Manager of Work-Life and Employee Leave Programs

Job Description:

Under general direction, the Manager of Work-Life and Employee Leave Programs manages the University's work-life programs including employee leaves, wellness, and other work-life benefits. The work-life programs are designed to support the University and its employees in striving for work-life balance. The Manager of Work-Life and Employee Leave Programs finds innovative ways to address work-life issues and champion a culture that supports successful management of work and life. The manager keeps informed of work-life topics, and makes recommendations as necessary for the adjustment of resources to meet current work-life demands.

This position manages the university’s leave programs, which include short-term and long-term disability, parental leave, FMLA, and return to work. The Manager of Work-Life and Employee Leave Programs provides clear and consistent communication of information to employees, and recommends and implements program changes.

Washington and Lee University actively promotes a dynamic and inclusive environment that allows students and employees of multiple backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives to learn, work, and thrive together. Successful candidates will contribute to that environment and exhibit potential for excellence in their areas of expertise.

Essential Functions:

  • Handles all leave requests including Family Medical Leave Act requests. Coordinates correspondence and tracks FMLA, ensuring that all necessary requirements are met.

  • Manages short-term and long-term disability programs, and requests for disability accommodations. Coordinates correspondence and ensures that the appropriate certifications are completed. Ensures medical information is obtained as needed. Works with employees and case management to facilitate return to work on light or full duty. Counsels employees on long-term disability and coordinates employees’ filing of claims.

  • Manages the parental leave program and lactation support ensuring mothers have access to all necessary resources such as a private office or designated location and refrigeration. Coordinates with University Facilities as needed.

  • Creatively develops, communicates and implements innovative work-life and wellness programs, and employee-friendly policies. Manages existing programs such as flexible work arrangements.

  • Manages Live Well W&L, the university’s wellness program, by working to c reate a culture of holistic wellness within the university community. Provides comprehensive programming including education, tools, and resources to encourage and support well-being and a healthy lifestyle.

  • Coordinates the collection and distribution of information and resources on existing dependent care (such as after-school, summer, or backup care) as needed to support employees.

  • Develops and coordinates programming for University affinity groups.

  • Assists with other programs and duties as necessary.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in a related area plus 3-5 years of relevant experience or a combination of education and experience from which comparable skills are attained. Excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication (verbal and written) skills, initiative, and attention to detail. Ability to manage multiple tasks and projects both independently and as a team. Ability to maintain discretion with confidential and sensitive data. Computing skills, including proficient use of Microsoft Word and Excel. A strong working knowledge of social media is necessary. Familiarity with other human resource processes and functions beneficial. Knowledge of Workday preferred.

Application Instructions:

Cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information are required. Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

External Applicants: Please upload your resume on the Quick Apply screen. Your application will automatically populate your resume details, and you may verify and update data on the My Information page. Add your cover letter and any other documents required for the position to the Resume/CV document upload section at the bottom of the My Experience application page. You will not be able to modify your application after you submit it . The My Experience page is the only opportunity to add your cover letter and supporting document attachments. The online application form requires you provide names and contact information for three professional references.

Current W&L Employees: Apply from your existing Workday account. Do not apply from the website. Log in to Workday. Click on the Career Application and select the Open W&L Jobs report. Locate the position and click Apply . Update your Education and Job History. Attach your cover letter and resume, and provide three professional references in the appropriate boxes. Refer to this Job Aid for additional guidance.

Physical Requirements:

  • Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with whole hand or arm as in handling.

  • Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.

  • Repetitive motions: Making substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.

Working Conditions: None

Types of Work: Sedentary work:

Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm with occasional evening and weekend hours required.

Benefit Eligible



Weekly Hours:


Minimum Pay:


Pay commensurate with experience.

Washington and Lee affirms that diverse perspectives and backgrounds enhance our community. We are committed to the recruitment, enrichment, and retention of students, faculty, and staff who embody many experiences, cultures, points of view, interests, and identities. As engaged citizens in a global and diverse society, we seek to advance a positive learning and working environment for all through open and substantive dialogue.

Washington and Lee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As such, we are interested in candidates who are committed to high standards of scholarship, performance and professionalism and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity in our faculty, staff and student body. Job description requirements are representative, but not all-inclusive of the knowledge, skill, and abilities needed to successfully perform this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

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