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Career Tracks: Background

Learn the history of Career Tracks, a systemwide job classification structure.

Systemwide background

Career Tracks was first developed at UC Berkeley and was implemented in 2009 with the name “Career Compass.” 

Campuses proceeded to work on their own campus versions. In Fall 2012, the Office of the President began to provide assistance and consistency to campuses’ implementation of Career Tracks. A systemwide steering committee is currently working through a review of the many families of work and is developing consistent language for all campuses to use for non-represented positions. Draft job language is disseminated to the campuses for input from subject matter experts and the campus Compensation unit. As each family is completed systemwide, each campus can implement the new classifications/titles for its positions.

Families cannot be implemented until OP finalizes the systemwide matrices and makes them available to the campuses for use.

Families under systemwide review:

  • Finance
  • General Administration
  • Human Resources
  • Research Administration
  • Research and Lab

UC San Diego background

We are implementing Career Tracks in 5 phases.

Phase 1

At UC San Diego, we began Phase 1 in 2010 with Information Technology positions to develop language to reflect how work is done at UC San Diego by adapting UC Berkeley’s product to fit UC San Diego. 

The campus Human Resources Compensation Analysts worked closely with the campus subject matter experts on the Programmer/Analyst Advisory Committee (PAAC). The group reviewed UC Berkeley’s job language plus classification specifications and samples of our current job descriptions, consulted with a campuswide advisory committee, and solicited comments from departments with IT positions. The resulting set of draft job matrices for Information Technology work provides the bulk of the new systemwide matrices. 

Once the Office of the President finalized the IT matrices in February 2015, UC San Diego started mapping the over 600 campus IT positions to the new Career Tracks titles. PAAC served as the SMEs and were extremely helpful, not only in the development of the IT matrices, but also in the mapping determinations and discussions. The new JDOnline system with the Career Tracks job builder was ready on March 30, 2015. Compensation had preliminary discussions with departments and VC offices and sent out the final IT mapping spreadsheets to the departments on May 29, 2015 so the departments could start preparing the new job descriptions, using the job builder, to reclass the IT positions laterally into the new Career Tracks payroll titles.

Phase 2 and later

Phase 2 Career Tracks involved implementing more than one family at a time. Future families will be implemented as OP finalizes the matrices, and in phased approaches, mapping more than one family at a time. The mapping of positions will also be based on the appropriate timing for the families involved.

Historical documents

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