Several factors contribute to offering fair and competitive pay, and we are diligently working to improve our processes, classifications and pay structures. This page is dedicated to informing you of current initiatives and next steps, and we invite your feedback about our progress and the changes we are making.

Project Overview

Phase 1 – Staff Position Descriptions (Complete)

Effective July 3, 2017, a new position description form was introduced—making it easier and more effective to create and update staff position descriptions.

The form captures the various components of a specific position and is a critical component of evaluating performance. It replaces the position description questionnaire (PDQ) and should be used by supervisors who are reorganizing departments, creating new positions, filling vacant positions or submitting positions for evaluation and reclassification. Accurate and up-to-date position descriptions also are important for evaluating performance and making decisions about pay.

Phase 2 – Job Families (June 2017 – Summer 2018)

Once positions are accurately described, it’s important to group them by similar types of work and required training, skills, knowledge and expertise.

We are traveling to each UT campus/institute, meeting with subject-matter experts, conducting focus groups and gathering feedback to ensure the new and revised families are as comprehensive and precise as possible. We will also invite your review and input of templates once drafted. First job families reviewed will include human resources, accounting/finance, administrative, research, and medical/veterinary/human medicine.

Phase 3 – Market-Based Pay Ranges and Benchmarking (Summer 2018)

We will soon be conducting a system-wide market assessment to evaluate and identify gaps in pay and benefits based on the updated position descriptions and revised job families. The last system-wide study was conducted in 2011 with additional studies undertaken by each campus and institute in the last six years.

Statewide Work Team

Julie Hunt
Executive Director, Compensation
UT System

Tarah Keeler
Compensation Manager
UT Knoxville

Kirsten Schroeder
Compensation Specialist
UT Knoxville

Jennifer Daniels
Management Specialist
UT Institute of Agriculture

Pam Ledford
UT Space Institute

Laure Pou
Executive Director
UT Chattanooga

Tina Adams
Compensation Specialist
UT Martin

Demetriss Gilliam
Compensation Specialist
UT Health Sciences Center

Archived Announcements

June 28, 2016: New Position Description Form Available for Staff Employees