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Office of the Provost
Non-Tenure-Track Faculty
Target of Opportunity Hire Guidelines

It is University policy that positions are filled through a search process. There are, however, situations when a search may not be required. Such hires ("Target of Opportunity") are to be considered business decisions made for the good of the University and are at the discretion of the Provost (or designee). Examples of these situations include, but are not limited to, a visiting appointment; an interim appointment; a short-term appointment in the case of unexpected leaves, resignations, separations, illness, death, or enrollment needs.

Target of Opportunity Hire Initiation and Authorization. To initiate and seek authorization for a Target of Opportunity Hire, the unit must generate a requisition in PeopleAdmin (complete the Position Details and Opportunity Hire tabs) for review by the Office of Financial Analysis and Budgeting and authorization from the Office of the Provost. This electronic requisition must be approved by the Dean's Office, FAB, and the Office of the Provost before any further action is taken.

Appointment Paperwork. After the Opportunity Hire has been approved, the following appointment paperwork must be prepared:

-Appointment Letter
Draft appointment letter must be reviewed by the Coordinator for Labor Relations & Faculty Affairs prior to obtaining signature
-Personnel Action Set-Up Form
-Salary Distribution Form
-Addressed Envelope

Once the approved appointment letter has been signed by the Chair or Equivalent and Dean or Director, route it and the above materials to Human Resources (HR). HR will forward the materials to the Provost's Office - Faculty Services for review and signature by the Provost. Faculty Services will then mail the letter to the candidate with other applicable information (e.g. Teacher's Oath, W-4, Employee Information Form, etc.) and route all necessary paperwork to Payroll for entry into PeopleSoft.

Accepted Offer. When the candidate has signed the appointment letter and returned it to the Dean, the Dean should forward a copy to Faculty Services.


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