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Recruitment Policy for Professional Staff

Policy Number: HR-54
Effective Date: July 2014
Last Revision: July 2014
Responsible Officer: Executive Vice President of Finance, Treasurer & COO


This policy provides guidelines for the recruitment and hiring of Professional Staff Members and ensures the University is effectively allocating human capital resources to fulfill critical needs.


This policy applies to all Professional Staff Member positions at the University, excluding Faculty Members and Professional Staff Members who are affiliated with a collective bargaining unit.


Implementation of this policy is the responsibility of the Department of Human Resources.


The Executive Vice President, Finance, Treasurer & COO is the Drexel University official responsible for the administration and financial oversight of this policy.


In an effort to effectively manage the University’s human capital, a 120-day assessment period/hiring deferment will be implemented for all professional staff hires. During the 120-day hiring assessment and deferment period, Managers and Position Control Committees will evaluate and assess the need for new or replacement of Professional Staff positions. The Professional Staff hiring process, as outlined below, will allow the University to ensure the appropriateness of positions and manage salary savings so that it is budgeted effectively. As part of the review, hiring managers are required to identify opportunities for restructuring to increase efficiency and better manage labor costs


Professional Staff Member is defined as an individual employed in any non-faculty category by Drexel University, including an individual who is deemed to be either exempt or non-exempt under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and/or applicable state law.

Position Control Committee (PCC) consists of selected members to evaluate the justification for Professional Staff Positions, ensure that a qualitative assessment has been performed and that all other opportunities have been evaluated (i.e. restructuring, combining staffing with complementary units, changing business processes, downgrading positions, etc.) before recommending approval to recruit for a Professional Staff Member Position.

College/School/Administrative Division Head is defined as the highest ranking administrator in a college/school or division within the University (e.g. Senior Vice President or Dean).


Days 1-60

  1. A request for recruitment must be submitted to the College/School/Administrative Division Head utilizing the Professional Staff Hiring Business Case Form [PDF]. This form must be completed in full and detail the necessity of the position. The form must be attached to the requisition within the Job Description tab in DrexelJobs prior to submitting to the College/School/Administrative/Division Head for review. If the College/School/Administrative/Division Head denies the position, funds associated with the position will be reallocated to support strategic efforts within the College/School/Administrative Division or University. 
  2. Position Control Committees will be established with individual committees per College/School and a single PCC for all administrative divisions (the “Administrative PCC”). Representatives for each College/School PCC will be selected by the College/School Division Head. The Administrative PCC members will be selected by the Executive Vice President for Finance, Treasurer & COO and will consist of representatives from Human Resources, Finance, Enrollment Management, President’s Office, Office of Equality and Diversity, Academic Division Representative, and three additional members from the Administrative Divisions who will serve on an annual basis.
  3. The PCCs will be responsible for evaluating the business cases and notifying the College/School/Division Head of approval/denial on a minimum of a monthly basis. Approval from the PCC to fill a position will be based on meeting at least one of the following criteria:
    1. Impact on the teaching or research mission of the university.
      1. Eliminating the position or a delay in filling the position would jeopardize the teaching or research mission of the university.
    2. The necessity of the position for the functionality of the unit.
      1. There are no other options available through reassignment or reconfiguration.
      2. The position is legally mandated and a decision not to fill the position would result in penalties to the campus.
      3. There would be financial or reputational damage if the position were not approved.

Days 1-60

  1. If the position is approved by the PCC, the College/School/Administrative Division can begin working with their respective Talent Acquisition Consultant in the Department of Human Resources on the recruiting process. Please refer to the link for information on the recruiting process.
  2. If the position is denied by the PCC, in consultation with the Senior Vice President, salary funds will be reallocated to support strategic efforts within the College/School/Administrative Division or for higher university priorities.
  3. Prior to posting the position, during the HRIS review step in the recruiting process, four (4) months of salary savings will be temporarily deducted from the position budget and transferred to the General University salary savings pool. This will allow the University to effectively budget salary savings each fiscal year.
  4. Once a candidate is identified and an offer is extended to the candidate, the hire date must be 120 days from the termination date of the prior employee or, for new positions, 120 days from the original submission date of the Professional Staff Hiring Business Case form.
  5. College/School/Administrative Division compliance with the Recruitment Policy for Professional Staff will be monitored, evaluated, and presented on a quarterly basis to Executive Council by the Vice President of Human Resources.


Notwithstanding anything to the contrary stated in this policy, nothing herein is intended to alter the at-will status of any Professional Staff Member. Drexel University at all times retains the right to terminate any Professional Staff Member at any time for any lawful reason, or for no reason at all.