Prospective Employees

What's the best thing about working at East Tennessee State University?

Our people—students, faculty and staff!  Our quality reputation!  Our beautiful campus!  Our emphasis on caring for the needs of every member of the ETSU family!  ETSU is a student-centered community of learning that employs more than 2,000 faculty and staff.  Our personnel are a constant source of enthusiastic service that makes us a leader in regional universities.

If you need help applying for a job at ETSU, please contact:
Human Resources at

President's Welcome Message to Faculty and Staff

The value of employment at ETSU goes far beyond salary.  As a potential employee, you will enjoy a full range of benefits, services and programs.  Total compensation includes annual salary, a generous annual and sick leave program, 13 paid holidays, health and life insurance, retirement, 401(k) and more.  This calculator provides prospective employees with an illustrated breakdown of total compensation.  To see the total estimated value of salary and benefits, simply click the calculator icon on the right, choose the appropriate job type, fill-in an annual base salary, select a health plan coverage and retirement plan, and click the "Calculate" button. Cal


Thank you for your interest in employment with East Tennessee State University. 
A brief synopsis of employees benefits and sites of interest follow:

The University provides two types of non-contributory (no contributions by the employee) retirement plans to choose from:

o The Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System (TCRS) - a defined benefit plan where the total years of experience and the highest five consecutive years' salary is used in the computation of the retirement benefit.   It has a five-year vesting requirement.   All regular budgeted full time and part time employees are eligible for this plan.

o  The Optional Retirement Plan (ORP) - an annuity plan in which 10 percent above and beyond the employ­ee’s salary, up to the social security wage base and 11 percent on the salary above the social security wage base, is sent to the annuity provider of choice.   All regular budgeted full time and part time faculty and administrative employees are eligible for this plan.  There are three vendors – ING, TIAA-CREF, and VALIC.  The employee can participate in one, two or all three and can transfer between companies.

  • All employees working a minimum of 30 hours per week are eligible to participate in the State of Tennessee Group Insurance program. There are two different PPO plans to choose from: a Partnership PPO and a Standard PPO administered by Blue Cross Blue Shield or CIGNA. The program provides health, term life, and accident death and dismemberment insurance for the employee and their covered dependents.  Premiums are paid 80% by the University and 20% by the employee.

  • Additional optional plans include dental insurance, accidental life, term life, Aflac, long-term care, and long-term disability.

  •   A flexible benefits plan for health and dental premiums, medical spending account and dependent day care is available. 

  • An optional 401K plan with a $50 employer match is available.  Roth 401(k); 457 and 403(b) plans are also available for pre-tax contributions.

  • An Employee Assistance Program is available for both employee and dependents.  Additional information concerning this benefit is available here.

  • Free educational benefits are offered for employees at any accredited institution and a 50% discount for employee's dependents at any TBR institution for undergraduate studies.  Further information may be found at PPP-13.

  • Twelve-month faculty and administrative staff earn two days annual (vacation) and one day of sick leave monthly.  Nine-month faculty earn sick leave only during the months of contract.  Clerical staff earn one day annual, which increases with longevity, and one day sick leave monthly.  Participation in a faculty and/or non-faculty sick leave bank is optional.

  • Payday is the last working day of the month.  Nine-month faculty are paid over twelve months. Direct deposit of pay is a condition of employment at ETSU. Employees are required to submit a bank account and routing information to process pay.

  • There are thirteen official University holidays.  For a schedule of the current holidays, click here

  • A longevity pay plan to reward state employees for extended full time service to the state, subject to yearly positive action by the State Legislature, is in place.  Upon completion of 36 months of service, budgeted full time employees are eligible to receive $100 per year of service, at present not to exceed $3,000.

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