Position Description

Manager, Employee Benefits & Wellness
Job Code 3871
Requisition Information
Human Resources

Opening Date:

Tentative Close Date:

County Region:
Central County (S. Fruitville - N. Clark)

County Administration Center 1660 Ringling Boulevard Sarasota, FL

# of openings:

Pay range:
$77,000.00 - $92,000.00

Who May Apply?:
Open to All

Position Type:
Full time

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Manager, Employee Benefits & Wellness (Official Job Title: Manager III):  This is professional, managerial work developing and directing all strategic aspects of the County’s Employee Health & Benefits program. Manages and directs all operational and budgetary aspects of benefits administration, wellness, workers’ compensation and occupational health for employees of the Board of County Commissioners and Constitutional Officers.  Responsible for overseeing the Employee Health Center and Wellness program.

Subject to Passing Substance Screening

This position is subject to passing a pre-employment substance screening.  An applicant who fails to pass a required drug screening test shall be disqualified from employment in any class for a period of five years.


Develops and directs strategic, operational and budgetary aspects of benefits administration, wellness, workers’ compensation and occupational health including trend analysis, plan design, projections and premium setting; administers employee benefits programs such as health, dental, long/short term disability, life insurance, retirement plans, flexible spending account, etc.

Researches, analyzes, designs, recommends and implements new benefits programs or changes to existing programs; negotiates with vendor for renewals; provides analytical and technical support in the delivery of the benefits programs.  Reviews and communicates short and long-range cost estimates; responsible for administrative benefit costs; recommends cost containment strategies, prepares budgetary recommendations.

Analyzes the current benefits, evaluating the use, services, coverage, effectiveness, cost, plan experience and competitive trends; prepares, collects, and organizes data for planned audits.  Develops specific benefit recommendations for review by Administration.  Develops reports and presentations for County Administration, Elected Officials and BCC members. Partners with Procurement on RFP’s/bid process.

Establishes, implements and promotes short and long-term program goals and objectives; responsible for performance measures as well as business planning and staffing levels. Provides direction, training, development and counseling to assigned staff; conducts performance reviews. Stays up-to-date on industry trends.

Acts as claims fiduciary for self-insured health and dental plans; determines and coordinates methods of self-insurance and/or the purchase of benefit/insurance products; oversees maintenance of reinsurance contracts.  Manages overall cost of the benefit program and keeps administration informed of the program’s performance.

Participates in the benefit negotiation process for three bargaining units: IAFF, Teamsters, and ATU.  Assists in development of company bargaining proposals for employee benefits and analyzes union benefits demands.

Ensures compliance with applicable government regulations; ensures timeliness and accuracy of required benefit filings; documents and maintains administrative procedures for assigned benefits processes.

Prepares benefit communication tools for communicating new benefit plans to employees; oversees open enrollment and benefit fairs. Advises, counsels and educates management and employees on benefit programs.

Establishes and maintains excellent relationships with Elected Officials including Sheriff’s Office, Clerk of the Court, Tax Collector and Property Appraiser, and Supervisor of Elections.

Manages proactive assessments of fraud awareness, prevention, detection and risk mitigation activities in area of responsibility; oversees financial, compliance, operational and performance audits; reviews audit findings and ensures appropriate controls are established and implemented.


Minimum Qualifications:  A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in specific field of endeavor and six (6) years of related experience OR a Master's Degree with four (4) or more years of related experience. At least four (4) years of supervisory/management experience required. May consider substituting years of experience for the four year degree

Preferred QualificationsBenefits certification (CEBS) highly desirable. A combination of private and public sector benefits administration.

Job Competencies: Excellent written and verbal communications. Intermediate knowledge of work areas. Program/project planning. Good financial judgment and data analysis skills. Develop and implement goals and objectives. Evaluate work of others. Public/media interaction.  Presentation skills, negotiating skills. Negotiation skills. Ability to build good relationship skills with BCC, Administration and Constitutional Officers.








Sarasota County Government is committed to wellness and successful applicants must be tobacco free for twelve months preceding date of application.

Drug Free Work Environment             EOE/AA/ADA


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