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​​​​​What is a Classification Study?

A classification study is the thorough review of a classification or occupation in partnership with agency Subject Matter Ex​perts (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

ClassificationStatusDraft Specifications
Associate in EngineeringDue 12/1/23
Case Presenters In Progress
Civil Engineering SpecialistDue 12/1/23
Claims Examiner (DOJ) In Progress
Elevator InspectorIn Progress
Engineering Specialist EntryDue 12/1/23
Engineering Technician Due 12/1/23
Environmental EngineerDue 12/1/23
Evidence Technician (OSP)In Progress
Facilities EngineerDue 12/1/23
Forest Crew Coordinator                 In Progress
Office CoordinatorComplete
  • N/A
Professional Engineer  Due 12/1/23
Social Services Specialist SeriesDue 6/30/23
Student Engineering Specialist Due 12/1/23
Training & Development Specialist  Due 6/30/23
Transportation Maintenance CoordinatorIn Progress
Transportation Maintenance SpecialistIn Progress

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.​

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