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NRLC Associate Director, Benefits

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National Railway Labor Conference
Virginia, United States
18 days ago


The NRLC is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the duties of Associate Director, Benefits. The ideal candidate will be someone with a strong healthcare background who possesses the following core competencies: strong analytical and problem-solving skills; math and numeracy skills; computer and data base skills; and communication and interpersonal skills.

This position is a leadership role. The successful candidate will report to the NRLC Director of Employee Benefits and will work closely with the senior leadership team of the NRLC and outside consultants to solve highly complex and challenging issues in the area of health care [for one of the nation’s largest and most complex multi-employer suite of health care plans and benefits].    

Primary Duties:

The Associate Director, Benefits, is primarily responsible for utilizing actuarial and data analytics skills to model and analyze health benefit designs, program cost and funding requirements, as well as to support the development and implementation of collective bargaining strategies. This individual will need to be able to explain complex ideas and technical data to different audiences, which will include senior members of the NRLC team and the National Carriers’ Conference Committee (NCCC). She/he will participate in actuarial and analytical efforts that inform the strategic decisions and bargaining positions for the health and welfare programs and plans provided to our member railroads participating in the national railroad health care plans.

This candidate is expected to successfully perform the following responsibilities:

  • Perform detailed financial analysis, including claim projections, trend analyses, competitive market benchmarking, and cost management strategies for employers
  • Perform actuarial valuations and modeling of plan costs to develop participant premiums and forecast budgets
  • Work with large, complex datasets to build models and leverage data visualization tools to provide insights
  • Analyze healthcare and pharmacy experience to determine key drivers of cost and plan risk profiles
  • Support provider network reviews and ongoing monitoring
  • Perform/support utilization reviews to determine appropriateness of payments for covered medical services
  • Support efforts to identify and remediate fraud, waste and abuse within employer health and welfare plans
  • Assist with developing strategy for collective bargaining negotiations and providing analysis of proposed benefit changes
  • Remain abreast of developments in state and federal statutory, regulatory, and other compliance related issues; assess impact of changes on plan design, pricing, and funding
  • Maintain necessary level of knowledge to stay abreast of changing health and welfare benefits and healthcare landscape
  • Interact closely with internal and external legal counsel regarding the administration of the national health plans
  • Other related functions and assignments

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Significant experience as a practicing healthcare actuary at a national consulting firm or health insurance carrier
  • Bachelors’ degree in Math, Statistics, Actuarial Science, or Data Science/Analytics (or other relevant course of study)
  • EA, Associate or Fellow of the Society of Actuaries
  • MBA or postgraduate degree applied with relevant experience would be a decided plus

Skills and Capabilities

  • Strong knowledge of health and welfare plan designs, funding arrangements, pricing strategies, provider networks, and competitive market practices
  • Understanding of current employer sponsored healthcare market, knowledge of major health insurance providers, and provider networks (medical, pharmacy, dental, vision, behavioral health), life and disability insurers, and third party administrators
  • Strong interpersonal skills and effective verbal and written communications skills
  • Conscientious, self-motivated, resourceful and creative with the ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Strong analytical, technical, and problem-solving skills
  • Attention to detail, organization, and ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously in a rapidly changing environment
  • Experience with data warehousing/mining, data analytics, and predictive modeling required
  • Experience supporting collective bargaining process and strategy development a plus
  • Proficient with:
    • Microsoft office suite,
    • Relational databases,
    • Data warehouses,
    • Actuarial valuation software (ProVal or other similar software), and
    • Statistical modeling/analytics software (SAS, Python, R or other similar software)
  • Able to utilize standard spreadsheet tools and internally developed software and programs, and develop customized models for special projects

Compensation and Benefits

The position offers a competitive salary and benefit package that will be commensurate with the experience level of the person being hired. The position is eligible for cash bonus payments based on the NRLC’s discretionary bonus program.

Wages are subject to Railroad Retirement taxes (instead of Social Security). Currently, the Tier 1 tax levels for employers and employees are the same as under Social Security (6.2 percent + 1.45 percent for Medicare); Tier 2 tax levels in 2020 are 4.9 percent for employees and 13.1 percent for employers.

The benefit package is generous and

NRLC Contact

Ms. Eunice Dade

Manager – HR & Administration

251 18th St. S - Suite 750

Arlington, VA 22202

About The NRLC

The National Railway Labor Conference (NRLC) is a not-for-profit association that represents member railroads in national (multi-employer) labor negotiations and labor relations matters, including negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, contract administration, arbitration, administration and management of the national railroad health care plan, and appropriate matters before the courts, Congressional committees, and other governmental bodies, and other matters of interest or concern to its members. Membership is open to any railroad within the continental United States. Membership includes all class I freight railroads, as well as smaller carriers.

The NRLC was formed in 1963, growing out of the three separate regional Carriers Conference Committees which had represented the carriers in the Eastern, Western and Southeastern geographical areas. The NRLC was originally headquartered in Chicago, but moved to Washington, D.C. in September 1968 and is now located in Crystal City, Virginia. The staff currently consists of 13 people, almost evenly divided between professional and support staff.

The NRLC is responsible to and under the policy direction of an Executive Board, which consists of Chief Executive Officers of Class I railroads that participate in national bargaining and the Chairman of the NRLC. The Executive Board selects the Chairman of the NRLC, who is the chief executive officer of the NRLC and its spokesman. 

The National Carriers' Conference Committee (NCCC) is organized within the NRLC. It consists of the Chairman of the NRLC, who is also the Chairman of the NCCC, and the chief labor relations officers of six Class I railroads that participate in national bargaining (BNSF, CSXT, Canadian National, Kansas City Southern, Norfolk Southern, and Union Pacific). The NCCC is the body that collectively bargains during national negotiations with the 12 national unions representing the Class I’s approximately 130,000 employees. The NCCC also represents and acts on behalf of the NRLC member railroads in other matters of national interest or concern.

Essential functions of the NRLC, in addition to supporting national bargaining, are (1) to keep abreast of trends, developments, and changes in industrial and labor relations and the laws pertaining thereto; (2) to collect and compile pertinent statistical economic, legal and other data and information necessary to carry out the functions of the NRLC; and (3) to oversee and manage collectively bargained national benefit plans for unionized railroad personnel.

Learn more about the NRLC, the NCCC, and the current round of national rail labor bargaining at

ncludes medical, vision, and dental insurance, as well as life insurance and short and long-term disability coverage. A 401(k) Plan is available upon employment with immediate vesting. The NRLC currently matches 100 percent of the first 3 percent of salary deferrals plus 50 percent of the next 2 percent of a participant’s contributions. The NRLC also provides a Cash Balance Supplemental Pension Plan, funded by the NRLC, that vests after three years of employment.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 59035654
  • Location:
    Virginia, United States
  • Position Title: NRLC Associate Director, Benefits
  • Company Name: National Railway Labor Conference
  • Area of Practice: Other
  • Required Credentials/Exams: Other

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