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Employment and Careers at USD

Each of our employees plays an important part in USD’s success and has the opportunity to change the lives of students. USD provides opportunities and facilities associated with large institutions while maintaining a close-knit feel. We're glad you want to be a part of our university community.

USD is an equal opportunity employer. We use an online employment system for South Dakota Board of Regents institutions. Use this system to search for openings at USD, complete an application and attach application materials.

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New Employees

Before You Start

  1. Prior to your hire date, your offer letter will be sent to you via DocuSign. Electronically sign your offer letter along with included documents, such as W-4, I-9 and Direct Deposit.
  2. Determine if your employment authorization documents (and VISA, if applicable) are current.  A List of Acceptable Documents is available at: https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central/form-i-9-acceptable-documents.
    • All foreign national employees must report to Human Resources/Payroll office at Slagle 206 to complete new employee paperwork on or before their first day of employment. Please contact Human Resources/Payroll at 605-658-3660 to set up an appointment.
  3. Parking permit (optional) available at the Business Office.

During Your First Month

  1. On your first day of work: Meet with your supervisor for departmental introductions, tours, discuss job assignments, get set up and organized, etc. Sign into your USD email account to activate it.
  2. Enroll in health/life insurance benefits. You will receive an email with a link to enroll in benefits online.
  3. You will receive a new hire packet at your department/from Human Resources, which includes retirement enrollment forms and other information. Complete the forms included in your new hire packet and return to Human Resources/Payroll office at Slagle 206.
  4. Complete Intro to Yote Life orientation and new hire trainings. Intro to Yote Life provides new faculty and staff an introduction to USD and valuable information about a variety of employee services, resources, and privileges. You will receive an email that includes information on completing orientation and trainings.

You can find more information at myUSD portal New Employee Onboarding page (your USD login is required to access myUSD portal), or the New Employee Onboarding website.

New Employee Onboarding

Employee Benefits

For complete description of benefit plans, visit the SD Bureau of Human Resources (BHR) site. Generally, benefits include:

Paid Time Off

  • Vacation Leave - 15 days
  • Sick Leave - 14 days
  • Holiday Pay - 11 days
  • Paid Maternity/Paternity Leave


  • Paid Employee Health Insurance
  • Dental, Vision, Hospital and Disability Insurance at Group Rates
  • Dependent Health Insurance at Group Rates
  • Medical Spending Account
  • Daycare Spending Account

Retirement Benefits

  • 6% fully matched contribution to state retirement system (401a)
  • Access to Long-Term Disability
  • Access to Family Survivor Benefit
  • Optional Supplemental Retirement Account (457)
  • Optional Tax Sheltered Annuities (403b)

Life & Disability Benefits

  • Paid $25,000 Life Insurance Benefit
  • Paid Accidental Death/Dismemberment Benefit
  • Option to Purchase Additional Life Insurance
  • Includes Basic Amount of Long Term Care Coverage

And More, including:

  • Reduced Tuition
  • Paid Professional Liability Insurance
  • Training Opportunities

Helpful Links

Student Employment

Our students have many opportunities for employment on- and off-campus. Our Academic and Career Planning Center offers help in preparing for a career or searching for hourly employment.

Student Workers

New student workers (work study, graduate students and hourly students) can find the necessary paperwork on the New Employee Onboarding page in the my USD Portal. You will need to log in with your USD username and password.

All foreign national employees must report to Human Resources/Payroll to complete new hire paperwork on or before their first day of employment. Please contact Human Resources/Payroll at 605-658-3660 to set up an appointment.

Resources for Employers

Employers who want to recruit university students can list positions, do on-campus interviews, offer internships and take part in job fairs.

Campus Safety

The University of South Dakota is committed to the safety and security of our students and employees. To educate our community members about important policies and to help keep our community safe, we prepare the Campus Safety and Fire Safety Report yearly. This report is available online through the University Police website. This site contains information required under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security and other important campus security information. The site also includes crime statistics from the three previous calendar years—including information about on-campus locations, University-affiliated or controlled off-campus property, and public property adjacent to campus. A paper copy of this report may be obtained by contacting University Police at 605-658-6199.



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