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Skidmore College Employee Handbook for Staff

Policies and Practices

Objectives of the Total Compensation Philosophy

Skidmore College affirms the importance of each employee’s contribution to its educational mission and accordingly is committed to providing appropriate compensation – the combination of direct pay and benefits – to everyone who works at the College. This commitment is grounded in two principles: First, Skidmore College adheres to basic values of fairness and equity (both internal and external) in the workplace. Second, the College can fulfill its mission only by hiring and retaining members of its faculty, staff, and administration who are capable of meeting the highest standards of performance and are motivated to do so.

The College also strongly believes that working at Skidmore should be rewarding not only because of compensation but also because of

  • the advantages of association with a vibrant liberal arts college noted for its unique sense of community,
  • the nature of the work itself,
  • working conditions,
  • opportunities for continuing education and professional development,
  • educational opportunities extended to dependents, spouses, and domestic partners,
  • where possible, opportunities for career advancement within the College, and
  • opportunities to participate in institutional governance.

For these reasons, the College will strive both to maintain externally competitive and internally equitable levels of compensation and to consider other factors affecting job satisfaction in strategic planning, in budgeting, and in other areas of institutional decision-For further information regarding the College’s Total Compensation Framework refer to the HR website.


If you have questions or require additional information with respect to any Handbook content, please contact Human Resources (extension 5800).

Section 5 - Updated June 2021