Manager, Total Rewards

California ISO
Full time Full day
Folsom, CA

Company Description

The California Independent System Operator (ISO) manages the flow of electricity across the high-voltage, long-distance power lines that make up 80 percent of California's power grid. We safeguard the economy and well-being of 30 million Californians by "keeping the lights on" 24/7.

As the impartial grid operator, the California ISO opens access to the wholesale power market that is designed to diversify resources and lower prices. It also grants equal access to 25,865 circuit-miles of power lines and reduces barriers to diverse resources competing to bring power to customers.

The California ISO's function is often compared to that of air traffic controllers. It would be grossly unfair for air traffic controllers to represent one airline and profit from allowing that company's planes to go through before others. In the same way, the California ISO operates independently—managing the electron traffic on a power grid we do not own—making sure electricity is safely delivered to utilities and consumers on time and reliably.

Job Description

Under the general direction of the Vice President, manages the day-to-day operations and staff responsible for compensation, benefits, retirement savings benefits, wellness, and payroll. As a key member of the HR leadership team, provides strategic vision and leadership for the design, development and administration of these total reward programs to support and sustain a high performing culture to continue to attract, motivate and retain our top talent. 

What's In it for You

Our purpose is to lead the way to tomorrow's energy network. Make a difference and impact millions of people who depend on electricity in their everyday lives.

  • You get to work on interesting and challenging assignments that will help grow your skill set.

  • You will work in an extremely collaborative environment inside our LEED certified Folsom, California campus.

  • You will be challenged, be a part of a winning team, and your contributions will be rewarded and recognized.

What You Will Be Doing:

  • Manages the day-to-day for the Total Rewards operations and staff.  Responsible for providing broad direction and guidance, identifies training needs, coaches and gives feedback on employee performance, develops staff performance plans, makes recommendations with respect to the hiring, firing, advancement, promotion or any other change in the status of direct reports, and performs related activities as appropriate.

  • Manages the design, development, implementation and administration of compensation and benefit programs.  Ensures they are market competitive, cost effective, and legally compliant to support the corporation’s strategic objectives. 

  • Responsible for the health and welfare benefit programs, including medical, dental, vision, life, accident and disability insurance, employee assistance program (EAP), leave administration and workers’ compensation. Collaborate with benefits broker in developing policies and administration. Responsible for the annual benefit renewal process, open enrollment, new hire benefits administration, policies and procedures, including developing benefits strategies, communication to employees on benefit changes/new programs, and recommendations based on corporate needs and/or regulatory changes. 

  • Oversees the design, development, implementation, and administration of compensation plans, programs and policies. Oversees the annual merit process, including market benchmarking and updated pay structure, pay equity analysis, promotions, career paths/ladders, pay for performance management, spot award/recognition, short and long-term incentive, and executive programs. Conducts analysis of compensation structure design, career path/ladder formation, and short- and long-term incentive programs. 

  • Oversees the Retirement Savings Benefits plans and program (401(k) and executive retirement savings benefits (457(b), 457(f)).  Partners with Plan administrator and investment advisor.  Responsible for 401(k) administration, including plan design, enhancements, changes and notifications and to ensure plan legal and regulatory compliance. Prepares materials and facilitates the quarterly Employee Committee meetings.  Coordinates with Accounting/Finance for the annual compliance 401(k) audit with external accounting firms.

  • Designs, develops and implements wellness programs and initiatives. Acts as the Program Manager on the wellness committee overseeing the wellness committee volunteers.  Partners with 401(k) administrator, EAP, and benefit providers to offer a robust health and financial wellness program.

  • Manages bi-weekly payroll processing. Responsible for the oversight and administration of payroll processes, procedures, and compliance.  Ensure the accuracy of payroll, including: base pay, overtime, on-call pay, incentive awards, retirement contributions, payroll taxes, deductions and garnishments in accordance with company policies and government regulations. Responsible for timely and accurate information included on payroll-related reporting, such as W-2’s and audits.

  • Evaluates current policies and programs to ensure compliance with all federal, state, and local legal and regulatory requirements including, but not limited to, ERISA, FLSA, FMLA, and HIPPA. Maintains compliance with all legislation, implementing new processes and procedures in partnership with Legal, Finance, and Accounting to ensure smooth and compliant plans and programs that are cost effective and operationally efficient. 

  • Makes recommendations and presents findings to CEO and VPs on compensation and benefit changes and enhancements. Promotes benefits and compensation programs to leadership and employees. Informs and educates employees on programs to ensure understanding and utilization of program offerings.


Level of Education and Discipline

  • A Bachelor's degree (BA, BS) or equivalent education, training or experience in Human Resources, Business Administration. 

Amount of Experience

  • Equivalent years of education and training, plus ten (10) or more years related experience.


  • Human Resources, Compensation, Benefits and/or Payroll certification highly desirable

Type of Experience

  • Experience developing, designing, evaluating, and implementing executive and non-executive compensation and benefits programs and aligning with business strategies.

  • Experience with employee compensation, benefits and payroll rules and regulations including but not limited to deferred compensation, retirement plans, and ERISA related benefits,

  • Experience with compensation pay structures, wage and hour laws, job evaluations, benchmarking, pay equity analysis, executive compensation and executive retirement programs. 

  • Experience with self-funded benefit plans. 

  • Excellent leadership and management experience coaching and developing others. 

  • Strong project management skills and experience – including budget management and diligent attention to detail.

  • Broker and vendor management experience.

  • Payroll and tax regulations experience.

  • HR information systems & applications experience.

  • Previous experience working with C-Level executives.

  • Utility or energy industry experience helpful.

Additional skills and abilities

  • Ability to think strategically and devise solutions to problems in keeping with multiple considerations. 

  • Ability to set strategies and execute in a fast paced environment. 

  • Able to handle confidential information and matters with discretion confidential matters

  • Ability to operate in the “gray”, to make calculated and thoughtful choices to develop creative solutions that adhere to legal and regulatory requirements while still providing flexibility to the business

  • Requires strong partnering skills and the ability to influence at all levels of the organization 

  • Must demonstrate sound judgment and critical thinking when making decisions.  

  • Must be able to work effectively in a team environment as team leader, facilitator and team member.  

  • Strong analytical and quantitative skills required.  

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, writing and negotiation skills required, including the ability to effectively communicate complex materials and concepts. 

  • Must be able to handle a dynamic and changing work environment, and work well independently.  

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

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