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Hiring Exempt Staff

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Preliminary Steps

Classification/Establishing a Position

If the position is new, it must first be established. Please see information on establishing a position or contact the Classification Manager for further information.

If the position is vacant and has the same title and status, proceed to starting a search.

If the position is vacant but the position title and/or status needs to be changed, a reclassification must be completed prior to starting a search.  Please see information on reclassifying a position or contact the Classification Manager for further information.

Starting a Search

The hiring department completes the Requisition in the PageUp system and routes for approvals.

Advertising/Posting a Position

Human Resources will review the Personnel Requisition including the advertisement/posting copy.

Human Resources will make any needed edits to the posting.  Once approved, the announcement will be placed on the Jobs website.

Exempt positions are typically advertised in external sources.   UMBC has subscriptions to MA-HERC, and  The hiring department may request for ads to be placed on these websites at no cost to the department.  The hiring department will place ads in all other sources using the approved ad copy.

Evaluating the Candidate Pool/Interviewing

Applicants will submit an application form and any other requested documents (resumes, cover letters, letters of reference, etc.) using the PageUp system.

The search committee will screen the candidates for minimum qualifications and determine those candidates to be contacted for interviews.

After the interview process, the committee will assess and rank the candidates and determine the top candidate to be recommended for the position.

The hiring department will check references on the top candidate(s).

Making a Recommendation for Selection

  1. Make the informal verbal offer to the applicant (obtain prior approval regarding salary).
  2. The hiring department completes the Memo of Justification outlining the search and the justification for recommending the candidate and uploads it to the applicant card. A sample memo is available in the Resources section.
  3. If a criminal background check is required for the position, the applicant is moved into the Send Background Authorization Form status.
  4. The hiring department creates the Offer Card and routes for selection approval.

Note: Do not make a formal offer of employment prior to receiving all approvals of the offer details.

Formal Offer/Wrap Up

Make the formal verbal offer to the candidate and determine a start date.

Verify the correct start date has been entered on the Offer Card.

The candidate will receive the offer letter in the PageUp account.

The candidate will need to accept or decline the offer in the PageUp account.