UITS Philosophy Statement: Hiring of Non-appointed Staff
To fulfill its mission, "to create an excellent computing and electronic information environment for scholarship and the service functions that support it," UITS must maintain its ability to be responsive to changes both in technology and also in the needs of its users. A means of enhancing our responsiveness as a organization is to ensure variety in the skill sets of our employees and flexibility in our structure.
To this end, we employ not only full-time appointed staff members with varied backgrounds with different functional classifications and levels, but also part-time non-appointed staff members in temporary or ongoing functions of the department. Although many of our current appointed staff members began employment with UITS in the non-appointed ranks, budget constraints throughout this decade and potentially beyond will severely limit future such transitions. Therefore, to be fair to staff in these non-appointed roles, we must formulate and communicate a hiring philosophy and implement practices in conjunction with it.
Our goal is to make as many of these opportunities part-time as possible (i.e., less than 40 hours/week). As such, we will adhere to the 1969 Board of Trustees policy regarding priority for offering part-time employment on campus:
- Regularly enrolled IU students who carry six or more credit hours during the semester. Students in dissertation phase will be considered eligible with one hour of dissertation credit.
- Spouses of regularly enrolled students.
- Students carrying less than six credit hours.
Hiring students on a part-time basis supports University philosophy of part-time employment as student financial aid and UITS philosophy to return some of the benefits of the Student Technology Fee. However, UITS will adhere to this priority system only as long as applicants can be identified who are a) qualified to perform the duties of the position and b) have class schedules that do not preclude working the hours necessary for the job being advertised.
UITS will continue to have positions among its non-appointed ranks that are best structured on a closer to full-time basis. Typically, the candidates chosen for these positions will have a higher level of skills and demonstrated performance in service relating to computing activities. While supervisors may rely on the expertise and commitment shown by employees in these positions, it is important for us to convey to these staff members that:
- Non-appointed positions, while they have the potential for renewal, are considered casual and limited term by the University administration.
- University reduction-in-force policy requires the elimination of hourly positions, where viable, prior to layoff of full-time appointed employees.
- When a new appointed position is created currently being performed by a non-appointed staff member, that position must be advertised to all currently appointed UITS staff members and to all currently appointed staff on campus. Hourly staff have neither university nor unit seniority.
Our values state that each individual member of the University Information Technologies Services staff is a key to our success. This concept applies to appointed and non-appointed staff member, student and non-student alike. We will extend the same respect and consideration to all our staff members with the knowledge that our reputation is dependent upon our treatment of each other.
Non-appointed staff benefits
- Non-appointed staff who work in excess of 1,000 hours per calendar year are to be enrolled in the Public Employees Retirement Fund retirement plan.
- Non-appointed staff are also entitled to take one 15-minute break during each half-day of work.
Please see http://www.indiana.edu/~uhrs/policies/hourly/index.html for the campus Personnel Policy Manual for Hourly Staff.