Employee Benefits Summary

NSBA provides salaries and benefits that are competitive with other employers in the metropolitan Washington, DC area. Regular full-time exempt and non-exempt employees are eligible for the following benefits:


NSBA employees earn a maximum of 15 days of vacation leave per fiscal year for the first five years of employment. After completion of five years of service, employees may earn a maximum of 20 days of leave per fiscal year. After completion of fifteen years of service, employees may earn a maximum of 25 days of leave per fiscal year.

Sick Leave

NSBA provides paid sick leave to eligible employees as part of its paid time off and total employee benefits program. Sick leave is for use during absences from work due to serious illness, injury, or disability that prevent employees from performing their job duties. Full-time employees may accrue a maximum of twelve days of sick leave per fiscal year, up to a maximum accrual of 90 days.


NSBA observes the following eleven paid holidays each year: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans’ Day, Thanksgiving (2 days) and Christmas Day. NSBA has designated Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday, Presidents' Day, Columbus Day and Veterans’ Day as floating holidays. Employees may elect to work on these days and take the holidays at another time during the fiscal year.

Paid Personal Leave

NSBA offers employees personal leave—in addition to vacation, sick, and holiday leave—for various circumstances, recognizing that employees occasionally require time off to attend to personal needs and other emergencies. Personal leave is subject to approval by an employee’s immediate supervisor and department director.

Health and Dental Insurance

NSBA offers health insurance and dental insurance plans to eligible employees and their dependents, and qualified same sex domestic partners, as permitted by law in the Commonwealth of Virginia. These plans provide comprehensive medical, dental, surgical, and preventive benefits associated with office visits, laboratory expenses, hospitalization, and prescription expenses.

NSBA offers employees three group health insurance plan options administered by CareFirst. Employees may elect to enroll in the BlueChoice Open Access Plan (HMO), BlueChoice Opt-Out Plus Open Access Plan (POS) plan or BluePreferred (PPO) Plan. All plans allow enrollees to visit any CareFirst participating doctor without a referral from your primary care physician (PCP).

Flexible Spending Accounts

NSBA offers employees the option to enroll in flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible out-of-pocket health care and dependent care expenses with pretax dollars. Employees can save money by paying for expenses with tax-free dollars. 

Two types of flexible spending accounts are available to eligible employees: health care and dependent care. The maximum amount that may be allocated to each account in a plan year is $5,000. Any allocated funds that are not spent within the plan year will be forfeited. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) determines limitations on eligible plan expenses.

Disability Insurance

The National School Boards Association provides disability insurance to eligible employees who are unable to work due to disability. Disability insurance plans are available to eligible employees after the completion of 12 months of continuous full-time employment. Disability insurance is provided by NSBA at no cost to eligible employees.

Life Insurance

NSBA provides eligible employees with basic term life and accidental death and dismemberment coverage to ensure income protection in the event of loss of life or limb. Employees have the option of electing additional life insurance coverage and limited dependent coverage for spouses and dependent children.

Travel Accident Insurance

NSBA provides travel accident insurance to employees traveling on NSBA-sponsored business as part of its comprehensive employee benefit program. NSBA employees traveling on NSBA-approved business are covered by travel accident insurance from the time they leave their home or office until they return from their trip. Normal commuting is not considered a part of business travel.

NSBA 403(b) Plan

NSBA assists employees in planning for retirement by providing the opportunity to participate in a 403(b) tax-deferred annuity program. NSBA provides nonelective (“base”) and matching contributions to supplement employee deferral amounts. All plan contributions will be made to MassMutual.

Tuition Reimbursement

NSBA provides reimbursement for certain education expenses to eligible employees to encourage personal growth and development. Courses and training must assist employees in their skills or work at NSBA. The maximum reimbursement amount for authorized expenses is $2,500 for educational and professional certification programs taken within each calendar year.

Flex Time

The core work hours at NSBA are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Full-time employees work a 7 hour day, 35 hour week. With supervisory approval, employees may elect to adopt a flexible work schedule and vary their work hours to start between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

Public Transit Subsidy

NSBA provides eligible employees a tax-free public transit subsidy benefit through the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) SmartBenefits® program. Transit electronic payment cards are accepted on a variety of different transportation systems in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Employees in regular positions with full benefits are eligible for a maximum public transit subsidy of $80 per month. Employees in positions with partial benefits are eligible for a maximum of $40 per month.


NSBA provides monthly parking to eligible employees in the lot adjacent to 1680 Duke Street. Eligibility for parking is determined on the basis of seniority. The upper level of the parking lot adjacent to the NSBA building is shared with other businesses in the Duke Street Square Association. NSBA’s parking spaces are identified with initials painted on the pavement. Eligible employees may park in any designated NSBA space. The cost of parking is $40 per month, paid through payroll deduction.

Employee Assistance Program

NSBA offers eligible employees access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). The program, administered through INOVA EAP, provides a confidential counseling and referral service for employees and their families in need of professional help or guidance.

Legal Services

NSBA provides employees and their families the option of enrolling in a prepaid legal services plan to cover general legal services. Employees are responsible for the entire cost of premiums and services received through this program.

Credit Union

NSBA provides the opportunity for eligible employees to participate in a federal employee credit union, a nonprofit financial organization that provides checking, savings, and loan services at affordable costs.


Teleworking is an alternative work arrangement that allows employees to work at home instead of physically traveling to the office every day. The National School Boards Association supports teleworking when such an arrangement can benefit both the Association and the employee. In general, employees are not eligible to enter into teleworking arrangements until after completion of a minimum of 12 months of continuous employment.

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