Benefits and Perks

FM staff

Bowdoin College strives to provide a wide variety of competitive and cost-effective benefits to fulfill the needs of all of our employees, no matter what stage of life they are enjoying.

Before you can begin working in your new job, it's necessary to complete some new hire forms in our online human capital management system, Workday. Human Resources will contact you with instructions for how to log into Workday and how to complete your new hire onboarding and maintain your personal information. 

If your new position at Bowdoin is eligible for benefits, you must submit a benefit enrollment through your Workday account within 30 days of your benefits eligible hire date. The enrollment will be available in your Workday inbox on your 1st day of work as a benefits eligible employee. You have 30 days to enroll. Even if you intend to decline all coverage through the College (medical, dental and vision) you must submit the enrollment indicating your intention to waive coverage and indicate beneficiary information for the basic life insurance provided by the College at no cost. If you have questions about the benefit options or need assistance in enrolling through Workday, please contact Mary Cote, Benefits Coordinator at (207) 725-3033 or

After your initial enrollment in benefits when you are hired, benefit changes can only be made during Benefits Open Enrollment (typically held each October/November) when you have the opportunity to make new benefit elections or change your current elections for the coming calendar year in Workday.

After Open Enrollment has ended, you can’t make changes to your benefit elections unless you have a Qualified Life Event which is a life change that either changes the number of your eligible family members or  causes you or a family member to gain or lose other benefits coverage (either at Bowdoin or outside of Bowdoin).  If you have a qualified event you must submit a benefit change through your Workday account within 30 days from the date of the event.

None of us knows when an emergency might shift our personal and professional lives upside down and the College provides some benefits to help us through trying times.  The College Employee Assistance Program is a great resource for emergency counseling and referral services and it is available 24/7/365.  The College also has policies for serious illness and bereavement, an emergency sick time bank for support staff, and a staff assistance fund.  Please do not hesitate to contact Human Resources to explore these options in case of an emergency.