For Hiring Managers

Find tools and resources for hiring managers to guide you through the recruitment process in support of the university's mission to create a more diverse and inclusive culture.

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Identify Key Players

Determine who participates in the search process and plan what their role will be in the search. The actual assignment of roles and responsibilities should be defined at the initial planning meeting. One person could serve in multiple roles.

Department Head

  • identify and communicate the position that needs to be filled
  • provide the charge to the search committee
  • decide on the finalist to recommend for hire

Search Committee Chair  

  • receive the charge of the department head
  • carry out the mission of the search
  • coordinate all aspects of the search

Administrative Coordinator  

  • manage the UB Jobs application including input of position description and updating applicant statuses

Search Contact  

  • communicate with applicants both via phone and e-mail

HR Recruitment Specialist

  • serve as advisor
  • recruit candidates
  • marketing specialist for the search

Develop a Timeline

A thoughtful, intentional search plan is key to finding the best candidates. A great way to plan your search is using reverse order to plan the timeline for your recruitment. Start with the date you want your candidate to begin working and work backwards including all key milestones the search will require.

Keep in mind that the minimum posting period for each position type is predefined. Use the posting periods below and the key milestones of the search to develop a timeline.

Posting Periods
Position Minimum Posting Length
Competitive classified
10 calendar days
Noncompetitive/labor  classified 15 calendar days
UUP faculty Open until filled unless otherwise specified by the department
UUP professional Internal for 15 calendar days and external for 30 calendar days
M/C professional 30 calendar days
Research Foundation 14 calendar days
UB Foundations Activities 15 calendar days
Need a Longer Posting Period?

Request to post your position for a longer period of time by a note on the comments tab in UB Jobs.

Key Milestones

End of Internal Posting Period: If an internal candidate is identified before the end of the internal posting period, the external posting period can be canceled. The end of the internal posting period is the last day to cancel the external posting period.

End of External Posting Period: At the end of the external posting period, the search committee should decide whether the applicant pool is sufficient or if additional outreach is needed.

Interviews: The search committee can begin interviewing immediately after the position is posted. Starting interviews right away will help minimize the time spent interviewing candidates and can help shorten the posting timeline.

Recommendation for Hire: After the search committee has interviewed candidates, they must deliberate and decide who they would like to recommend for hire.

Hiring Proposal Submission: Once a recommendation has been made, the hiring manager will need to submit a hiring proposal for approval in UB Jobs.

Hiring Proposal Approval: An offer of employment can only be extended after the hiring proposal has been approved. Once the hiring proposal has been approved, the department can contact the candidate to offer the job.

Offer Accepted: When the candidate has accepted the offer, the department can coordinate a start date and begin making onboarding preparations.

Date to be Filled: The date to be filled is the start date for the candidate who has accepted the position.

Determine the Salary

Market data can help make effective decisions when determining salary. Market data at UB includes:

  • College and University Professional Association, for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) data
  • Current staff, administrative, and faculty roles
  • Departmental review of salaries
  • Organizational position reviews are available as needed
 
Human Resources will attach a salary analysis to all position requests in UB Jobs. The salary analysis can be found under the Supplemental Documentation after the position description is approved.

You must submit a position description request in UB Jobs in order to receive a salary analysis. Human Resources will not provide salary data for positions sent through email.

Develop a Position Summary

The position summary is the applicant-facing preview of your job. The position summary is a marketing tool and should not be a job description.  he first sentence or 300 characters is critical to draw an applicant’s interest to want to learn more about your position.

Writing a Posting

  • Information must be scannable
  • Create bullets with no more than 5-10 bullet points for essential duties
  • Avoid paragraphs
  • Make text understandable to external applicants – avoid UB specific language
  • Personalize your text (use ‘you’) – for example, “in this position, you will…”
  • Avoid being vague

Defining Qualifications

  • Be clear and realistic about the requirements
  • Focus on competencies rather than experience
  • Talk about successes as a qualification
  • Avoid listing number of years and instead, define specifically what the best candidate needs to have accomplished in their experience

Best Practices

  • Make the most of the first 150-350 characters
  • Include a marketing paragraph or use a department specific paragraph if one is available at the very end
  • Write a posting that describes a normal business day to the applicant

Use Proactive Recruitment Language

Consider using some of these statements in your posting to demonstrate the university’s commitment to diversity and encourage diverse applicants to apply.

