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IRPS Criteria Guidance

Instructional Positions

  • Requires a post-baccalaureate degree or equivalent independent experience in comparable instructional or educational activities. Also includes positions for which post-baccalaureate credentials are not required, or for which specific degrees or certification are required.
  • Supports the regular academic and educational experiences.
  • More than 50% of the positionís responsibilities support the academic mission.
  • Examples of positions that meet the instructional position criteria: Academic Advisors, Counselors, Practicum Supervisors, Academic Coordinators, Curriculum Coordinators, Athletics Coaching and Athletics Management, etc.

Research Positions

  • Relevant post-baccalaureate degree required; for candidates demonstrating comparable independent research productivity, will accept a relevant undergraduate degree and 3 or more years of relevant experience in substitution. May require terminal degree and licensure.
  • Substantial independence involved in research efforts.
  • More than 50% of the positionís responsibilities support the research mission.
  • Examples of positions that meet the research position criteria: Research Assistant, Research Associate, Research Scholar, Senior Research Scholar, Principal Research Scholar, Visiting Scholar.

Public Service/Extension Positions

  • Requires a post-baccalaureate degree or equivalent independent experience.
  • Substantial independence involved in the direct delivery of scholarship and research information to public audiences and clients and/or to direct staff or programs.
  • More than 50% of the positionís responsibilities support the public service/extension mission.
  • Examples of positions that meet the public service/extension position criteria: Extension Assistant, Extension Associate, Extension Specialist, Associate State Leader, Extension Agent, etc.

SAAO II Positions

  • Requires a post-baccalaureate degree or equivalent independent experience.
  • In general, the position must have substantial responsibility for assisting the primary officer in formulating, interpreting, and implementing policy and must function in a confidential and direct support relationship to primary officer or have direct responsibility for a specific sphere of operations within the unit.
  • For new SAAO II position(s) the UNC-GA Human Resource Advisory Board (HRAB) must grant SAAO II designation. As such, positions pending recruitment will not post until a decision on the SAAO II designation has been determined by UNC-GA HRAB.
  • Examples of positions that meet the SAAO II position criteria: Associate / Assistant Vice Chancellors/Provosts, Associate / Assistant Deans, Fundraising positions, etc.

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