Benefits and Compensation Leader
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is a complex organization with highly educated employees, over 74 percent of whom are engineers and scientists. APL’s approach in all of its activities is to find the best and brightest people and provide them with the resources they need to perform at the highest level. Using your expert knowledge in benefits and compensation, and leading a team of 12, you will serve as a thought leader and change agent, leading discussions and presentations and offering forward-thinking solutions and initiatives that position us as a leader in Total Reward strategy. As a creative thinker, we will look to you for fresh, insightful analyses and a “big picture” vision while leading projects that break new ground and create meaningful, lasting results.
You will ensure processes and programs align with the Lab’s overall strategy and culture. You will collaborate with leadership from across the functional specialties included in the Organizational Effectiveness Group (Compensation and Benefits, Talent Development, and Diversity and Employee Engagement) to identify and leverage synergies.
As the Total Rewards subject matter expert, you will be responsible for developing, designing, and implementing strategies, policies, processes, and programs for compensation and benefits to effectively meet both the human capital and strategic goals of the Lab to ensure internal equity, external competitiveness, and compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
In this role, you will help to create and implement a total rewards (monetary and non-monetary awards) strategy that drives employee engagement and contributes to the successful attraction, retention, and motivation of APL’s human capital to deliver on the Lab’s strategic goals. Your initiative to seek creative opportunities in alignment with the mission of APL will help to drive organizational change and ultimately enhance our capabilities to attract, motivate, and retain staff.
Responsibilities of the Benefits and Compensation Leader
- Provide strategic leadership in designing, measuring, and implementing competitive and innovative compensation and benefits programs to include the direction of base pay, above base pay, health and welfare plans, and retirement plans.
- Monitor external practices and trends to identify compensation and benefits issues and opportunities. Conduct research to identify trends and best practices that align with the culture and Lab objectives and incorporate trends and best practices as appropriate in the design, development, and implementation of compensation and benefits plans and programs.
- Partner with APL’s Legal Office to ensure that compliance and legal requirements associated with compensation and benefits plans are met. Oversee management of vendor and consultant relationships and contracts.
- Partner with Talent Services Department leadership to develop and implement a Total Rewards strategy that encompasses compensation, benefits, staff development, recognition, and work environment initiatives offered by the Lab.
- Lead and manage the Compensation and Benefits day-to-day operations; provide overall direction and set priorities for all compensation and benefits efforts. Lead and develop Compensation and Benefits staff by providing clear goals and objectives, open communication, coaching, and development.
- Assist with leadership and direction of other staff in the Organizational Effectiveness Group. Create an environment that stimulates growth and innovation, and encourages staff to make significant contributions to their field.
- Manage the development and implementation of a comprehensive communication program related to administering and educating staff about Total Rewards programs.
- Develop, maintain, and continuously improve processes, measurement practices, and metrics. Ensure metrics are well aligned with business needs and provide strategic insights.
- Serve as a key member of the Talent Services leadership team to influence the strategic direction and efforts of the department.
Attributes of the Benefits and Compensation Leader
- Strong facilitator. You have a proven track record of getting results by building strong relationships and partnerships.
- Self-confident, highly capable, and results-driven. You have everyone’s best interests in mind. You earn trust by your actions and faithfully keep your promises. You are seen as an “honest broker” and you are known for how you get things done.
- Highly collaborative. You are able to build consensus as you seek first to understand, then to be understood. You understand the concerns and needs of others and how to realistically manage expectations. You support departmental and organizational initiatives with a firm but fair approach to developing HR policies and procedures. You earn trust by your actions and faithfully keep your promises.
- Business acumen/problem solver. You’re intellectually curious, detail-oriented, see the big picture, and understand how the details relate to the overall mission of an organization. You are passionate about identifying and meeting challenges through proactive alignment and engagement of key stakeholders.
- Excellent communicator. You are approachable, flexible, and responsive. You confidently engage with staff at all levels. You are known for your poise, tact, and diplomacy. You are succinct and operate with facts.
- Judgment. You are thoughtful in your approach. You demonstrate excellent judgment and you are a model of the tact and discretion required of a trusted advisor and business partner.
