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Roles and Responsibilities

The Division of Human Resources, managers/supervisors, and staff all have a role to play in maintaining the compensation program and ensuring that the program is fairly and consistently managed.

Roles of the Division of Human Resources

  • Provide expert guidance, perspective, and support to enable managers and supervisors to make appropriate pay decisions
  • Communicate programs and guidelines to help managers and supervisors understand all aspects of the compensation program
  • Identify, collect, and analyze external market data in order to ensure alignment of Rensselaer's compensation policy and practice with its compensation philosophy
  • Maintain the competitiveness of the staff compensation structure by reviewing the market trends annually and, when appropriate, making adjustments to the structure to reflect market pay levels
  • Evaluate and determine appropriate job family, level, title, exempt/non-exempt classification (FLSA status) and salary range for each new position and for each request for reclassification
  • Apprise senior administration of compensation practices across Rensselaer
  • Maintain performance management tools for each staff position on campus
  • Ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations

Roles of Managers and Supervisors

  • Incorporate compensation administration guidelines into their performance planning and budget planning processes
  • Identify and correct compensation inequities
  • Apply established guidelines to maintain equitable pay practices within their areas of responsibility
  • Determine hiring rates and advancement increases based on established guidelines
  • Recommend performance-based merit increases within established guidelines
  • Communicate the compensation program, and any future changes, to their staff
  • Provide open, honest, and timely feedback to their staff on compensation issues, answering both specific and general questions about pay
  • Work with their staff to keep Performance Management Tools (PMTs) current
  • Use HR as a resource to ensure appropriateness of pay decisions and consistency with broad pay guidelines
  • Ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations

Roles of Staff Members

  • Use the tools and resources that Rensselaer makes available -- such as written materials, town hall meetings, and the HR website -- to understand the compensation program.
  • Discuss questions or concerns with their manager/supervisor
  • Work with their manager/supervisor to keep their PMT updated
Last modified: July 13, 2007
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