VCU is transitioning to a new HR plan that supports and rewards learning and growth.
VCU’s new HR plan will attract and retain the very best: talented individuals and teams that will help VCU achieve its strategic goals. The plan focuses on you — our most valuable resource. The new HR plan aligns the everyday work of VCU employees with the overall goals of the university, incentivizes the quality of service we provide to students, and modernizes outdated HR practices.
The new HR plan addresses what employees asked for in the Great Place Initiative surveys and town halls by delivering the following key components for University and Academic Professionals.
Career and professional development:
Identify, inventory and improve access to a range of learning opportunities supporting the expectation that all employees need to stay current in their field, develop their capabilities, increase competencies and prepare for career advancement.
Compensation, reward and recognition:
Implement market salary ranges and merit-based policies that encourage employees to influence their own pay by rewarding high performers who provide outstanding service, foster a vibrant learning and scholarly community, advance strategic priorities, promote the university’s values and influence change in a dynamic organizational culture. See the new job family structure and salary ranges.
Mentoring and networking:
Build “career communities” across the university that bring together practitioners in similar fields to create connections, share knowledge, increase collaboration, promote innovation, solve problems, strengthen competencies and enhance leadership opportunities.
Career advancement and promotional opportunities:
Design visible and flexible career paths that provide opportunities for “promotion in place” as well as advancement across the university. Offer different career tracks for individual contributors with deep subject matter expertise distinct from those who aspire to a supervisory, management or leadership role.
Invest in managers as organizational leaders through learning experiences, and increased training, networking and mentoring opportunities so leaders/managers have the competencies, skills and resources to create the kind of work environment where employees feel valued, where their success is supported and their careers thrive.
Develop and implement effective performance evaluation through a consistent process that provides a sound basis for feedback, assessment, career growth and for rewarding and recognizing high performers. The process will begin with establishing clear goals that cascade from the university’s strategic priorities to school/unit level to each employee, offering a direct line of sight from the individual’s goals to the university’s mission and vision. It will also include expectations in the form of well-defined behaviors that reflect the university’s values. Useful evaluation feedback will be provided on both accomplishments and behaviors with a coaching discussion of future career interests.
Leave and other benefits:
Ensure the university’s leave and benefits package is competitive and responsive to today’s workforce and that it supports the recruitment and retention of highly qualified and diverse talent.
What's "great" about the new HR plan
Simply put, the new plan rewards your personal learning and career development and offers opportunities for advancement that are not available in the current HR plan. This is a win for you, the employee, but is also a win for VCU as it is less costly and more productive to retain quality employees. VCU wants you to consider a long-term career here and is changing its HR plan to offer opportunities to make that happen.
Parts of the new HR plan will impact everyone
Even employees who elect to remain classified will still participate in the new performance management process. Part of this process is a career development plan for all employees. At the start of the year, you will work with your manager to set and achieve goals for your career development. You will no longer use a EWP, but will work within VCU’s new performance management software, Ram Talent Connection. For VCU’s managers, this process includes developing their leadership competencies.
All employees can also participate in the new career communities, connecting those in similar roles across the university to network and share information. However, only employees who become or elect to become University and Academic Professionals, the employee group under the new HR plan, will have opportunities for merit-based pay increases and career pathways. Employees in the new plan will have access to the new leave program, which is more modern and flexible, while classified employees will remain in the State leave program.