- Process-oriented. You are able to effectively and efficiently manage multiple tasks, allocate and optimize resources, and manage timelines. You take things from start to finish.
- Priority management. You easily identify what is important and what is a priority. You are able to shift gears and reprioritize and change direction as needed.
- Service-driven. You are committed to providing the highest level of service while remaining aligned with the mission of the organization.
- Gravitas, poise, and perspective. Colleagues respect you for your expertise and appreciate how you can evaluate and influence issues from both an individual and organizational perspective. You effortlessly communicate the message appropriate to your audience whether the matter is personal or policy related. You work confidently with people at all levels.
APL, the largest division of the Johns Hopkins University, is a thriving, not-for-profit research, development, and engineering center dedicated to solving complex research, engineering, and analytical problems in national security, space, and other areas of global interest. APL’s accomplishments span a broad range of knowledge and technical specialties, including air and missile defense, precision strike, electronic warfare, cyber operations, undersea systems, strategic deterrence, chemical/ biological defense, space science and engineering, microelectronics, sensor technologies, and modeling and simulation. APL’s record of achievement, extensive operational experience, and independent approach to analysis and problem-solving has earned it a position of trust with many U.S. government organizations and high-level executives as well as a national reputation for excellence.
APL is engaged in more than 900 programs sponsored by the military services, Intelligence Community, NASA, DARPA, DHS, and other government departments and agencies at an annual funding level of close to $1.3 billion. APL employs more than 6,300 full- and part-time staff across a broad range of disciplines. Over 70 percent of APL’s professionals hold degrees at the master’s or Ph.D. levels. Half are trained in engineering; the remainder is spread among computer science, mathematics, physics, biology, and other physical sciences. APL’s main facilities are located in Laurel, Maryland, about 20 miles northeast of Washington, D.C.
APL’s diverse technical and functional expertise is organized in four sponsor-facing sectors (Air and Missile Defense, Force Projection, Asymmetric Operations, and Space Exploration) and two enterprise technical departments (Research and Exploratory Development, and National Security Analysis). In addition, there are five enterprise service departments (Business and Communications Services, Talent Services, Information Technology Services, Facilities Management, and Security Services).
At APL we help our employees balance work and home, offering a wide range of benefits and services and a work environment that stimulates creativity, learning, and growth. On our 453- acre campus in Laurel, MD we offer amenities including on-site cafeterias, sports fields, picnic areas, and a state-of-the-art sports facility.
Qualifications of the Benefits and Compensation Leader
- Bachelor’s degree in business administration, human resources management, or related discipline. Master’s degree preferred.
- Minimum of 10 years of broad-based human resources experience that includes both compensation and benefits experience with at least 5 years of experience leading a compensation and/or benefits function in a corporate setting.
- Knowledge of how to create Total Rewards strategy and programs.
- Demonstrated ability to mentor and develop staff, and to cultivate strong relationships across organizational boundaries with a proven track record in building a strong workforce.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Outstanding program management, communication, leadership, persuasion, and change-management skills.
- Benefits vendor management experience.
- Experience in working for an R & D, technical, or professional organization preferred.
What’s Attractive to the Right Benefits and Compensation Leader?
- This is a new and highly visible role where you will work directly with leadership and your contributions will be appreciated. You will be seen as a strategic, thoughtful, and collaborative partner.
- You will have an active voice as a key contributor. Your ideas and input are an integral part of our success. You will be listened to with respect.
- Talent Services is highly valued and appreciated by our senior management, making this an extremely satisfying environment in which to practice HR.
- APL offers a comprehensive employee benefits package, including generous vacation and leave, health insurance, and retirement.
- APL is regarded as a very positive place to work by staff as demonstrated by work environment surveys and Glassdoor feedback.
- You will be a part of the mission, able to make critical contributions to critical challenges.
To Apply for the Benefits and Compensation Leader position:
Use the "Apply" button on this page, or simply email your resume to Gina Schurman at email@example.com with “JHU-APL - Benefits and Compensation Leader/ 2018-2316 SA” as the subject of the email.
Internally this position title is: Total Rewards Manager.
Alternate Titles: Rewards Manager, Compensation and Benefits Manager, or Compensation and Benefits Consultant.
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