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Director of Benefits and Wellness

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Director of Benefits and Wellness

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Regular Full Time

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Location of Position

Hanover, NH 03755

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Position Purpose

Directs the development and implementation of the College’s health and welfare plans, including but not limited to group health and dental plans, life insurance, disability plans and retiree benefits. Responsible for overall strategy, design, management, communication and compliance. Provides leadership in the development, planning, implementation, coordination, assessment, and continuous improvement of a comprehensive health and prevention program to enhance the physical and emotional wellbeing for more than 9,000 College employees, retirees, and family members.


Required Qualifications - Education and Yrs Exp

Bachelors plus 6 or more years' experience or combination of education and experience

Required Qualifications - Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
  • Eight+ years’ experience in benefits evaluation, design, implementation and administration
  • Two+ years’ experience supervising a benefits team
  • Vendor management experience including evaluation, selection, contract negotiation and administration, and day to day oversight and management of service level agreements
  • Expert knowledge in benefit program areas including health and welfare, retirement plans, wellness, benefits regulations and compliance, and data information privacy and security
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skill with proven ability to articulate complex information across a variety of stakeholders including Senior Leadership
Preferred Qualifications
  • CEBS certification
  • Demonstrated success managing a team, including hiring, developing, and coaching staff
  • Knowledge of a wide variety of communications techniques to build awareness, engagement, utilization and value of a benefits program
  • Excellent analytical, modeling, problem solving and project management skills
  • Strong organization skill with the ability to manage multiple high priorities
  • Strong experience and skill at proactive collaboration with a wide variety of individuals and teams
  • Proficiency with MS Office software including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
Department Contact for Recruitment Inquiries

Michelle Scichilone

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Department Contact for Cover Letter and Title

Michelle Scichilone

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Equal Opportunity Employer

Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.

Background Check

Employment in this position is contingent upon consent to and successful completion of a pre-employment background check, which may include a criminal background check, reference checks, verification of work history, and verification of any required academic credentials, licenses, and/or certifications, with results acceptable to Dartmouth College. A criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify an applicant from employment. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Is driving a vehicle (e.g. Dartmouth vehicle or off road vehicle, rental car, personal car) an essential function of this job?

Special Instructions to Applicants

Dartmouth College has a Tobacco-Free Policy. Smoking and the use of tobacco-based products (including smokeless tobacco) are prohibited in all facilities, grounds, vehicles or other areas owned, operated or occupied by Dartmouth College with no exceptions. For details, please see our policy.

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Key Accountabilities


Directs and drives innovative benefit program strategies, including oversight and/or preparation of recommendations, proposals, RFPs, benchmarking analyses, financial analyses, and communication material to ensure relevant, cost effective and competitive benefit programs

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Leads, develops, and coaches, a team of benefits professionals – accountable for the day to day management and administration of benefits programs to ensure consistency and adoption of best practices

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Oversees and manages the design, administration and evaluation of the College’s health and welfare benefit programs, wellness offerings, retirement plans, leave programs, and retiree benefits. Such programs include but are not limited to group health and dental plans, FSA, HSA, life insurance, and disability plans. Develops proposals to select vendors, measures performance, maintains relationship with vendors. Directs the annual health plan renewal process providing research, statistical analysis, and recommendations. Oversees all benefit program events including preparation for and execution of the annual open enrollment cycle. Responsible for benefits audits. Develop policies and procedures related to benefits, and work with leadership and committees as needed.

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Manages vendor and consultant relationships including administration, service, and performance.

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Ensures compliance with government regulations related to benefit and wellness plans (i.e., ERISA, ACA, IRS, HIPAA, COBRA, FMLA, IRC 125, and Medicare). Analyzes the impact of legislative or regulatory changes which impact our benefits and wellness programs. Works with outside consultants and attorneys as necessary. Ensures timely preparation and filings of Forms 5500 and other government filings and reports. Responsible for updating plan documents, SPDs and other critical and time sensitive documentation

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Oversees benefits communication and education programs, including wellness programming, introduction of benefit program changes, regulatory changes, or vendor changes. Counsel and advise employees and supervisors on matters concerning benefits. In collaboration with designated Chair, provides direction to the College Benefits Council. Responsible for providing research, analysis, presentations, and coordination of vendor information/presentations to the College Benefits Council.

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Demonstrates a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness through actions, interactions, and communications with others.


Performs other duties as assigned
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