Benefits Manager

$100,000 - $120,000 yearly
Job Category: Human Resources
Position Type: Direct Hire / Permanent
Work Model: Remote
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Job ID: 139691
Benefits: Medical Insurance, Dental Insurance, and Vision Insurance
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Our client, a dynamic nonprofit organization dedicated to making a significant and positive impact on the mental health of the Illinois community, is seeking a skilled Benefits Manager to join them as they navigate exciting transitions and continue to enhance their benefits offerings for valued employees! Their team is passionate, dedicated and driven by a shared mission, and this is an exciting opportunity to make a difference in the organization and in your community. The role is mostly remote but must be based in Chicago with the ability to go on site a few times per month. 

The Benefits Manager will play a crucial role in ensuring a smooth transition from the outgoing retiring manager to new leadership. This Benefits Manager will oversee a small team and manage the employee benefits program with a focus on maintaining high standards, exploring new opportunities and taking a proactive approach to the benefits lifecycle. This role involves close collaboration with their trusted broker, leveraging their expertise and applying analytical skills to optimize benefits offerings.

Benefits Manager Responsibilities:

  • Manage a small team of 2 benefits/total rewards associates and spearhead their professional development and create opportunities for growth
  • Lead the open enrollment process for the upcoming year, collaborating with the broker to explore options and make informed decisions
  • Oversee the incorporation of a small subsidiary (5 employees) into the client’s benefits plan, ensuring a smooth and efficient process
  • Evaluate the current benefits program, validate its effectiveness and identify areas for improvement. Roll up sleeves to understand existing systems and suggest enhancements or new approaches
  • Manage and optimize the relationship with the broker, leveraging their expertise to enhance benefits offerings and ensure they align with organizational needs
  • Apply analytical skills to assess the benefits program and make data-driven decisions. Have a strong opinion and the ability to implement ideas effectively
  • While specific software expertise is not required, familiarity with UKG systems is a plus. Utilize existing systems to their fullest potential and suggest improvements where necessary

Benefits Manager Requirements:
  • 5+ years of progressive benefits experience with a strong understanding of the benefits lifecycle
  • 3+ years as a people manager 
  • Ideally has experience in nonprofit or healthcare space, but not required 
  • Bachelor's degree preferred but not required 
  • Must be comfortable working with less sophisticated systems and able to identify and implement better processes and solutions
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to assess, validate and enhance the benefits program
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to work effectively with the team, broker and employees
  • A self-starter with a “roll up your sleeves” approach, ready to dive in and make a positive impact from day one

If you are a dedicated and analytical benefits leader ready to take on a challenging and rewarding role, our client wants to hear from you! Apply now to join their team and help continue to provide exceptional benefits to valued employees.

Thank you,

Kristina Hann
Project Manager, National Search
LaSalle Network


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