State of California Scientist Classes Competency Model

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How the HR Mod Project defined a draft competency model for scientist classes.

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State of California Scientist Classes Competency Model

  1. 1. Human Resources Modernization (HR Mod) Project Department of Personnel Administration State Personnel Board Department of Finance CLASS CONSOLIDATION & COMPETENCY MODEL CONCEPT FOR STATE SCIENTISTS
  2. 2. CLASS CONSOLIDATION AND COMPETENCY MODEL CONCEPT FOR STATE SCIENTISTS <ul><li>The HR Modernization Project was established to – </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>streamline and improve how the state hires, compensates, and promotes employees within state service; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>reduce the number of job classifications; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>provide easy to understand job descriptions and compensation guidelines for new and current employees, supervisors, and managers. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>design a compensation program that allows incentives for individual employee contributions, demonstrated competencies, and individual employee contributions . </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 4. HR REFORM BEST PRACTICES REVIEW <ul><li>States </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Arkansas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Delaware </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Georgia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Iowa </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Montana </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>North Carolina </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>South Carolina </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Virginia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Washington </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wyoming </li></ul></ul><ul><li>City and County of San Francisco </li></ul><ul><li>Los Angeles Unified School District </li></ul><ul><li>Canada </li></ul><ul><li>National Security Personnel System </li></ul><ul><li>Federal Office of Personnel Management </li></ul><ul><li>Workstream </li></ul><ul><li>Lohminger </li></ul>
  4. 5. What is a Competency? <ul><li>A competency is an observable </li></ul><ul><li>skill </li></ul><ul><li>demonstration of knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>ability </li></ul><ul><li>personal characteristic </li></ul><ul><li>that results in behaviors that are measurable and contributes to more effective job performance. </li></ul>
  5. 6. Types of Competencies? <ul><li>Two types of Competencies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Technical: acquired knowledge and technical abilities and skills (these competencies are often easier to see, train for, and develop) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>General (behavioral): competencies, such as communication skills or team member skills (are more difficult to observe and develop but are key indicators of how an individual approaches and accomplishes their work) </li></ul></ul>
  6. 7. Iceberg Model of Competencies Visible Hidden Values Self Image Traits Motives Skills Knowledge Source: Workitect Competency Modeling Training
  7. 8. What is a Competency Model? <ul><li>8-16 competencies with definitions </li></ul><ul><li>May be grouped into 3-5 clusters </li></ul><ul><li>Each competency may have </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A set of behavioral descriptors, or </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A set of levels (e.g., Basic, Intermediate, Advanced) with definitions </li></ul></ul>
  8. 9. Source: Workitect Competency Modeling Training
  9. 10. Source: Workitect Competency Modeling Training
  10. 11. CLASS CONSOLIDATION AND COMPETENCY MODEL CONCEPT FOR STATE SCIENTISTS <ul><li>Background: </li></ul><ul><li>Currently over 300 distinct scientist classes </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>175 rank and file </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>21 supervisory </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>98 managerial </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Approximately 3,200 scientist positions in 36 departments, boards, commissions and offices </li></ul>
  11. 12. CLASS CONSOLIDATION AND COMPETENCY MODEL CONCEPT FOR STATE SCIENTISTS <ul><li>Recruitment, selection and hiring - time consuming, repetitive, inflexible and costly </li></ul><ul><li>Job Descriptions & Qualifications - outdated and unrelated </li></ul><ul><li>Competition for a limited talent pool </li></ul><ul><li>Compensation structure - does not allow recognition for individual achievements, qualities, and competencies </li></ul><ul><li>Career advancement opportunities - Difficult to understand and restrictive </li></ul>
  12. 13. CLASS CONSOLIDATION AND COMPETENCY MODEL CONCEPT FOR STATE SCIENTISTS <ul><li>Benefits </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Assist employee’s advancement along the career and pay ladder at their own rate of development, based on successful demonstration of acquired skills. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Improve ability for better job-person matches. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Make better use of limited HR staff resources. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 14. Scientist Shared General Competencies Scientist One Class Concept Assistant (Trainee) Associate (Journey) Senior (Expert) DRAFT 06/10/08
  14. 15. SCIENTIST COMPETENCY MODEL PROCESS

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