- Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Adapted from a Virginia Seminary release
The Washington Post has chosen Virginia Theological Seminary as one of the top workplaces in the capital metro area. The Post ranked VTS 68th among 150 companies.
“Students and staff members participate in a number of community events supporting the homeless in Alexandria, and this past year, they hosted the seminary’s first Christian Rock Concert,” the Post’s summary said. “The nonprofit also pays for more than 80 percent of its employees’ health costs and offers on-site child care.”
“I am delighted that Virginia Theological Seminary has been selected as a top workplace,” said Kathryn Glover, MPA, vice president for human resources and institutional effectiveness. “VTS is committed to supporting its employees in their work to further the mission of this institution, especially through professional development and employee wellness programs.”
A “Top Workplaces” supplement, featuring VTS in the “Non-profit: Religion” category, appeared in the Post on June 22. Employees of VTS were surveyed in January and February on a variety of topics and then compared to similar organizations according to a national benchmark. VTS employees scored highest in personal and professional development, fulfillment in achieving a balance between work and professional life, and on-site childcare.
The Very Rev Ian S. Markham, dean and president of VTS, believes this award illustrates the depth and quality of the seminary’s employees.
“Virginia Seminary has men and women who do not see their work as a job, but as a vocation,” he said. “This creates a spirit on the campus that is special. And our staff give of their best to ensure that the many programs and activities of VTS are excellent. I am proud of the seminary and proud of the hardworking staff who make such a difference.”
More than 2,000 workplaces were nominated in the region; over 33,000 employees were surveyed; only 150 workplaces were chosen for this honor, including 80 small companies highlighted (50-150 employees), which included Virginia Seminary.
Image: Image of Aspinwall Hall at Virginia Theological Seminary by John W. Cross, via Wikimedia Commons