Campus Messages

An archive of email messages sent to the entire UCSF community by the Chancellor and members of the Chancellor's Cabinet.

Career Tracks Implementation at UCSF

Dear Colleagues:

As part of a UC System-wide effort to attract and retain top talent for staff positions, UCSF is launching an effort to transition non-represented employees into new Career Tracks job titles. The Career Tracks job structure has four goals:

  • Implement a system-wide series of job classifications/titles that reflect primary job responsibilities and system-wide norms
  • Provide employees with better-defined career paths
  • Align future pay practices with the local labor market
  • Provide more transparent classification decisions and enhance reporting and analytic capabilities

Career Tracks is not a salary or compensation program, and therefore is not intended to affect employee pay when it is implemented at UCSF. The new classification system will provide a better foundation for making future salary decisions and help align unit objectives with organizational structure as well as resource and budget allocations going forward. The current scope applies to MSP and PSS jobs only. SMG, Academics, and represented employees will not be affected.

Implementation of Career Tracks at all UC locations is a high priority of UC President Janet Napolitano. Career Tracks already has been implemented at several campuses as well as the Office of the President, and implementation is underway at the remaining locations.

Building on UCSF’s successful Career Tracks pilot for Information Technology jobs during summer 2015, thoughtful implementation plans have been developed in consultation with leadership and department representatives for campus and health system employees. The campus is launching its effort to map current jobs to the Career Tracks structure over the next year, with all affected employees moving into new payroll titles and classifications at one time. The health system is leading the effort system-wide to create job descriptions for the healthcare environment and will have a phased transition to new titles and classifications beginning next year.

In the coming weeks and months, the Human Resources Career Tracks team will share more details about the Career Tracks transition and timeline that will be tailored to the needs of campus and health system employees. In the meantime, we encourage all managers, supervisors, and employees to review informational resources and training materials online.

We are enthusiastic about the progress UCSF has made toward implementing Career Tracks, because it lays the foundation for initiatives related to career development, staff recognition and reward programs, and performance management, all of which are crucial to recruitment and retention of the staff who help make UCSF an outstanding institution.

Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor

Mark Laret
President and Chief Executive Officer
UCSF Health