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Executive Director
International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans in Hartford, Connecticut
Date Posted 03/03/2022
Philanthropy-Administrative Support/Clerical
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Executive Director


The Executive Director for the New England Health Care Employees Welfare Fund and Pension Fund (the Funds) oversees the administration of health and pension benefits covering more than 10,000 active and retired union healthcare workers and their eligible dependents in Connecticut and Rhode Island. This position has overall executive responsibility for the operational, technical, organizational and financial administration of the Funds. This responsibility includes developing, implementing and monitoring policies, programs, standards and procedures to ensure compliance with all relevant federal statutes and regulations, such as PPACA, ERISA, IRS and USDOL reporting, COBRA, HIPAA, etc. and for overseeing development and implementation of strategic initiatives.

The Executive Director represents the Funds in all aspects of leadership, management and strategic planning. The Executive Director is also responsible for setting goals for, directing and motivating management and staff and interacting collaboratively with the Boards of Trustees, Union and management representatives, professional advisors and colleagues. More specifically, the Executive Director’s day-to-day responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  1. Administers and satisfies the Funds’ legal standards in accordance with Plan Documents, as directed by the Board of Trustees (BOT) and as regulated by Federal Law;
  2. Ensures compliance as Taft-Hartley employee benefits plans with all federal, state and local regulations, including sound accounting practices, auditing requirements, ERISA, DOL, IRS, ACA, COBRA, HIPPA privacy and security regulations and Medicaid/Medicare requirements;
  3. Supports the BOT of both Funds as needed, including organizing and conducting meetings (including the annual BOT retreat), preparing reports and working with the Funds’ Actuaries and other professionals to ensure that the Board has accurate, accessible and timely information to make thoughtful and informed decisions as fiduciaries of the Funds;
  4. Works in partnership with the Trustees and the Union leadership to establish, measure, and evaluate policies and strategies, programs and goals that benefit both Funds’ participants;
  5. Works closely with the Funds’ Auditors in preparation of annual audit and regulatory findings;
  6. Works closely with the Funds’ actuaries and consultants on vendor agreements, projections, litigation and benefits structure;
  7. Works closely with the Union officers on CBA language applicable to the Funds including contribution rates, negotiations, participant education and outreach sessions and other support as needed;
  8. Works with the Funds’ actuaries and other consultants and professionals to ensure the appropriate and most cost effective levels of insurance are maintained, including fidelity bond, liability, cybersecurity and stop/loss policies;
  9. Works with the Funds’ management team to ensure the development and management of high quality, cost effective systems and procedures for all aspect of the Funds’ operation;
  10. Serves as the principal representative and spokesperson for the Funds’ with outside trade groups and associations, including the CT Coalition of Taft-Hartley Funds, and oversees communication materials for all participants, employers and Fund staff;
  11. Provides leadership, direction and oversight of the Funds’ Office Staff which currently includes approximately twenty-two (22) employees;
  12. Meets regularly with the Funds’ Management Team members to communicate organizational information and collaboratively establish future goals;
  13. Perform any and all other functions as directed by the Funds’ BOTs

The Executive Director should have a bachelor's degree, CEBS or advanced degree preferred, 7 years of experience in medical (and, preferably, pension) benefits administration and systems, 7 years senior management experience, significant experience in Taft-Hartley and/or collective bargaining environments and a thorough knowledge of employee benefit plans and legislative regulations. The Executive Director should be proficient with current industry technology; should possess strong project management and leadership skills, be detail oriented, a team player, and have the excellent interpersonal and communication skills required to coach, mentor, motivate and improve employee morale and work place production, as necessary, and to interact and engage in conflict resolution with participants, Union representatives and participating employer representatives. The Executive Director position is an on-site rather than remote or hybrid position, and requires a proven “hands on” management style, a strong work ethic and the excellent judgement necessary to independently make decisions and recommendations to the BOTs to ensure the successful operation of the Funds at all times.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and résumé along with salary requirements by April 1, 2022 to:

New England Health Care Employees Welfare & Pension Funds
Boards of Trustees
c/o Debbie Palmieri
77 Huyshope Avenue, 2nd Floor
Hartford, CT 06106
Via e-mail at dpalmieri@1199nefunds.org

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