What is a Classification Study?
A classification study is the thorough review of a classification or occupation in partnership with agency Subject Matter Experts (SME) for the purpose of reviewing a current classification or body of work to possibly revise the classification or create a new classification.
DAS Classification and Compensation was tasked with a number of classification studies during the last bargaining session, and we will be working hard to complete them during this biennium.
Roles and Responsibilities of a Subject Matter Expert
DAS Classification and Compensation holds a series of SME meetings to review the duties, knowledge, and responsibilities of the occupation with those who know the work best: employees performing the work, managers, and first line supervisors. The SME is vital to ensure the work being performed is accurately defined in the classification specification. Throughout classification specification meetings, the roles and responsibilities of a subject matter expert are to:
Actively participate in discussions
Listen to the information shared by others, identify, and share differences in work performed enterprise wide
Provide feedback based on your experience and knowledge
Provide knowledge about guidelines, rules, and laws related to the occupational field
Review and provide feedback on documents as requested
Current Classification Studies
Frequently asked questions:
The Classification Plan, governed by ORS 240.215, is a management tool. The plan organizes the State's large and diverse work force to ensure:
- Classes are discreet and internally consistent
- Specifications are broadly, clearly, and accurately written
- Classifications are statewide whenever possible
- Simplification of administrative systems and get economies of scale
- Clear career paths for state employees, allowing for and promoting employee movement across state agencies
- Promotion of comparable treatment of employees among various agencies
- Systematic compensation decisions
Classifications are groupings of work or positions similar in duties, authorities, and responsibilities that are systematically arranged based on:
- Type of work (occupation)
- A common title
- Difficulty and complexity, including variety of duties, scope, and controls on the work (such as segregation or selection of assignments, guidelines or procedures, etc.)
- Comparable selection methods
- Similar level of job value
A classification specification is the definition of the classification. It is the official written source document describing a type and level of work, responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and minimum qualifications.
The classification specification is a general document. It is not a position description (PD). A PD describes the specific duties assigned to a job. The classification specification describes an occupation and the type and level of work of the occupation in broad, general terms. It covers a range of positions and often a range of agencies where the representative duties, authorities, and responsibilities generally apply.
- Revised classification: Most of the time the duties, responsibilities, and knowledge change over time and a new classification specification is drafted.
- An abolished classification: Sometimes a body of work changes to the extent the classification is obsolete or no longer relevant. In this case, incumbents may be placed in another classification or a new classification with a specification is created in its place.
- Creation of a new classification: Sometimes a new body of work or a new classification is introduced and a new specification is created.
- No change: In rare occasions, the classification has not changed significantly enough to warrant revising.