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Georgetown University ranks as largest private employer in D.C.

(Published September 6, 1999)

Georgetown University, founded in 1789, is the largest private employer in the District of Columbia, according to the D.C. Department of Employment Services.

The university employs 8,596 people in thousands of different positions Ė as professors, administrators, food service workers, groundskeepers, lab technicians ó at its academic campus, hospital and law center.

The University has little trouble attracting employees, says public relations assistant Amy Demaria, because of its reputation for good benefits and the beauty of the Gothic-style campus. Out-of-town job candidates are often lured by the prestige of living in the nationís capital, she said, and academic candidates are eager to work at a university that is considered one of the nationís finest.

The university employs 3,520 faculty and 5,076 non-academic employees. Less than 30 percent of Georgetown employees live in the District. About 37 percent live in Maryland and about 33 percent live in Virginia, according to information supplied by the university.

About 44 percent of senior positions (faculty, administrators and senior staff) are filled by women. About 15 percent are filled by minorities.

About 667 employees, primarily maintenance and service workers, are members of Local 1199E-DC of the Service Employees International Union.

"Generally, relationships between the union and Georgetown have been good," said Larry Ginsburg, a spokesman at the unionís Baltimore headquarters. "Of course the hospital is under new management now, and we havenít had any contract negotiations with them yet. But, in general, the employee policies have been pretty good."

In 1998 average turnover among management employees was 7 percent. Turnover among hourly employees and administrative workers was 21 percent.

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