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Located just 15 miles from Boston, in historic Salem, Massachusetts, Salem State University enrolls more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students representing 44 states and 61 nations. As the comprehensive university of the vast region north of Boston and one of the largest public universities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Salem State is recognized for having the most diverse undergraduate student population of the nine state universities. Academically, it is comprised of the following colleges and schools: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Health and Human Services, the Bertolon School of Business, the School of Graduate Studies, and the School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
Salem State offers 30 undergraduate and 50 graduate programs to full- and part-time students and community members of all ages during day, evening and weekend sessions, and through online/hybrid classes. The top five majors are business administration, nursing, education, criminal justice, and psychology. In addition to a vibrant campus life, Salem State is also recognized for its award-winning athletic and creative arts programs and its renowned public lecture program, the Salem State Series, which is currently celebrating its 30th season. The university's theatre program has received national acclaim and its students are frequent first place honorees at the annual Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Washington, DC.


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Group Insurance Commission (GIC) administers both health insurance and other benefits for eligible state employees, dependents and retirees.


Dental insurance is provided to benefit eligible employees and their qualified dependents. Dental coverage is determined by your employee category.


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires that all employees enroll in a qualified retirement plan. Retirement programs for state employees fall under either the State Employees’ Retirement System (MSERS) or the Department of Higher Education Optional Retirement Plan (ORP), an option for benefitted faculty, librarians and administrators. Membership in the State Employee Retirement System (a defined benefit plan) is mandatory for nearly all state employees who are regularly employed at least 50 percent of full-time hours. Benefitted faculty, librarians and administrators have the option to enroll in the Department of Higher Education Optional Retirement Program (a defined contribution plan). Part-time, seasonal or temporary employees of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are required to participate in an Alternate Retirement Plan (OBRA) through the SMART Plan.


Employees have the option to participate in voluntary Tax Deferred Savings Plans such as 403b or 457b accounts. There are various plans from which to choose.


As part of the benefits offered through the Group Insurance Commission (GIC), employees have the opportunity to participate in a Health Care Spending Account (HCSA) and/or the Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP).


Benefitted employees are entitled to paid and unpaid leave benefits and leave accruals in accordance with the respective collective bargaining agreements


Benefitted employees are eligible for tuition benefits in accordance with their respective collective bargaining agreements or Department of Higher Education policy. Employees and dependents are eligible after six months of employment.


Salem State University values, celebrates and appreciates diversity in all its forms. Our campus is populated with students, faculty, and staff from a wide range of races and ethnicities, cultures, political and social worldviews, religious and spiritual beliefs and practices, language and geographic characteristics, gender identities and expressions, sexual orientations, learning and physical abilities, ages, social and economic classes, and national origins.

Salem State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Persons of color, women and persons with disabilities are strongly urged to apply.



Salem State's mission is to provide a high quality, student-centered education that prepares a diverse community of learners to contribute responsibly and creatively to a global society, and serve as a resource to advance the region's cultural, social and economic development.


Salem State University will be a premier teaching university that engages students in an inspiring transformational educational experience.

  • We put students first in all that we do and are committed to their success
  • We are a community of learners where all faculty, staff and students have the opportunity to grow as individuals
  • We are innovators, offering a unique brand of public higher education that inspires students to reach higher and achieve more
  • We remain true to our heritage as a liberal arts university while we prepare students for today’s workforce
  • We serve the communities of the North Shore while we create an ever more globally aware and culturally diverse campus environment
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