realigns, shifts focus to recruitment
The dawn of the new classified pay
plan and the tight local labor market have led to a reorganization
at Human Resources.
The essence: a new emphasis on beating the bushes for the best
Division of Employment and Classification's classification functions
are being split off into the Compensation Division, in order to
"more properly align classification with the compensation function,
as we have now moved from a classification-based pay system to
a compensation-based pay system," Chief Human Resource Officer
Thomas E. Gausvik wrote in a memo to the University community.
rest of the division has been renamed the University Staffing
Division. Its aim is to be more proactive in filling open positions
at the University in the face of the area's low unemployment rate
and stiff competition from other employers, a situation Gausvik
called a "talent war." The need is particularly acute for information
technology professionals and laboratory technicians, he said.
new pay plan allows HR to push salary and hiring decisions into
the hands of managers throughout the University and devote more
resources to recruitment. It's all part of implementing a plan
formulated two years ago, Gausvik said.
focus in the past has been more passive, more relying on traditional
methods," he said. Rather than placing newspaper ads and occasionally
attending high school career fairs, then waiting for the applications
to come in, HR personnel will travel to recruit at other colleges
and at regional and national conferences. They will seek out former
members of the armed forces, send out mailings, and even contact
talented professionals who are not currently in the job-search
market. They are also combing their own records back to 1990,
looking for inactive applicants with desired qualifications.
going to candidates, to try to talk face-to-face as much as we
can," Gausvik said. "If we want to be in the game, we
have to be in the game -- we can't sit on the bench and be an
The department will also put more emphasis on retention, which
Gausvik said "first and foremost has to be the number one concern
of any manager in the institution."
reorganization carries with it several personnel changes.
David Ripley is the new chief compensation officer, leading the
classified and compensation function. He will be assisted by new
assistant director of classification Angelee Godbold and new assistant
director of compensation Jonette Aughenbaugh.
Childs-White has taken charge of the University Staffing Division
as chief staffing officer.
Martha Garland has been named deputy chief human resources officer,
assisting Gausvik in the day-to-day operations of HR and overseeing
special projects, including implementation of the Integrated Systems
Project within HR.