The Ufirst Project


August 30, 2017, 12:00am
The Ufirst Talent Management team met with Nursing Leadership at the Medical Center earlier this month. Nursing has the largest staff population (2,500+!) and competency demonstration and tracking are heavily regulated by the Joint Commission. Additionally, they have leading Talent Management practices (e.g., certifications, PM goal setting and feedback) that they participate in as a part of their Magnet designation.
In the meeting, a demonstration of Workday, targeted specifically to Medical Center needs, was shown. Key components included Talent Profile, Performance Management, and new hire and ongoing/annual competency management.
Meeting participants were very engaged and voiced appreciation for being included in these early planning discussions, which are necessary due to the volume of work to be done to ensure that Workday supports of nursing staff processes.
Comments from the meeting include:
  • "I am blown away by the fact that we will finally be able to track BSNs (Bachelor of Science in Nursing). This has been a pain point for years."
  • "This is exciting (competency tracking) but we (Patient Care Services) have much work to do to get ready."
Thank you to the Medical Center Nursing team for their partnership and their clinical expertise to revise and update competencies!


August 18, 2017, 12:00am

From Kelley Stuck: It is my pleasure to announce that John Kosky will be joining our team as the Assistant Vice President for IMPACT and Decision Support. John brings more than 17 years of experience as an HR leader in higher education.

The AVP IMPACT and Decision Support role requires a unique blend of knowledge and experience. In his previous role as a Human Resources Associate Vice President at The George Washington University (GW), John leveraged data and analytics to develop and direct strategies in support of the university’s ability to recruit, motivate, engage, develop, and reward employees. This included leadership of compensation administration, benefits strategy, wellness, work-life effectiveness, and rewards and recognition programming. He also served as Executive Director of Compensation Administration at GW.

Prior to GW, John spent nearly 10 years at Emory University. He designed and implemented Emory’s first-ever HR function focused on the work-life needs of faculty, staff, and graduate students, ultimately earning national recognition for the program by the Alliance for Work-Life Progress. John began his career in higher education at Clayton College and State University in Georgia.

John holds an MBA from the University of Georgia and a Master of Law degree from Emory, as well as numerous HR professional certifications (e.g., SPHR, CEBS, and CCP) and memberships (e.g., SHRM, CUPA-HR, and Center for Creative Leadership). He is a veteran of the United States Army.

I hope that you will join me in welcoming John when he starts his new role on September 1.


August 1, 2017, 12:00am

July 27, 2017, 12:00am
CHRO Kelley Stuck presented recent changes to the future-state HR organizational chart at the July HRCC meeting. These changes, based on feedback from across the University, resulted in the addition of nine positions. The changes exemplify the iterative nature of the Ufirst project and the ability to make modifications as we hear feedback and move through the transformation. Organizational chart changes will be posted on the Ufirst website the first week of August.

Overview of Changes:

  • Added 5 new HR Business Partner opportunities supporting the following schools/units:
    • SEAS
    • Batten / Curry
    • Arts & Sciences / Library
    • SOM / HS Library
    • Facilities Management
  • Upgraded from Business Partner to Sr. HR Business Partner for President’s Office, EVP & COO, SVP for Operations, Advancement, Diversity, Student Affairs, and Police Department
  • Added 2 new Talent Support, Academic opportunities
    • HR Assistant, Talent Support
    • HR Associate, Talent Support
  • Moved 2 HR Associate, Talent Support Health System, and 2 HR Assistant, Talent Support Health System from the Service COE to the Talent COE under Talent Recruitment
  • Added 1 HR Consultant, Organizational Development Health System opportunity
  • Added 1 Sr. Consultant, Performance Management, Health System opportunity
  • Changed reporting structure for the Health System, Senior Director, Service; this position will now have a solid line to the CHRO with a dotted line to AVP Service
  • Removed Manager, Medical Center Recruitment position and Manager, School of Medicine Recruitment position
  • Added 1 Director, HR Health System Talent Recruitment opportunity
  • Upgraded the Director, HR Talent Recruitment to Sr. Director, HR Talent Recruitment
  • Added 1 Recruiter, Non-nursing opportunity
July 1, 2017, 12:00am