The Village offers an attractive package of benefits to employees.  In addition, Opportunity Village conducts a wide array of in-house training classes which are free to employees, such as First Aid, CPR, Mandt Behavior Management, Med Aide, and more.

In 2014, Opportunity Village was named to the Top 100 Workplaces in Iowa by Workplace Dynamics, a list published by the Des Moines Register.  This is based solely on employee surveys.  One of the top comments by an employee is, "They go out of their way to make sure I'm doing well and always have a listening ear." 

That is surely a top benefit!  But here are highlights of the standard benefits*:

Health insurance

Available at group rates for full-time employees and their families at a cost of $2.4 million per year to the Village. If both spouses work full-time for the Village, they may purchase a family plan for the cost of two single plans. Includes Whole Health Dimensions wellness program for each person on the plan.

Pension plan

Must have been employed 13 months, worked 1,000 hours, and be 21 years of age to be eligible for pension. Employees may make pre-tax contributions to the plan.  New plan members automatically enrolled at 2% unless they decline; may choose to contribute any percentage desired within IRS guidelines.
Village matches 100% of the first 3% of employee contribution and 50% of the next 2%, for a total employer contribution of up to 4% of gross pay.  In other words, if employee contribution is 5% of wages, the Village contributes 4%. Employees are 100% vested in Village match right away.

Life insurance

$15,000 term life policy for full-time employees, paid by Village. Voluntary group term life also available up to $100,000. Family members also are eligible for coverage.

Dental insurance
Available at group rates through Allstate for full-time employees.

Cafeteria Plan/Flexible Spending Accounts for full-time employees

Pre-tax premium withholding for medical (health & dental), accident, and disability insurance premiums.
Pre-tax medical reimbursement account (includes medical and dental/orthodontic expenses); $2,550 annual maximum.
Pre-tax dependent care reimbursement account; $5,000 annual maximum.

Vacation benefits
The information below is based on a 40-hour-a week employee. Vacation time is pro-rated for employees who work less than 40 hours per week.

1-5 years of service - 11 days vacation
5 years of service - 16 days vacation
10 years of service and above - 21 days vacation

Holiday Pay
6 paid holidays per year for full-time employees; part-time staff must work holiday to receive holiday pay.

Sick Days
Build up 2.5 days every 6 months of employment for full-time employees; accrue up to 90 days or 720 hours.

Sick Leave Sharing Benefit
In a hardship, application may be made to receive extra sick time from other staff who donated days.

Wellness Days
Full-time employees may earn 1 additional vacation day every 6 months when no sick or other unpaid days are used.

Funeral Leave
Full-time employees may receive funeral leave when family members pass away.

Luvern Hansen Continuing Education Fund
Applications available for subsidizing tuition and books

Boyer Pool Membership
Free to Village staff and spouse and children.  Swimming lessons are at the member rate of $15 per four-week session.

Use of the Activity Center

Forum, conference room, classrooms:  $50 deposit refunded after event pending no damages
Gym: no deposit or fee for staff member's family functions
Staff member's wedding: $100 refundable deposit (Forum, gym, atrium)

Jury Duty
Wages are paid while serving on jury duty.  (Employers are not required by Iowa law to reimburse wages.)

*This information is subject to change at any time and is not a legally binding contract.  See employee handbook for more information on benefits.