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Definition of Classification 

Howard Community College positions are evaluated for grade level by the human resources office based on the nature of the work performed, educational requirements and other knowledge. The specific factors used in evaluating jobs are:  (1) job complexity; (2) education and experience; (3) scope and impact;  (4) supervision received; (5) working relationships; (6) work environment; and (7) physical demands.  The resulting outcome of the evaluation is called the "classification" of a position.

Process of Classification 

In evaluating and classifying positions, the college uses one or more of the following:  job descriptions, personal interviews, position analysis questionnaire, and desk audits.  These provide a detailed basis for evaluating the nature and complexity of the work.  Requests for classifying new positions or reclassifying existing ones are initiated by the appropriate supervisor during the budget planning process for review by the president or the area vice president and the office of human resources during the college's annual planning cycle.  Requests for reclassifying positions can also occur during reexamination of the duties of the position such as at the time of recruitment or with a departmental reorganization.

Result of Classification 

The classification of a job may or may not result in a promotion or compensation adjustments for the incumbent.  Normally, when a job is reclassified as part of a college-wide compensation study, this will not be considered a promotion and will not result in a promotional increase.

Effective Date:  03/13/15