Benefits Ambassadors FAQs

What is a benefits ambassador?

A benefits ambassador is a Purdue faculty or staff volunteer who represents his or her department by serving as a liaison between the benefits department and Purdue faculty/staff. Ambassadors are advocates for benefits initiatives and are the first to be informed of new policies within Human Resources.

What are the responsibilities of a benefits ambassador?

Benefits ambassadors will attend a half-day orientation training on October 5, 2017 from 8 a.m. to noon in the Kurz Purdue Technology Center, Room PRF Conference Rooms A & B. Subsequent quarterly meetings will be scheduled for ambassadors to receive up-to-date information on initiatives. Information gathered at these meetings and through ongoing email communication should be shared within their respective departments/areas. Ambassadors will also be encouraged to organize a minimum of four workshops, events or activities for their represented areas, as well as help with distribution of benefits posters throughout campus. These workshops will be presented by individuals within the benefits department or support in arranging outside experts will be provided.

What areas of benefits will ambassadors learn about?

Benefits ambassadors will have the opportunity to learn about initiatives and schedule programming pertaining, but not limited to: Family Friendly, Retirement, Financial Benefits, Medical Benefits, Center for Healthy Living, and Leaves/Time Off.

Why should I become a benefits ambassador?

Serving as a benefits ambassador provides the opportunity to assist in increasing the utilization of the breadth of benefits Purdue offers faculty and staff. By improving overall communication between Human Resources and Purdue employees, benefits ambassadors are key partners in the mission to enrich campus resources. It also serves as a professional development opportunity and a chance to exceed typical job expectations.

What is the time commitment?

The term of service for benefits ambassadors is one year. The first group of ambassadors will begin their service in October 2017 with a half-day orientation. Ambassadors will also be responsible for responding to ongoing communications and attending scheduled quarterly meetings. Weekly time commitment is up to the discretion of the ambassador and may be based on the resources and information provided by the benefits department.

Will ambassadors serve in paid status?

Yes, any initial orientation and meetings during work hours will be in paid status.

Who is eligible to become an ambassador?

Any faculty or staff on the West Lafayette campus are eligible and encouraged to apply to become benefits ambassadors. Faculty and staff should discuss the opportunity with their supervisor and obtain approval prior to completing an application.

How can I become a benefits ambassador?

Individuals interested in becoming an ambassador should speak with his or her supervisor first. Upon supervisor approval, an application should be completed prior to September 8, 2017.  Applications can be completed and submitted electronically.

When will I be notified whether I have been accepted as an ambassador?

Notifications will be sent to all applicants via email no later than September 15, 2017. Information about the orientation meeting will be provided at the time of notification.

Can ambassadors serve back-to-back terms?

Yes, if they are selected after re-submitting an application.

Whom should I contact if I have additional questions about the benefits ambassador program?

Please contact Human Resources at 49-42222 or via email at hr@purdue.edu.

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