  • The university is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching or service to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.
  • Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.
  • The university seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Buffalo, to maintain the excellence of the university and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of knowing and learning.
  • The school/department is interested in candidates who have demonstrated commitment to excellence by providing leadership in teaching research or service toward building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment.
  • We welcome candidates whose experience in teaching, research or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.

Include a Marketing Statement

Use a marketing statement at the end of the position summary to highight your department or the university. Consider using a mission statement from your department's website. Copy and paste one of the following marketing statements to include a marketing statement with a hyperlink to the UB website.

The University at Buffalo is SUNY’s most comprehensive public research university, and an outstanding place to work. UB amplifies ambition for faculty and staff by offering endless possibilities to achieve more. Here, people from all backgrounds and cultures challenge and inspire each other to discover, learn and succeed. Dedicated staff and engaged faculty collaborate to further knowledge and understanding, and develop tenacious graduates who are valued for their talents and their impact on global society. Visit our website to learn more about the <a href="http://buffalo.edu/">University at Buffalo</a>.

Working at UB comes with benefits that exceed salary alone. There are personal rewards including comprehensive health and retirement plan options. We also focus on creating and sustaining a healthy mix of work, personal and academic pursuit - all in an effort to support your work-life effectiveness. Visit our benefits website to learn about our <a href="http://www.buffalo.edu/administrative-services/for-faculty-staff/benefits/state/csea.html">benefit packages</a>.

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Determine where advertisements for the posting will be placed. Utilize a variety of print or web advertising and listservs to reach the largest possible applicant pool.

The university’s affirmative action statement is required on all postings. Be sure to include one of the following statements on all external advertisements:

“University at Buffalo is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and, in keeping with our commitment, welcomes all to apply including veterans and individuals with disabilities.”

 - Or -

"As an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer, the Research Foundation will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin and veteran or disability status."

Listserv Advertisements

Sharing a posting announcment through a listserv is an advertisement and should include the university's affirmative action statement.

Proactively Build a Diverse Applicant Pool

Review the National Pool

  • Identify national pools of qualified candidates for the field as a whole and for subfields for which you are considering hiring
  • Identify institutions that are successful in educating women and/or underrepresented minority doctoral or post doctorates in your field or subfield. These institutions become a great recruitment source

The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) has compiled a table of local census data by profession that can be used to determine what your applicant pool should look like.

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Review Past Departmental Searches

  • Learn about successes and challenges in recruiting underrepresented candidates from previous searches. Talk with the search chair from successful searches to learn about what made them successful.

Ways to Increase Your Advertising Outreach

  • Contact the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) for assistance
  • Include an external diversity advocate on search committees
  • Highlight diversity throughout the language used in the vacancy announcement and all other advertisements
  • Send notifications to minority and women’s professional interest groups regarding all new vacancies
  • Place ads in targeted journals and on specialized websites 
  • Reach out to discipline-based organizations
  • Advertise with publications, web sites and professional organizations that specialize in the recruitment of diverse staff members
  • Attend national and regional meetings

Form a Search Committee

A search committee is responsible for advertising a posting, reviewing all applicant materials and recommending the best candidate to fill a vacancy.

Identify the Best People for the Committee

Committee Size

Committee should be composed of at least three individuals with both women and minority representation (not the same person).

Look for key characteristics when identifying search committee members:

  • Demonstrates good judgment
  • Savvy about people
  • Can discern talent who know and insist upon high quality work
  • Known for their personal integrity
  • Performs independently
  • Devoted to the goals of UB
  • Willing and available to assume the committee assignment

Place Value on the Committee Members

Value employees that take on a search committee role by:

  • Acknowledging and commending their efforts
  • Demonstrating respect and confidence in their decisions

Discuss Confidentiality

Information should be shared by the search committee strictly on a need-to-know basis.

The details related to the search must be kept strictly confidential including:

  • Applications and resumes
  • Any related search documents
  • Information, such as names of references
  • Completed screening materials or tools
  • Responses to interview questions
  • Conversations or comments made in search committee meetings

Provide Search Committee Training

Search committee training is key to getting the search committee ready to interview candidates effectively. Have the search committee complete these trainings as part of their preparation for the search.

In addition to search committee trainings, search committee members should familiarize themselves with university policies and federal laws related to recruitment and employment.

