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Employee Benefits

The University's Benefits program is extremely comprehensive and among the most competitive programs available. The program is designed this way so that the University can attract and retain a highly qualified and diverse workforce. As a result, you have many choices and options that enable you to design a benefits program that best fits your individual and family needs.

The University offers all eligible employees the following benefit programs:

  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Retirement Plan
  • Tuition Remission
  • Tuition Exchange Program
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health and Dependent Care
  • Life Insurance (Basic and Supplemental)
  • Short Term Disability
  • Long Term Disability
  • Travel Accident Insurance
  • 529 College Savings Plan
  • Qualified Transportation Expense Plan
  • Legal Services Plan
  • Pet Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Adoption Assistance
  • Auto and Homeowners Insurance
  • Wellness and Disease Management Program
  • ZipCar Program

The Benefits Department Staff is committed to helping you to take full advantage of the many University's benefit programs. St. John's University is now using bswift, an online provider of benefits software and services, to help simplify and improve the benefits open enrollment process for our employees.  Think of it as a "one-stop-shop" for all of your University benefits, with information, resources and decision-making tools at your fingertips. Through the new bswift portal, you will be able to:

  • View the benefits you currently have
  • View benefits options and costs
  • Compare plans
  • Use decision tools to help you choose the best plans for you and your family
  • Update your life insurance beneficiaries
  • Receive instant confirmation of your 2016 benefit elections

You can also review our Employee Benefits Program 2018 Booklet (PDF) for additional benefits information.

The Benefits Department is also here to answer your questions, and to help you better understand your benefits choices. If you have any questions or wish to discuss benefit options, please call our benefits hotline 718-990-2363.


Benefits Hotline 
[email protected]
(718) 990-2363

Dominique Torres
Executive Director, Talent Engagement & Retention
[email protected]
(718) 990-6587

Grace Zontini
Associate Director of Benefits
[email protected]
(718) 990-2941

Soraya Casanova
Benefits Specialist
[email protected]
(718) 990-2020

Mirian Cepeda
Benefits Specialist
[email protected]
(718) 990-2077

Pattarin Devery
Benefits Assistant
[email protected]
(718) 990-6683

Diamond Chavaness
Part-time Benefits Assistant
[email protected]
(718) 990-5946