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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 02/28/24

Applications Due03/13/24

Vacancy ID152336


AgencyLabor Management Committees, Joint

TitleEmployee Program Associate

Occupational CategoryNo Preference

Salary GradeNS

Bargaining UnitM/C - Management / Confidential (Unrepresented)

Salary RangeFrom $63266 to $78505 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Exempt Class

Travel Percentage 10%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.5


From 8 AM

To 5 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? Yes

County Albany

Street Address Empire State Plaza

Agency Building 2 - 11th floor

City Albany


Zip Code12223

Minimum Qualifications • Bachelor’s degree and two years of relevant experience.*

• Experience in the employee benefits field or labor relations.

• Health insurance and/or pre-tax program experience preferred.

• Excellent communication and writing skills.

• Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Adobe and PowerPoint.

• Ability to manage competing priorities.

• Strong problem-solving skills.

• A satisfactory equivalent combination of appropriate education and experience as determined by the NYS Office of Employee Relations.

*Substitutions: four years of specialized experience or associate’s degree and two years of specialized experience may substitute for bachelor’s degree; J.D. or master’s degree may substitute for one year of specialized experience; Ph.D. may substitute for two years of specialized experience.

Duties Description Under the supervision of the EBMU Director and/or the Flexible Spending Accounts Program Manager, the Employee Program Associate will assist in the development, implementation and oversight of benefit programs resulting from negotiations with the state employee unions. These benefit programs are associated with the NYS Health Insurance Program and the State’s pre-tax employee benefit programs. Assignments related to NYSHIP will involve working with the Plan’s Program Administrators (vendors), the Department of Civil Service Employee Benefits Division, the Division of the Budget, and the state employee unions. Assignments related to the Pre-tax benefit programs will involve working with the vendors, NYS Agencies, and state employees to provide excellent customer service. The incumbent will become well versed in IRS regulations for the administration and management of the pre-tax benefit programs, as well as develop a deep knowledge of the NYSHIP benefits and eligibility requirements. The incumbent will represent OER on various Joint Committees on Health Benefits, develop proposals and strategy for OER to use in negotiations with the state employee unions, analyze the impact of proposed health insurance and tax legislation, and research emerging developments in health care and employee benefits.

Duties include but are not limited to:
• Develop working relationships with program vendors, state agency staff (Department of Civil Service Employee Benefits Division, Office of the State Comptroller, Division of the Budget), and each union Joint Committee on Health Benefits.

• Work with vendors to resolve member issues and respond to participant inquiries.

• Organize and attend Joint Committee meetings, working with the unions to schedule the meeting and develop an agenda, ensure the attendance of Civil Service or Vendor staff to appropriately address the agenda items, act as meeting facilitator and follow-up on action items from the meeting.

• Provide support for unit activities and participate in the implementation of any negotiated benefit design changes or new benefit programs.

• Help to develop and review communication and promotional materials explaining existing benefits, benefit changes, or new benefit programs to enrollees/participants.

• Understand the State’s procurement process and work with OER staff and staff from DCS, DOB and OSC to develop and review Requests for Proposals. Review and evaluate proposals submitted in response to RFP’s for NYSHIP benefits or services, and for pre-tax benefit programs

Additional Comments The Office of Employee Relations does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sexual orientation, religion, disability or other protected class status in the admission to, access to, or employment in their programs or activities.

Reasonable accommodation will be provided upon request.

Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.

Name Human Resources



Email Address


Street Agency Building 2 - 8th Floor

Empire State Plaza

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12223


Notes on ApplyingPlease reference Vacancy No. 152336 when applying.

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to (M.S. Word or PDF is the preferred format). Hard copy via US Mail is also accepted.

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