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2018 Summer and Holiday Hours for Administrative Staff

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Flexible summer hours begin on Monday, June 11 and end on Friday, August 17

The flexible summer work week for full-time administrative employees is 34 hours or four 8.5 hour days.  For example, working from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM minus one-half hour for lunch equals one 8.5 hour day.

This is the work schedule for administrative staff for summer 2018.  While parts of the College will be open all five days in the summer, we hope that as many staff as possible will have the opportunity to participate in this flexible summer work schedule.

Visit the What’s New section of the HR website for more detailed information about employees that work less than full time and about the July 4th Holiday week.

*Given the nature of work in some offices, they may decide to be open and fully staffed Monday through Friday.  Some offices may decide to participate in summer hours by remaining open 5 days per week with staggered staff.  In both of these cases, office hours and staffing needs will be determined at the discretion of the department/division head.


Part-time Administrative Staff:

The schedule for benefits eligible employees who work less than 35 hours are reduced by ½ hr.  Schedules for less than full-time employees are prorated.  For example, a 17.5 hour employee would work 17 hours in four days or 4 1/4 hours per day, assuming no lunch breaks.


Vacation during Summer Hours:

A full-time employee who takes a vacation during the summer hours period should utilize 34 hours of vacation time.  However, if a single vacation day is taken, the time entered should reflect 8.5 hours of vacation time.


July 4, 2018 Holiday:

Wednesday, July 4 is a College holiday.  If a department decides to continue summer hours for the week of July 4th, full-time employees will work three 9.0 hour days in addition to the holiday (7.0 hours) for a total of 34 hours.  Alternatively, if the department decides to suspend summer hours for the week due to staffing requirements, full-time employees would work four 7.0 hour days in addition to the holiday (7.0 hours) for a total of 35 hours.  Employees should check with their manager concerning the work schedule for the week of July 4th.


2018/2019 Academic Year Schedule for Administrative Employees

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Many Academic Administrative Assistants in the Provost’s area work 41 weeks, starting a week before classes and ending a week after Commencement.  The typical start date will be August 27, 2018 and the end date will be June 7, 2019.  Employees in the Student Life Division should confirm their start and end dates with their managers.


Typical schedules include:

39 Week (9 month) Appointments:  8/27/2018 through 5/24/2019

41 Week (9 1/2 month) Appointments:  8/27/2018 through 6/07/2019

43 Week (10 month) Appointments:  8/27/2018 through 6/21/2019


Important Dates:

New student orientation- starts August 26, 2018

Labor Day- Monday, September 3, 2018

Classes start- Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Spring Break- begins Thursday, March 21, 2019 and ends Friday, March 29, 2019

Last day of exams for the Spring 2019 semester- Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Commencement- Friday, May 31, 2019



Wellesley College Service and Staff Recognition Awards

Administrative and Union staff have a critical role in Wellesley’s success, and the Staff Recognition Program provides an opportunity to acknowledge extraordinary effort. Click the plus sign for more info.



  • Agent of Innovation Award provided to an individual who has used innovative ideas, approaches, or techniques in their work
  • Champion of Collaboration Award given to a team who has excelled in the use of collaboration to meet a goal or objective

Nominate your colleagues by April 20th. Click HERE to nominate.

For more information on the program please go to the Staff Recognition Award page.

The Spring 2018 Employee Service and Staff Recognition celebration recognizing recipients of the Staff Recognition program and celebrating Milestone Years of Service will be May 14, 2018 from 3:30-5:00pm in the Alumnae Ballroom.

Leadership & Development Programs

There are a variety of leadership development programs available to administrative staff who are interested in improving their leadership skills. Click the plus sign below to learn more.



  • Susan Vogt Fellowship Program is available for functional leaders and administrative employees in supervisory roles and connects, develops, and supports emerging leaders within the schools of The Boston Consortium.  (Apply by 5/15/2018)
  • HERS (Higher Education Resource Services) Program focuses on leadership and management development for women in higher education administration. (Apply by 5/15/2018)

Please visit the Develop and Regonize You Page for more information or contact Sarah Staley, Associate Director of Talent Management and Development sstaley2@wellesley.edu with any questions.


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meQuilibrium is offering a new Financial Wellness program. Click here to learn more!

We offer meQuilibrium as a part of our Healthy You initiative to create a culture of health and to specifically address the risk factor of stress. Over the last two years, through the use of meQuilibrium, Wellesley College has reduced the anxiety of participating employees by 15 percent. Click here to read meQuilibrium's full case study of Wellesley College.