Total Rewards

The Heartland AEA total rewards framework is designed to support and reinforce our goals, strategies, values, operational and financial needs and the vision and mission of the Agency. It includes all of the tools available to Heartland AEA that may be used to attract, recruit, motivate and retain employees, as well as everything our employees may perceive to be of value resulting from the employment relationship:

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Pay Provided by an Employer to an Employee
Market-based Pay

  • Salary pay
  • Hourly pay
Premium Pay

  • Overtime pay
Variable Pay

  • Supplemental pay
  • Addendum pay


Programs an Employer Offers to Supplement the Cash Compensation that Employees Receive
Health & Welfare

  • Medical plan
  • Dental plan
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • HRA
  • Life insurance
  • AD & D insurance
  • Long-term disability insurance

  • Defined benefit plan (IPERS)

  • Vacation
  • Holiday
  • Sick
  • Bereavement
  • Personal
  • Leaves of absence

  • Tax-sheltered annuity (403(b))
  • 457 plan (deferred compensation)
  • Spouse/dependent life insurance


Organizational Practices and Policies that Actively Support Employee Efforts to Achieve Success at Work and Home
Caring for Dependents

  • Dependent care reimbursement account
Community Involvement

  • Volunteer time
Culture Change Initiatives

  • Diversity engagement
  • High-performance organization
Financial Support

  • Vision discounts
  • Cell phone discounts
  • Financial planning education

  • Flexible work schedule
  • Flexible workplace
  • Part-time employment
Health & Wellness

  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Wellness Program
Paid & Unpaid Time Off

  • Maternity/paternity leave
  • Adoption leave

Professional Learning

Learning Experiences Designed to Enhance Employees’ Skills and Competencies in ways that Enrich the Agency and Support Individual Growth
Career Opportunities

  • Internal job postings
  • Job advancement
  • Internships

  • Formal and informal mentoring programs
Learning Opportunities

  • On-the-job learning
  • Attendance at conferences
  • Access to virtual learning
  • Self-development tools
  • Leadership development

  • 1:1 meetings
  • Performance planning
  • Goal setting
  • Coaching support
  • Stay interviews
  • Performance reviews

Celebration & Recognition

Celebrations and Acknowledgment of Employee Contributions

  • Service awards
  • Retirement awards
  • “Star Staff” in HeartBeat newsletter and social media
  • Opening meetings with informal celebrations


Featured Total Rewards Programs

Heartland AEA is proud to offer, in addition to compensation and benefits, these “total rewards” programs that add value to our employees’ working relationship.

Diversity Engagement

Heartland AEA embraces diversity and inclusion by seeking out and hiring those whose differences are reflected in a variety of forms including, but not limited to, race, culture, perspective, talent, interest, ability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, language and socio-economics. Our goal is for all employees to be able to engage and work effectively with others different from themselves, treating each other with respect and retaining employees who strive to meet this goal. Heartland AEA’s Diversity Engagement Advisory Team provides resources and guidance and implements actions on issues related to diversity and inclusion.

Mentoring Program

Among the many supports provided to new employees, new certified staff members are paired with a mentor for up to two years. This opportunity provides an essential valuable resource for new employees to have support from a colleague who serves in a similar role. Being a mentor can also be rewarding through helping others achieve their goals and gaining a fresh outlook on new approaches.

Professional Learning

Heartland AEA offers opportunities for professional learning for employees to enhance their skills and practices to improve student learning. These opportunities include a variety of formats including courses for credit, workshops that offer the latest evidence-based professional learning and online trainings. Certified staff members may advance on their salary schedule with additional education.


Heartland AEA employees are allowed 4 hours of paid time off to volunteer with co-workers on philanthropic endeavors of their choice once a year. This is Heartland AEA’s opportunity to give back to the communities we serve!

Wellness Program

Heartland AEA provides a comprehensive wellness program for its employees encompassing career, community, financial, social and physical wellness. The Agency provides webinars, lunch and learns, treadmill and standing workstations, gym membership discounts and more. Among these are opportunities to earn Fitbits, cash incentives and more!