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Benefits Director

Milwaukee County Summary:

Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee County is home to nearly one million residents, six Fortune 500 companies, a dozen universities, and hundreds of cultural venues, activities and events ( Milwaukee County government is responsible for key public functions including Parks, Transportation, Zoo, Senior Services, Criminal Justice, and Health and Human Services. In recent years, despite significant structural deficit issues, Milwaukee County government has developed balanced budgets, increased and improved critical services for residents, and spurred major economic development. 

Job Summary:

The Department of Human Resources is seeking a senior benefits leader. Under the general direction of the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO), serves as subject matter expert and advisor to the CHRO, County Board, and County Executive on all benefits and leave-related issues. Contract administrator for all plan vendors and related consulting and professional service providers. The Benefits Director is also responsible for all aspects of operations, fiscal performance, strategy, budget management and design for all employee and retiree benefits, excluding pension.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Human Resources, Public Administration or a closely related field.
  • Seven or more years of progressive experience in benefits administration.
  • Five or more years of supervisory/management experience.
  • Experience managing and working with HRIS
  • Strong knowledge of federal and state regulations related to benefit and leave programs (ERISA, FMLA, ADA , ACA , etc.)
  • Strong collaborative problem solving and customer service skills that demonstrate the ability to gather and analyze information and identify and resolve issues or improve processes in a timely manner.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with diverse groups and in presenting to both large and small audiences.
  • Excellent analytical and quantitative skills.
  • A valid driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience managing a self-funded benefits plan.
  • Advanced Degree in a related field.
  • Experience in public administration.
  • Professional Human Resources (PHR)
  • Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).
  • Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS).
Interested applicants please submit your resume and cover letter before March 29, 2018 @ 5:59pm.

Milwaukee County provides a competitive benefits package, including group life, health and dental insurance; major medical coverage of employees and dependents; pre-tax medical flexible spending program; deferred compensation and contributory pension plan; pre-tax childcare and dependent care program.

Milwaukee County is an Equal Opportunity/E-verify employer committed to diversity and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability genetic information or protected veteran status. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing, background checks and pre-employment physicals subject to job requirements. If special accommodations are needed, please contact 414-278-3936.