Skip to main content


Director of Benefits & Wellness

Apply now Job no: 494648
Work type: Full Time
Location: Swarthmore
Categories: Management, Staff

Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to inclusive excellence and nondiscrimination in its educational program and employment practices and encourages candidates who will further advance the goal of fostering a diverse and inclusive community. As one of the nation’s finest institutions of higher learning, Swarthmore College is global in outlook and draws students from around the nation and world. The 425‐acre campus is a designated arboretum, complete with gardens, rolling lawns, a creek, wooded hills, and hiking trails in the Crum Woods. Swarthmore College was recently ranked number 3 in the 2021 US News Best National Liberal Arts Colleges rankings -

Under the limited direction of the Vice President for Human Resources, the Director of Employee Benefits and Wellness is responsible for the strategic design, development and implementation of forward-thinking programs and services to support recruitment and retention of faculty and staff. This position manages key vendor and consulting partnerships in establishing, directing and achieving strategic benefits programs and is responsible for the oversight of the daily administration of a comprehensive set of benefit offerings.

The Director is responsible for managing, collecting and analyzing survey data on benefits and wellness programs, and responding to internal and external requests for information on benefits and wellness, and maintains and provides key metrics and dashboards to inform decision-making for Human Resources. The Director demonstrates a high level of professionalism and the skills needed to develop strong relationships at the College as well as with business partners; and the ability to analyze, balance, and plan for the benefits and wellness needs of the Swarthmore community. Hybrid remote work schedules available for this position.

The Director leads a talented team of two staff members, oversees the College’s fringe benefit budget of approx. $22M, and serves as the primary liaison and relationship manager with various vendors. They will provide expertise regarding best practices and ensure regulatory compliance (e.g., ERISA, HIPPA and the Internal Revenue Code and state requirements, as applicable).

Essential Responsibilities:
Regular assessment of plan design, utilization, to ensure alignment with College mission and goals.
Design, evaluate and modify benefit plans, plan documents and policies to ensure that programs are current, competitive and in compliance with legal requirements.
Oversee administration, direction, and review of employee benefit programs which include: medical, retirement plans, dental, vision, life/accidental death & dismemberment, short term disability, long term disability, flexible spending, voluntary benefits, wellness program, tuition assistance and more.
Oversee the preparation and compilation of plan documents, vendor contracts, agreements and all other documents required for the administration of benefits and wellness programs.
Direct preparation and distribution of written communications to inform employees, retirees and cobra participants of benefits and personnel policies.·
Manage relationships with external consultants, brokers, vendors and plan providers.
Oversee internal and external benefit plan audits.
Supervise the benefits and wellness team, and provide support for technical requirements and customer service programs in the benefits and wellness areas.
Mentor, lead, and develop direct reports to partner in strategic organizational development conversations and decisions.
Develop communication strategies for educational sessions including various benefit and wellness programs.
Staff and support the Fiduciary Committee for ERISA sponsored plan(s).
Staff and support the charge of the Faculty Staff Benefits Committee.

Required Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 7 years of progressive Human Resources experience including supervision of staff.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities
Strong technical and analytical skills, and the ability to evaluate and manage quantitative and financial information.
Familiarity with benefits administration and other human resource processes and functions
Advanced computing skills, proficient use of desktop word processing, spreadsheet and presentation tools such as PowerPoint to effectively gather, interpret, organize, and present data and information.
Strong written and verbal communication and presentation skills. Demonstrate a high level of professionalism and exceptional written and verbal communication and presentation skills as well as outstanding customer service and organizational skills.
Extreme accuracy and attention to detail, the ability to handle confidential information, excellent communication and mathematical skills, the ability to multi-task effortlessly in a hectic, team-based environment
Ability to collaborate, influence and establish trust with campus partners. Previous experience building relationships and working with sensitive and confidential information.
Strong organizational skills; evidence of self-motivation; demonstrated ability to plan, schedule and work both independently and in teams within a service-oriented organization.
Demonstrated success managing multiple projects and competing priorities while balancing the need for quality with meeting deadlines.

Preferred Qualifications:
Advanced degree in HR, Management/Business, Industrial Relations or related field
Professional certification (CEBS, PHR, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, etc.)
Experience with Ellucian Banner and Benefitfocus or similar benefits administration system preferred.
Higher education experience.

For full consideration, submit applications including resume and cover letter with salary expectations by October 31, 2021.

Swarthmore College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Swarthmore College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Advertised: Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close:

Back to search results Apply now Refer a friend

Share this:

| More