Compensation study seeks pay equity

October 29, 2014


(L-R) EPCC Science Lab Assistant Ida Davila and Facility Lab Supervisor Marisol Martinez. 



Elizabeth Vega & 

Jesús A. Rodríguez


The deadline has been extended to submit to the Job Assessment Tool (JAT) survey for the ongoing classification and compensation study at EPCC.


Full-time staff (non-faculty) now have until Nov. 3 at 5 p.m. to submit to the survey. 


El Paso Community College contracted Evergreen Solutions to conduct the study.


Evergreen Solutions partners with public sector clients to effect change in school districts, cities, and counties across the U.S. to serve with efficiency and effectiveness their employees, stakeholders and constituents.


“The purpose of the study is to truly look at what the full-time staff is doing,” said Josette Shaughnessy, associate vice president of Budget and Financial Services at EPCC.


“We want to make sure they are classified correctly, that their job description matches what they are doing.”


The JAT survey will be used to collect information about job titles from the employees who perform them.


The JAT will help Evergreen to understand each job as it exists today.


The study will not be used to evaluate any individual employee’s performance, skill level, ability level, or knowledge of their job.


It’s also not used to collect feedback on complaints and job satisfaction.


Full-time staff were invited to complete the JAT survey since Oct. 13 and was supposed to end on the 27, but the extended deadline will give provide more time for submission to the JAT.


The study will ensure that position descriptions, job classifications, and salary tables are accurate, consistent and hierarchically logical across the district.


Classification and compensation will also be compared to similar jobs at other institutions. 


For example, is a receptionist at EPCC doing the same job as another receptionist at UT Austin?


Is that receptionist getting the same salary as the other?


What’s their specific classification?


Those kind of questions will tried to get answered with the study.


“We want to ensure internal equity in terms of how people are classified,” Shaughnessy said.


“We also want to ensure external equity to make sure our staff are equal with their peers.”


The study is expected to be completed in January.


When it’s done, Evergreen Solutions will give feedback to EPCC for changes to the existing salaries and compensation structure in order to ensure that the college achieves and/or maintains competitive compensation levels within the market. 


They will not recommend any salary decreases, and there is no guarantee that employees’ salaries will be increased as a result of the study.


If you are full-time staff (non-faculty) and you have not received a JAT invitation from Evergreen Solutions, have problems logging in, or need assistance, email or contact Hongwei Chen at 850-383-0111.


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