Managing Director, Retirement Trust

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Interested in a managerial role with real social impact? See you at SEIU BG!

I’ve announced a few positions in this space for SEIU 775 Benefits Group, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to improving the skills, health and sustainability of the home care workforce. Talk about an in-demand field: With 10,000 people turning 65 every day in this country (a figure that just blows my mind), there’s an urgent and ever-growing need for home health care, and for individuals capable of providing it.


Problem is, this is one case where compensation definitely lags demand; these professionals work very hard but earn relatively little. SEIU 775 Benefits Group is working to rectify that, ensuring that home-care workers have the support and benefits they need to stay in this crucial field.


Toward this end, they have developed a Retirement Trust, which provides a defined-contribution and portable retirement plan to over 490,000 caregivers throughout Washington. And now SEIU Benefits Group is looking for someone to serve as the Managing Director of that trust.


This is a senior role, reporting to the Chief Operating Officer. The work itself is an interesting mix. As SEIU Benefits Group puts it, “This leader has a unique combination of strategy, policy, and operations talent. Working with staff and trustees, this leader will facilitate benefit design, strategy and overall operations for retirement plan services to impact not only home care workers, but larger workforce systems transformation.”


(Of course, it would be extra-cool if the person in this role were referred to at all times as “This Leader.” Has a certain austere grandeur about it. Maybe negotiate that in the final interview?)  


More specifically, this post is responsible for leading the design and operation of retirement benefits, as well as investment policy and execution to support the long-term financial security of the plan’s beneficiaries. In addition, it entails acting as a spokesperson and representative for the plan in interactions with government officials, employers, actuaries, and others. 


This is, furthermore, a people-management role, responsible for the hiring and development of the  Secure Retirement Benefits Administration team. Interestingly, the job also entails managing the Board of Trustees and implementing its policy decisions.

In short, it’s a multifaceted and substantial position at one of the most dynamic and important labor organizations in the Pacific Northwest. SEIU 775 Benefits Group is looking for someone with at least a decade’s experience in retirement-plan administration or policy, as well as a background in team leadership and vendor management. A master’s degree is a plus, as is specific experience in labor management and/or defined-contribution plans.

It’s a great opportunity for anyone seeking to combine management and highly meaningful public service. If that feels like you, let me know!

PS From PSP: Welp, I sure hope you’ve managed to stock up on toilet paper. As you might have seen, Costco is reimplementing limits on TP and cleaning items in response to … you guessed it, COVID-related kinks in the global supply chain. These logistical clogs (the toilet jokes – they write themselves!) have been a problem for lots of companies. I’d be intrigued to know if any of you have been affected by them, how you’ve responded, and whether it’s shaped your hiring decisions in any way. And if you have suffered any losses as a result, I hope you’ll be feeling flush again soon. Thankyouverymuch. ###




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