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Benefits for full-time faculty & staff

WHAT YOU WON'T SEE ELSEWHERE

200% Retirement Match

After a year at AU or other university or non-profit, we give eligible part-time and full-time faculty and staff $2 for every $1 on the first 5%. And it's yours right away - immediate vesting. That's like giving yourself a 10% raise or a 200% return on your investment.

COVID-19 Update: The University will temporarily suspend employer matching contributions and automatic enrollment to the American University 403(b) Retirement Plan effective August 1, 2020, for at least six months.

College Tuition for Children

4 years college tuition for your child at AU, Wesley Seminary or in Tuition Exchange scholarship network. Just work for us for 2 years. Undergrad tuition benefits are tax free.

AU Tuition for You and Your Spouse or Domestic Partner

Unlimited undergrad and grad education - 8 credits per semester up to 20 credits per year, for as many years as you wish. And it doesn't have to be job-related. Just work for us for the university for 4 months. The tuition may be taxable but it is free. You're covered at Wesley Seminary too.

Retiree Medical, Dental and Tuition Benefits

We keep you covered even when you retire. If you're with us for a long time, you get tuition benefits for you and your family, too.

Annual, Sick, and Holiday Leave

Not many employers will give you Inauguration Day in addition to 10 paid holidays. Our full-time staff get 12 - 21 days of annual leave and 12 days of sick leave and eligible part-time staff get up to 7 days of sick leave a year.

Family and Medical Leave

We're in Washington DC. That means eligible full- and part-time staff get 16 weeks for your own medical care PLUS an additional 16 weeks for family care. In some cases the leave is paid.

Alternative Therapy Coverage

Our medical benefits include acupuncture and chiropractic care. Plus you get discounts for yoga and massage therapy.

Travel Inoculation Coverage

AU is a global university, so your inoculations are covered when you go global.

100% Salary on Short Term Disability

Not what we like to think about but in case you do, we pay 100% salary for up to 6 months. At no cost to you.

Long Term Disability

Again, not what you want to think about, but you get 60% of your income PLUS your 15% retirement contributions AND you can stay in our health and dental plans PLUS if you're with us for at least 5 years, you still get tuition benefits.

Child Development Center

We offer a top early childhood education center on main campus that is partially-subsidized for our faculty and staff.

Emergency Back-Up Dependent Care

Center-based child care and in-home care are available through the Back-Up Care Advantage Program by Bright Horizons for your children or adult/elder relative when regular arrangements fall through.