Career Tracks

What is Career Tracks?
Career Tracks is a University of California systemwide initiative that aims to review and develop common job standards for classifying non-represented staff positions into specific job families and functions. The old job series and titles are more than 50 years old and do not conform to market standards or the reality of the jobs we perform today.

Career Tracks was initially called Career Compass and rolled out several years ago at Berkeley. It is now being implemented at various UC campuses and medical centers.

Is Career Tracks good or bad?
Career Tracks may ultimately help in better job advancement opportunities with more transparency and better metrics. However, like many things at UC, the devil is in the details.

What will happen when I am “Career Tracked”?
You will be assigned a job family, a new job title, level, job description, and pay range. Your current job description will be used to “map” you to a new job title that theoretically most closely corresponds to your current job description.

Will my pay change?
Probably not. Campuses that have implemented Career Tracks have informed employees that the change in title and pay range will not affect your current pay. However, your pay range may move.

Will I have a say in my new job title and description?
It depends. Some divisions and departments have involved employees in an interactive process; others have not. You may need to advocate for yourself, so get informed and be proactive.

What happens if I think I was mapped to the wrong job family, title, or level?
There are provisions for appeal and review, but again, you will need to advocate for yourself.

What are best practices for surviving Career Tracks?

  • Be informed. Watch for webinars and presentations on your campus.
  • Visit your campus HR website for information or go here for a general description.
  • Request your current job description to make sure it is up-to-date because it will influence your new title. Ask your supervisor or HR department for the description. It is your right.
  • Have a conversation with your supervisor. Tell him/her you want to be involved and, if possible, to actively participate in the mapping process.
  • Talk with your coworkers and work together to see that everybody is treated fairly.
  • Review your new title and job description carefully.
  • Watch out for your new level! Some positions may change from non-exempt to exempt and vice-versa, likely with no change in pay. (“Exempt” and “non-exempt” refer to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, which defines what types of jobs are eligible for overtime pay.) Ask for what makes the most sense for your job.
  • Ask your supervisor to have your mapping reviewed if it is not correct.

The best way to protect yourself on the job is to become unionized.

UPTE is the union that represents thousands of UC workers across the state; we are organizing student services professionals like you.

For more information email us or call us at 888-740-8783.