University of Vermont

Human Resource Services and Operations


Frequently Asked Questions

Why classify positions?

Like most large organizations, UVM classifies its staff positions to help supervisors communicate with applicants and employees about jobs, to help determine salaries, and to ensure compliance with laws such as the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Civil Rights Act, and the Americans With Disabilities Act.

What happens if my job changes?

Job duties may change with or without changing the level, title or salary associated with your position. If your duties have changed but remain at the same level of responsibility, typically your title and salary will not change either.

If your job duties have changed significantly and are at a higher level of responsibility, you may be eligible for an Off-Cycle Increase while remaining in your current title. If ongoing and substantial changes have occurred in the nature, variety, and complexity of your work, your position may need to be reviewed to determine if another title is more appropriate.

What  if a supervisor assigns duties that do not seem to be included in my position description?

Classified positions typically have a small percentage of duties that can be described as "other duties as assigned." If those duties exceed 5%, the supervisor should edit the position description and submit it to the unit's HR representative. 

How is a review/update of my position initiated?

Since your duties are assigned by your supervisor, a position update or review is submitted by your supervisor in PeopleAdmin. If you believe that your position needs to be updated or reviewed, contact your supervisor, your departmental administrator or your Human Resources Representative.

What if my supervisor has not shown support for an update or review of my position?

Contact the Human Resource Representative for your college/unit for assistance.

Where can I find a written description of my job?

The primary source of information about your job is your formal Position Description (PD). The Job Posting that was available during the recruitment process is a condensed version of your PD and may contain additional information. Also, a generic description/Job Standard for your position is available online.

Your ‘UVM Classification Title’ appears on the generic Job Standard and your PD. You may also have an individual ‘Departmental Business Title’ which may appear on the web directory.

Contact the Human Resource Representative for your college/unit to obtain a copy of your current Position Description.

What career paths exist at UVM?

UVM’s Career/Pay System is designed to facilitate the career planning process. Positions are grouped by different bodies of work so that employees can clearly identify what types of jobs are available and what minimum qualifications are required for each type of work. There are formal and informal career progressions, with details available on the web.

Last modified July 06 2015 01:13 PM