Compensation and Classification

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To determine the appropriate pay level assignment for each classification, five evaluation criteria—knowledge and skills, judgment, breadth and scope of the role, impact and accountability, and communication impact—are applied to each job classification as defined by their key areas of responsibility or outcomes.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Recognizes the level of theoretical knowledge and expertise gained through formal education relevant to the responsibility of the role.
  • Represents the applied knowledge and skills required to perform the duties of a job, without regard for how they are obtained.
  • Considers requirements of the position to include specific technical knowledge of a given field or discipline, certifications or licensing required to operate in the role.


  • Considers the level and complexity of judgment used in making decisions (e.g. whether according to clearly defined procedures, regulations, broad guidelines and policies, precedent or general principles).
  • Recognizes the degree of creativity and innovation expected in the role and the value it has to the college/division/department.
  • Considers the judgment and discretion exercised when dealing with sensitive and confidential information.
  • Recognizes the level of autonomy and independence of action in carrying out responsibilities (e.g. degree and type of supervision received).

Breadth and Scope of the Role

  • Recognizes the breadth of responsibility across the organization or university (e.g.  need to work across colleges/divisions/departments).
  • Considers the scope and complexity of programs as well as the size of the college/division/department.
  • Considers the need to integrate or coordinate activities across or within a function, college/division/department or the university.

Impact and Accountability

  • Considers the amount and level of influence the job exerts over the strategy and direction of the college/division/department or university and the ability to contribute to the achievement of the goals.
  • Recognizes the effect of actions and decisions, in terms of cost, savings, public image/reputation, relationships, or other variables realized from the decisions and actions typical of this position.
  • Considers degree of risk associated with role (e.g. impact of errors, risk of injury to others, risk of personal injury, etc).
  • Considers financial, programmatic and legal accountability of the role.
  • Considers the amount of functional and administrative supervision exercised in the role.

Communication Impact

  • Reflects nature and complexity of interactions with others.
  • Assesses the importance to the University of the working relationships within and outside the university, including students, employees, internal and external customers.