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Compensation

NDSU Extension Service values faculty and staff as its most vital resource for advancing its mission and educational programs. The primary goals of our total compensation package are to:

  • Attract, retain and motivate a highly talented, diverse workforce 
  • Encourage and reward workplace efforts that support the organization’s overall goals and objectives

We consider internal equity and external market in our pay practices according to prescribed guidelines; we recognize quality performance; and we encourage growth and development.

We provide two incentive programs (Advanced Degree, and Learn and Lead) to give Extension agents the opportunity to add to their base pay and/or receive a cash stipend or supplemental professional development funds for work above standard expectations.

Health Insurance, Retirement Investments and Other Benefits

NDSU is an employer of choice with its commitment to a well-rounded benefits package for employees and their families. The fully-funded individual and family health insurance has an annual value of over $13,500. Other benefits include retirement plans; paid vacation and sick leave; and tuition waiver for employees and their spouse/partner and dependents. See a complete list of benefits.

Rewards and Recognition

  • We recognize team-based Extension educational programs with Program Excellence Awards yearly.
  • NDSU Agriculture annually presents awards for excellence in Extension, research and teaching.
  • Employees who reach 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and more years of service are honored at our conferences.
  • Most of the professional associations to which Extension employees can belong have recognition programs in conjunction with their annual national meetings.

Lifelong Learning

  • The NDSU Extension Service believes in ongoing personal and professional development and provides the staff with training in subject matter areas; personal and organizational management; educational design; program development and evaluation; and communications and technology. Extension professional associations also offer professional development
  • Opportunities are plentiful to exchange ideas, share common interests and build a professional network with other employees of the NDSU Extension Service and the national Cooperative Extension System.
  • Grants, scholarships, awards and other funds are available to support professional development.

Work/Life Satisfaction

NDSU promotes and supports work/life satisfaction for faculty and staff in a variety of ways, all geared toward creating a positive and productive work environment for our employees.

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