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Director of Total Rewards - Denison University

11/08/2022 11:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


Denison seeks a collaborative, experienced human resources professional with expertise in compensation and benefits programs. Reporting directly to the Associate Vice President for People and Culture and Chief Human Resources Officer, the Director of Total Rewards will strategize, plan, create, and oversee a comprehensive total compensation program, including salary, incentive pay, leave programs, health and welfare benefits, and retirement plans. The Director will update processes, implement promising practices, provide expert guidance and serve as a trusted member of the human resources team. As an internal consultant to college leaders, the Director will advise the Associate VP, Provost and other senior management on effective strategies that ensure Denison remains an employer of choice in the region.


        Plan, design, implement and administer the University’s compensation and benefits programs.

        Consistent with best practices, manage policies and procedures to ensure they are strategic, competitive, and culturally aligned.

        Provide direction and thought leadership for developing, executing, and maintaining university-wide health and welfare benefits.

        Lead, develop and supervise a team supporting Total Rewards for the university.

        Partner closely with Talent Management and Workplace Engagement to develop career path strategy tools to define position requirements and the requisite skills needed for advancement in specific areas; partner with leadership to align and ensure fair and equitable compensation practices using data to inform decisions.


        Provide guidance, analysis, insight, and research on market trends to ensure a competitive total rewards strategy designed to attract, retain and support new and existing talent. Create strategic plans to address compensation and retention issues.

        Proactively plan and implement solutions to ensure that University compensation policies and practices comply with local, state, and federal laws and support the inclusion, diversity, equity, and anti-racism goals of the University.

        Manage the annual salary process in consultation with finance and administration and senior management; conduct classification reviews and market analysis utilizing survey and market data.

        Research, develop, and implement best practices for compensation management to create a transparent job grade structure, develop incentive and variable pay plans to manage promotions and salary change requests and ensure market competitiveness and internal equity.

        Provide oversight for Benefits Manager to model benefits plans and vendor relationships ensuring effective strategy and administration of employee benefit programs and plans including Retirement, Medical, Dental, Tuition programs, and other voluntary benefits.

        Administer health and welfare benefit programs for all faculty and staff. Oversee Annual Open Enrollment and benefit communications.

        Partner and manage relationships with benefit consultants and providers to ensure cost-effectiveness, manage programs, negotiate annual renewals, and implement programs to attract and retain employees.

        Oversee the Emeriti and 403b retirement plan and ensure compliance with applicable laws. Maintain updated plan documents and perform annual audits in partnership with an independent auditor. Ensure the plan is administered properly and consistent with plan design and requirements. Coordinate the work of the pension benefit committee and its oversight of the retirement plan. Consult with faculty and staff on retirement matters.

        Prepare Form 5500 filings with the Department of Labor, and other government reporting such as 1095C Forms, PCORI fees, Fee Disclosures, and related filings and requirements.

        Collaborate with the HR team to administer worker’s compensation and the family/medical leave program.

        Serve as the HR liaison to the University’s Personnel Committee.

        Perform other duties as required or appropriate.

Key Qualifications and Competencies

Key Qualifications:

        Bachelor’s degree required.

        Seven years of experience in compensation, benefits or total rewards.

        Two years of demonstrated experience leading and developing a team.

        Must be an enthusiastic self-starter with energy and drive and contribute as a positive working member in a team environment.

        Proficient in Excel and data analysis.

        Experience with human capital management systems.

        Demonstrated ability to research and analyze data, interpret and make recommendations.

        Must understand the importance of confidentiality and exercise professional judgment in working with confidential information.

        Knowledge of federal and state laws, rules, and regulations, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA); and ERISA.

        Experienced in prioritizing tasks and meeting deadlines with flexibility to respond to changing needs.

        A zeal for collaborating with and helping others; customer-service focused; helpful and positive attitude.

        Excellent communication and problem-solving skills, and the ability to plan, organize and manage projects. Excellent presentation/ public speaking skills.

        Preferred qualifications: CCP, CBP, CEBS or related HR certification/designation

Critical Attributes:

        Exceptional customer service orientation with a passion for helping others

        Skilled relationship builder and listener

        Strategic, big-picture thinker who remains attentive to details

        Collaborative and trusted advisor

        Innovative practitioner

        Confident communicator

        Critical thinker

        Dedicated sense of accountability

        Appreciation for a liberal arts environment

Process of Candidacy

BeecherHill is pleased to partner with Denison University on this critical search. Please submit nominations, referrals and resumes with preferred contact information to our Firm:

Meredith Harper Bonham, PhD:  bonham@beecherhillsearch.com

Katie Bloom: bloom2@beecherhillsearch.com

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