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Affirmative Action Programs

We need your help!

In order to comply with federal reporting requirements, we need your participation in this quick 1-minute questionnaire.    As most of you are aware, the Institution is a federal contractor.  As such, your funding depends in part on our meeting all requirements as a federal contractor.  We are required to have Equal Employment Opportunity, absent of discrimination, as an important focus of our recruitment and employment policies and practices.  To this end, we are required to prepare an Affirmative Action Plan on an annual basis.  This plan includes analyzing and reporting on Institution demographics, such as veterans and individuals with disabilities and developing action goals. We have become aware that the data required to complete the Affirmative Action Plan and report to the government is not accurate and in many cases missing. We must report accurately and conduct analytics for purposes of ensuring we are fulfilling our EEO obligations. 

This is where you come in. 

We need every employee to participate in this survey which will provide us with the information necessary to complete the Affirmative Action Plan and required reporting.  Please note, within the survey, you have the option to select Opt-Out.  Please do this as soon as possible to avoid annoying reminder emails and phone calls.  You will need your LDAP username and LDAP password to access the questionnaire.  If you do not remember your LDAP password, please contact the Information Services  help desk at ext. 2439 or

Click here for your 1 minute Questionnaire to begin.  You will receive a confirmation email of your responses upon completion.

We truly appreciate your assistance and we look forward to ensuring that the Institution is in compliance with all requirements.

Realizing some of our employees are on vacation or away from email we will anticipate everyone’s responses no later than 06-30-16.

Additional information regarding the purpose of Affirmative Action Programs is located on the HR Intranet – Click here to read:  Affirmative Action Plan Purpose


Kathi Benjamin

Director, Human Resources and EEO Officer

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

266 Woods Hole Road, MS 15

Woods Hole, MA  02543

Office    508-289-2705

Fax          508-457-2173

Mobile   774-392-2147


New Web-Based WHOI Employee Self-Serve Defined Benefit Calculator

On December 28, 2015 the Human Resources Department together with Towers Watson will roll out a web-based benefit modeling calculator for current employees who are Defined Benefit (DB) Plan participants.  This tool is called “Employee Self-Serve” (ESS); and it allows participating employees to formulate multiple retirement distribution scenarios/estimates at a time, save estimate history and revisit different scenarios of estimated DB plan benefits.  The system is not accessible to current employees who have previously taken a distribution from the Plan, for past employees and for those hired on or after 1/1/2009 when the DB plan was closed to new participants.  Once the site is available on December 28, 2015, current employees participating in the DB plan will receive an email with ESS access instructions.

2016 403(b) IRS Limits

The IRS recently announced cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for tax year 2016. These changes will occur for the first payroll of 2016 which is the period December 27-January 9, 2016 for pay date January 15, 2016. You can make changes to your 403(b) Defined Contribution employee amount anytime during the year through the Transamerica site . Those turning age 50 or older in 2016 are eligible for the Age 50+ Catch-Up throughout the year.

For more information on the limits, please refer to the link above. (2016 403(b) Limits).

Recent Job Announcements

Director of Corporate Sponsored Research
Production Engineering Manager
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Our Mission

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is dedicated to research and education to advance understanding of the ocean and its interaction with the Earth system, and to communicating this understanding for the benefit of society.

Total Rewards

To achieve its overall mission, an integral part of WHOI’s strategy is to attract, recruit, and retain a world-class staff, representing a diversity of people, backgrounds and ideas.  To that end, we are driven to provide a total rewards package that supports these initiatives and complements WHOI’s culture and values.

What are total rewards?
Simply put, total rewards is the monetary and non-monetary return provided to employees of WHOI in exchange for their time, talents, efforts and results.  It involves these key elements: compensation, benefits, work-life, performance and recognition, and development and career opportunities.

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Last updated: June 13, 2016