Personnel Commission

Manager's Toolkit


Virtual Manager Drop-In Sessions

Meet with a PC Coach via Zoom to get support in navigating Personnel Commission processes related to hiring, promoting, position reviews, job descriptions, and more! Drop in sessions are available every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on a first come, first served basis. If you experience any difficulty connecting with a Coach, please call the Personnel Commission Office for assistance at 310-434-4410.

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How to Fill a Position

Depending on your operational needs, you may be considering either a temporary assignment or a permanent position. Whether the position is temporary or permanent, you also have the option of limiting your search to candidates from within SMC, or recruiting from outside of the college. The hiring processes may differ, depending on whether the position is permanent or temporary, and whether the candidates come from within or outside of SMC. This decision will also impact the amount of budget augmentation needed.

Types of Temporary Assignments and Time Restrictions for Classified Non-Management Jobs

There are time limits associated with temporary assignments. See the chart below for a comparison of assignments and time limitations for non-management roles.

Note: Some extensions may be available with provisional working out of class assignments for classified management and confidential positions, if a recruitment is in process, or at the start of a new fiscal year.


Flow chart depicting temporary employee hiring steps


Change in Job Duties

It is the immediate supervisor's responsibility to maintain the employee's duties and responsibilities consistent with the employee's assigned classification. Managers must report any substantial change in duties to the Personnel Commission prior to assigning the work to an employee.  If there are any substantial changes in nature of work or level of responsibility for a job you are managing, you will find the following sections helpful. Next steps will depend on whether the change is temporary or permanent, and whether we have an existing job that will meet your operational needs.


Cyclical Reviews

The Personnel Commission is responsible for continuously updating job descriptions for the classified management and non-management roles. Every fiscal year, the Personnel Commission Office works with the District and employee organizations to prepare a calendar of job description reviews. The annual cyclical review calendar is presented for approval to the Personnel Commission. 

The following factors are considered when scheduling studies:

  • Major changes or inaccuracies in duties
  • Turnover rates or recruitment concerns
  • Previous applicable studies
  • Scope of resources required

The primary purpose of cyclical reviews is to determine if the job description is an accurate reflection of the work assigned.  Cyclical reviews are not reclassification studies. However, both managers and employees can also request a reclassification study of a position anytime.

For more details, about the Cyclical Review process, click here.

Need Guidance?

Our PC team specializes in the areas of employee recruitment, pre-employment testing, job classification, and compensation analysis for all non-academic temporary and permanent jobs throughout the College.

We have dedicated PC Coaches who are committed to supporting College leaders as you navigate Personnel Commission processes to manage the College's workforce effectively. Here you will find useful guides, resources and forms to facilitate your talent management efforts. Additional resources are also available on the Human Resources website.

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