Employment at UW
United by a passion for building stronger minds and a healthier world, University of Washington employees lend their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills, and dedication to their community to help make the University one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions.
As one of the state’s largest employers, you’ll find career paths in every field imaginable. Plus, UW benefits and other resources make it possible for you to grow both professionally and personally. Want more? We also have a super cool mascot, a marching band, museums, theaters, gardens, and sports teams. Find your place.
As one of the most innovative universities in the world, we hire people who constantly seek new ways to keep us moving forward. Our reputation of advancing diversity, improving sustainability, and conducting ground-breaking medical research is built by employees who are driven to become a part of something greater than themselves.
Diversity and inclusion
People who represent cultures from around the world help everyone at UW gain perspective and make meaningful impact, so we strive to create an inclusive and accessible environment for all. Our Race & Equity Initiative allows us to work toward achieving this mission – together we will support and sustain diversity and equity at the UW. Learn more.
Why is it great to work at UW? We’ve been nationally recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For” every year since 2014.
Our faculty and staff are the core of the recognition we receive, so we make it a priority to recognize them in the ways they deserve. Whether it’s through the annual Distinguished Staff Awards, or featuring them on our Whole U blog, we know and show the value each person plays in our success. Check out their stories below, or visit the Whole U’s employee spotlight page to get to know us.
Perks and benefits
The best jobs support your whole life, even outside the workplace. With a variety of health plans, retirement plans, professional development programs, and fun events specifically designed for our employees, you can pursue new interests or continue enjoying what matters most to you.
Beyond the basics
UW makes sure you have what you need from day one, with an array of comprehensive medical and dental plan options, life insurance, and long term disability insurance. We have you covered for anything life could throw your way.
All eligible employees enjoy a generous retirement plan. Plus, you can grow your “nest egg” even more if you choose to enroll in our tax-deferred Voluntary Investment Program.
Save money on your medical expenses with our tax-exempt Flexible Spending Account. Use our Dependent Care Assistance Program to take a pretax salary deduction to pay for dependent care expenses.
And we know it’s not easy to solve all of life’s challenges, so with UW CareLink, our employee assistance program, you have a number of options to help you better manage it all. Get free and easy access to a variety of resources such as confidential counseling, child and elder care referrals, financial and legal services, and more.
The Whole U
Take advantage of The Whole U—a nationally recognized wellness and community building program – that connects you with the UW community. Explore the website to find articles, events, and activities that focus on staying active and healthy, engaging your hobbies and interests, volunteering, navigating life changes, and more.
What does the UW have that other employers lack? Students. In a university atmosphere with a new batch of students each fall, the perks of being involved at UW go beyond your cubicle.
- Discounts from local businesses keep our communities strong and local. Whether you’re looking for lunch or doing some last minute shopping, our partners make it easier for you to get what you need, when you need it.
- Want to commute with ease? Employees can buy a U-PASS, which gives you an unlimited number of rides on busses and light rail. Even if you live nearby, your U-PASS will make it easier to travel throughout Seattle and beyond.
- The UW tuition exemption program gives you the chance to go back to the classroom. Use the knowledge you gain to make an even greater impact or to explore something new. Your options are as vast as the University itself.
- Art galleries, museums, and our beautiful libraries are always open to employees. The Burke Museum has special events all throughout the year to illustrate history in Washington and discover ancient secrets from the Pacific Northwest. At Suzzallo Library, enjoying the view of Mt. Rainier can become a daily ritual – at least when the clouds don’t get in the way.