Classification and Compensation Project

The Classification and Compensation project is foundational to the university's strategic goal of enhancing its position as an employer of choice. Being an employer of choice means ensuring each individual feels valued, facilitating flexibility that serves both personal and university needs, and connecting faculty and staff members to the U of A's land-grant mission.


Project Goals
  • A transparent job classification architecture and competitive compensation structure that attracts and retains top talent, rewards exceptional performance, and increases employee engagement.
  • Clear career pathways for growth, development and potential progression.
  • Accessible tools and development resources that support and inspire employees to reach career aspirations.
Benefits for Employees and the University
  • Job families and job profiles for staff roles that better represent responsibilities, based on input from subject matter experts across campus.
  • Enhanced organization of positions into logical job groupings to compare and ensure pay equity among positions with similar responsibilities.
  • Greater clarity and efficiency of processes and administration of compensation.

Career Levels & Career Streams

Staff positions are categorized into three career streams based generally on degree of responsibility. Each stream contains a series of levels that defines career progression toward more job complexity, knowledge and responsibility.

(OC1 - OC3)

Operational Contributors are usually hourly. This career stream provides organizational support or service (administrative or clerical) or does “hands-on” technical or craft work.

(PC1 - PC4)

Professional Contributors are typically salaried, except perhaps at entry level. This career stream requires specialized knowledge or skills, often gained through postsecondary education, and oversees design and application of processes, programs or policies.

(M1 - M5)

Manager & Leaders oversee an area of responsibility while directing the work of three or more employees. This career stream manages strategy and policy development.