Deputy Benefits Director

Summary: CIS is recruiting for a Deputy Benefits Director

Posted Date:
 June 3, 2019
Job Location: Salem, OR

CIS is a member-driven service-oriented organization that helps Oregon’s cities and counties effectively manage an employee benefits program. CIS collaborates with major regional and national carriers to bring an innovative Employee Benefits program to 271 member employers and 11,750+ employees. CIS Benefits offers a wide range of coverage and services that are tailored to best serve our member employers.

The Deputy Benefits Director is a new position based in Salem, Oregon. This position supports the Benefits Director in the implementation, management and continual improvement of CIS’ health, life and other employee benefit programs— as well as activities, products and partnerships that help CIS Benefits create a program that is valued by members.

Why CIS is a great place to work

  • We’ve been named a “Top Workplace” in Oregon (based on employee surveys) for five straight years.
  • You make a difference for local communities and the people who serve our citizens.
  • Our members respect and appreciate what we do for them.
  • We celebrate innovation.
  • Your coworkers are talented, friendly, enthusiastic and professional.
  • Our wages and benefits are competitive.
  • We offer PERS (Oregon Public Employees Retirement System) retirement.
  • We encourage growth through training as well as generous personal and professional development opportunities.

Why this position might interest you

  • You currently have expertise as a benefits professional in a public-sector setting; or, you work in a similar position for a membership association, insurance pool, or other insurance organization.
  • You’re committed to exceeding the expectations of members, while providing the highest technical and service performance levels possible.
  • You understand the power of partnerships and are able to build strong and successful relationships across the organization and with CIS Benefits’ many service providers, to achieve desired outcomes.


  • Participate in the planning and evaluation of changes to existing benefits programs and for new or expanded programs, products and partnerships to meet changing member needs. Develop and maintain effective mechanisms to identify member needs in the employee benefits area.
  • Manage day-to-day operations of the CIS online benefits enrollment system. Works with the Operations Manager to resolve system and carrier interface problems.
  • Develop and maintain effective communications with members regarding CIS’ current and future employee benefits programs.
  • Advise and develop recommendations for the Benefits Director on rates, coverage, policies and procedures, service providers, risk management and all other aspects of CIS’ employee benefits plans and activities.
  • Monitor the continued solvency and financial viability of CIS’ employee benefits programs.
  • Keep the Benefits Director apprised of the status and developments in CIS’ benefits programs, and new developments in the employee benefits market place and regulatory arena.
  • Implement elements of CIS’ strategic plan falling within the position’s sphere of responsibility.
  • Meet with city and county officials, labor/management committees, or member employee benefits committees to explain current benefits, benefits options, policies, etc.
  • Assist the Benefits Director with open enrollment activities, including development of open enrollment materials, conducting member and employee meetings, assist with plan setup and other administrative requirements to ensure enrollment choices are implemented by administrators and carriers.
  • Coordinate with vendor partners regarding ongoing benefit administration.
  • Make presentations at the CIS Annual Conference and other local/national conferences as requested.
  • Attend the Benefits Advisory Committee to remain aware of member feedback.
  • Participate in state and national associations engaged in employee benefits issues.
  • Job description detailed; using this link



  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent experience.
  • Five years or more of progressive experience in employee benefits, health care and/or municipal administration in order to provide effective leadership in the sphere of responsibility and to provide a meaningful contribution to the management team and the organization’s overall objectives.
  • Principles and practices of employee benefits administration.
  • Federal and state laws and rules that influence employee benefits.
  • Online or cloud-based benefits enrollment systems.
  • Use a computer and related software, including Microsoft Office apps
  • Interpersonal skills and effective communication techniques needed to build and maintain effective relationships with the staff, members, service providers and other partners.
  • Leadership skills necessary to effectively manage its staff along with strong negotiation and contract management skills.
  • Effectively manage time.
  • Valid Driver’s License – The employee must maintain a safe driving record while employed with CIS.
  • Health/Life Insurance license, this must be acquired within one year of hire date.



  • Previous experience supervising employees.
    • CGBA (Certified Government Benefits Administrator)



Apply online; using this link

All applications are required to be submitted through Government Jobs to be considered for employment with CIS. CIS is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity in its workforce. Women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply for CIS positions. Please notify the Human Resources Representative if you need any reasonable accommodation or assistance with any part of our application and screening process. Hearing impaired individuals needing assistance can call the Oregon Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900 and provide them CIS' phone number 503-763-3895.