EPA Administration

EPA Administration serves as the primary office for the administration of academic, research, and professional personnel positions that are exempt from the State Personnel Act (EPA), other than faculty reappointment, promotion and tenure processes.

We provide a broad range of EPA personnel activities including policy development and administration, establishment of EPA positions, organizational development/change pertaining to EPA positions, EPA employment processes and EPA compensation administration.

We are your university functional experts on initial personnel appointments and appointment changes, providing expertise, consultation, and training to senior leadership, campus hiring managers, and your unit HR administrators.

EPA Consultations

EPA Administration provides assistance and consultation concerning your EPA academic, research, professional, public service, and extension personnel positions requirements. To initiate an EPA consultation, email or call Jessie Sova, Ryan Bernarduci, or Mary Richardson.

Adalia A. “Jessie” Sova Ryan Bernarduci Mary Richardson
Adalia A. “Jessie” Sova
Director, EPA Administration
919.515.4315
aasova@ncsu.edu
Ryan Bernarduci
HR Consultant
919.513.7630
ryan_bernarduci@ncsu.edu
Mary Richardson
HR Consultant
919.513.0765
mtricha2@ncsu.edu

What is EPA?

As a State entity, the University of North Carolina (UNC) system is subject to the State Personnel Act. University positions are administered in accordance with the provisions and requirements of that Act. Positions covered by the Act are referred to as “SPA” positions. However, four categories of positions have been largely exempted from coverage under the Act. Positions considered “EPA” (Exempt from the Personnel Act) fall in these categories:

  • Instructional positions
  • Research positions
  • Public Service / Extension positions
  • Senior Academic & Administrative Officer (“SAAO”) positions

Agreements between UNC-General Administration (UNC-GA) and the Office of State Human Resources (OSHR) allow the delegation of authority for establishing Instructional, Research, Public Service/Extension positions to certain campuses, and NC State University has been granted that delegated authority.

In addition to the requirement of instructional, research, public service/extension or administrative duties, all EPA positions require the completion of an advanced degree, usually a master’s degree or above or equivalent independent experience in comparable instructional or educational activities or a comparable record of independent research productivity, as a minimum educational qualification.

Authority has not been delegated to individual campuses for most positions in the fourth category (SAAO); except --- by practice – associate/assistant vice chancellors, associate/assistant deans, and associate/assistant/vice provosts. In order for a position to be established or reclassified as SAAO, a request must be submitted by a campus Chancellor (or the chief HR officer, if authorized as the Chancellor’s designee) to the EPA HR Advisory Board to the President, or HRAB-EPA. Upon recommendation of HRAB-EPA, the UNC System President makes the final determination of all SAAO designations and issues a formal notification.

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