Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Why Work at TRU

Our campuses

TRU has 25,000 students learning throughout our campuses in Kamloops, Williams Lake, regional centres, and online through Open Learning. We are the chosen workplace for about 1,100 employees.

Our main campus is located in Kamloops, with planning underway to develop it into a university village — known as The Reach — with parks and outdoor meeting spaces, new academic buildings, shopping, professional services, market housing, and other features to bring the community to TRU.

Culture and values

Employee health and wellness

TRU is committed to helping employees and students achieve a healthy work-life balance. We help employees stay active with intramural programs and free fitness classes. Employees and their families receive a discount on annual passes at the Tournament Capital Centre.

Environment and sustainability

TRU has been a carbon neutral organization since 2010. We are proud to continue our environmental commitment and hope to reduce our energy consumption further. This is being achieved through sustainability programs and initiatives run by our Sustainability Office.

Respectful workplace

TRU is a diverse learning community, embracing students, faculty, staff and visitors from a vast range of nations, cultures and traditions. It is important that all members of our community feel confident and safe in the respectful expression of their opinions and perspectives.

Diversity and inclusion

It is important to TRU that we have a diverse workforce and that we provide equal employment opportunities for everyone, regardless of gender, race, heritage, religion or sexual orientation. We provide workplace accommodations for employees with disabilities.

Flexible work hours

We appreciate that there is a healthy balance to be achieved between your work and personal/family life. We offer a range of employee options, including flexible work hours, compressed work week in some departments, job share/reduced workload arrangements for faculty, and phased retirement.

Benefits

  • 100 percent paid employer benefits for MSP, dental, extended health, sick leave, life insurance, AD&D
  • Free family assistance program
  • Confidential counselling, and preventative health programs

Pension plans

  • College Pension Plan for faculty, administration, and Open Learning faculty members
  • Municipal Pension Plan for support staff

Vacation and days off

  • Tenure-track faculty: 40 days
  • Administration: 25 days
  • Support staff: 15 days
  • Eleven days of statutory holidays
  • Christmas break each year between Dec. 24 and Jan. 2

Training and development

  • Tuition fee waiver for employees, spouses and children
  • Leaves of absence for education
  • Professional development funding
  • Educational loans for faculty

Family friendly

  • Work week is 35 hours
  • Campus has an on-site daycare
  • Flexible start/finish times
  • Compressed work week for extra days off for support workers
  • Open Learning faculty members work from home
  • Job share/reduced workload and phased retirement program for faculty
  • Maternity/parental leave top-up (faculty/admin)
  • Maternity/parental leave provisions
  • Compassionate care leave/paid leave


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