Benefits

WestEd provides a workplace that promotes growth, development, and creativity, and offers generous benefits to its full-time and part-time employees working a minimum of 20 hours per week. WestEd pays a significant portion of the medical, dental, and vision plan premiums. Temporary employees earn sick time and may also become eligible for benefits under the Affordable Care Act if working an average of 130 hours or more in a 12-month period.

Health & Wellness

Medical

Eligible WestEd employees can enroll themselves and their eligible dependents in one of three different medical plan options: HMO, POS, or EPO.

Dental

Eligible employees and their dependents can visit a dentist of their choice by enrolling in the WestEd Dental PPO plan.

Vision

Eligible employees and their dependents can choose to enroll in the VSP vision plan benefit.

Short-Term Disability

WestEd pays the full premium for a short-term disability plan for eligible employees that provides income replacement of up to 66⅔ to a maximum of $2,500 per week for eligible disabilities lasting from 15–90 days.

Long-Term Disability

WestEd pays the full premium for a long-term disability plan for eligible employees that provides income replacement of up to 66⅔ to a maximum of $17,000 per week for eligible disabilities lasting 91 days or longer.

Group Life/Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance

This plan is offered at no cost to eligible employees and covers up to 3 times the employee’s annual salary to a maximum of $500,000.

Voluntary Life/Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance

Employees can opt to enroll in and pay for a voluntary Life/AD&D policy of up to 5x their annual salary to a maximum of $500,000. Employees can also opt to enroll their spouse/domestic partner and/or children in plans up to $250,000 and $10,000, respectively.

Flexible Spending Plan

Employees can participate in the Health Care Reimbursement Flexible Spending Account and/or the Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account. Money is deducted from enrolled employees’ paychecks on a pre-tax basis to cover eligible out-of-pocket medical and/or dependent care expenses.

Commuter Checks

Employees can deduct funds from their paycheck on a pre-tax basis to participate in this commuter check and/or parking program.

Employee Assistance Program

This program, offered at no cost to employees, offers confidential assistance to employees and their families. A variety of work, personal, and referral programs — including mental health counseling, and legal and financial assistance — are available.

CareCounsel

This independent health care advocacy group can answer employee questions regarding WestEd benefits; assist with medical, dental, and vision plan claims resolution; and provide information and guidance on a variety of medical topics such as Medicare and coordination of benefits.

Supplemental Insurance

WestEd employees can purchase supplemental Aflac insurance products for accident, cancer, or hospitalization coverage.

Ergonomics

WestEd is committed to providing a safe and ergonomically sound work environment. As such, we offer consultations with ergonomics specialists.

Retirement and Savings

Defined Contribution Retirement Plan

WestEd contributes 15% of each eligible employee’s base salary, as allowable under IRS guidelines, into an individual Defined Contribution Retirement plan account beginning with the employee’s first paycheck. Employees are 100% vested in this plan from date of hire.

403(b) Tax Deferred Retirement Account

Eligible employees can make pre-tax salary contributions into this supplemental retirement plan as allowed under IRS guidelines. Employees are 100% vested in this plan from date of participation in the plan.

457(b) Tax Deferred Retirement Account

Eligible employees can also make pre-tax salary contributions into this supplemental retirement plan as allowed under IRS guidelines. Employees are 100% vested in this plan from date of participation in the plan.

Credit Union

WestEd employees are eligible to join Provident Credit Union to open checking, savings, and other accounts.

Time Away

Vacation

Eligible WestEd employees accrue the equivalent of 15 days of vacation per year for the first three years of employment. Beginning with the fourth year of employment, employees accrue the equivalent of 20 days of vacation per year.

Holidays

WestEd typically provides 12 designated holidays per year.

Sick Time

Eligible WestEd employees accrue up to the equivalent of 12 days of sick leave per year. Temporary employees accrue paid sick leave up to a maximum of 72 hours.

Community Building

Employee Referral Program

Employees who refer a friend or colleague for full- or part-time employment with WestEd may be eligible to receive a referral reward if the referred person is hired.

Office Activities

Each WestEd office has a social committee responsible for planning community-building events, company picnics, and holiday parties.

Length of Service Awards

WestEd’s strength is its staff. Employees who have been at WestEd for 10 years or more, at 5-year intervals, are recognized by the agency.

Peer Recognition

The Staff Awards program recognizes the effort and excellence of WestEd employees, both as individuals and as teams based in single offices or spanning locations nationwide. While applauding the accomplishments of our programs, projects, and people, the Staff Awards program offers additional opportunities for staff to learn about their colleagues’ work and supplement staff networking agencywide.

Additional Benefits

Professional Development

WestEd offers a range of professional development opportunities targeted to increase staff effectiveness. Employees are encouraged to improve their professional skills by attending workshops, seminars, and conferences as approved by their department manager. WestEd also employs a Training and Development Manager to facilitate this process internally.

Internal Transfers

All open career positions are announced and posted internally on the WestEd intranet, giving current employees an opportunity to apply.

Learn more about WestEd

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