Kaiser Permanente Benefits Strategy Consultant in Oakland, California

The Benefits Practice is responsible for the full life-cycle of employee benefits programs, from design through reporting and compliance. Conducts needs assessments for benefit plan design (in response to competitive market analysis, labor relations bargaining efforts, compliance/regulatory requirements, or other business needs) for represented employees, non-represented employees, and physicians. Based on needs assessments, researches, designs, implements, and documents benefits programs. Oversees and ensures accurate and timely compliance with all relevant government regulations and requirements, including filings, reporting, audits, compliance activities and corrective measures. May be responsible for rate negotiations and renewals. Depending upon the specific position, incumbents may be responsible for the entire span of these benefits activities or may focus on a particular group of activities.

Essential Functions:

  • Needs Assessment: Conducts and may lead needs assessments for benefit plan design. Compiles market data or analyzes collective bargaining agreements or may review the work of less senior consultants. Works with regional stakeholders and labor partners to ensure thoroughness of assessment.

  • Benefits Plan Research: Based upon needs assessment activities, changes in regulations or legislation, or in response to collective bargaining activity or other business needs,, researches and summarizes alternatives in benefit plan design. Evaluates impacts of alternatives and may develop recommendations.

  • Benefits Plan Design: Revises and/or designs complex benefits plans.

  • Implementation of new benefit plans and/or changes to existing benefits plans: Participates in and may lead departmental teams to ensure successful implementation of new benefit plans or changes to existing benefit plans. Partners with other departments or functions, as necessary. Identifies issues associated with projects, and escalates issues for resolution.

  • Benefits Plan Documentation, Reporting, & Compliance: Participates in the annual documentation of employee benefit plans. Supports the collection of data and interprets regulations and requirements for mandatory filings and compliance testing of benefit programs. Identifies and researches complex compliance errors; recommends correction methodologies. Participates in inter-departmental and cross functional teams, which may include outside consultants and counsel, to implement corrective actions to maintain plan compliance. Responds to information requests from outside agencies or auditors. Interprets complex benefit provisions and fact scenarios. Develops and maintains Administrative Record. Supports Administrative Committees and makes recommendations to the Committees based on legal requirements or rulings, Administrative Record, and plan provisions.

  • Vendor/Consultant Relations: Works with outside vendors and/or consultants to achieve departmental goals.

Basic Qualifications:


  • Minimum eight (8) years of overall human resources experience, including a minimum (5) years of benefits experience.


  • Bachelor's degree, OR four (4) years of experience in a directly related field.

  • High School Diploma or General Education Development (GED) required.

License, Certification, Registration

  • N/A

Additional Requirements:

  • Expert knowledge of benefits practices and regulations/legislation (for example, ERISA), required.

  • Must be able to work in a Labor/Management Partnership environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum eight (8) years of benefits experience preferred.

  • Graduate degree preferred.

  • Certified Employee Benefits Specialist or Certified Benefits Professional preferred.

  • Paralegal certification preferred.

  • Knowledge of benefits practices in large organizations and especially for represented populations preferred.

  • Knowledge of health care industry preferred.

Mustbewillingto travel 25-50% to various KP regions.


TITLE: Benefits Strategy Consultant

LOCATION: Oakland, California


External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, state and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran, or disability status.