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State of Montana Health Care & Benefits Director / Administrator in Helena, Montana

Why should you keep reading and consider working here?

We know you have other work options, but we ask you to consider working with us at the State of Montana Department of Administration. Our foundation of success is having effective working relationships, built on mutual trust and respect. We will challenge you to be the best you can be and will work hard to provide a work environment that allows you to succeed. (You can learn more about us here.)

What is this career opportunity?

We are seeking an innovative and dynamic leader to drive creative solutions in the area of employee benefit plan design and administration. In this position you would provide leadership, pro-active planning, and skilled administration in the overall design and implementation of the State’s employee benefit programs to include effective strategies associated with our onsite health clinics, retiree programs, and workers’ compensation programs. Responsibilities include: exploring and recommending benefit solutions that align with the State of Montana’s benefits philosophy and employee needs; staying current with trends, developing concepts, best practices, and procedures in the employee benefits and workers’ compensation program arena; actively building and maintaining effective working partnerships with stakeholders in developing forward-looking and cost effective solutions; and ensuring programs adhere to current regulations in the dynamic environment of healthcare reform.

This position will remain posted until filled. An initial candidate review will take place on /_Monday, September 28, 2020_/.* *

What are we looking for?

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, human resources, business administration, public administration, or related field and five or more years of experience leading a large organization with complex program oversight.

  • Experience with employee benefits design and administration, budget development, and financial management. Extensive knowledge of self-funded insurance plans; pharmacy plan design; and onsite employee health clinics is desired.

  • Alternative combinations of education and experience may be considered.


  • Demonstrated ability to champion change, drive and implement innovative solutions, and create an atmosphere of continuous improvement;

  • ability to provide effective leadership, vision, and direction within an organization;

  • exercise judgment and discretion to establish and maintain strong working relationships utilizing collaboration, facilitation, and project management skills;

  • effectively communicate with diverse levels of management and stakeholders;

  • ability to identify problems, emerging issues and trends, and establish strategies to address them;

  • ability to build consensus among a group of varying stakeholders;

  • ability to delegate projects as needed to ensure multiple priorities are met;

  • knowledge of state and federal laws, regulations, and pertinent case law related to group insurance and flexible benefit programs;

  • experience providing information before a legislative body or similar forum; and

  • Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) designation preferred.

Does this sound like you?

If you feel you have the qualities to be successful in this position, please submit your resume and cover letter. In your cover letter, please discuss how your knowledge and experience would make you a successful candidate for this position.

What can you expect from us in return for your work with our agency?

  • Look here to see the additional benefits! They include:

o Work/life Balance

o Health Coverage

o Retirement plans

o Paid Vacation and Sick Leave and Holidays

o And more…

  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) – *Employment with the State of Montana may qualify you to receive student loan forgiveness under the PSLF. Look here to learn more and see if you may qualify! *

Other important information to be aware of.

  • This position requires the successful completion of a criminal background check.

  • Only online applications are accepted. By applying online, you are able to receive updates and monitor the status of your application.

Job: *Human Resources

Title: Health Care & Benefits Director / Administrator

Location: Helena

Requisition ID: 20142134