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Skidmore College Employee Handbook for Staff

Policies and Practices

Position Descriptions and Evaluations

Skidmore College has a position description review process designed to systematically compare jobs on the basis of 5 common factors that represent what the College considers to be of value.  These are called "compensable factors" and include 1. responsibility for results, 2. complexity, 3. relationships, 4. application of knowledge, and 5. resource management (considered for Exempt positions) and environmental elements (considered for Non-Exempt positions).

Job facts are usually obtained by descriptions provided through the completion of Position Questionnaires (PQ) and, at times, by direct interviews with Employees and Supervisors. The PQ is the source document utilized to re-evaluate a position. Two PQ committees (Exempt and Non-Exempt) have been appointed by President Cabinet members to review PQs submitted for re-evaluation. These peer advisory committees are made up of Employees representing a cross section of the relevant College community. Further information regarding the PQ review process is available on the HR website.


If you have questions or require additional information with respect to any Handbook content, please contact Human Resources (extension 5800).

Section 5 - Updated June 2021