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• Award-winning childcare center and wellness center on-site.

• Can take up to one year  leave of absence for maternity/paternity.

• Continuing education financed at 100 percent.

• Staff development and
Leadership Academy offer opportunities to learn skills toward leadership and management advancement.

• Generous and varied flex-time options available.

Katy Schmoll, vice president for finance and administration, describes the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) as “a nonprofit consortium of 69 member universities in the
U.S. and Canada. We manage the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).”

Flextime options include compressed workweeks, job-sharing and work from home. Paid time off (PTO) starts at 20 days per year and increases to 32 days with more than eight years of service. Schmoll adds, “Employees can donate their PTO or vacation time, and others can petition to be considered for that time, for example, needing to care for an elderly parent.” They also offer an employee assistance program and a Work Options Group program. Employees may also take up to one year leave of absence for maternity, paternity, foster child or adoption. There is an on-site private room for nursing mothers.


Schmoll is particularly proud of UCAR’s award-winning childcare center. “We pay all the facility’s costs, which results in a reduction in cost for our employees,” she explains. The center cares for children from  six weeks to 5 years old.


In addition to health insurance for employees, dependents and domestic partners, UCAR offers 100 percent life insurance paid at 1.5 times annual salary. It also provides generous long-term disability insurance.


Schmoll states, “We offer free-of-charge to employees and dependents over 15 complete blood work-ups annually. In addition, we offer skin screenings, hearing, body mass measurement and blood pressure checks.” She adds, “We have fitness centers at each campus location.”


UCAR stresses the importance of employees devoting time to the community. And after Hurricane Katrina, the president of the company offered to match employee donations. “We contributed $120,000,” Schmoll recalls.


As she states proudly, “We offer policies that are family oriented and that balance work and life.”

        Joy Lawrance