Learn more about the employee benefits at Emmanuel College, including insurance, flexible spending accounts, retirement, time off, tuition benefits, perk benefits, on-campus resources, employee assistance programs and transportation.

The information in this section represents the highlights of benefits offered to employees by Emmanuel College. Eligibility for certain benefits may be contingent upon a number of factors, including the number of hours an employee is scheduled to work and an employee's length of service with the College. The actual terms and conditions of benefits are governed by the official plan documents. To the extent a description of a benefit on this website varies from the official plan documents, the official plan documents govern. Benefits offered by Emmanuel College are an important part of the College's commitment to its employees. However, the College reserves the right to terminate, suspend, withdraw, amend or modify any of its benefits plans in whole or in part at any time, to the extent permitted by law.

The benefits highlighted in this section are available to eligible faculty and staff employees as noted. The benefits described in the policies and procedures manual supersede those described in any previous exempt and/or non-exempt employee handbook, faculty manual, policies or practices. 

Since employee benefits are subject to frequent change, employees are urged to contact the Office of Human Resources for the latest benefit information.

Health Insurance

The College offers health coverage to benefit eligible employees. There are two plans to choose from through Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare:

An HMO contracts with a number of health care providers - its "network." HMO members pay a set fee each year for a predefined package of services. Members must use providers in the "network" to obtain free (or fully reimbursed) care. HMO care requires members to choose a Primary Care Physician (PCP), who acts as a "gatekeeper" to coordinate members' care. Approval of the PCP is required before a member can see a specialist.

With A PPO, members can choose to receive care for covered services from providers and hospitals that belong to Harvard Pilgrim's participating provider network or from those who don't. Outside of Network, participating providers also include the Private Healthcare Systems network of more than 360,000 providers and 3,500 hospitals across the United States. When provided or arranged by participating providers, services are typically covered in full with copayments. Services received outside of Harvard Pilgrim's participating provider network are subject to deductibles and coinsurance.

FOCUS is a lower cost option utilizing Harvard Pilgrim's FOCUS network. Benefits will match the HMO & PPO however the plan utilizes a smaller network of providers Learn more: http://www.harvardpilgrim.org.

Dental Insurance

As a Delta Dental PPO Plus Premier subscriber, you have access to two of Delta Dental's extensive national networks - Delta Dental PPO with 116,000 participating dentist locations and Delta Dental Premier, with the largest dental network in the country with over 194,000 dentist locations. Three out of four dentists nationwide and 96% of Massachusetts dentists participate in one or both of these networks.

Vision Insurance

The College offers vision insurance to benefit eligible employees through VSP.

VSP Signature Plan
Keep your eyes health with Emmanuel College and VSP Vision Care.

Why enroll in VSP? Your eyes deserve the best care to keep them healthy year after year. Plus, with VSP, you'll get a great value on your eyecare and eyewear, including:

  • Value and Savings: You'll get great benefits with your exam and eyewear at an affordable price.
  • Personalized Care: You'll get quality care that focuses on your eyes and overall wellness with VSP. Plus, your satisfaction is guaranteed when you see a VSP doctor.
  • Great Eyewear: Choose the eyewear that right for you and your budget.
  • Choice of Providers: You can choose any eyecare provider-your local VSP doctor, a retail chain affiliate or any other provider. Once your benefit is effective, visit vsp.com for your complete benefit description.

Short-Term Disability

All employees working at least 25 hours per week are eligible to enroll in the Voluntary Short-Term Disability benefit offered through The Lincoln Financial Group. This optional benefit is employee-paid and provides a weekly income to you if you are disabled. You simply pay for it through convenient payroll deductions. The plan pays employees 60% of weekly pre-disability earnings (post-tax) up to a $1,000 weekly maximum after the 15th day for accident or sickness, up to a maximum of 90 days and includes coverage for maternity.

Long-Term Disability

All benefits-eligible employees working at least 25 hours per week are covered by The Lincoln Financial Group long-term disability policy. This policy goes into effect six (6) months following date of hire. This policy has a 90-day elimination period and provides a benefit of 60% of regular wages.

Life Insurance

All employees working at least 25 hours per week are covered by The Lincoln Financial Group in the benefit amount of one times their salary as well as accidental death and dismemberment coverage. This is provided at no cost to the employee.

Benefit-eligible employees are eligible for a flexible spending account for medical, dental and day care expenses.

