Job Description

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Hiring Pay Scale
$150,000 - $220,000 / Year
Greenwich Drive
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Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday- Friday

#127292 Director, Benefits, Leaves, WC/DM

Extended Review Date: Thu 1/25/2024

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 01/11/2024. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


As the Director of Benefits, Leaves, WC/DM and Workforce Flexibility, the incumbent has a critical role in administering, implementing, and managing a comprehensive suite of employee benefits, leave and remote/hybrid work environment policies to attract, retain, and support our workforce. Responsibilities encompass managing the competitiveness of these benefits and crafting processes that align with UC policies, legal requirements, and company culture while developing and ensuring productivity and consistency.

This role reports to the Chief Human Resources Officer and is responsible for administering benefits, leave of absence, workers' compensation claims, accommodations, and flexible work strategies for the majority of UC San Diego, which includes UC San Diego Health and Health Sciences (School of Medicine, the School of Pharmacy, the School of Public Health, Student Health Services and Graduate Medical Education). The Director leads multiple teams of specialists who perform the full spectrum of duties within their respective sub-departments, with the Director providing leadership to:

* Successfully support the Benefits Team which addresses health, welfare, retirement, and customer service issues to provide faculty, staff, and retirees with assistance and counseling on benefits programs, UCRP disability, unemployment insurance, flexible spending accounts, and all other matters pertaining to benefits.

* Provide quality counseling and administration of protected leaves of absence, including but not limited to FMLA, CFRA, Pregnancy Disability Leave, and Military Leave, including comprehensive leave of absence service for administration, counseling, return to work, and leave and timekeeping transactions.

* Provide quality counseling and administration of workers' compensation claims, incident reports, and case management including the development of statistical data required of applicable regulations including CAL-OSHA recordable and reportable injuries as well as facilitating accommodation needs and requests from employees due to occupational and non-occupational injuries, religious exemptions and as part of a return to work program.

* Shape and implement polices and practices that support a remote and hybrid work environment, including collaborating with cross-functional teams to create a seamless and efficient remote work experience and working with leaders to foster a culture of trust, and productivity in both remote and onsite settings.

* Curate and lead reward and recognition programs.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provides strategic leadership of benefit programs, including consultation services, and program and policy development designed to promote best human resources practices.
  • Ensures protected leave management adheres to state, federal, and regulatory agency requirements and ensures collective bargaining agreement provisions are applied consistently.
  • Build effective plans to mitigate risk by analyzing HR Compliance, Leave, and Disability data trends. Ensures all reporting and audit requirements are fulfilled.
  • Strategic planning, design, and development of an organization-wide system of enterprise risk management and internal controls.
  • Ensures that all programs comply with applicable regulations and significantly contribute to the University's total rewards strategy while maintaining cost-effective and efficient delivery of services to all employees and annuitants.
  • Oversees organization-wide communications and training concerning benefit programs.
  • Works to achieve critical objectives in fulfillment of the University's strategic human resource goals.
  • Regularly interacts with higher-level management, Faculty, and Regents, as well as with location and human resource leadership and other stakeholders throughout the UC system on related policies and programs.
  • Maintains integrity of an organizational department through management and oversight of staff.
  • Manage financial and human resources.
  • Manages, plans, and administers a large or multiple-department unit.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree in related area and eight or more years of relevant experience.

  • Thorough knowledge of benefit programs, current business and benefits trends, and organizational policies and procedures.

  • Thorough knowledge of FMLA, CFRA, PFL, PDL, Workers Comp, Military Leave, ERISA, HIPAA, and all applicable state and federal laws.

  • Advanced knowledge in all areas of enterprise risk management

  • Demonstrated thorough knowledge of the budget management process.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to convey technical and complex benefit program information in a clear and concise manner to all levels of the organization.

  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative manner, and establish priorities, goals/objectives and timelines.

  • Demonstrated excellent ability to delegate and oversee assignments to ensure successful and timely completion as well as to obtain the cooperation of others within and outside the unit.


  • Advanced degree in a relevant field of study.

  • Five or more years of progressive leadership experience in a relevant setting.

  • Experience in a large healthcare organization.

  • Experience within the University of California.


  • Must be able to work various hours and locations based on business needs.
  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $124,400 - $243,600 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $59.58 - $116.67

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

If employed by the University of California, you will be required to comply with our Policy on Vaccination Programs, which may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

If applicable, life-support certifications (BLS, NRP, ACLS, etc.) must include hands-on practice and in-person skills assessment; online-only certification is not acceptable.

UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system in the San Diego region, providing leading-edge care in patient care, biomedical research, education, and community service. Our facilities include two university hospitals, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, the only Burn Center in the county, and and dozens of outpatient clinics. We invite you to join our team!

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