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Director of Pension and Benefits, Human Resources

Rowan University
Glassboro, New Jersey, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
May 3, 2024

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Director of Pension and Benefits


Rowan University’s Director of Benefits is responsible for managing the University-administered State of NJ pension and disability programs, health benefit and dental programs, Section 125, Family Medical Leave (state and federal), HIPAA, COBRA, University leave programs, and worker’s compensation. Timely and accurate processing and auditing of employee participation in all University administered benefit, pension, and leave programs is an essential element of this role. This managerial position reports to the Senior Director of HR Operations and manages a staff of four including a Manager of Leave and Benefits and three other professionals.


General Management
  • Supervises a benefits team of three professionals as well as a Manager of Leave & Benefits.
  • Partner with HR leaders, university leaders and state representatives on strategic and objective initiatives.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
Pension and Retirement Plans
  • Manages the NJ Pension plans which include: Alternate Benefit Program, Public Employee Retirement System, Police and Firemen’s Retirement System, Teachers’ Pension and Annuity Plan, Defined Contribution Retirement Plan, Tax Shelter programs, and Life Insurance This includes enrollments, audits, purchases, loans, retirements, transfers and withdrawals.
  • Develops effective and efficient processes assuring eligibility for enrollment, timely processing, tracking and maintenance of all plan transactions.
  • Serves as primary contact for all pension vendors and state of NJ Division of Pension and Benefits.
Health Benefit Plans
  • Manages the NJ State health and dental programs including Flexible Spending Accounts.
  • Administers the NJ Well Program
  • Develops effective and efficient processes assuring timely enrollment processing, tracking and maintenance of all health and dental transactions.
  • Responsible for coordinating and/or developing benefit communication including the Benefits web-page, orientation and open enrollment communication and benefit change communication that enhances benefit awareness.
  • Assures that eligibility requirements are met. Proficient in the requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
  • Responsible for all reporting as required by the Affordable Care Act.
Employee Leaves of Absence
  • Responsible for Leave of Absence administration including FMLA, NJFLA, NJ Temporary Disability Insurance Program, NJ Paid Family Leave Insurance, Donated Leave, Furloughs, Personal Leave and Military Leaves.
Worker’s Compensation
  • Oversees administration of NJ Risk Management’s worker’s compensation program. Ensure compliance with benefit laws and regulations.
Education Requirement:
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
Experience Requirements:
  • At least three (3) years of experience required in the management and administration of public sector Health and Pension systems, five (5) years of applicable experience preferred.
  • Experience with state of NJ administered health and pension programs is strongly preferred.
  • Experience in managing FMLA preferred
  • Must have knowledge/experience with a Human Resources/Payroll HRIS system. Experience in BANNER system preferred but not required.
  • Knowledge of regulations that affect leaves, pension, health benefits and the Affordable Care Act.
  • Ability to manage multiple initiatives and work cross-functionally with all areas of the organization.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and time management skills; must be detailed oriented with the ability to multitask, meet tight deadlines, provide excellent, professional and courteous customer service.


 Rowan University

Since its founding in 1923, Rowan University has evolved from a teacher preparation college to a public research institution ranked among the top 100 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Today, Rowan University offers bachelor through doctoral degrees and professional certificates in person and online to 22,000 students through its main campus in Glassboro, N.J., its medical school campuses in Camden, Stratford, and Sewell, and on the campuses of partner community colleges. 

Rowan focuses on practical research at the intersection of engineering, medicine, science, and business while ensuring excellence in undergraduate education. The University has earned national recognition for innovation; commitme

Rowan University will become a new model for higher education by being inclusiveagile, and responsive, offering diverse scholarly and creative educational experiences, pathways, environments, and services to meet the needs of all students; maintaining agility by strategically delivering organizational capacity across the institution; and responding to emerging demands and opportunities regionally and nationally.nt to high-quality, affordable education; and the development of public-private partnerships. A Carnegie-classified R2 (high research activity) institution, Rowan is the nation’s third fastest-growing public research university, as reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education. 

As a leading employer in southern New Jersey with over 3,500 employees, Rowan offers comprehensive and competitive employment. 

A dynamic institution in the midst of unprecedented growth, Rowan offers faculty small classes, strong academic programs and ample research and leadership opportunities.

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