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Employment

Benefit Package Overview for Calendar Year 2017

Northwestern believes that its dedicated employees are its most valuable resource. Employees at Northwestern are provided with a professional and comfortable work environment, along with a generous benefit package. The Office of Human Resources can answer most questions about employment information at Northwestern.

Insurance

  • Comprehensive Medical Benefits (Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma – “BCBSOK”)
    Employee coverage paid by NWOSU.
    Dependent coverage optional - paid by employee.  Can be pre-taxed.

  • Dental Insurance (Delta Dental)
    Employee and family coverage optional – both paid by employee.  Can be pre-taxed.

  • Vision Insurance (Vision Service Plan – “VSP”)
    Employee coverage paid by NWOSU. 
    Dependent coverage optional - paid by employee.  Can be pre-taxed.

  • Group Term Life Insurance (MetLife Insurance Co.)
    Employee coverage paid by NWOSU.  Portable after 12 months.
    Voluntary (additional) coverage optional - paid by employee.  Portable after 12 months.
    Dependent coverage optional - paid by employee.  Portable after 12 months.

  • Long Term Disability – “LTD” – (MetLife Insurance Co.)
    Employee coverage paid by NWOSU after waiting period of 6 full months of full-time employment.
    Enhanced “Buy Up” benefit optional - additional premium paid by employee.

  • Cancer or Accident Insurance (Individual policy sold by American Fidelity Assurance – AFA – during open enrollment Option Period only)
    Employee and family coverage optional - paid by employee.  Can be pre-taxed.

  • Short-term Disability Insurance (Individual policy sold by AFA during open enrollment Option Period only)
    Employee coverage optional – paid by employee.

Retirement

  • OASDI Social Security
    6.2% of first $127,200 in 2017 taxable wages paid by employee, matched by NWOSU.

  • Medicare Tax
    1.45% of total 2017 taxable wages paid by employee, matched by the NWOSU.

  • Oklahoma Teachers Retirement
    Vested after 5 years Oklahoma Service in OTR school(s).
    This is a “Defined Benefit” or “Pension Plan”.
    Each fiscal year (July – June), Northwestern contributes 7% of OTR “contributable salary,” which includes cost of employer-paid benefits, such as medical, vision, life, LTD and OTR remittances.  The employee is no longer responsible for contributing to the System, as of 7-1-09!

  • 403b Tax Deferred Annuity (Voya Financial Group is sole provider at Ruso Schools.)
    Optional salary reduction paid by employee;
    Traditional—defers federal and state taxes now.
    ​Roth—defers federal and state taxes at the time of withdrawal.

Other Benefits

  • Generous Leave Package

  • Library Privileges

  • Several Paid Holidays

  • Tuition Assistance for Employee, Family

  • Free Parking

  • Free Employee, Family Membership Wellness Center

  • Free Employee, Family Admission to Sporting/Other Events

Contact:

Cheryl Ellis
Human Resources Director
Northwestern Oklahoma State University
709 Oklahoma Blvd.
Alva, Ok  73717
clellis@nwosu.edu
580-327-8530
Fax: 580-327-8538 

Northwestern Oklahoma State University

709 Oklahoma Blvd., Alva, OK 73717
Phone: (580) 327-1700

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