Employee Benefits

The Folger Shakespeare Library wants to attract and retain the highest quality staff. Accordingly, we are committed to providing a competitive benefits package, including: an extensive range of health, dental, life and disability insurance benefits; considerable retirement contributions through TIAA-CREF; educational assistance programs for staff members and their dependents; generous sick and annual leave; and other programs and services. You can find an overview of these benefits below, and more detailed information will be provided during the recruitment process. 

Health and dental benefits

We provide comprehensive individual health and dental coverage, free of cost to all eligible employees. Employees have the option to purchase coverage for their families, or buy up to a different plan. All plans include coverage for prescription drugs, vision insurance, and mental health coverage. 

Retirement savings plan

We offer a retirement savings plan through TIAA-CREF. Employees are eligible to contribute electively immediately upon hire, and after two years of credited service the Folger will match employee contributions of 3% with a 9% contribution. Pre- and post-tax options are available.

Time off and leave

We offer eligible employees sick and safe leave, annual leave, personal leave, and paid holidays. In addition, the Folger offers multiple leave options to accommodate individual circumstances. 

Educational assistance and professional development

All employees who are seeking to earn a degree or professional certificate are eligible to apply for educational assistance from the Folger Office of Human Resources. Professional development opportunities are available institution-wide, and through individual departments. In addition, tuition assistance is available to the dependent children of eligible employees who are seeking higher education. 

Life, disability, and long-term care insurance

We provide group life insurance and disability insurance to all eligible employees free of cost. Employees may buy additional life insurance for themselves, their spouse or domestic partner, and their dependent children. Employees may also purchase voluntary long-term care insurance, with payroll deduction for premiums.

Other benefits

Working at the Folger Shakespeare Library has many benefits, including free and discounted tickets to our performances, access to exciting and unique lectures and scholarly programming, a collegial and collaborative environment with many opportunities for socializing, and valuable services like our Employee Assistance Program. We also have financial options—such as pre-tax accounts for transit, medical costs, and dependent care—that help our employees make the most of their money.