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 12 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.
NEW for 2020!
On October 5, 2020, President Burwell announced that American University will be closed on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, to support our community’s participation in our democracy. AU embraces civic engagement and the pursuit of American democratic ideals. Going forward, the university will observe general Election Day in presidential years as a holiday.
Parental Leave for Child Bonding
Parental leave is used for bonding with a newborn infant or child placed in a household through adoption or foster care. Full-time staff and faculty with at least one year of continuous service are eligible to receive paid Parental Leave. Eligible full-time staff and library faculty receive 8 weeks of paid leave and faculty receive one semester of paid leave.
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.
Short Term Medical Leave
Full-time staff and library faculty with six or more months of service are eligible for Short Term Medical Leave (STML). Short Term Medical Leave provides up to 26 weeks of income protection if you are unable to work due to a non-occupational illness or injury.
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.
COVID-19 Update: In order to keep our community members safe and healthy, the Child Development Center is closed until further notice.
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.