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Manager, Employee Benefits & Wellness

Sarasota County Government
Sarasota, Florida 34236
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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.




  • 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 Qualifications Benefits 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.

Salary/Benefits:  $77,000.00 - $92,000.00  We believe in work life balance and have excellent benefits including a state pension, medical and dental insurance, generous leave plan, training programs, wellness programs including a fitness center. 


Our mission is to be the most livable and best managed community in the country, providing quality services, programs and facilities that reflect the goals of the community.  Our employees are committed to demonstrating our values: Respect, Accountability, Integrity, Quality, Teamwork and Trust.


Sarasota has world-famous beaches, over 80 parks and 100 golf courses, and is known as the cultural capital of Florida with museums of art, theaters, an aquarium, botanical gardens and the annual international film festival.  Unsurpassed beauty, rich cultural offering, diverse educational opportunities, wide-ranging recreational possibilities make Sarasota a great place to live and work!


Sarasota County - One Team!
Tobacco/Drug Free Work Environment



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