Note: The Academic Affairs Realignment has been completed as of July 1, 2021. The information contained in this section of the website will remain available through August 31, 2021. Please contact email@example.com if you have any questions about the transition.
- I serve in a staff role in one of the impacted areas, when will I know if and what my new assignment will be (including reporting lines)
- How will any changes to my job description and possible transfer be determined?
- Will my compensation change because of a transfer?
- Can I refuse a transfer?
- Will my title change because of a transfer?
- Will I be required to serve a new probation period in my transferred role?
- How will my performance be evaluated?
- Will staff have to reapply for their transferred position within the University?
- If my position is transferred to a new department, when will the new role start?
- What happens if I am not offered a transfer?
- Does AU provide counseling or wellness resources?
- Will there be additional staff-only meetings to discuss the transfer of positions?
- Who can I contact if I have benefits or HR-related questions?
I serve in a staff role in one of the impacted areas, when will I know if and what my new assignment will be (including reporting lines)?
The Provost’s Office, in partnership with subcommittee leads and human resources, are working to make this information available as soon as possible during the spring 2021 semester. The university will confer with SEIU about potential impacts on those in positions covered by a bargaining unit. You will be notified of your transfer by your new supervisor, along with human resources and a member of the realignment steering committee.
How will any changes to my job description and possible transfer be determined?
The Provost’s Office is working with subcommittee leaders and human resources to develop this information. The Provost’s Office has started to identify transfers so that employees will be performing similar functions in their new roles, although they may report to different units. In the unlikely event that there is an anticipated change to your job duties due to a transfer, you will receive advance notice of those changes from your new supervisor, along with human resources and a member of the realignment steering committee.
Will my compensation change because of a transfer?
No. When a position is transferred, there is no change in compensation.
Can I refuse a transfer?
No. Per university policy, at any time, a dean, director, or department head may transfer a staff member from one position to another at the same classification band within the same office or department, providing the staff member meets the qualifications required by the new position. The university also reserves the right to transfer any member of its regular staff to another office or department.
Will my title change because of a transfer?
It is possible depending on the individual circumstances. When a position is reassigned, the compensation remains the same, though the title may be adjusted based on operational needs.
Will I be required to serve a new probation period in my transferred role?
No. If your position is transferred, you will not need serve a new probation period.
How will my performance be evaluated?
You will continue to remain subject to AU’s Performance Management Program (PMP). However, after a reassignment, you may need to work with your manager to review or revise applicable performance goals as part of the transition into the transferred position.
Will staff have to reapply for their transferred position within the University?
No. In cases where a position is transferred to a new unit, the employee will receive the transfer offer without having to complete any application. Of course, staff may apply to other open positions at the university at any time. To view current open positions please visit: https://www.american.edu/hr/careers/.
If my position is transferred to a new department, when will the new role start?
If your position is transferred to a new unit, the effective date of any changes will be July 1, 2021. You will be given advance notice of the transfer during the spring 2021 semester.
What happens if I am not offered a transfer?
If your position is not transferred, you will be eligible for severance and benefits in accordance with AU’s staff personnel policy. Human Resources encourages you to review current open positions at https://www.american.edu/hr/careers/ and apply for any appropriate open positions.
Does AU provide counseling or wellness resources?
AU has multiple wellness resources for employees. The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) provides personal confidential counseling services through Dale Rampell (firstname.lastname@example.org) to all full-time and part-time faculty and staff members and their immediate families.
In addition, BHS is a supplemental resource that provides confidential counseling services and resources 24/7 to AU faculty/staff and household members. Employees can access BHS at portal.bhsonline.com (Username: AU) or 1-800-327-2251. The AHealthyU Wellness Program supports the health and well-being of AU faculty and staff through integrated programs, education, and resources. Employees may also contact Employee Relations at any time for assistance at email@example.com.
Will there be additional staff-only meetings to discuss the transfer of positions?
Yes, the Steering Committee will hold a staff-only meeting, on Wednesday, March 3rd. If you have not received an email invitation, please email realignFAQ@american.edu to register.
Who can I contact if I have benefits or HR-related questions?
Staff may contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Faculty and staff may also contact realignFAQ@american.edu with any questions. In Human Resources please contact the following for staff with questions.