The United Steelworkers (“USW”) Benefit Funds (“Funds”), located in Nashville, TN, are currently seeking an Executive Director. This position reports directly to the Board of Trustees. The USW Benefit Funds are comprised of three separate Taft-Hartley benefit plans that are governed by a Board of Trustees comprised of both labor and management. The Funds include the PACE Industry Union-Management Pension Fund (PIUMPF), a defined benefit plan that is the largest of the three plans, as well as two smaller plans, the USW Industry 401(k) Fund and the USW HRA Fund.
The Executive Director has overall responsibility for the operational, financial and technical administration of the Funds. The Funds provide benefits to approximately 9,934 participants and their eligible dependents as well as 30,346 retirees and beneficiaries. The Executive Director represents the Funds in all aspect of leadership, management, strategic planning, public relations, negotiations and other functions as directed by the Trustees. This responsibility includes developing, implementing, and monitoring policies, programs, standards and procedures to ensure compliance with all relevant local, state, and federal regulations and requirements, as well as overseeing development and implementation of financial, operational, organizational and technology initiatives. The Executive Director oversees and monitors the LLC’s financial and accounting operations and ensures financial and operational accuracy and compliance. The Executive Director also oversees Contributing Employers with respect to their compliance with the contribution and auditing obligations to the Funds under numerous provisions of collective bargaining agreements.
The Executive Director must effectively direct, motivate, and train approximately 39 Fund Office staff. In addition, the Executive Director must interact collaboratively with the Board of Trustees, local unions, employers, professional advisors and colleagues at all levels both inside and outside the organization. He/she will act as a liaison with the Funds’ vendors and professionals, provide guidance relative to plan rules, policies, procedures, and priorities. The successful candidate is also responsible for effectively communicating plan and policy changes to Fund Office staff, participants, employers, and colleagues.
The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree, advanced degree or certification (e.g., MBA, CEBS, CPA, etc.) preferred, 10+ years of experience in benefits administration, 7+ years senior management experience, significant experience in Taft-Hartley or collective bargaining environment and demonstrated experience overseeing accounting, financial and investment matters. In addition, candidates should have solid knowledge of defined benefit pension plans, ERISA, PPA and other government related/legislative regulations, and be knowledgeable of current computer systems and information technology. Candidates must have strong leadership and judgment skills, be detail oriented and highly organized, able to interpret financial and operating information, be a strong team player, and have excellent interpersonal, communication, and public relations skills.
The Funds are an affirmative action employer and encourage applications from all qualified candidates regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, or disability.
When applying, please send your resume and salary requirements and include job reference code 1217USWEDJN with your application.