Job Classification Plan
A classification plan is a systematic process for grouping jobs into common classifications based on similarities in duties, responsibilities and requirements. The Personnel Commission is responsible for maintaining a classification plan for all positions in the classified service organized by class series and job discipline. This list of job classifications contains designation of the salary range applicable to each job classification. You can access the list here.
The purpose of a classification plan is to appropriately classify positions on the basis of “like pay for like service.” This framework of grouping jobs into classifications provides the basis for key talent management deliverables, including employee recruitment & selection, performance management, training, pay equity, job allocation, role clarification, and succession planning.
A position is a combination of duties regularly performed by one person. Positions can be permanent, temporary, part-time, or full-time. A job classification consists of one position (for example, Director of Budget) or group of positions (for example, Accounting Specialists).
In establishing a classification plan for the District, the Personnel Commission seeks to maintain a reasonable balance between broad and narrow classifications. Broad groupings have been found to be more appropriate to entry-level positions and narrow groupings to be more effective for technical and specialized positions.
Positions assigned to a single classification must have duties and responsibilities sufficiently similar so that each position in that classification:
- Can be given the same classification title.
- Has essentially the same requirements of education and experience
- Can be filled through the same pre-employment testing process.
- Can equitably receive the same compensation.