Welcome to the Office of Human Resources (OHR)

The Office of Human Resources serves the Amherst College community by focusing its efforts on the College’s most valuable asset, its employees. We do this through the recruitment, hiring and retention of a diverse, qualified workforce. Our department is committed to providing professional, caring and quality services in a fair and consistent manner. By doing so we foster a work environment that attracts and inspires excellence. We encourage you to share your knowledge, diversity and creativity within our community.

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Performance Management Process

Learn about the Performance Management Process (PMP) and the Staff Core Competencies using the link below.

The Annual Review Period is Monday, April 10, 2023 to Monday, July 10, 2023.


Check Out the New Hire Onboarding Information & Resources!

An updated process & website from OHR for the first year of employment.

This tool for new employees and supervisors of new staff members supports a new hire’s transition to their role at Amherst College and our community. This new approach provides new hires and supervisors information and resources when it’s applicable to their stage of onboarding with the ability to digest it at their own pace. The process builds in opportunities for feedback and growth to help new hires feel welcome and energized to bring themselves and their talents to work every day. Please visit the website to learn more and explore this tool created to support a strong foundation for new hires to our community.

Important Announcements

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts ID Cards Update

ID cards for the HMO Blue New England population were incorrectly sent to members with the plan name “Blue Choice New England” on the top of the card and the Blue Choice New England population incorrectly received ID cards with the plan name “HMO Blue NE”. Please note the benefits on the cards are correct such as copays, deductible and out of pocket max. It is just the plan name on top that is incorrect, and all of these members are correctly enrolled in the right plans. New IDs are being created and will be sent out as soon as possible.

TIAA Individual Counseling Sessions

TIAA members can receive personalized advice and education from a TIAA financial consultant, at no additional cost. We are using TIAA’s services for the scheduling of individual counseling sessions. To schedule your appointment, please call TIAA at their special scheduling number, 800-732-8353 or visit their online scheduling page and select “Your Employer,” Massachusetts, Amherst to see the openings. Licensed representatives will be available to speak to you about your planning goals and needs via phone or video chat.

Schedule a TIAA Individual Counseling Session

Learn more about TIAA sessions

Counseling Sessions Through the EAP

Each member of the Amherst College staff and faculty—and their household members— is eligible for up to 6 counseling sessions per issue per year through our Employee Assistance Program (EAP), New Directions. This benefit is completely confidential and is at no cost to the individual. Please note that the EAP can provide support on any issue, there are no limits. In addition to emotional support, the EAP also offers crisis support, coaching, legal and financial consultation, substance use disorder education, adult and child care resources, leadership support, resources and referrals, and much more.

More information on our EAP, New Directions

Employee Referral Bonus for Dining Services and Community Safety Assistant Job Referrals

  • Employees will receive a $1,000 award for referring a prospective staff member for an advertised, open vacancy in a casual, full- or part-time Dining Services or CSA position. The bonus will be subject to applicable payroll tax withholdings.
  • The referral bonus will be paid out once the new staff member completes one month of service.
  • For more information, email the Office of Human Resources at hr@amherst.edu.

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Workday at Amherst

Visit the Workday training site to learn how to navigate Workday and complete the tasks and processes you’ll use most (log-in required), or login to Workday by following the link below.

Statement of Nondiscrimination

Amherst College does not discriminate in admission, employment, or administration of its programs and activities on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender expression and gender identity), age, disability, genetic information, military service, or any other characteristic or class protected under applicable federal, state or local law. Amherst College complies with all state and federal laws that prohibit discrimination, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Title IX, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Pay Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Inquiries should be addressed to the Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer, Amherst College, P.O. Box 5000, Amherst, MA 01002-5000. Find information about Title IX.

The College’s Title IX Coordinator is Laurie Frankl, 105 E Converse Hall, Amherst College, Amherst, MA 01002, 413-542-5707, Amherst.edu/offices/title-ix.

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Staff Life

Watch video of College all-staff meetings, learn about the staff survey, and more.