About Systemwide Benefits Programs & Strategy

Systemwide Benefits Programs & Strategy manages and creates health benefits strategy and programs that enhance the well-being of our employees and their families.

The Benefits Programs and Strategy unit is made up of three areas:

  • Health and Welfare Benefits
  • Retirement Savings Programs
  • Benefits Information Systems

The unit is responsible for the development, design, maintenance and financials of the universitywide health and welfare programs and policies governing the faculty and staff plans; development of guidelines and practices to ensure that the programs are in compliance with university policies and applicable federal and state laws and regulations; management of the vendors administering the health and welfare and Retirement Savings programs assuring the quality of contracted services, compliance activities and reporting associated with the third party vendors. Also, all three areas in Benefits Programs and Strategy serve as consultants and subject matter experts to faculty, unions, senior management and campus/medical center HR.

In addition, the unit provides business systems support for the administration of health and welfare programs and operations as well as retirement programs and operations. Benefits Programs and Strategy also manages UC Retirement At Your Service (UCRAYS), which is the retirement portal that serves faculty, staff and retirees.