Human Resources

Benefits summary

Reed College offers a generous, comprehensive benefits package for faculty and staff who work at least half time (.5 FTE). Choose between excellent medical and dental programs, plan for your future with retirement options, enjoy generous vacation and sick time benefits, life insurance programs, tuition assistance and much more.

Medical insurance plans


Faculty and staff in a position of at least half time are eligible on the first day of the month following date of hire/transfer into an eligible position. Spouse, domestic partners of same sex and opposite sex as well as dependent children are eligible to join medical and dental plans.

Medical insurance

Eligible faculty and staff choose between two plans: Kaiser HMO and PEHT Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO plans. Reed pays 100% of the cost of the Kaiser plan for faculty and staff coverage and 50% of the Kaiser cost for eligible dependents. Reed pays this same dollar amount towards the Regence plans with employees picking up the cost difference.

Dental insurance

Eligible faculty and staff choose between three plans in 2014: Willamette Dental, Kaiser dental and Regence dental plans. Reed pays 100% of the cost of the Willamette Dental plan for faculty and staff coverage and 50% of the Willamette Dental cost for eligible dependents. Reed pays the same dollar amount towards the Kaiser and Regence dental plans with employees picking up the cost difference.

Flexible spending account

Healthcare are and dependent care flexible spending accounts allow you to pay through salary reduction (and therefore from pre-tax dollars) any qualified healthcare related expenses not reimbursed by insurance plans and for certain dependent daycare expenses.

Life insurance

Reed provides group term insurance in an amount of two times annual salary to a maximum of $300,000. The plan also provides accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) coverage. In addition, eligible faculty and staff may choose to elect supplemental life and AD&D insurance for themselves and dependents.

Short and long term disability insurance

Eligibility begins at one year of service in a regular position of at least half time.
The short-term disability plan is self insured by Reed. The college pays 60% of salary after all accrued sick leave and vacation leave is used if you are disabled for six months or more.

The long-term disability plan provides a monthly income equal to 60% of basic monthly earnings, not to exceed the maximum monthly benefit of $7,500, beginning after 180 days of disability.


403(b) retirement savings plan

Regular faculty and staff working at least half time are eligible for Reed contributions into the plan after one year of service. Once eligible, Reed contributes the equivalent of 10% of earnings into the plan. Eligible faculty and staff are also able to make their own voluntary contributions. The funds in this plan are held by the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association (TIAA) and College Retirement Equities Fund (CREF). Participants are immediately vested when the first contribution is made. Both the TIAA and CREF accumulations belong to the individual, regardless of whether or not he/she continues to be employed by Reed.

Retiree medical contribution

Regular faculty and staff working at least half time are eligible for contributions starting at age 40. The college makes a monthly contribution to a retirement medical account in your name. Contributions begin at age 40 and continue for 25 years while working. Participants are vested when they reach age 55 or greater and have at least 20 years of service in a regular position of at least half time.

Tuition program

For dependent children and spouse/partners

Staff are eligible after completing at least 6 years of service in a position of half time or greater and faculty are eligible if tenured. Spouse and partners are eligible for a waiver of two thirds of Reed tuition (pro-rated for those less than full time). Dependent children are eligible for a full waiver for Reed or two thirds waivers for any other accredited college (pro-rated for those less than full time).

For staff and faculty

Regular, full time employees who have completed at least one year of service at the college are able to audit or register for up to one Reed course per semester and have the tuition waived.

Time off

Holidays and administrative leave days

There are seven paid holidays per calendar year: New Years Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Additional paid administrative leave days may also be granted at the discretion of the president. In the past these have included the day after Thanksgiving and closing the college at noon on Fridays during the summer.

Vacation and sick time for staff

Vacation accrues each pay period, starting with the first pay date, at a rate 22 days per year (pro-rated for less than full time). Sick leave accrues at a rate of one day per month, also starting the first month of employment (pro-rated for less than full time).

Other benefits

Employee assistance program

Eligible faculty and staff can use this program immediately upon hire. The employee assistance program (EAP) is a free and confidential benefit designed to assist you and your family members with personal issues, large or small, including crisis, financial, and legal counseling.

MacLoan program

You may purchase an Apple device in the college's computer store and pay for it by paycheck deductions.

Mortgage loan program

Regular full time faculty and staff within 4th, 5th or 6th year of employment are eligible to apply for a loan from the college to make a downpayment on a mortgage loan.


There is no cost to park in any of the parking lots on campus. Reed faculty and staff may purchase monthly Tri-met passes at the college's cashier's window at a 50% discount.

Backpacking co-op and Reed cabin

Faculty and staff can rent backpacking gear from the co-op at no charge. The ski cabin on Mt. Hood is available by reservation year-round for use by Reed faculty and staff.

Sports center

The campus sports center is available at no cost to faculty and staff and their spouse or domestic partner and children. Facilities include squash courts, basketball court, pool, weight room, lunchtime fitness classes and locker rooms.


All college faculty and staff enjoy full privileges at the library. Reed ID cards serve as library cards and allow access not only to the library’s collection of books, but also to resources around the world via inter-library loan.


When eating in commons, the campus dining facility, faculty and staff receive a 10% discount on purchases with food flex dollars on their ID cards.

This is a summary only and does not contain detailed information about eligibility and other specific information.