Benefits Administrator (Director of Health Plan Purchasing and Planning)

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Be the beating heart of one of the region’s most important nonprofits.

By now, you know my love for SEIU 775 Benefits Group, a Seattle nonprofit that works in support of a vitally important but too-often-overlooked cause: The training and sustenance of our region’s chronically overstretched home health-care workforce.

Even before the pandemic, it was clear that our need for these workers is acute and growing. SEIU 775 makes sure these frontline health workers have what they need to do their jobs.

In short, it’s an organization with a lot of heart. But at the heart of its work is the provision of accessible, high-quality health care for those who do so much to care for others.

And now SEIU 775 is looking for someone to oversee exactly that aspect of its operations: a Director of Health Plan Purchasing and Performance who can develop a comprehensive health-plan strategy to ensure outstanding care for plan members.

Reporting to the Managing Director of Health Benefits Trust and based at the organization’s headquarters in downtown Seattle (virtually at first – on a hybrid basis eventually), this position is about using your knowledge of the current health-care landscape and employer-benefit plans to develop innovative solutions for improving member health-care access and outcomes.

This role is responsible for keeping on top of benefit-coverage increases, always trying to make sure benefits are of value to the professional workforce. It requires a mix of big-picture and detail-oriented thinking; this position creates a three-year purchasing strategy, but also manages dozens of programs at any given time.

Similarly, it’s responsible for analytic-vendor oversight and management – but also for the testing and implementation of programs.

This is a highly collaborative position that calls for close interaction with participating employers (including the state of Washington), vendors, health-plan partners, contractors, and SEIU 775 colleagues.

To complete this post, the Benefits Group is looking for a seasoned individual in health-care payment and delivery reform; health-plan management; employer benefit-plan management, or health-plan consulting.

A background in nonprofit or government organizations – including the provision of service to diverse populations who may be under-served due to economic, language, ethnic, racial, or geographic factors – is a huge plus. An advanced degree in health administration, policy, or a related field is strongly preferred, though a bachelor’s degree will suffice if an applicant has exceptional experience.

Pay is competitive for the sector, and the role offers full benefits. (It’d be kinda ironic if it didn’t, no?)

This is a great opportunity for someone who combines a rigorous mind and a big heart. Let me know if you’re the one – or if you know someone who might be.

PS From PSP: Housing prices! I mean, I should just leave it right there – “Housing prices, discuss amongst yourselves. See ya.” It’s that kind of issue. Everyone knows about it, and everyone has strong feelings, especially (though by no means exclusively) here in the Pacific Northwest.

It’s not the kind of problem that’s going to solve itself easily, not so long as supply chains remain bollixed up and demand for housing stays so high. The weird thing, though, is that demand seems to be rising everywhere – even in the exurban and rural areas that used to serve as safety valves for these sorts of price explosions.

As always, I tend to bring the issue back to what it all means for employment, recruiting, and the labor market. I realize that COVID has transformed the linkage between where one lives and where one works, at least in much of the white-collar world. But it’s going to be fascinating to see how this affects hiring and recruitment in the months and years ahead, especially in higher-cost metros like Seattle and the Bay Area.

Readers and friends (though you really are one and the same, are you not?), keep me posted on how all of this is affecting your own personnel decisions – and let us know if PSP may ever be of service! ###










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