Brandeis offering buyout packages to about 150 staff members to address budget deficit

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Brandeis University is offering voluntary early retirement buyout packages to about 150 members of its staff to address a projected $6.5 million budget deficit.

The buyouts – offered to staff 60 years or older with 10 or more years of service at Brandeis by April 1, 2014 — do not apply to faculty members, university spokeswoman Ellen de Graffenreid said.

“Administrative staffing needs change over time, which can lead to some areas that are overstaffed and, frankly, some areas that are understaffed,” she said in an e-mail to the Globe. “The voluntary early retirement program is intended to help balance out staffing and workloads to make our operations more efficient and effective.”

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