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Compensation and Benefits Manager

College of Lake County
Illinois, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jan 18, 2022

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Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Human Resources Administration, Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity, Executive, Executive Directors, Other Executive
Employment Type
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Posting Number S01637 Position Title Compensation and Benefits Manager Internal Position Title Compensation and Benefits Manager Department Human Resources Position Type Staff Job Family Professional Job Summary
The College of Lake County is searching for an experienced Compensation and Benefits leader to join our Human Resources team in serving approximately 800 benefit eligible faculty and staff who are committed to the values of integrity, inclusion, unity, purpose, compassion and excellence in student success. The Compensation and Benefits Manager will provide “hands-on” leadership in all facets of compensation and benefits design, implementation, evaluation, and change.

The Compensation and Benefits Manager will be responsible for designing, developing, and delivering an extensive total rewards program and partnering on wellness initiatives that are vital components to enhancing the College’s reputation as an employer of choice.

The successful candidate will be a visionary leader, collaborator, counselor, decision-maker, and team player who can: build relationships with all HR customers from entry level employee to senior leader and from early career professional to retiree; ensure equity and inclusion within the compensation and benefits structure; and encourage, support, and impact a collaborative culture and high morale within the CLC community.

The Compensation and Benefits Manager reports to the Executive Director of Human Resources and will directly supervise three Human Resources staff members. The ideal candidate will have successful experience as both astrategic leaderwith the knowledge and ability to implement and innovate in the total rewards program that positively impacts the recruitment and retention of top talent andan employee championwho provides service, information and support in a professional, transparent and compassionate manner.

The College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college located in northeastern Illinois committed to being an innovative educational institution providing life-changing paths for our students by offering exceptional learning experiences. The college is widely recognized for student success, business and community partnerships and for the achievements of our faculty, staff and alumni.

CLC offers a competitive salary, excellent benefits that currently include BlueCross/BlueShield of Illinois health, Delta dental and Superior vision insurance plans, tuition support for employees and qualified family members, a state pension plan, two voluntary retirement plans, disability, group and supplemental life insurance, health and dependent care flexible spending account plans, generous vacation, sick and personal time off and 13 paid holidays each year. Required Qualification
1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university AND a minimum of eight years of recent progressive leadership experience in compensation and benefits.

2. A minimum of one year of recent supervisory experience.

3. Demonstrated knowledge of federal and state regulations related to compensation and benefits including but not limited to the Fair Labor Standards Act, Illinois Minimum Wage Law, the Illinois Prevailing Wage Act, Affordable Care Act, American with Disabilities Act, Illinois Workers’ Compensation Law, and Title VII Civil Rights Act.

4. Demonstrated strong personal integrity, ability to form effective partnerships, ability to collaborate with others and work in a team environment consistent with the College of Lake County values.

5. Demonstrated high level of responsiveness to the HR colleagues, employees, students and external partners and community.

6. Possess excellent organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple priorities.

7. Possess strong critical thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills.

8. Demonstrated success using evidence to inform decision-making and long-term planning.

9. An effective and exceptionally skilled communicator, specifically as it relates to verbal, written communication, and active listening.

10. Strong computer skills using MS Office Suite applications particularly MS Excel.

11. Experience using a HRIS system in compensation and benefits administration.

12. Proven ability to work effectively and constructively with persons of diverse cultures, language groups, and abilities; demonstrate sensitivity to and ability to work with the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff, including those with disabilities; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work. Desired Qualifications
1. Human resources experience with a higher education institution ideally in a community college

2. Master’s degree in Human Resources, business or related field from an accredited college or university

3. Bilingual Spanish

4. SHRM - SCP or SPHR certification Posting Date 01/18/2022 Closing Date 02/02/2022 Expected Start Date Special Instructions Summary
Please include the names and contact information for three professional references.

Applications with materials submitted by February 2, 2022 will receive priority consideration. This position may remain open until filled. Pay Rate Salary, benefits, and other terms and conditions of employment are highly competitive and will be commensurate with the candidate’s background and experience. Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time Location Grayslake Total Hours per week 40.00 Work Schedule
A minimum of 45 hours per week..
The work schedule may vary based on the needs of the community and department.
The HR office is open Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm. Software Testing Required Excel, MS Word Interview Process Requirements None EEO Statement
The College of Lake County is an equal opportunity employer and has a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, it seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including minorities, women and people with disabilities. EOE /AA/M/F/D/V Summary of Essential Functions
Total Rewards Program Leadership (40%)
1. Ensure the College offers a competitive pay and benefit program through regular data-based analysis including but not limited to researching and implementing best practices in design and delivery, bench marking internally and externally to peer community college, employers within and outside of higher education, reviewing program metrics through a comp/benefits scorecard, and regularly obtaining employee feedback

2. Perform job analysis and salary review by classification on a three-year cycle to ensure market competitive compensation and internal equity of non-bargaining positions. Oversee regular job analyses, job description updates and pay grading of all non-bargaining, Board-appointed positions. Review, update, communicate, implement the non-bargaining pay structure annually in collaboration with the Executive Director and the College Leadership Team.

