What is “Career Tracks”?
Career Tracks is a University of California program designed to develop job standards for classifying non-represented staff positions. Many of the old job titles are more than 50 years old and do not conform to market standards or the reality of the jobs we perform today.
Career Tracks was originally called Career Compass and was rolled out several years ago at Berkeley. It is now being implemented at all UC campuses and medical centers.
Is Career Tracks good or bad?
Career Tracks may ultimately help in better job advancement opportunities with more transparency and better metrics. However, like many things at UC, the devil is in the details.
What will happen when I am “Career Tracked”?
You will be assigned a job family, a new job title, level, job description, and pay range. Your current job description will be used to “map” you to a new job title that theoretically most closely corresponds to your current job description.
Will my pay change?
Probably not. Campuses that have implemented Career Tracks have informed employees that the change in title and pay range will not affect current pay.
Will I have a say in my new job title and description?
Maybe. Some departments have involved employees in an interactive process; others have not. You may need to advocate for yourself and your coworkers, so get informed, talk with each other, and be proactive.
What happens if I think I was mapped to the wrong job family, title, or level?
There are provisions for appeal and review, but you will need to advocate for yourself.
What are best practices for navigating Career Tracks?
- Be informed. Watch for webinars and presentations on your campus.
- Visit your campus HR website for information or read the UC’s general description.
- Request a copy of your current job description and make sure it is accurate.
- Tell your supervisor you want to participate in the mapping process.
- Talk with your coworkers and work together to see that everybody is treated fairly.
- Review your new title and job description carefully.
- Be alert: Some positions may change from non-exempt to exempt and vice-versa. (“Exempt” and “non-exempt” classifications refer to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, which defines what jobs are eligible for overtime pay.) Advocate for what makes the most sense for your job.
- Ask your supervisor to have your mapping reviewed if it is not correct.