Employees can set aside money on a pre-tax/payroll deduction basis for IRS-approved unreimbursed medical, dental and day care expenses. Expenses such as office visits co-payments, laser eye surgery, prescription drug co-payments and deductibles which are typically paid by employees, can now be submitted for reimbursement with pre-tax dollars. The annual maximum allowed to be set aside pre-tax for medical expenses is $2,750. Employees will also be allowed to set aside up to $5,000 in a pre-tax dependent care account for day care expenses.

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All Emmanuel College employees are eligible to participate in a retirement plan with TIAA.

All employees are eligible to participate in a Supplemental Retirement Account. Eligibility for the Retirement Account occurs when the employee has completed one year of employment at 1000 hours per year. There is a yearly max of $20,500 through the Retirement and Supplemental Retirement Account.

Employees aged 50+ have additional retirement savings options.

Retirement Accounts

Eligible employees may participate in the core retirement plan with TIAA. Eligibility occurs when the employee has completed one year of employment at 1000 hours per year. Emmanuel may be able to recognize employment at another institution of higher education when calculating eligibility. If the employee participates and contributes 5%, Emmanuel will contribute a discretionary contribution of at least 1% of the eligible employee's regular earnings each pay period. Currently the College's contribution is 9%. As a condition of employment employees aged 35 and over who have worked for the College for 5 or more years must contribute 5% of their salary to retirement savings.

All employees may participate in a 403(b) plan from their date of hire. This plan allows participation on an individual basis in a TIAA plan.

Aged 50+

All Employees aged 50 and over can contribute an extra $6,000 per year to their retirement account.

2019 Standard limit: $20,500
2015 Catch-up limit: $6,500
2015 Total Max: $27,000

Learn more about TIAA's retirement plans and set up your online account.

Learn more about vacation, sick time, holidays and personal days for Emmanuel College employees.

Vacation Time
All regularly scheduled staff are eligible for vacation. Administrators and professional staff are eligible for twenty (20) days per year. Support staff are eligible for ten (10) days during their first and second year. During their third and fourth years, they are eligible for fifteen (15) days. During their fifth and subsequent years, they are eligible for twenty (20) days.

Sick Time
All regularly scheduled staff are eligible for ten (10) sick days a year. These can be accrued to a maximum of ninety (90) days.

All full-time staff are eligible for holidays. Holidays to be recognized are announced each year. Nineteen (19) holidays are usually recognized with paid time off.

Personal Days
Effective every July 1 and January 1 following an employee's date of hire, an employee is granted one (1) day every six (6) months to attend to personal matters that cannot be attended to outside of the employee's normal workday, including religious holidays.

All full-time employees, their spouses and dependent children are eligible for Tuition Remission Benefits.

An eligible employee whose application is approved and who is enrolled at the College will receive remission of the College's tuition charge in accordance with the following schedule:

  • Full-time employees and full-time ranked faculty employees: 100% of net tuition charge.
  • Spouses and dependents of full-time employees who have been employed for at least one year: 50% of net tuition charge.
  • Spouses and dependents of full-time employees who have been employed for at least two years: 75% of net tuition charge.
  • Spouses and dependents of full-time employees who have been employed for at least three years: 100% of net tuition charge.

COF Cross Registration

Emmanuel employees may enroll at other Colleges of the Fenway institutions for one undergraduate course per semester, on a space-available basis, without the payment of tuition or general fees. For details on how to register for courses, please refer to the Colleges of the Fenway website.


Learn more about perk benefits for Emmanuel College employees, including discounts on hotels, auto insurance and more.

The Perk Benefit program includes the following:

  • Discounted BJ's membership
  • Discounted auto insurance
  • Working Advantage: an online service that provides our employees with discounts for movie theatres, theme parks, hotels, Broadway theater, sporting events, family events and online shopping.
  • Discounted hotel accommodations
  • Reduced membership fee for Zipcar (employees can rent cars by the day or by the hour with gas and insurance included in the cost of the car rental)

For a complete list of Perk Benefits, visit the faculty & staff portal.

Learn more about on-campus resources for Emmanuel College employees, including discounted meals and library and gym access.

All employees are eligible for the following on-campus resources:

Discounted Meals

Emmanuel employees may eat in the Marian Hall Dining Room at a discount from the door prices.


Employees of Emmanuel College have full access to the Cardinal Cushing Library collections of books, DVDs and videos, and 44 subscription online databases, many of which are full-text and available off campus. As a member of Fenway Libraries Online and the Fenway Library Consortium, the Cardinal Cushing Library also provides access to 1.5 million volumes collectively held by 14 member libraries in the area.