3. Manage college-wide employee benefit programs including but not limited to self-funded group health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, group term and supplemental life/AD&D insurance, long-term disability insurance, State Universities Retirement System ( SURS ) pension plan, voluntary 403(b) and 457 retirement plans, College Insurance Plan ( CIP ) retiree health insurance, worker’s compensation, unemployment compensation, CLC tuition waiver program, tuition reimbursement program (external institutions) employee assistance program, flexible spending accounts, COBRA administration and wellness programs. Make recommendations to change or enhance benefits offered in collaboration with the Employee Benefits Committee, the Health and Wellness Council, Retirement Investment Committee and employee resource groups.

4. Act as a contact with insurance and retirement plan vendors, the health and welfare plan broker, third party administrators and other external partners related to benefit plans and programs. Serve as a liaison with insurance carriers and employees for issues and concerns regarding coverage and payment.

5. Expand and maintain a robust employee health and wellness program based on the 10 dimensions of wellness. Oversee educational and informational programs directly and through benefit vendors and community partners throughout the year such as investment counseling and strategy, flu shot program, lunch and learn programs on selected health and wellness topics, and an annual health fair. Collaborate with the Wellness Council on employee and/or all-community wellness initiatives and events.

6. Contribute to the orientation and on-boarding programs for new hires and those promoted to new positions. Participate in new hire orientation bi-weekly and new faculty orientation annually as needed.

7. Review, update, and ensure consistent application of all College policies and collective bargaining agreements related compensation and benefits programs. Develop, maintain, and communicate compensation and benefit related processes and procedures.

8. Manage compliance with the Affordable Care Act, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act ( HIPAA ), state laws and internal healthcare information privacy policies including implementation, maintenance of and adherence to the organization’s policies and procedures relating to confidentiality of protected health information. Maintains all benefit files according to HIPAA regulations.

9. Manage the post-retirement incentive programs for non-bargaining employees under College policies and bargaining employees under labor agreements.

10. Oversee the paid-time off, worker’s compensation and leave benefit programs for all employee groups.

11. Manage the ADA accommodation budget. Oversee the ADA accommodation process.

12. Compile and analyze information to support labor contract negotiations and participate in the collective bargaining process as requested.

13. Lead and manage all web-based communication of compensation and benefit information, policies, processes and compliance notices through the College HRIS (PeopleSoft), public website, intranet, and benefits portal.

Strategic Leadership/Project Management (30%)
1. Lead the implementation of Board approvals that impact employees’ compensation and benefits such as reorganizations, reclassifications, pay equity, promotions, transfers, resignations, retirements, and employee contracts. Partner with Human Resources staff in drafting the Personnel Section of the monthly Board of Trustees public report. Ensure the accuracy and thoroughness of all required information reported.

2. Prepare a compensation and benefit report with recommendations for the following fiscal year to the Board of Trustees annually in collaboration with the Executive Director.

3. Develop and implement the compensation and benefit-related strategic initiatives and goals of the College Plan in partnership with the Executive Director and HR leadership team annually. Record College Plan updates to assigned initiatives quarterly.

4. Partner with senior leaders and managers in re-organizations within and outside of the annual budget process to ensure accurate well-written job descriptions are completed. Make tier and pay determination that ensures equity and are consistent across the department and college pay structure.

5. Partner with the Executive Director of Human Resources, HR colleagues, and the College Leadership Team to review and present an updated Total Rewards philosophy to the Board of Trustees every two years.

6. Assist the Executive Director and HR leadership team in preparing the annual budget. Co-present the HR budget proposals to the College Leadership Team.

7. Prepare and/or oversee the preparation of all reports, salary/benefit surveys, and schedules as required by College policy, process, federal and state regulations or vendor contract in an accurate and timely manner.

Personnel Management (20%)
1. Coach, mentor and develop members of the Human Resources team in collaboration with the Executive Director and other Human Resources leaders.

2. Directly lead, manage, support and empower three Human Resources team members to job and career success at the College of Lake County ( FTE 2.30).

Other (10%)
1. Participate on strategic and/or functional cross-departmental teams, committees and councils at the request of the Executive Director of Human Resource.

2. Participate in professional associations/organizations and educational activities that enhance Human Resources competencies, knowledge, business and interpersonal skills. Remain knowledgeable of current state and federal laws, regulations, and trends in the field of Human Resources.

3. Perform any and all other duties assigned that support the mission, vision, values and strategic initiatives of College of Lake County and goals of the human resources department. Posting Specific Questions - supplemental questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a Bachelor’s degree or higher in education or related field?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have a minimum of eight (8) years of recent progressive leadership experience in compensation and benefits?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have a minimum of one (1) year of recent supervisory experience?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you have human resources experience with a higher education institution?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you have Master’s degree in Human Resources, business or related field from an accredited college or university?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Are you bi-lingual in Spanish?
    • Yes
    • No
  7. * Do you have an HR Professional Certification such as PHR/SPHR-CP?
    • Yes
    • No
Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Unofficial Transcript 1
Optional Documents
  1. Unofficial Transcript 2
  2. Other Document

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