Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) has entered into an agreement with Eric Hall & Associates (EH&A) to conduct a Classification and Compensation Study of all classified jobs. These include both Bargaining Units (Local 21 and BCCE), Confidential classified employees, unrepresented classified employees, management and executive management unrepresented classes.
The roles and responsibilities of employees, skill sets, working conditions, and environments change over time with technological and organizational advances.The goal of this Study is to ensure that job descriptions are up-to-date and that salary structures are equitable and market competitive. The Study will run from November 2022 through November 2023. During this period, EH&A will be gathering data from employees and their supervisors to review and revise job descriptions and to compare salaries with Districts that are most like BUSD in terms of location, grade level, and enrollment. The Personnel Commission will facilitate the study and then at the end make a recommendation to the Board of Education.
What is a Classification and Compensation Study?
The goal of this Study is to align job descriptions with the current roles and responsibilities of classified employees and conduct a market analysis of compensation for similar or like jobs in comparison districts.
Why conduct a Classification and Compensation Study?
Our ability to recruit and retain a high quality workforce starts with clear and carefully developed job descriptions that reflect the scope of work for every classification. An efficient and effective organization needs logically constructed job families that link and build positions upon each other, and in some cases, demonstrate career ladders within particular kinds of work. The roles and responsibilities of employees, the skill sets, and working conditions and environments change over time with technological and organizational advances.
Who is EH&A?
EH&A, a division of MTG of America Consulting, has been hired to conduct the Study. Based in Carlsbad, California, EH&A is committed to helping schools in key areas such as human resource systems, classification and compensation studies, business service systems, facilities planning and construction. The EH&A team brings well over 100 years of experience collectively working in and consulting with school human resources.
How will the Study be conducted?
In January 2023, every employee in the classified service will be sent a packet via email that will include: an introduction memo, a Job Content Questionnaire (JCQ) and a current job description. Employees will have two weeks to complete the JCQ. Informational meetings about the JCQ will be scheduled for classified employees in January 2023. A copy of the JCQ will also be posted here when available.
Whom should I contact if I have questions about the Study?
Charlie Castillo, Executive Director of the Personnel Commission, is heading the Study. Please contact Charlie via email (email@example.com) or by phone: (510) 644-8636.
What role does the Steering Committee play in the process?
The Steering Committee is a group of Bargaining Unit members,Confidential, Supervisory, and Management team members who will meet regularly to review planning steps, documents, and other factors in the Study. The oversight of the Steering Committee will help guide the process; approve communication with employees, and review and validate job description revisions, wage and salary surveys, and reports. Consultants from EH&A will also attend Steering Committee meetings.
The 2022-23 Classification & Compensation Study Steering Committee includes the following members:
Angela Long, Local 21 Field Rep
Stephen Collins, Local 21/Maintenance Manager
Mildred Scherr, Adult School Program Specialist
Jocelyn Foreman, BCEE / Site Coordinator for Family Engagement and Equity
Samantha Tobias- Espinosa, Assistant Superintendent Human Resources
Glendaly Gascot Rios, Director Human Resources
Malika Upshur, Human Resources Analyst, Classified (Confidential)
Rhonda Cervantes, Executive Assistant I (Confidential)
Shawn Mansager, Executive Director Special Education
John Calise, Executive Director Facilities Division
Bonnie Christensen,Director Nutrition Services
Charlie Castillo, Executive Director Personnel Commission
Erin Arinez,Classified Personnel Supervisor
Proposed Timeline of the Classification & Compensation Study
November 22 – January 2023
Project initiation, JCQ employee orientation & JCQ completion (done in 3 phases)
February – April
May – July
Draft job descriptions
August – September
Review job descriptions
September – October
Wage/salary survey and first draft of study conclusion
October – November 2023
Final review and study conclusion, adoption by the Personnel Commission and Board of Education