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Careers at UF

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Job Stability & Benefits

Whether you're seeking job stability or a generous benefits package that enables you to provide for your family in the years to come, we have you covered.

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Work/Life Balance

Maybe you're seeking an ideal work/life balance. If so, come join us at a place where you'll want to work, in a city you'll love to call home.

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Advance Your Career

Seeking to advance your career? You'll find the support it takes to help you thrive at UF. We want to see you rise, too.

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I had just been through a consolidation at the newspaper where I worked. I knew newspapers were starting a down-sizing trend, and that the next cut could include my job. Working at UF has provided the insurance benefits our family needed, and an opportunity I love -- to tell the world about the new and important work being done here.

Liesl O'Dell, Senior Communicator, UF Foundation

Treating our employees right starts with great benefits and stability.

Gators take care of each other. If you decide to make the move to UF, we want to keep you around. That's why we offer a competitive salary, a solid benefits package and the security of knowing that setting our goals high means there is always a lot of work to be done.

Retirement Options

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Plan Choices

  • UF provides the option of opting into a defined benefit or defined contribution plan.
  • Employees contribute 3% into their account.

Defined Benefit Plan

  • Employer contributes 6.95% those in regular class and 19.06% for special risk class
  • Managed by the Florida Retirement System (FRS)
  • Vested after 8 years of service
  • Lifetime monthly benefit

Defined Contribution Plan

  • Employer contributes a percentage of your salary into an employee tax-deferred account, dependent on the selected plan
  • Florida Investment Plan, managed by Florida Retirement Services (FRS): 3.3% for regular class and 11% for special risk
  • SUS Optional Retirement Plan, managed by selected investment provider: 5.14%

Voluntary retirement savings plans

UF also provides voluntary savings opportunities through tax-deferred and Roth 403(b) plans. Additionally, employees are eligible to participate in the State of Florida's Deferred Compensation Program (457).

Health Insurance

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UF currently participates in a number of state and university-sponsored benefit programs.

Plan Choices

  • PPO
  • HMO
  • High deductible with Health Saving Account
  • Domestic Partner (same & opposite sex)

Spouse Program

  • Both spouses must work for state and/or university
  • $15/month cost to each spouse*

*Full-time rate

Individual Coverage

Employee cost: $50/month.*
*Full-time rate; other tiers available.

Family Coverage

Employee cost: $180/month.*
*Full-time rate; other tiers available.

Domestic Partners

Health and voluntary insurance plans are provided for same-sex and opposite-sex domestic partners.

Voluntary Insurance

  • Long-Term Disability
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Optional Life
  • Accident
  • Supplemental Hospital
  • Legal
  • Pet Insurance

Life Insurance

$25,000 coverage paid by the state.*
*Full-time rate; part-time shares premium cost

Time Off

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Vacation Leave

176 hours (6.769 hours per bi-weekly pay period).
*Full-time employee

Sick Leave

104 hours per year (4 hours per bi-weekly pay period).

Holidays

10 days per year and December Personal Leave — 4 days between December 25 and January 1.

Sick Leave Pool

  • Access to 480 hours of sick leave to members of the pool
  • Provides additional sick leave hours in the event of personal or family illness, injury and accident

Paid Parental Leave

Faculty and staff may draw up to 6 weeks of unearned leave for the birth or adoption of a child.

Education Programs

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Employee Education Program (EEP)

Full-time faculty and staff employed for a minimum of six months may receive tuition assistance for up to six credit hours per semester at the state of Florida university closest to their work location.

Tuition Exchange Program (TEP)

Dependent children of UF's full-time faculty may be eligible through TEP to attend a participating Tuition Exchange university or college at a significant tuition reduction, or at no tuition charge.

Sabbatical Leave Programs

UF also provides faculty opportunities to gain professional renewal through planned travel, study, research or other experiences of professional value.

Higher Education Opportunity (HEO) Program

  • Provides children of full-time staff employees with the opportunity of tuition assistance for undergraduate education at UF
  • 50 children are chosen at random every year.

I couldn't have made this move if there weren't opportunities for my husband. As an entrepreneur, Darryl is excited to be in Gainesville because of its investment in growing new businesses in the region and state.

Christina Gardner-McCune, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, College of Engineering

UF and Gainesville. Perfectly suited for each other. And you.

It's not every day that you see a university and city so mutually supportive. With its beautiful natural landscape, nearby freshwater springs and wide-open prairies, Gainesville has been called an "urban forest." A place "where nature and culture meet."

But there's more to the climate in Gainesville than the near-perfect weather and scenic environment. There is the climate of innovation and entrepreneurship that has resulted in the creation of a substantial number of new businesses in recent years, making the city especially attractive for dual-career families. The University of Florida has many employees whose spouses have found jobs elsewhere in Gainesville. Likewise, you'll find many working couples on campus.

If you already live in Gainesville, you know just how special this city is. Gainesville has been described as one of America's best college towns and a hotspot for talented workers. Money magazine, Frommer's and Forbes are just a few of the magazines that have named Gainesville the top city in the nation for livability.

For those of you not familiar with "Hogtown" (as it was once known), here are a few more reasons to consider making Gainesville your home.

  • Alachua County is home to five schools on The Washington Post's 2014 High School Challenge Index, which lists the best high schools in the nation
  • Gainesville boasts a revitalized downtown whose culturally enriched environment rivals those found in much larger cities
  • Sports and recreation opportunities abound all year round
  • The average high temperature in February is 69° F
  • Orlando, Jacksonville, St. Augustine and both Florida coasts are all less than two hours away by car

One of the main reasons I came to UF was the ability to build this program, this dream of helping everybody. The collaborations that happen here are really quite unique and allow the work to go forward together.

David A. Weinstein, M.D., M.M.Sc. - Director, UF Glycogen Storage Disease Program

With you every step of the way.

Just as UF aims to rise to become one of the preeminent universities in the country, we recognize each individual’s career achievements benefit our collective efforts. The University of Florida has an abundance of tools and talent to empower employees in all areas and at every level. When our employees succeed, the University of Florida rises. We support them and their careers.

We offer training programs and resources designed to bring out your best. Courses range from business communications and management to personal development as well as financial literacy and retirement - and beyond.

UF also provides Leadership Development programs that help maximize the leadership qualities you already possess while allowing you to cultivate new strengths through education and training.

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