Employees may bring their Emmanuel ID into the Library and register to receive a barcode. They will then have walk-in circulation and reference privileges, remote access to library databases, as well as interlibrary loan services for delivery of books and articles held in other libraries. Passes to the MFA are also available to employees and may be checked out for a 24-hour period.

Fitness Center and Gymnasium

Employees of Emmanuel College have full access to the Jean Yawkey Center (please check with the Jean Yawkey Center for the most current hours). The air-conditioned student center includes a fitness center equipped with cardiovascular machines including treadmills, elliptical machines and stair climbers, as well as circuit training machines and free weights. The gymnasium includes one NCAA-regulation court or two full-size practice courts available to employees during open gym hours, which vary depending on varsity team schedules. Locker room facilities are available with showers and individual lockers for employee use. Employees also have access to the Simmons University swimming pool.

Emmanuel College offers administrators, staff and faculty a variety of transportation benefit choices, including parking, carpool discounts, subsidized T-passes, bike rack access and an emergency ride home program.

Various forms of transportation are available to travel to the College. In addition to driving, there are two nearby MBTA stops, the MASCO/LMA shuttle, and two on-campus bike racks.

All full-time and part-time administrators, staff and faculty must display a valid hangtag in their vehicles. The College will grant a 40% discount to employees who carpool together.

Once your application has been received, your request will be processed and the fee will be deducted from your paycheck. For information about staff/faculty parking rates and application forms, please visit the Faculty & Staff Parking page.

* Employees are only eligible for either the T-Pass subsidy OR on-campus parking. Employees can switch programs at any time based on parking availability.

* The parking fee is an annual fee based on an employee's income level and is payable in monthly installments. Employees who do not work over the summer may elect to pay the fee in advance or have it spread over twelve months. Employees working remotely on an intermittent basis are not eligible for a discounts. The fee for part-time employees will be prorated based on annualized income.

Subsidized T-Pass

Full-time Emmanuel employees may purchase a T-Pass through payroll deduction. Emmanuel offers a 65% subsidy on the monthly passes.

* Employees are only eligible for either the T-Pass subsidy OR on-campus parking. Employees can switch programs at any time based on parking availability.

Carpooling Discount

The College will grant a 40% discount to employees who carpool together. For example, two employees who share one parking pass will receive a 40% discount and then split the reduced rate resulting in a significant decrease for both employees.

Bike Riders

Bike racks are located in Saint Julie Hall. Shower facilities are available in the locker rooms in the Jean Yawkey Center.

Emergency Ride Home

As an employee of a Longwood Collective member institution who walks, bikes, carpools, vanpools or takes public transportation to work, you are eligible to register for ERH and receive a free taxi ride or rental car to take you home in the event of an unexpected personal emergency. Once registered, you can use this service up to five times per year. Please note that students do not qualify for the ERH program.

The College provides its employees with an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through AllOne Health.

The EAP provides confidential services to help you work through life's challenges. The EAP website also offers informational articles, online training courses and solution centers tailored to specific life needs. See more at AllOne Health's website.

Emmanuel offers Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) to provide additional support for faculty, staff, and administrators. ERGs are voluntary and employee led.

ERGs strive to welcome and affirm employees by providing networking events, professional development opportunities, and social activities. Additional programs and services may be offered in collaboration with:

  • Colleges of the Fenway (COF)
  • New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)
  • Emmanuel College student organizations
  • And many more partners!

Emmanuel currently offers two ERGs:

  • Employees of Color at Emmanuel College (EC @ EC)
    EC @ EC offers Emmanuel’s employees of color a chance to forge valuable connections with one another.  For more information on how to get involved with EC @ EC, contact Diana Estime, Director of Residence Life, at 617-975-9141 or estimed [at] emmanuel.edu (estimed[at]emmanuel[dot]edu).  
  • OUTEmmanuel
    OUTEmmanuel aims to engage Emmanuel’s LGBTQ+ employees in safe and supportive community.  For more information on how to get involved with OUTEmmanuel, contact Ally Ruffo, Academic Advisor at 617-735-9795 or ruffoa [at] emmanuel.edu (ruffoa[at]emmanuel[dot]edu).  

ERGs are voluntary groups formed by Emmanuel College employees. If you are interested in forming a group that aligns with the mission of the College and the goals listed above, please contact Keith Lezama, Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at lezamak3 [at] emmanuel.edu (lezamak3[at]emmanuel[dot]edu)