Benefits Committee

COMMITTEE CHARTER MARCH 2016

PURPOSE

The Benefits Advisory Committee (Committee) serves in an advisory capacity to the President, the VP of Human Resources, and the VP/Chief Financial Officer.  It is a resource of knowledgeable faculty and staff to assist in the analysis of existing health benefits, and to advocate for comprehensive benefits which meet the needs of a diverse workforce with appropriate financial contributions from both the institution and the employees.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • To study existing health benefit programs and their impact on faculty, staff, and College goals;
  • To help define the alternatives for benefit improvements that should be considered during the budget development process;
  • Recommend employer/employee contribution rates for existing and/or proposed programs
  • To improve the quality of information available to faculty and staff and to contribute to an understanding of their needs by conducting or supporting surveys of employee opinion on benefits as needed;
  • Carry out other such duties within the scope of its primary purpose or as the President may delegate.

COMPOSITION

At a minimum, the Committee shall consist of:

  • Three (3) Faculty, to include a representative from the Faculty Life Committee
  • Two (2) Non-exempt staff
  • Four (4) Exempt staff

The VP for Human Resources, Associate Director of Human Resources, and the VP/Chief Financial Officer are ex-officio members of the Committee.  The President appoints the members of the Committee.  Committee members shall serve for a three (3) year term, renewable to a total of nine (9) years.   Committee members shall elect the Chair.   The Benefits Specialists shall serve as staff to the Committee.  While no special skills are required of Committee members, members should have an interest in the benefits package and represent the diversity of the College’s workforce.

MEETINGS

The Committee meets as necessary.  Agendas are determined primarily by the Committee Chair in consultation with the VP Human Resources and others as needed, i.e. Benefit Specialist, Benefits Broker, etc.  Staff is responsible for preparing minutes of each meeting.

Membership

Christopher Atzinger –  Music
Jacqueline Christensen
– Human Resources
Myron Engle – Information Technology
Cleo Granneman – AAA English Department
Travis Grant – Human Resources
Janet Hanson – Office of the Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Mark Koktavy – Facilities
Gregg Menning – Facilities
Steve O’Neill – Counseling Center
Jeff Partington – Facilities
Susan Smalling – Social Work & Family Studies
Judy Stromayer – Exercise Science
Michael Goodson – Human Resources (ex-officio, convener)