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5.01 Employee Development Program

Origination date: 10/1/93
Revised: 1/1/2000
Applicability: Classified Staff and Service Professionals


The purpose of this policy is to reinforce the commitment Northern Arizona University has to a learning environment. Employees are encouraged to attend training and educational programs that will enhance their abilities to perform and grow in their jobs. Supervisors are expected to reinforce this commitment as well as participate in training.

Employee Development and Training Program

The university is committed to employee professional development. In an effort to accomplish this, the Human Resources Department as well as other departments sponsor a broad range of program opportunities including workshops, seminars, classes and comprehensive courses of study.

Mandatory Training

Managers and supervisors are required to allow classified staff and service professional employees to participate in a minimum of 16 hours of career and professional development programs each fiscal year and to support developmental leaves for those employees participating in these programs. Time taken to attend a workshop must be approved in advance by the supervisor. While all supervisors are encouraged to allow employees time off from work to enhance professional development, continuity of operations must be maintained. With prior supervisor approval, employees shall be allowed to use work time rather than take vacation time or leave without pay to attend training programs related to their job.

State legislation mandates that department heads ensure all employees (regular, temporary, and student workers) receive Public Service Orientation (Ethics) training at least once every two years. Employees must attend Safe Working and Learning Environment training at the beginning of employment.

Recommended Training

Supervisors should participate in programs regarding cultural diversity, affirmative action, performance appraisals, and general management/supervisory issues to gain perspective on the university's policies and philosophies in these important areas. Supervisors are encouraged to contact the Human Resources Department for more information.

The Human Resources Department maintains a resource library of professional development material available to employees upon request.