The Workforce Planning and Recruitment department can help staff your search by providing a recruitment specialist to serve on the search committee for State and UB Foundation searches.

Benefits to the Department

Including an HR recruitment specialist in your search can provide a variety of benefits to your department.  Our recruitment specialist will:

  • Assist with completing the search within the planned timeline
  • Ensure that candidates meet the minimum qualifications
  • Provide a diverse perspective to the search committee
  • Assist with scheduling interviews with candidates
  • Ensure compliance with state and federal laws
  • Save committee time by coordinating ad placement
  • Handle communication with applicants
  • Manage UB Jobs applicant status updates
  • Provide review of offer letters
  • Manage file retention for the search

If you are interested in having HR staff your search, please inform your Workforce Recruitment and Position Specialist during the posting meeting.

Post Your Position

After a position description has been approved in UB Jobs, you will need to schedule a posting meeting with a member of our recruitment team. At this meeting, one of our recruitment specialists will help you finalize your search plan and identify tools that may be useful for your search.

UB Jobs Features

There are many tools available in UB Jobs to make your search easier. Consider the following points when planning how you will use UB Jobs:

Supplemental Questions

Supplemental questions are questions that applicants must answer when completing their online application.

  • You can develop open-ended questions or questions with predefined options
  • Point values can be assigned to supplemental questions, which can be used to sort applicants
  • Supplemental questions can be used to disqualify applicants who do not meet the minimum qualifications

Documents Needed to Apply

You can identify which documents are required and/or optional for applicants to submit.

  • Commonly used documents include resume or CV, cover letter, and contact information for references
  • You can develop new documents specific to the needs of your posting

Reference Collection

UB Jobs can be a useful tool for collecting references from applicants.  There are several different ways to collect references.

  • The system can generate an email to references asking them to upload a letter of recommendation - you can designate a minimum and maximum number of references as well as a deadline by which references must be received
  • Applicants can attach contact information for references as a document
  • Applicants can attach letters of recommendation as a document

Meeting Materials

At the posting meeting, a member of our recruitment team will discuss all aspects related to the planning of your posting. At the time of meeting, you will need to know:

  • The salary range for the posting
  • The contact person who will answer applicant questions
  • The diversity outreach efforts that will be made throughout the recruitment, which may include search committee training and additional advertising
  • The complete search committee with a chair identified

Meeting Participants

It is at the discretion of the department to determine who needs to attend the posting meeting. To plan the search as effectively as possible, participants in the meeting should:

  • Know which screening features the search committee will want to use when reviewing applicants
  • Be aware of the timeline for interviewing applicants and making decisions
  • Have prior approval for the posting so it can be posted live at the end of the meeting

Posting Information Checklist

Before proceeding with posting your position, make sure you have all the required information prepared.

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Work With Applicant Information

Communication throughout the search process with your applicants is critical. Learn about the tools available through HR and UB Jobs to help you identify key contact information for applicants.

Create an Applicant List

Use an applicant list to make communication of applicant updates between you and your search committee easier. The tool provides step by step instruction about how to populate the applicant information as well as a worksheet for search committee members to update an applicant's status.

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Disqualifying Applicants That Won't Be Considered

Applicants appreciate timely communication about their application status. You and the search committee should update applicant statuses as soon as a candidate is not under consideration for a posting.

Review Candidates for Competitive Classified Searches

For competitive classified positions, HR provides list eligible candidates who have taken the civil service exam and are reachable based on their score. Applicants can also apply for transfer, reassignment, or reinstatement.  

List Eligibile Candidates

HR canvasses positions by title for the entire university. Based on the responses, HR determines who is eligible for consideration and copies these candidates into open postings for that title.    

  • The three highest scoring individuals and anyone else with the same score is eligible for consideration.
  • The department is responsible for sending declination letters to candidates who decline the position.
  • New list candidates can only be added when HR has received copies of declination letters and there are less than three eligible list candidates remaining.

Declination Letters

Declination letters must be signed and sent to list eligible candidates who decline the position with your department. A copy of this letter must be sent to HR. There must be less than three list eligible candidates who have not declined the position before HR can copy over additional candidates.

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Transfer, Reassignment and Reinstatement

Applicants who apply directly to the posting must fit into one of the following categories to be considered:

Transfer: Transfer applicants must have a current permanent appointment with a minimum of 1 year of service in a position of the same or transferable title. This includes applicants who are applying from outside of UB but work in the same title at a different state agency.

