monitor, and refine benefit programs, processes and systems. Models appropriate behavior as exemplified in MLH Mission, Vision and Values.



  • Vast knowledge of health and welfare plans along with ability to develop and recommend program changes.
  • Strong working knowledge of federal and state laws that affect benefit plan management & compliance.
  • Ability to comprehend and prepare complex, written materials, such as business plans, presentations and policies and procedures. Ability to effectively communicate and present policy and programs in a concise and understandable manner.
  • Ability to work strategically and collaboratively across HR functional areas.
  • Ability to lead and motivate individuals and groups of people.
  • Solid negotiation skills.
  • Ability to plan and schedule tasks and projects to maintain control of own and other’s workflow.
  • Skill in developing and implementing long-range plans and programs.
  • Skilled in Microsoft Office products.
  • Experience with vendor selection, negotiation and relationship management.

Key Job Responsibilities

  • Plans, designs, implements, and communicates all health and welfare benefit programs, consistent with organizational objectives and strategy.
  • Assists VP, Total Rewards with plan design for health and welfare programs using analytics to target and address cost containment and population health improvement opportunities. Conducts analysis of health claim trends and assists in annual budget preparations.
  • Evaluates best practices and innovative solutions.
  • Works with VP, Total Rewards and Wellbeing Program Manager to collaborate with Health Choice to develop population health strategies.
  • Leads integration of benefit programs following mergers and acquisitions.
  • Provides analysis and consultation to MLH partners regarding their benefit programs.
  • Dedicated to solving benefits service challenges; establishes strong relationships with partners and vendors to provide solutions; facilitates regular vendor meetings.
  • Develops a variety of ongoing communications to enhance the understanding of benefits in conjunction with vendors and MLH Communications team.
  • Forecasts financial impact of the health and welfare plans for use in the finance and treasury forecasting models.
  • Accesses impact of new legislations and ensures regulatory compliance of provided health and welfare benefit plans, managing related processes such as annual reporting, discrimination testing, state and local mandates, plan documentation, etc. and working with internal and external legal resources.
  • Manages annual renewals, RFP’s and annual enrollment process for health and welfare plans.
  • Seeks ongoing input from Associates through various means.
  • Conducts training sessions and act as an advisor to field HR regarding benefit plans, regulatory compliance, applicable regulations for "church" plans such as IRS, DOL and related health and welfare acts.
  • Provides requested information to Internal Audit and external auditors.
  • Maintains and develops a competent, productive, and quality conscious workforce by hiring, evaluating performance, counseling, training, issuing corrective action and recommending personnel actions according to the MLH value system.

Physical Requirements

  • The physical activities of this position may include climbing, pushing, standing, hearing, walking, reaching, grasping, kneeling, stooping, and repetitive motion.
  • Must have good balance and coordination.
  • The physical requirements of this position are: light work - exerting up to 15 lbs. of force occasionally and/or up to 10 lbs. of force frequently.
  • The Associate is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity, such as preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; or extensive reading.
  • The conditions to which the Associate will be subject in this position: The Associate is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions; job functions are typically performed under conditions such as those found in general office or administrative work.

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