Total Rewards Senior Manager

City of Boulder, CO | Full-time


About the Total Rewards Senior Manager Position

The Total Rewards Senior Manager oversees compensation, health and wellness, pension and voluntary retirement, and absence and leave programs. Ensuring compliance with state and federal regulations, the Senior Manager develops equitable plans to remain market competitive, maximize value, manage costs, and encourage well-being for a diverse workforce.

Reporting to the Human Resources Director, the Senior Manager leads a team of six talented HR professionals to deliver timely program administration and comprehensive total rewards analysis to support business needs. As a team leader, the Senior Manager provides clear role and process definition and day-to-day direction, coaching, and development. The Senior Manager develops an engaged team culture by actively seeking input, involving team members in decision making, and fostering a climate of trust.

The Senior Manager is an active member of the HR leadership team and contributes to the development of the department’s business plan, budget, and priorities. A proactive leader, the Senior Manager routinely brings forward innovative ideas that blend HR best practices with the City’s culture.


  • Lead transition to self-funded medical effective 2022.
  • As a member of the Workday core team, oversee benefits, absence, compensation, advanced compensation, and performance functional workstreams for go-live.

The Human Resources Department

Human Resources maximizes the City’s significant investment in people by aligning our workforce to meet desired service outcomes and fostering a culture that embodies the City’s values. This is done by providing HR services focused on improving the employee experience to attract, retain, and reward high-performing employees at all levels of the organization.

Inside the City of Boulder

The City of Boulder believes in a future with equitable access to health, safety, prosperity, and fulfillment. The community adapts and thrives in response to emerging and sometimes urgent social, economic, and environmental challenges. Through a collaborative effort, our City staff works to address the pressing needs of our community to provide service excellence for an inspired future. The Sustainability + Resilience Framework guides budget and planning processes by providing consistent goals necessary to achieve the City’s vision of a great community and the actions required to achieve them. Boulder cultivates a creative spirit in order to adapt and thrive in the changing climate.

With a focus on continuous improvement and transformation, Boulder continues to drive strategies in five core areas:

  • Our Community as Resource: Seeking new solutions to the most pressing community challenges through new mechanisms for direct engagement with highly talented community members.
  • High-Performance Government: Using process-driven continuous improvement to measure and manage performance and better serve the community, as well as building and managing tools that improve transparency and accountability.
  • Data-Driven Decision Making: Understanding, collaborating with, and leveraging assets for effective program outcomes and equitable policy decisions.
  • Operational Efficiency: Mirroring innovative policies with shared, efficient, and transparent internal operations practices.
  • A Culture of Innovation: Seeking value-added changes, creative thinking, and collaboration, and engaging highly talented staff in problem-solving for the benefit of the entire community.

Workplace Culture

The City of Boulder believes that a diverse workforce adds quality and perspective to the services provided to the public. Therefore, the organization intentionally strives to develop and maintain a diverse workforce that values, is sensitive to, and celebrates the differences among employees.

An important component of the City’s culture and environment is Boulder’s Leadership Philosophy – We believe each of us is a leader. We are motivated by the opportunities to make a positive difference for our community. Our greatest results are achieved when we:

  • Create a respectful, trusting, and supportive environment.
  • Rely on, invest in, and celebrate each other’s perspectives, skills, talents, and accomplishments.
  • Consult and collaborate with each other to make timely and quality decisions.
  • Share responsibility for and learn from the process and outcomes of a creative culture.

The City of Boulder is served by approximately 1,500 employees, and robust City services are provided through numerous departments and divisions.


Minimum Qualities and Experience

  • Progressively responsible experience in compensation and benefits with at least three (3) years of related management experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of compensation principles, economic analysis, job evaluation methodologies, compensation structure design and maintenance, market pricing and pay range slotting, and short-term incentive plan design.
  • Experience with broker partnership, benefits plan design, and self-funded medical and dental plan administration.
  • Strong financial acumen with expert-level Excel skills and the ability to analyze, synthesize, and draw conclusions from data.
  • Direct experience with HRIS configuration, benefits integrations, testing, and system upgrades.
  • Demonstrated experience with project management, execution, and organizational change management.
  • A bachelor’s degree in human resources or a related field.
  • Thorough knowledge of state and federal employment laws and human resources policy development and operations.

Preferred Qualities and Experience

  • A master’s degree in human resources or related field.
  • CBP and/or CCP.
  • Change management certification.
  • Experience with Workday.
  • Direct experience with labor relations and negotiations.

Compensation and Benefits

The hiring range for the Total Rewards Senior Manager is $120,000 – $135,000 and will depend on the qualifications of the successful candidate. Actual salaries will vary and may be above or below the hiring range based on various factors, including, but not limited to, experience, education, training, or location. The City recognizes the importance of providing an encompassing benefits package to employees, including medical, dental, vision, and wellness. Additional information can be viewed here.

To Be Considered

The City celebrates and supports differences including, but not limited to, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, and sexuality. Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. Open until filled with ongoing review of applications.


Please direct questions to Heather Gantz at or 513-221-0500.

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