Careers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Why Illinois?

Endless Opportunities

The University of Illinois values, respects, and supports all employees and emphasizes the diverse ways that employees carry out and support the university’s mission. Join the over 10,000 faculty and staff along with the 56,000 students that make up the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign!

Work With a Purpose

At the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, we believe work should be more than a job—it should be meaningful and contribute to a greater purpose. As a top public research university, we foster transformative learning and positive societal impact through research, teaching, and outreach. Join our passionate community dedicated to making a difference at Illinois!

Our Mission & Vision

Illinois Human Resources leads in creating a world-class, inclusive, and innovative community. Our team is committed to enhancing the university by attracting, retaining, and supporting a high-performing workforce. We’ll be a strategic partner to enrich the Illinois experience and fulfill the University’s vision as a pre-eminent public research university with a land grant mission and global impact.


Welcome to the beginning of your journey at our university, where possibilities are limitless! At Illinois, we focus on creating an inclusive community and using our university’s transformative power to lead towards a more just future for everyone. As a new member, you’ll help us enhance inclusivity in all university aspects and foster synergies for broader community benefits.

Benefits at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Benefit Highlights Document

As a university employee you will receive a combination of State and University benefits that make up your total compensation package offering flexibility in meeting your personal needs and goals. View the highlight document here.

Employee Referral Program

A program to offer a referral incentive of $600 for all eligible staff positions designated “hard-to fill” and high demand.
Employee Referral Program Policy

Employee Tuition Waiver

Academic Professional, Faculty, Civil Service employees, and retirees may be eligible for an employee tuition waiver from any of the three University of Illinois campuses (UIC, UIS, or Urbana-Champaign). In addition to attending one of the University of Illinois campuses, active Civil Service employees can receive tuition waivers to attend other State Universities Civil Service Institutions.

Child of Employee Tuition Waiver

Eligibility —
Parent: must have a 50 percent or greater employment over a minimum of 7 academic years at any one or more of the Illinois senior public universities in a capacity that is eligible for participation in SURS. The 7 years do not have to be consecutive. The parent must be a current employee in active status employed at 50 percent time or more in a SURS- eligible position as of the first day of the academic term.

Child: must be enrolled in and making satisfactory progress toward an undergraduate degree at any participating Illinois state institution of higher education, be younger than age 25 at the beginning of the academic year, and fall under one of the following relationship categories: natural child, adopted child, stepchild, ward.

A child attending a participating Illinois state institution whose court-appointed guardian is an eligible employee of the University of Illinois and whose natural parents are deceased or have been declared unfit by court action is eligible for this benefit. Parent: must have a 50 percent or greater employment over a minimum of 7 academic years at any one or more of the Illinois senior public universities in a capacity that is eligible for participation in SURS. The 7 years do not have to be consecutive. The parent must be a current employee in active status employed at 50 percent time or more in a SURS- eligible position as of the first day of the academic term.

Ineligible employment categories include SURS annuitants (retirees), employees of University-related organizations (i.e. Foundation, Alumni Association), academic hourly, Civil Service temporary and Extra Help, graduate assistants, and students. The initial application for this benefit must be received by the employee’s campus human resources office no later than the last day of instruction (on the student’s campus) for the term in which the benefit will apply. There is no retroactivity beyond the current academic term (semester or summer session).

i-Card Perks

The i-card is an employee’s official university identification card. The faculty/staff i-card gives an employee access to the library and free rides on the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (CU-MTD). An employee’s appointment must be entered into Banner before a faculty/staff i-card will be issued. Employees will need to stay in contact with their departmental HR representative to know when their appointment is in Banner and when they can request an i-card. Many local businesses offer discounts or other perks to employees through I-Card Perks. Information about i-cards and getting an i-card can be found at the i-card website.

Learning and Growth

The university strives to offer a variety of continual learning and growth opportunities both personal and professional for all employees. These include but are not limited to: Employee Learning & Organizational Effectiveness, Wellness, Technology Services, and more.

Paid Time-Off

The University provides a number of paid time off benefits. Your eligibility for and duration of leave will vary depending on your type of position, and/or years of service. Leaves include: holidays, vacation, sick, parental, and bereavement to name a few. Learn more.

Shared Benefits

Employees donating to a sick leave pool are provided an opportunity to request additional sick leave days when experiencing a catastrophic illness or injury, or when a disability claim is pending before SURS and the employee has exhausted all accumulated sick leave.

Employees must donate leave (in one day increments equivalent to the percentage of their appointment) in order to receive the benefits. In order to donate, employees must have accrued a minimum of eleven days of sick leave, vacation, or combined sick leave/vacation. Employees who donate vacation must use all accumulated sick and vacation prior to using any shared benefit leave.

Workplace Flexibility

Our campus embraces workplace flexibility as an opportunity to support our employees and continue to recruit and retain the best and brightest staff. Flexibility at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is broad to support diverse needs and varying operational functions. Learn more.

To find current positions select from the categories below:

Work with Purpose

Rather than simply taking our word for it, we invite you to hear directly from professionals in Illinois about their experiences working at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Illinois Professional Videos and Illini Insight Podcasts

To hear from other employees visit: The Illinois Professional


International Staff

Visit the International Student and Scholar Services for more information regarding international staff.

Job Openings

Each search is managed individually and applicants must apply to each position for which they wish to be considered. Applicants should submit the requested application materials for each vacancy.

All job postings and applications are processed through There you can create an account that allows you to apply for individual postings vacancies.

You may also want to receive notification of job postings. Subscribe to the listserv. All you need to enter is your name and email address at this website.

If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or other state or federal law in order to apply for a job at the University of Illinois, you may request an accommodation using this accommodation form. More information is available from the Accessibility and Accommodation Division of the Office for Access & Equity at, at 217-333-0885 or by email to

Onboarding for New Employees

Illinois offers orientation sessions to new employees as part of our welcome and assimilation to the Illinois family.

Workshops Link

Illinois Human Resources offers a variety of workshops including mock interviews and resume building.

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