A Career Ladder is a process designed to formally progress a staff employee to a higher level of job responsibility within his/her current position. Since the employee and the manager work together to progressively advance to the higher level of responsibility, there is no need for a competitive posting process. The Career Ladder is basically a department-driven process, with 3 basic preconditions: 1) the department must have a genuine need for the higher level work; 2) the target position classification must be available for Career Ladders; 3) the employee must be both interested in the higher level work and able to demonstrate the potential to perform it successfully.
Career Ladder Benefits
- Can develop new skills and competencies at your own pace and in your current job.
- Can advance to a higher level of responsibility without competition and without moving to a different work unit.
- Can demonstrate initiative and willingness to work to further department and University goals.
Managers and Supervisors:
- Can retain valued employees who are motivated to advance their careers.
- Can attract high quality employees with the opportunity to advance within their positions.
- Can develop well-trained employees who have high morale.
- Can provide a higher level of quality and service to your clients.
An employee meets eligibility requirements for a Career Ladder if s/he:
- Is a regular (full or part-time) member of staff who is past the probationary employment period
- Is in a position that is classified at a level below that of true management
- Was rated "Meets Expectations" or better on his/her most recent performance evaluation
- Is not currently under performance management or disciplinary action
- Has not already completed two successive Career Ladders without an intervening competitive position change (see Vertical Career Ladders for more.)
Managers Please Note:
Not all UNM position classifications are available for Vertical Career Ladders. For example, high level administrative and operational management classifications (identifiable by a second digit of 7 or higher in the PClass Code - e.g. A7999) are not Career Ladder eligible (For PClass Codes see Position Classification Description Listing
). Departments must therefore contact HR to ensure position availability before developing a Career Ladder program for an employee.