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Member Benefits and Employer Relations Coordinator

Based in Los Angeles, CA


WHO WE ARE:
SEIU 721 is a dynamic and fast growing labor organization recognized as one of the largest and strongest unions of publicly funded employees in the nation. We represent over 85,000 members and have over 200 staff employees covering 6 counties in Southern California, including Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside counties and numerous cities in these regions. Our members provide public services in diverse fields, including health care, social services, special districts, private non-profits, libraries, courts, parks and recreation, public works and mental health. They care for the sick, protect the quality of the drinking water, keep records in the courts, administer benefits for poor people, maintain the libraries, help run the jails, protect our communities' most vulnerable members, maintain the streets, work with parolees, groom and maintain the beaches, and provide many other services to keep counties and cities running.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Member Benefits and Employer Relations Coordinator will report directly to the Director of Member Benefits and Employer Relations within the Benefits Unit and provides specialized research and policy analysis regarding union-negotiated, employer-sponsored health and welfare benefits and/or union-sponsored health and welfare benefits offered through a Union benefits trust. Under general supervision, this position provides technical and professional services in analyzing employer benefit proposals, benefit plan rate renewals, and actuarial reports, and/or managing Union Benefits Trust administration and policy issues. This position is responsible for upholding and strengthening the Benefits Unit’s expert employee benefits practices and knowledge base, and providing professional guidance and technical analysis to the Union’s negotiators and leadership bodies.

EXAMPLE OF DUTIES:

  • Interpreting contract provisions and insurance policies, and analyzing legislation and statutory provisions
  • Play a leading role in developing and maintaining relationships with key government benefits, retirement and Human Resources staff, benefits industry representatives, legislative staff working on related benefits and
  • pension issues and other key stakeholders.
  • Monitoring and reporting the relevant actions of regulatory agencies governing health and welfare plans
  • Researching emerging policy issues and trends in the employee benefits arena
  • Oversee and coordinate work of other staff and members working on health and welfare issues.
  • Analyzing annual rate renewal proposals and proposed plan design changes.
  • Preparing reports and presentations

Union-negotiated, Employer-sponsored benefit plans

  • Attend joint labor-management benefit committees and retirement system administrative meetings
  • Analyze retirement system actuarial valuations and actuarial reports\
  • Testify on the Union’s behalf and advocate the Union’s position
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Union-sponsored benefits – Union Benefits Trust

  • Attend benefit trust meetings
  • Analyze benefit carrier proposals, including annual rate renewal submissions and plan design changes.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred and/or combination of education and experience in a related field such as insurance, investments, or retirement planning
  • Minimum two (2) years’ experience in employee benefit plans or benefits trust administration, or related field such as insurance, investments, or retirement planning;

MINIUMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • Ability to communicate, work effectively and relate respectfully with a diverse membership and staff;
  • Demonstrates ability to work independently and respond quickly to shifting priorities and rush deadlines;
  • Proven ability to lead, inspire, motivate and communicate effectively with staff;
  • Ability to effectively multi-task and management time efficiently;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills; including the ability to write reports, make presentations, facilitate meetings, and conduct trainings.
  • Excellent computer skills in Microsoft Windows environment. Must include Excel and skills in database management and record keeping;
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Basic knowledge of worker’s rights;
  • Willingness to work long and irregular hours and participate in all union wide activities;
  • Willingness to travel and work in different locations for determined periods of time;
  • Valid driver’s license, working automobile and valid auto insurance with minimum level of coverage required by the union;
  • Commitment to social justice and building power for workers;

SALARY AND BENEFITS:
Salary is commensurate based on experience.
Fully paid benefit package including medical, dental, vision and a generous life insurance.

TO APPLY:
Mail, fax or e-mail a cover letter, resume, writing sample and the name, job title, address, and phone number of three professional references to:

Human Resources Department
SEIU Local 721
1545 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Fax: (213) 401-1787

E-mail: careers@seiu721.org

To be considered, your resume or cover letter must show how you meet each of the job requirements listed above.

SEIU Local 721 is an affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified candidates regardless of race, ethnicity, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, or disability. SEIU Local 721 works to ensure fair treatment of applicants and employees and actively enforces zero tolerance policies against discrimination and sexual harassment.

Position will remain open until filled.

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