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Manager, Retirement Programs

The University of Chicago

in Chicago IL

The Manager, Retirement Programs, provides high-level analysis and administration of the University’s defined benefit, defined contribution retirement plans, as well as other University retirement plans. The manager manages the University-wide retirement and supplemental retirement programs, and is responsible for, among other duties, evaluating and recommending improvements to existing retirement plans, establishing and improving processes and procedures to ensure that the University’s retirement programs are in compliance with applicable laws and regulations, maintaining the knowledge of regulations, trends, and best practices impacting retirement programs, and managing team members in the preparation of retirement program-related communication. This role also collaborates with Benefits staff to ensure service and delivery expectations are met.


  • Assist in the negotiation of retirement contracts, managing relationships with vendors, auditors, and consultants for services, premiums, and plan administration.
  • Consult with HR Managers, HR Administrators, Associate Provosts, and Associate Deans on the design, administration, and implementation of various retirement plans.
  • Ensure legal compliance of all retirement plans so that the University is protected from legal liability and financial penalties.
  • Forecast the retirement benefit programs, including developing a comprehensive cost analyses and modeling of all retirement plans.
  • Identify and capitalize on opportunities for improvement of retirement plan processes and procedures.
  • Maintain and analyzes various types of retirement information and appropriate peer plan performance data.
  • Maintain positive relationship with external business partners to ensure that the University receives service commensurate with any agreed-upon contracts.
  • Oversee vendor relationship, establishing business goals to ensure high quality customer service to University employees and retirees.
  • Research and conduct in-depth auditing, analysis, and forecasting of the retirement benefit programs.
  • Supervise and guide the performance of one Retirement Analyst, while directing the work of Benefits Specialists on assigned projects.

Required Experience:

  • A minimum of 10+ years of progressively responsible experience in Benefits leadership.
  • Previous experience performing high level benefits analysis, advice and direction in higher education or complex institution.
  • Previous work experience in a University benefits group desired.
  • Demonstrated experience providing recommendations to diverse audiences on complex issues that require in-depth evaluation of variable factors.

Required Knowledge or Skills:

  • Expert-level knowledge of laws related to employee benefits (e.g. ERISA, ACA, HIPAA, COBRA, ADA, FMLA, etc.).
  • Expert-level knowledge and understanding of employee benefits administration, including knowledge of medical, dental, life, short and long-term disability plans, among others.
  • High level of proficiency with Excel, Word, PowerPoint required - experience with Workday a plus.

Benefit Eligible:  Yes

Pay Frequency:  Monthly

Pay Range:  Depends on Qualification

Scheduled Weekly Hours​:  37.5

Posting Statement

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form.

The University of Chicago's Annual Security & Fire Safety Report (Report) provides information about University offices and programs that provide safety support, crime and fire statistics, emergency response and communications plans, and other policies and information. The Report can be accessed online at:  Paper copies of the Report are available, upon request, from the University of Chicago Police Department, 850 E. 61st Street, Chicago, IL 60637.

About Us

The University of Chicago is an urban research university that has driven new ways of thinking since 1890. Our commitment to free and open inquiry draws inspired scholars to our global campuses, where ideas are born that challenge and change the world.

We empower individuals to challenge conventional thinking in pursuit of original ideas. Students in the College develop critical, analytic, and writing skills in our rigorous, interdisciplinary core curriculum. Through graduate programs, students test their ideas with UChicago scholars, and become the next generation of leaders in academia, industry, nonprofits, and government.

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How to Apply

Documents Required for Application:

Cover Letter


All applications must be submitted via the University of Chicago job portal, located here:

Note: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.

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