Northern Arizona University employs thousands of people in positions ranging from Dean to Business Manager, from Secretary to Professor. Employees are designated as either Classified Staff or Appointed Personnel that includes a number of employment categories and designations that determine the conditions of employment for each position.
Classified Staff employees include any employee whose position is classified under the Arizona Universities Personnel System. These positions typically include those whose responsibilities are clerical, technical/administrative/professional support, skilled craft, or service/maintenance.
Classified Staff titles, pay grade, and classification information can be accessed on the Human Resources web page. Prior to completing an initial six-month probation period, Regular Classified Staff employees are considered "at will employees" whose employment may be terminated at any time for any reason that does not violate public law.
Regular Classified Staff - A regular employee is one who is regularly scheduled to work 20 hours or more per week and whose position is designated to be active for more than six (6) months. Prior to completing the initial six month probation period, regular classified staff are considered "at will" employees whose employment may be terminated at any time that does not violate public policy. Regular employees are retirement and benefits-eligible.
- Temporary Employees - Temporary employees are not benefit eligible and fall under the following categories: one who works 19 hours or less per week for no more than a year, or one who works over 19 hours per week for no more than 19 weeks per fiscal year. Temporary employees are considered "at will" employees whose employment may be terminated at any time for any reason that does not violate public policy.
Appointed Personnel employees of the University include faculty members, administrators and academic and service professionals who are appointed to serve in the areas of teaching, research, and administrative services. Each year, after the University's budget has been approved, the institution distributes notices of appointment to new employees and notices of reappointment to appointed personnel whose contracts are being renewed.
Service Professionals - Includes non-classified staff employees with a direct role in service who require professional and intellectual freedom. Service professional titles include Director, Editor, and Coordinator. Appointments are year-to-year and are subject to Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) policy, Chapter 6-301.
Administrators - Includes the President of the University and the employees who report to the President or to a Vice President and who are responsible for planning, organizing, directing, controlling, and evaluating the activities of a major segment of the University. Administrative titles include President, Provost, Vice President, Dean, Department Head, and Director. Administrative appointments are year-to-year, and administrators are subject to Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) policies, Chapter 6-101.
Faculty Members - Includes members of the University who are appointed to positions that are responsible for and whose performance evaluations are primarily based on teaching, research, and public service goals and objectives of the University. Faculty titles include Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, Instructor, and Lecturer. Faculty appointments may be tenure-eligible, tenured or non-tenure eligible and are subject to Arizona Board of Regent (ABOR) policy, Chapter 6-201.
Administrative Faculty - Includes members of the University who are appointed to positions that are responsible for the administration and overall welfare of the University’s teaching and research programs. Administrative Faculty titles include Dean, Assistant Dean, Chair, etc.
- Academic Professionals - Includes non-classified employees involved with research or teaching programs who require professional and intellectual freedom, such as the University Librarians. Appointments may be continuing eligible, continuing or year-to-year and are subject to Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) policy, Chapter 6-301.
Northern Arizona University also hires current undergraduate students to do a variety of jobs on and off campus. Information on student employment can be found at http://www4.nau.edu/finaid/types_of_aid/Employment/employment.html
Northern Arizona University also hires current graduate students to do a variety of jobs on and off campus. Information on employment of graduate students can be found at http://home.nau.edu/reslife/2009gajob.asp.