Job Classification/Employee Reclassification

Job Classifications

Iowa State University's classification system is a process for systematically analyzing, evaluating and cataloging jobs within the organization. Positions at Iowa State University are described in detail in a position description and responsibilities (PDR) document. 

Professional and Scientific (P&S): The P&S classification structure consists of job families that categorize jobs performing work in the same occupation (e.g. finance, health services, human resources), job categories that describe the type of work (support, professional and management) and job levels that outline levels within each category based on the scope, complexity, responsibility and impact of decisions.

At-willAll employees holding positions with professional and scientific classification titles are covered by P&S policies except those whose administrative policy-making or other responsibilities make it inappropriate for them to be granted regular appointments under the professional and scientific policies.

Merit (Organized): Classifications fall within the organized merit pay matrix and are covered by the AFSCME Collective Bargaining Agreement between the State of Iowa and AFSCME. These employees are covered by the rules indicated within the contract, as well as any Merit rules in the Iowa code that relate to items not covered in the collective bargaining agreement. On those issues not addressed in the collective bargaining agreement, the Merit Rules apply. 

Supervisory Merit (Non-Organized): Classifications fall within the non-organized pay matrix and are not covered by the AFSCME Collective Bargaining Agreement.  

Confidential Merit (Non-Organized): A position is identified as a confidential position due to the nature of job responsibilities which give the employee potential access to information subject to use by the employer in negotiating and/or access to information that raises a conflict of interest with other bargaining unit employees. These employees are covered by the provisions of the State Board of Regents Merit System Rules.