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Benefits Program Strategy Analyst 4

University of California Office of the President

in Oakland CA

Requisition Number: 20190555
Appointment Type: Staff - Career
Personnel Program: MSP
Work Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm
Percentage of Time: 100
Organizational Area: Human Resources - Retirement Programs & Services
Location: Oakland, CA
Posting Salary: The recommended hiring range is: $102,000 to $124,200. Commensurate on experience.

Position Summary:

Involves design and development of retirement or other employee benefit programs and policies. Reporting to the Manager, Retirement Policy Group, Pension & Retirement Programs, under the Executive Director, Retirement Programs & Services, provides analysis for planning, policy development and other related issues regarding the UC pension and retirement programs. Scope of policy and program areas may include any of the of the UC Retirement System (UCRS) plans (UC Retirement Plan (UCRP), the 415(m) Restoration Plan ("415(m) Plan"), Defined Contribution Plan, Tax-Deferred 403(b) Plan, and 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan), and the UC Retiree Health Benefit Program (UCRHBP).

Assignments are usually on a project basis. Incumbent analyzes the issue(s), gathers data/information, develops and evaluates alternative solutions, and makes recommendations. Job duties include planning projects, establishing project functional goals and objectives, and determining, negotiating, allocating and managing resources.

In addition to performing the tasks outlined above, the incumbent provides ongoing analytical project management for retirement benefit programs and projects that support the University's total rewards strategy. Uses advanced professional concepts and program objectives to resolve complex issues in creative and effective ways. Works on complex issues where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of variable factors. Applies and exercises independent judgment and decision-making in presenting options to consider in selecting methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results. Contacts are both internal and external to the department at all levels. Erroneous decisions will have a serious impact on the overall success of department.


Special Conditions of Employment:

Successful completion of a background check is required for appointment to this critical position.


Provides analytical support to all initiatives, assignments and projects set by the Manager and/or Executive Director. Analytical support includes, but is not limited to:

  • studying existing and proposed retirement programs, policies and procedures to ensure cost-effective and efficient delivery of services to employees and annuitants;
  • providing consultative services to all levels of employees, leadership, faculty, Regents, labor contract negotiators, and other stakeholders across the University. 

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business, Human Resources, or related area or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum of six years of relevant professional experience in benefits, compensation, employee or labor relations, or a related field; demonstrated program proficiency and/or design experience in one or more human resources functional areas such as retirement benefits, health and welfare benefits, employee/labor relations, and related practices (subject matter expert in at least one of these areas).
  • Analytical and research skills as demonstrated by the ability to develop, assess, and synthesize information and recommendations from a wide variety of sources on a broad range of issues to formulate program, policy, and service recommendations. Strong mathematical and data analysis skills.
  • Critical and creative thinking skills to assess current program design strengths and weaknesses and formulate original policy and programmatic designs; ability to apply strategic thinking to develop problem-solving approaches that address interrelated needs of stakeholders and plan members.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of principles and practices of human resources programs and associated legal and procedural requirements and federal and state rules and regulations; interpretive knowledge of ERISA, COBRA, FMLA, HIPAA, FLSA.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills as demonstrated by the ability to articulate complex information and issues clearly, concisely, and persuasively using appropriate grammar, vocabulary, and business style.
  • Strong interpersonal skills as demonstrated by the ability to interact collaboratively and productively with diverse staff within UCOP, at the campuses, and with other universities and higher education associations, and proven ability to represent University positions effectively to external constituencies and other colleagues.
  • Customer service orientation that demonstrates responsiveness in proactively addressing issues and escalated complaints.
  • Demonstrated ability to function in a complex institutional environment. Ability to apply judgment and political acumen in problem solving; ability to understand interrelated needs of campuses, the Office of the President, and/or bargaining units while being conscious of alternatives and their consequences.
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite and other standard office software; experience with databases and web-based applications including statistical software to manipulate large volumes of data and determine observations and trends; knowledge of HRIS systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a team leader in a collaborative environment, build consensus and promote the exchange of information among project team members, project management staff, and internal units.


  • Knowledge of UCRS plans and UC organization, policies and procedures
  • Experience reviewing and drafting updates to legal plan documents and regulations.

About us

The University of California, one of the largest and most acclaimed institutions of higher learning in the world, is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research and public service. The University of California Office of the President is the corporate headquarters to the ten campuses, five medical centers and three Department of Energy National Labs and enrolls premier students from California, the nation and the world.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

How to Apply

For complete job description and application instructions, visit: https://apptrkr.com/1796089

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