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Classification Criteria/ Series Concepts

Learn about job classification criteria and series concepts.

Classification criteria separate one classification from another. They also help determine the appropriate classification for a particular position. The series concepts contain information regarding systemwide job titles and specifications, most of which are applicable for UCSD.

A series concept includes information about the typical duties found in a job title, factors (including degrees of autonomy/ decision-making and responsibility) that influence the level at which the position is classified, and general qualifications for an employee assigned to a particular job classification.

Classification specifications are used to classify most positions within the university and are therefore useful to individuals requesting classification of new positions and classification review of current positions.

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The series concepts are searchable in two ways:

We gratefully acknowledge that UC Irvine provided major ideas and content and allowed us to borrow from their original job series information.
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