Cigna to Add 100 Jobs by End of 2011

The company will hold a career fair next month to scout potential employees to fill the 100 positions it plans to add by the end of the year.

Cigna Behavioral Health, Inc., is the latest company to announce that it is adding employees to its local work force.

The Eden Prairie-based company recently announced that it will hire 100 registered nurses and licensed behavioral clinicians by the end of the year.

The company, which was founded in 1974 and is a subsidiary of Philadelphia-based Cigna Corporation, provides behavioral health and health advocacy services. It will hold a career fair on May 3 to scout potential employees to fill the 100 positions.

Mark Slitt, a spokesman for Cigna, told Twin Cities Business that the need for new employees is largely due to organic growth. Slitt said that the company has taken on more clients in the past couple of years and has also expanded its services-mainly in its Integrated Personal Health Team program and its Chronic Condition Support program.

The additional employees will join the company's 1,150 current workers at its headquarters office, which is located at the One Southwest Crossing building in Eden Prairie.

According to Slitt, the company currently occupies about 176,000 square feet in the building. He said that Cigna hasn't decided yet if it will lease additional space in the building, but that it may want to, given the upcoming employee additions.

Cigna isn't alone in its local work force expansion. Other employers that recently announced an increase in local jobs include Comcast Corporation-which is adding 450 jobs this summer in Minnetonka with the addition of a new call center.

In addition, The Nerdery, Dell Compellent, and CB Richard Ellis also recently announced job additions. The Nerdery is leasing more space for the 100 employees it plans to add, and Dell Compellent is currently seeking applicants to fill more than 100 positions in engineering, marketing, sales, and its “Copilot” customer support team. CB Richard Ellis announced earlier this week that it is expanding its client-accounting services department in Bloomington with the addition of 125 jobs.