Types of Positions
There are four types of positions that a manager might be required to fill:
- Full Time Equivalent (FTE) - A numerical value expressing a percentage of time in hours and of funds related to a particular position authorized by the General Assembly. For example, one full-time 12-month position equals 1.0 FTE, while a 9-month faculty position equals .75 FTE.
- Temporary (including Floaters) - A full-time or part-time non-FTE position created for a period of time not to exceed one year.
- Research Grant Position (RGP) - A non-FTE position specified in and funded by a federal grant, public charity grant, private foundation grant or research grant under the Life Sciences Act.
- Time-Limited Position (TL) - A non-FTE position specified in and funded by a federal grant, public charity grant, private foundation grant or research grant.
If you are not sure what type of position meets your needs, please contact the Classification and Compensation Office. For all academic positions, please refer to the Academic Hiring Packet [pdf].
New vs. Existing Positions
While every department or campus conducts the hiring processes a little differently, as a manager, there are several ways that will help you identify how to classify a job opening in your area. Ask yourself the following questions:
- What kind of funding or budget is available for this position?
- Is this an existing position that I need to refill?
- Is it a new position?
Once you have confirmed the need for a new position and have secured the funding and FTE approval, a new position description must be submitted to the Classification and Compensation Office for review and approval through the PeopleAdmin system. Position descriptions may be saved in a draft state within the system until it is finalized and ready to send for approval.
If you have an existing vacant position that you wish to refill, you should update the position description to ensure its accuracy. You may log in as a hiring manager to update the position description.
Please contact the Classification and Compensation Office, if you have questions concerning a position description, the online system or if you are not on the Columbia campus. If you have questions concerning funding or need to request a new FTE, please contact the Budget Office on your campus.
Analysis of FTE Baseline Allotment
As a State entity, the university must carefully evaluate and monitor the number of FTE positions that we create and employ. Therefore, it's important that you review your department's FTE baseline [pdf] before you create or change a position.
If this action will cause your department to exceed your FTE baseline, you will need to work with your division or college business office, or your campus budget office before proceeding. Below are the procedures to request an increase to the current FTE baseline for your area.
- FTE Staff Positions – System Wide:
Submit the Request for FTE Baseline Increase form [pdf] to HR's Classification and Compensation Office by attaching the completed form in the Position Description Documents section within PeopleAdmin.
- FTE Faculty Positions – Comprehensive Campuses and Palmetto College:
Submit the Request for FTE Baseline Increase form [pdf] to HR Class and Comp at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- FTE Faculty Positions – Columbia Campus Only:
Submit the Academic Position Request form [pdf] to the Provost Office. If the request causes your college to exceed their FTE baseline, the Request for FTE Baseline Increase form [pdf] must also be attached. If the Provost Office approves, both forms will be forwarded to HR Class and Comp for review.
HR's Classification and Compensation Office will review all requests, coordinate with the Budget Office and let you know whether the FTE request has been approved.