Faculty Hiring Procedures

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  • Requisition
    • Hiring Authority creates a posting in PeopleAdmin from the Full-Time Faculty template. Upon completion, the hiring authority will move the posting to the Administrative Approver. See instructions below on how to create and route a posting.
    • The Administrative Approver forwards the posting to Budget for review. The requisition then moves to Compensation to ensure the proper funding for the position is available. Please be sure to insert desired salary - contact Jenn Drennen or Terri Orlando to discuss salary options (see Article 4.1 in OEA collective bargaining agreement). Once approved by Compensation, approvals are obtained from the Division Officer and the Provost.

    Instructions and Workflows:

  • Job Posting
    • Once the posting is has been reviewed and approved , the job posting will be finalized by the Office of Human Resources in PeopleAdmin.
    • The position will also be posted on Higher Ed Jobs, and the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) website for no additional charge to the department. These advertising resources feed to multiple other job boards for additional advertisement. Once the position has been posted, the Hiring Manager will receive an email from the Office of Human Resources indicating that the position has been posted, inviting the Hiring Manager to review the postings with the provided link and asks the Hiring Manager to nominate search committee members.
    • Additional advertisement,  if requested, is coordinated in Human Resources and paid by the department. The department will be required to provide a chargeback FOAP number prior to placing any advertising. The Office of Human Resources will contact the appropriate advertising agency or seek information from the requested resource and provide the posting details. A quote will be obtained prior to finalizing the advertisement.  The hiring manager will be able to approve the quoted price before any advertisement is placed.
  • Search Committee
    • The search committee is formed within the department by the hiring manager. Search committees for Faculty positions have a minimum of three members.  Members are nominated by the department chair and dean in faculty searches. The Hiring Manager has the ability to name one member of the committee as the search committee chair.  If the department chair serves as a search committee member or search committee chair, they forfeit their right to serve as hiring manager.  The dean will be required to act as hiring manager. Search committee members are required to complete the search committee training and renew their certificate on an annual basis.
    • Information to Consider when Selecting Committee Members – It is important that the Hiring Manager contact all potential members of search committees before submitting their names to the Office of Human Resources. Serving on a search committee is a commitment and the Hiring Manager will need to ensure that the nominees have both the time and inclination to serve on a committee.

      The Hiring Manager should select members of the search committee that:

      • Understand and respect the principles of affirmative action and equal opportunity;
      • Have the time necessary to commit to a thorough search process;
      • Are diverse and represent a variety of perspectives;
      • Have the ability to make astute comparisons of applicants;
      • That are willing to complete the training required.
    • Search Committee Chair Responsibilities: The chair of the search committee is responsible for ensuring that the search committee completes its work in a timely manner consistent with YSU policies and state and federal law. This responsibility includes overseeing the work of the search committee including the preparation of evaluation criteria, interview questions and coordinating committee meetings. The chair also serves as a liaison between the search committee, the hiring authority, HR and EOPD.  The search committee chair is also responsible for all appropriate search committee paperwork. The Search Committee Chair Checklist* outlines the responsibilities of the search committee chair. 
    • After the search chair is named and notified, they will arrange an initial meeting for the Search Committee. The hiring manager should attend the initial meeting of the search committee to give the chair and other members more detailed information about the position itself and the type of experience and qualifications the successful candidate should possess. The hiring manager should also discuss a timeline with the committee to submit their top candidates for interviews with the hiring manager, as well as how many finalists the hiring manager is expecting to interview. 
    • The search committee reviews applicants based on established criteria.
    • Once the EOPD has moved the requested applicants to the workflow state of interview, the chair and committee may schedule and conduct first round applicant interviews.
    • Hiring managers may limit candidate reimbursement for bringing a candidate to campus when budgetary constraints exist.  Search committees may use Skype or other interview methods for cost savings. As a practice, accommodations and expenses will not be offered for candidates living within 50 miles of the University
    • The interview is one of the most critical stages in the evaluation process and is generally the first opportunity for the search committee to interact with an applicant and for an applicant to learn about YSU. Behavioral based interviewing is the preferred method for all YSU positions. Effective search committees:
      • Introduce committee members
      • Are prepared
      • Let the applicant do most of the talking
      • Stay on track
      • Leave time for the applicant to ask questions
      • Are flexible
      • Are professional
      • Document the interview
      • Avoid prohibited topics (age, race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, disability, military status, marital status, family status, medical or health issues).
    • Following interviews and before moving any candidates forward in the process the search committee:
    1.  Consistently applies all criteria to all interviewed applicants.
    2.  Spends sufficient time evaluating the interviewed applicants.
    3.  Clearly understands its basis for rejecting or selecting an applicant

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    * For questions regarding guidelines and reimbursement procedures, contact Ghia Burzynski at ext. 3122.

  • Hiring Authority Interview
    • The committee will then forward their top candidates to the Hiring Manager for the additional interview stage; the committee should forward no less than the three top candidates, but that number can be greater if the candidate pool is extremely competitive.
    • The Hiring Manager should familiarize themselves with the contents of the Pre-Hire Checklist prior to conducting any on-campus interviews. If the Hiring Manager is considering adding any additional items to the offer of employment (temporary housing, increased moving allowance, etc.), the Office of Human Resources must be contacted.

    Instructions and Workflows:

  • EEO/AA Review
    • The Office of Equal Opportunity and Policy Development will be notified in PeopleAdmin for approval of the successful candidate.
  • Appointment Recommendation
    • The hiring manager will kick off the hiring proposal in PeopleAdmin.
    • The hiring proposal will be circulated for the appropriate approvals, i.e. administrative superior, dean, provost, appropriate VP or AVP, and president.

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  • Offer Extended
    • Once the hiring proposal is in "Make Offer" state, the Office of Human Resources prepares a former offer letter signed by the Provost to send to the candidate. These offers of employment are always contingent upon the results obtained from the background check.
    • The background check form is sent to the candidate through an email from Employment@ysu.edu.
    • The candidate will upload the form through our secure document upload, https://ysd.ysu.edu/humanresources.
  • Offer Acceptance
    • Candidate is provided an initial start date and a date and time for orientation. All new hire paperwork is sent through our electronic on-boarding system. 
    • Prior to the new employee’s arrival, the hiring manager should consult the On-boarding Checklist to ensure all necessary preparations are made for the employees transition into the workplace. A successful on-boarding process sets the foundation for a well engaged employee, who is a champion of the University’s mission, goals and initiatives; is key to maximizing productivity and retention; and enhances a new employees chance to succeed while reducing the level of frustration often experienced when starting a new position.

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