Director - University Benefits

Rochester, NY


General Summary:

Provides strategic and operational leadership for Benefits team within the Office of Total Rewards. Collaborates with the Sr. Director of Total Rewards to progress strategic priorities of Total Rewards. Develops, implements, communicates and administers the University Benefits Programs for faculty, staff and retirees in order to recruit, retain and reward a qualified and diverse workforce. Supports the overall Human Resources and University mission and vision through innovative and comprehensive benefit programs designed to meet the needs of faculty, staff and retirees across the University.


Leads efforts to assess benefits-related needs at a systemic, strategic level. Partners with a variety of HR and University leaders and groups. Develops strategic recommendations and business cases, including financial implication, to address benefit needs.

Sets the vision and philosophy for benefits as part of Total Rewards at the University. Progresses the vision through engaging and inspiring University and HR leadership, Total Rewards and HR teams and others as appropriate.

Develops and implements a Benefits strategy, programs and processes that further the HR and University mission and vision, as well as being based on regulatory requirements, needs of various departments and stakeholders, industry best practices and market and financial considerations.

Leads the Benefits team, ensuring effective team structure and processes are in place. Supports staff development and leads and inspires the team.

Oversees project management of multiple large-scale, complex benefit-related initiatives as part of the Total Rewards organization.

Provides leadership, oversight and counsel to ensure the University is in compliance with ERISA, HIPAA and other state and federal regulations related to the Benefits Program.

Other duties as assigned, including assuming management responsibility in absence of the Sr. Director.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business Administration or related field

  • Master’s degree

  • 7 years of progressive Benefits experience, encompassing various aspects of the Benefits function, including

  • 2 years of supervisory experience or equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and lead a high-performing team, and to manage an extended (indirect) team through influence

  • Demonstrated success leading complex, large-scale change initiatives

  • Strategic thinker

  • Excellent organizational, analytical and communication skills

  • Experienced interpersonal skills, including ability to collaborate and build relationships with all levels of University leadership and faculty/staff/retirees

  • Knowledgeable with Microsoft Suite, virtual collaboration tools (Zoom, Box); Adobe, etc. (preferred)

  • Ability to effectively communicate and interact, both orally and in writing, with people across diverse backgrounds and cultures.

The University of Rochester is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion to advance the University’s mission to Learn, Discover, Heal, Create – and Make the World Ever Better. In support of our values and those of our society, the University is committed to not discriminating on the basis of age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, military/veteran status, national origin, race, religion/creed, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship status, or any other status protected by law. This commitment extends to the administration of our policies, admissions, employment, access, and recruitment of candidates from underrepresented populations, veterans, and persons with disabilities consistent with these values and government contractor Affirmative Action obligations.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Pay Range

Pay Range: $120,600 - $180,900 Annually

The referenced pay range represents the minimum and maximum compensation for this job. Individual annual salaries/hourly rates will be set within the job’s compensation range, and will be determined by considering factors including, but not limited to, market data, education, experience, qualifications, expertise of the individual, and internal equity considerations.

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