Career Path Development Project

The University of Vermont is one of the largest employers in Vermont, employing thousands of uniquely talented individuals. Whether just beginning your career or continuing your years of service to UVM, we are committed to being a mission-driven employer of choice.  


The Career Path Development project is rooted in the University of Vermont's committment to connecting its core values with the evolving needs of a diverse workforce. To do this, UVM has engaged Mercer, a worldwide leader in Human Resources Consulting, to help redesign HR processes and strategies that enable talent development, foster equitable pay, and speed up necessary HR transactions. The project is focused around these main objectives:

  1. Organize staff positions into a clear and transparent structure that facilitates career advancement, aligns with competitive market practices, supports internal consistency and equity, and reduces administrative burdens to enable quicker, more responsive hiring practices.
  2. Conduct a competitive market pay assessment to ensure UVM staff pay structures are strategically aligned with the external labor market.
  3. Create a clear compensation philosophy, pay structures, and administrative guidelines that strategically align with the external labor market and ensure internal consistency, transparency, equity, and efficiency.
  4. Develop a curriculum and materials to educate managers and employees regarding the principles and concepts of the new career path structure to establish and sustain clarity and trust.

This project is central to UVM's goal of building and sustaining efficient, effective, best-in-class human resource programs. The project was launched in September 2022 with a targeted completion date of December 2023. More information will be released as the project continues.  

Details About the Career Path Development Project

About Mercer

Mercer is a worldwide leader in helping organizations transform HR functions to deliver exceptional employee experiences rooted in flexible, efficient operations that foster interaction. Much like UVM, they too are deeply committed to diversity of thought and experience. That core human-centered approach, along with global expertise and innovative solutions for HR systems, make Mercer an ideal partner for the university as we move to improve our own processes and systems.

Learn more about Mercer on the Mercer website.

Steering Committee Members

Amer Ahmed, Vice President Diversity Equity & Inclusion

Claire Burlingham, University Controller

Britten Chase, Budget Analyst

Stephanie Dion, Assistant Dean College of Agriculture & Life Sciences/Extension

Kirk Dombrowski, Vice President Research

Jennifer Greaves, Administrative Operations Manager for Division of Finance & Administration

Trent Klingerman, Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel

Jacob Leopold, Human Resource Manager College of Engineering & Mathematical Science

Andrea Mast, Associate Chief Human Resource Officer, Total Rewards

Karmen Swim, Human Resource Manager Larner College of Medicine

Karin Tierney, Interim Chief Human Resource Officer