Reassignment: Reassignment applicants must hold the same title at UB. This includes applicants who are working at UB in a different department under the same title. There is no minimum length of time a person must work in order to be reassignment eligible.

Reinstatement: Reinstatement applicants are former state employees requesting to go back to a title that they use work in (or transferable title). This includes applicants who used to hold a state appointment but have separate from state service.

Human Resources can review these candidates to ensure that they meet eligibility requirements before making them available to the search committee for review. Please reach out to your Workforce Recruitment and Position Specialist if you would like HR to review candidates for a competitive classified posting.

Applicants who apply for transfer, reassignment, or reinstatement must have their final eligibility confirmed by Civil Service before a hiring proposal can be approved.

Making the Final Recommendation

  • Consider only the candidate’s ability to perform the essential function of the job; do not make assumptions based on perceived race, ethnic background, religion, marital or familial status, age, disability, sexual orientation or veteran status.
  • Ask for feedback forms previously circulated to interviewers
  • Ensure that the discussion of the candidates remains focused on the search criteria and evidence about the qualifications of the candidates for the position.

Recommend a Candidate for Hire

At the conclusion of a search, the search committee will need you to submit a hiring proposal for the candidate recommended for hire.

When Can I Make An Offer?

An offer of employment cannot be sent out to a candidate until all approvals have been obtained.

Prepare and submit your hiring proposal:

  1. Click on the Applicant Tab
  2. Choose View Application under the action menu
  3. Click on Start PD Hiring Proposal
  4. Verify your position is selected
  5. Click on the Select Position Description button at the bottom of the page
  6. Click OK if a pop-up message appears
  7. Populate the missing information
  8. Click Save
  9. Click Next on the Hiring Proposal Documents tab
  10. Choose the next level approver under the Take Action on Hiring Proposal menu
  11. Receive an approval email once final approval is given on the hiring proposal

Hiring Proposal Approval

Approvers in the UB Jobs system will need to submit a hiring proposal for approval by Human Resources before an offer of employment can be extended.

Marking a Posting as Filled

At the end of a search, ensure that all applicant statuses have been updated so that there are no remaining active applicants.  Seriously considered candidates should be communicated with a personal letter or a phone call that includes an appreciation of their talents and intersest in the University at Buffalo. Once all of the applicants have been properly coded in UB Jobs, contact your HR recruiter to request that the position be marked as filled.

Notify HR When a Posting Will Not Be Filled

A posting may go unfilled for the following reasons:

  • The selected candidate declined the job offer
  • You are no longer recruiting for a position
  • The posting recruitment period has expired
  • You need to change any of the details on a posting

To cancel your posting:

  • Disqualify all your appliants using Not Selected for Interview No Letter for the reason that the Position is Canceled
  • Send an email including the posting number to your HR recruiter

Repost a Job

You may need to repost a job to either:

  • Extend a posting period to meet a journal deadline
  • Reopen the posting for new applicants

To repost your posting send your HR recruitment specialist an email and include in your message:

  • Posting number
  • Title of position
  • New posting start date
  • New posting end date
  • New date to be filled

HR will notify you when your posting has been reposted.

Contact an Expert

Recruitment Support

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Anthony Grieco

Recruitment and Position Specialist

State Workforce Planning and Recruitment

120 Crofts Hall

Phone: 716-645-4483; Fax: 716-645-2724

Email: ajgrieco@buffalo.edu

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Kevin Johnson

Recruitment and Position Specialist

State Workforce Planning and Recruitment

120 Crofts Hall

Phone: 716-645-4436; Fax: 716-645-2724

Email: kmj42@buffalo.edu

Delorian Miller.

Delorian Miller

Recruitment and Position Specialist

State Workforce Planning and Recruitment

120 Crofts Hall

Phone: 716-645-4432; Fax: 716-645-2724

Email: dem34@buffalo.edu

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Melanie Phillips

Recruitment and Position Specialist

State Workforce Planning and Recruitment

120 Crofts Hall

Phone: 716-645-4438; Fax: 716-645-2724

Email: mmm49@buffalo.edu

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Brendan Tom

Recruitment and Position Specialist

State Workforce Planning and Recruitment

120 Crofts Hall

Phone: 716-645-4529; Fax: 716-645-2724

Email: bjtom@buffalo.edu