Athabasca University has been named one of Alberta’s Top Employers four times in the Alberta’s Top Employers competition. And in 2011, we received a Premier’s Award for Healthy Workplaces. There’s good reason for all the accolades — with benefits like free AU courses for staff (and their family members), a designated week off for everyone each year between Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, and competitive salaries, the compensation and benefits packages at AU are among the most generous and comprehensive in Canada.
We also have a unique mission among post-secondary institutions in Alberta: to remove barriers to education and provide learning opportunities to people who otherwise might not have access to such opportunities. This mission has motivated us to reach out to hundreds of thousands of students who couldn’t attend traditional university, and it’s inspired our faculty to undertake leading-edge research on online and distance education.
Most staff at AU are represented by unions or associations that perform union duties for different groups of staff.
Each union works with the university to determine the benefits and terms of employment for the staff represented by that union. Different groups of staff have different benefits packages, though you’ll see many similarities in benefits among the groups.
Some positions, such as managerial roles, are not represented by any of the unions, and they’re called excluded staff. Although they're not union members, their benefits are generally similar to union staff.
We’re proud to offer extensive benefits for our staff and their families.
Here are some highlights of the benefits offered. If you’re invited to interview for a position, you'll be provided with a detailed summary of the benefits package for that job.
Life Insurance and Related Benefits
Vacation and Time Off
Learning, Professional Development & Research Benefits
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Updated May 03 2016 by Employment Services, Human Resources