Senior Manager, Compensation and Benefits

Date: Sep 13, 2023

Location: New York City, NY, US, 10006 Washington, D.C., DC, US, 20036 Oakland, CA, US, 94612

Organization: Doctors Without Borders | Médecins Sans Frontières

About MSF-USA | Doctors Without Borders


Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international humanitarian organization providing medical care to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from health care in over 70 countries. We were formed in France in 1971 as an association by a group of doctors and journalists to go to emergency situations and to treat patients with dignity while bearing witness independently of geopolitical boundaries. MSF is now a global movement of more than 25 MSF organizations, working in over 70 countries. We cooperate as an international, independent, medical humanitarian association that offers medical assistance to populations in distress, victims of natural or manmade disasters, and civilian victims of armed conflict, without discrimination and irrespective of race, religion, age, gender/sex, national or ethnic origin, color, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, or political affiliation and provides assistance to the population in distress and intervenes worldwide. MSF staff also “bear witness” by speaking out about our work and what is experienced on the ground, not only to draw the world’s attention to crises, but to stand in solidarity with our patients and colleagues who are experiencing these emergencies firsthand.


We welcome candidates who bring a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences to join us in working toward MSF’s social mission.


About the People & Culture Department


The People & Culture Department is intended to help our associates navigate the employment journey here at MSF USA, including our standards of behavior, expectations, safety and security measures, and our code of business conduct, together with a general description of the benefits associated with employment at MSF-USA. We work assist all MSF-USA employees & staff. Our workplace practices, policies and codes of conduct, and rules of engagement are here to support and protect you, your colleagues, and ensure the organization is functioning at its highest and best capacity.



About the Project



The Senior Manager, Compensation and Benefits will be responsible for developing, implementing, and communicating competitive compensation and benefits strategies and programs aligned with Company’s vision, mission, core values, and objectives and ensuring employee satisfaction. He/she/they will support and educate employees and managers to understand the Company’s compensation and benefits philosophy and strategies.





Daily Activities & Responsibilities 


  • Manage all benefit and compensation programs (including health, retirement plans, leaves of absence, wellness programs, voluntary benefits, annual merit, wage analysis, and career architecture and develop, implement, and administer various policies and procedures
  • Plan, administer and execute open enrollment and year-end activities to include employee communications, open enrollment meetings and webinars, and processing of registrations through the benefits administration system
  • Benchmark current compensation and benefits against market trends and competitors
  • Conduct internal evaluation, analysis, external research, and benchmarking to learn/understand the company’s current status, positioning, and trends to ensure competitive practices
  • Analyze and propose the best practices and innovative solutions, and communication plans/strategies to drive performance and results
  • Administer the internal compensation structure and programs, including base pay, merit, compensation planning, pay bands, position leveling, bonus/incentive plan, and job market pricing/analysis
  • Assist with regulatory reporting requirements and filings (e.g., EEO-C reports, DOL requests, audit requests)
  • Participate in the planning and administration of the annual compensation process
  • Participate in special projects and perform other related duties as assigned
  • Track budgets and negotiate contracts



Who You Are


  • Commitment to the work of MSF-USA and our Social Mission
  • Must be pro-active, self-directed, detail-oriented and organized, as well as work independently in a virtual setting. Curious and creative approach to problem solving
  • Proficient reporting skills



Background Preferred




  • Five years+ of compensation and benefits experience
  • Strong research, analytical, and mathematical skills
  • Extensive knowledge of various components of compensation and benefits
  • Extremely detailed and accurate, coupled with the ability to see the broader picture
  • Thorough understanding of federal, state, and local wage and hour laws and compliance
  • Strong Proficient with MS Excel (complex formulas, pivot table, v-lookups, charts, and other advanced functions



Expected to work in a hybrid  work environment with the ability to come into either the NYC office or regional hub (Washington, DC or Bay Area, California) a minimum of 2 times a week.



We offer a generous comprehensive benefits package inclusive of Wellness initiatives to support a healthy work life balance


Application Deadline: Open Until Filled


No phone calls or emails please. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Our staff works a hybrid schedule of two days a week in the office, three days remote. The required days are Tuesdays and Wednesdays from January to June and  September to December.

In office work attendance during July and August is optional.


Your Safety Matters: Vaccination and booster against COVID-19 is a requirement at MSF - USA.



Equal Employment Opportunity and Non-Discrimination

MSF-USA is committed to building a diverse, unbiased, and inclusive workforce. MSF- USA is an equal opportunity employer; we recruit, hire, train, promote, develop, and provide other conditions of employment without regard to a person’s gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, pregnancy status, veteran status, genetic information, or any other differences consistent with applicable laws. This includes providing reasonable accommodation for disabilities, or religious beliefs and practices. Members of communities historically underrepresented in the Humanitarian Aid sector are encouraged to apply.


If you have a disability of some kind and are interested in applying for employment and need special accommodations to use our website to apply for a position, please contact Human Resources by emailing us:


Reasonable accommodation requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.







Pay Class & Contract Type

Regular FT Salaried Exempt 



Starting salary $115,600.16 to $123,700.20 (commensurate with experience)


Working Time (Hours Per Week)


Nearest Major Market: Manhattan
Nearest Secondary Market: New York City