Employment

Working for an academic institution can be a rewarding and life-changing experience. We may have an open position within one of our offices or departments that could be the perfect fit for you. DSU offers a variety of benefits for our employees.

Insurance

DSU pays for single or family health insurance coverage. This begins the first day of the month after your employment date. You must enroll in health insurance coverage within 31 days of your hire date to receive a waiver of an existing medical condition. Group hospital, surgical, medical protection and prescription coverage are provided.

Learn more about health insurance

DSU pays for the basic life insurance benefit. Coverage begins the first day of the month after your employment date. The university provides $7,000 term insurance. You may buy additional term life insurance for yourself, your spouse, and dependents.

Learn more about life insurance

If desired, cancer, intensive care, and short-term disability insurance are available to you through payroll deduction. Coverage begins the first day of the month after your employment date.

If desired, dental coverage is available for you and your family through payroll deduction. This begins the first day of the month after your employment date.

Learn more about dental insurance

If desired, vision coverage is available for you and your family through payroll deduction. This begins the first day of the month after your employment date.

Learn more about vision insurance

DSU pays for long-term disability insurance coverage upon your employment. The insurance provides income (60-70% of annual salary up to a maximum of $10,000 per month) for disabilities lasting six months or longer. Income will be reduced by other disability payments.

*Administrators and Staff Only

DSU pays for long-term disability insurance coverage upon your employment. The insurance provides income (25% of final average salary) for disabilities lasting 12 months or longer. Income will not be reduced by other disability payments.

Learn more about NDPERS long-term disability insurance

DSU pays for workforce safety insurance coverage upon employment. The insurance provides compensation for job related injury or death and medical expense coverage for job related injury or illness. 

Learn more about Workforce Safety Insurance with HR Policy 8 

Leave

After at least 12 months of employment, you are allowed unpaid leave with health insurance coverage continued by DSU for:

  • absences for birth
  • adoption or foster placement of a child
  • for the serious health condition of you, your spouse, child, or parent

Learn more about family medical leave with HR Policy 22

After at least six months of continuous employment and exhausting all applicable paid time off, staff and faculty on 12-month appointments may receive donated leave. Co-workers and donate this leave if the employee meets the criteria and is approved by the administration.

Learn more about shared leave with HR Policy 20.6

Upon employment, DSU provides paid time off for jury duty assignments.

Learn more about jury duty with HR Policy 20.2

Upon employment, DSU provides paid time off for the first 20 days of annual military duty.

Learn more about military leave with HR Policy 20.3

Upon employment, DSU provides annual leave as follows: 

Years of Service

Hours/Month

Days/Year

0 - 3

8

12

4 - 7

10

15

8 - 12

12

18

13 - 18

14

21

Over 18

16

24

Learn more about annual leave for administrators and staff with HR Policy 6

Upon employment, DSU provides sick leave that accrues at a rate of 8 hours/month, 12 days/year with no limit. Up to 80 hours of leave per calendar year may be used for dependents.

Learn more about sick leave for administrators and staff with HR Policy 7

Upon employment, DSU provides paid sick leave for occasional absences or for an extended illness.

Learn more about sick leave for faculty in the faculty handbook. 

Upon employment, DSU provides up to 24 hours of paid leave for a death in the employee or spouse’s immediate family.

Learn more about funeral leave with HR Policy 20.1

Upon employment, DSU provides 10 paid holidays including: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. In addition, offices close at noon on Christmas Eve day when it falls on Monday-Thursday.

Learn more about holidays with HR Policy 19

Wellness

Upon employment, DSU provides short-term counseling services. This is to assist you and your eligible dependents in dealing with personal problems. All assistance is confidential.

Learn more about the employee assistance program

Upon employment, DSU provides free access for you and your family to Wellness Program events. A health club membership credit is available through DSU’s group health insurance coverage.

Learn more about the wellness program

Education Support

DSU provides a tuition waiver for three classes per calendar year.

Learn more about these opportunities.

Educational Opportunities for Spouse and Dependents

When you start your job with us, with qualifying documentation, we provide full tuition waivers for your spouse and dependents to attend DSU. You are responsible for fees.

Retirement

Upon employment, DSU will match your contribution of 3.5%, 4%, or 5% (depending on years employed) at the rate of 7.5%, 12.5%, or 13%. Contributions are vested and belong to you the day DSU begins making them.

Learn more about the TIAA retirement plan

Administrators and Staff Only

Upon employment, DSU contributes 12.6% and you contribute 3% of your salary to the Public Employees Retirement Plan. Your retirement benefit is based on years of service, final average salary, and the benefit multiplier as established by the North Dakota Legislature.

Learn more about the NDPERS retirement plan

Upon employment, DSU contributes to retirement benefits you receive at age 65, 66 or 67 depending on your date of birth.

Learn more about social security

If desired, you can make pre-tax contributions into investments with eligible providers upon employment.

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Other Benefits

Upon your employment, DSU pays administrative costs for a flex comp plan. This allows you to pay certain eligible expenses with dollars you contribute before payroll taxes are deducted. These expenses include certain insurance premiums and medical and dependent care expenses.

Showing your DSU ID authorizes you to use Stoxen Library.

As a DSU employee, you and your immediate family have free admission to many university events. These include most athletic events, fine arts events, performances, conferences, and symposia.

You can choose to participate in the following through payroll deductions: DSU Heritage Foundation donations, North Dakota United dues and United Way donations.

Upon employment, you can use your credentials to access Inside NDUS for a list of discounts provided to employees of the NDUS.

The North Dakota Council of State Employees website provides links to statewide and city specific discounts. They may be subject to change and are at the discretion of each business. Mention that you are a state employee at the time of order or appointment to receive the discount and be prepared that you may need to show your state issued ID (DSU ID card) and/or provide your state issued email address.