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.
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.