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Compensation program design

    University compensation program primary components
    The compensation program is designed around two primary components: (1) market-based salary ranges and (2) pay for performance. These two components work in concert to build an HR Plan that supports VCU’s Great Place Initiative. Each component of the compensation program is identified in detail below.

    University job structure
    The university job structure consists of 21 Functional Job Families. Each job family incorporates university-established jobs that span from operational, technical and administrative support jobs, through several levels of professional jobs, to management and executive leadership. The university job structure is established, reviewed, evaluated, and maintained by VCU HR. The established job families are: 

      1. Academic and Faculty Affairs
      2. Athletics and Recreational Sports
      3. Auxiliary Business Services
      4. Communications
      5. Community Engagement and Outreach
      6. Development
      7. Environmental Safety and Risk Management
      8. Facilities Management
      9. Financial Services
      10. General Administration
      11. Health Sciences
      12. Human Resources
      13. Information Technology
      14. Legal, Audit, and Compliance
      15. Library Services
      16. Museums and Fine Arts
      17. Parking and Transportation
      18. Procurement Services
      19. Public Safety and Security
      20. Research
      21. Student Services

    Salary survey sources
    VCU’s peer group for compensation changes over time as the strategic initiatives of the university are updated. VCU participates in and receives salary data from survey sources that include:

    1. Other national, similarly or slightly higher ranked universities in the comparable field as designated by Carnegie Classification System
    2. National and regional salary surveys
    3. All profit and nonprofit organizations in metropolitan Richmond

    Utilizing compa-ratio for analysis
    The formula commonly used by compensation professionals to assess the competitiveness of an employee’s pay level involves calculating a comparative ratio (compa-ratio). A compa-ratio is calculated as the employee’s current salary divided by the current market rate (the midepoint of the market range). Compa-ratios may be calculated at the individual position or organizational level. A compa-ratio of 1.00 or 100% means that the salary is at the market rate -- the midpoint for the salary range. A ratio of 0.75 means that the salary is 75% of the market rate for the position. A compa-ratio of 1.15 or 115% means the salary is 15% above the market rate for the position.

    Major components

    Virginia Commonwealth University
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    Richmond, VA 23284-2511
    Phone: (804) 828-0177

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