The Ufirst Project

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November 1, 2017, 12:00am

October communications updates with newsletter and website stats

October 16, 2017, 12:00am

From John Kosky, AVP, HR IMPACT & Decision Support: I want to thank everyone for welcoming me to Grounds so warmly.  Since I arrived in September, I have had the opportunity to meet with many folks in HR and beyond. I have been very impressed with the level of energy and dedication exhibited by all of you.    In my view, great days are in our future and I look forward to continuing the journey towards making HR an excellent service organization.

Among my initial tasks upon arrival was to fill two roles in the IMPACT & Decision Support organization: the Senior Director of Total Rewards (SDTR), who will be critical to the execution of our compensation, benefits and wellness strategy, and my Executive Assistant, who will be critical to keeping me organized and scheduled as we undertake the work of standing up various parts of IMPACT & Decision Support in coming months.

I am pleased to announce that I have made progress on both fronts:  Angela Durrett, Organization Learning & Development Coordinator at the School of Medicine, has accepted the position as my Executive Assistant effective October 30.  We have a strong candidate pool for the SDTR, and the next round of interviews is scheduled for this week.

As a part of my orientation to Ufirst, I gained the understanding that Total Rewards (benefits and compensation) did not have a Ufirst work stream assigned to research, analyze and design future state. Several HR staff in this area worked to accomplish process design, but the structure and hierarchy within Total Rewards was not evaluated in-depth. Now that I have had an opportunity to talk with current members of the project team and evaluate the work in that area, I have determined that the manager positions over compensation and benefits are more appropriately titled as directors. Both have a broad scope and significant responsibilities across both the Academic Division and the Health System, and both require significant experience.

All current candidates who applied for the manager positions will be considered for the Director, Benefits Administration and Director, Compensation roles, respectively.  In order to ensure a fair and equitable process, while not causing current candidates additional work, the Director positions are posted internally beginning today, click here, and remain open through 10/22. At that time, I will evaluate the qualifications of any new applicants. If no additional qualified candidates apply, I will make decisions on those two positions quickly from the existing pools of the manager postings.

The Senior Benefits Specialists and Benefits Specialists will report to the Director, Benefits Administration and all of the compensation analysts would report to the Director, Compensation.  Given the Director’s focus on compensation strategy, we plan to add another Compensation Analyst, and will choose the candidate from the pool generated by the prior Compensation Analyst posting.

Additionally,  the Senior Specialist, Wellness will be changed to a manager-level, Manager, Wellness, enabling the Director, Benefits Administration to focus specifically on the benefits domain in coordination with wellness.  The two Wellness Specialists will report to this manager.  We will post the Manager, Wellness position soon and conduct an external search.

We will work to update the organization chart in the near future. I appreciate your continued flexibility as we make adjustments to ensure optimal service for our customers, all in keeping with the iterative process that has been fundamental to the transformation from the beginning.

Thank you again for your feedback, input and questions as the IMPACT & Decision Support organization takes shape.

October 5, 2017, 1:18pm

September Communications Update including website, newsletter, and video overview metrics for the month

September 8, 2017, 12:00am

From Kelley Stuck: Bryan Garey, whom many of you know from his nine years of service in University Human Resources, has accepted a leadership position as Assistant Vice President, Talent. Since 2016, Bryan has guided HR operations for the Academic Division, and in the course of his UVA career, has led numerous initiatives that delivered process improvements and enhanced service. He brings extensive learning and organizational development experience, including design of the Center for Leadership Excellence at UVA. Bryan is also a key contributor to the Ufirst HR transformation project. His career includes stints at the University of Florida and in the private sector. Bryan holds a Master of Fine Arts from UVA, and a Master of Science in Management from the University of Florida, as well as several HR professional certifications (SHRM-CP, PHR, Center for Creative Leadership). He is active in the local SHRM chapter and is a graduate of Leadership Charlottesville.

September 8, 2017, 12:00am

From Kelley Stuck: Melissa Frederick will join the HR Service Community of Expertise as Senior Director of Service for University Operations. Melissa’s more than 20 years of experience brings knowledge from a wide breadth of HR disciplines to this position, which will oversee HR service delivery to the University’s operational units. Since November 2016, she has led the service delivery team for the Ufirst project, charting the course for how HR work will be delivered in the transformed organization. Melissa also leads the total rewards work stream for the project. She came to Ufirst from the UVA Medical Center where she was Director of Compensation, HR Information Systems, and Workforce Planning. In this role, she led workforce planning for the Medical Center and led redesigns of recruitment, compensation, and recognition programming functions. She also oversaw the implementation of a workforce management system. She holds an MBA from Medaille College in Buffalo, New York, and her work on compensation redesign is published in the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Association journal