Recruiting Process

Note: please excuse our dust as we build our new TAM recruiting process documents. We appreciate your patience and hope to have these resources available soon.

It is the Hiring Managers (HM) responsibility to ensure all Search Committee members have reviewed our Fair Hiring Guidelines. HM’s CHM’s, and Search Committee Chairs must complete the Fair Hiring training before conducting a recruitment and must renew their training every three years.

Before we jump into the process to request a job opening with Talent Acquisition, please review the pre-recruitment step outlined below.

Position Management

Before you can submit a job opening request to Talent Acquisition, you will need to ensure you have a current, up-to-date position #. If you need to create a new position or update an existing position in UCPath, you’ll need to submit a Position Control Request Form (PCR), which can be found in IT-Request in the Staff HR Catalog.

Talent Acquisition no longer receives Job Descriptions from the unit. We rely on the attached job description in UCPath to start our work, so it’s important that you ensure your position # is current and a job description has been provided to Compensation. Other position information in UCPath that may need updating via the PCR could include:

  • Job code classification
  • FTE (appointment percentage of time)
  • Updates to department information
  • Special Conditions of Employment
  • Any updates to the job description

Once you have a current position #, you can move forward with requesting a recruitment with the Talent Acquisition Team.


The hiring unit will need to decide how to fill their vacancy. For more information, please visit Search Committee/Filling a Vacancy.

  • Open Recruitment
  • Campus Only Recruitment
  • Non-Recruitment
  • Waiver of Recruitment
  • Transfer
  • Reorganization
  • Temporary Staffing Services
  1. To initiate a new recruitment AFTER the pre-recruitment step is complete, the HM or designee will submit a Job Opening Request form. This form is located in Staff HR Services in IT Request.
    1. Enter the job data about one or more position(s) and how you want them filled. This is where you will indicate if you want to run an internal (campus-only) recruitment. Reach out to your TAC for access to a Job Opening Request Template to assist in gathering the recruitment information prior to filling out the form online.
    2. TA will get all position information, including the job description, from the position in UCPath.
  2. TA will review the request and reach out if clarification or updates are needed. Once the job posting is ready to post, TA will forward the request to the Recruitment Approver (RA) for approval.
  3. Once approved by the RA, TA will post the job, forward the job posting and Recruitment Document Suite (RDS) links and coordinate any requested paid advertising.
    1. For Campus-only recruitments, TA will not coordinate any advertising. The hiring unit is encouraged to facilitate internal networking and outreach to encourage current employees to apply.
  1. If you will be filling a non-recruitment or waiver, the HM or designee will select the ‘Non-competitive Recruitment’ option when completing the Job Opening Request form. This form is located in Staff HR Services in IT Request.
    1. Enter the job data about one or more position(s).
    2. Enter the selected candidate(s) information.
    3. TA will get all position information, including the job description, from the position in UCPath.
  2. TA will review the request and reach out if clarification or updates are needed. Once the job posting is ready, TA will forward the request to the Recruitment Approver (RA) for approval.
  3. Once approved by the RA, TA will post the job to allow for the selected candidate(s) to accept the forthcoming job offer(s). The job will not be posted on our internal or external website and no advertising is necessary.
  4. The TAC will start working on the job offer for selected candidate(s) and work with the hiring unit to establish a hire date.
  1. Once the initial review period has been satisfied, TA will route all eligible applications to the unit.
    1. Before routing applications to the HM or designee, TA will screen applications to identify preferential rehire and special reassignment applicants.
  2. TA notifies the HM or designee when applications are available for viewing.
    1. Initial batch - applications are routed within two business days after the initial review date (IRD).
    2. Subsequent batch(es) - additional applications are routed within two business days after receipt of written request to hiring@ucsc.edu.
  3. To review routed applications, reference the link in the emails sent to the HM or designee when the job was posted and when the applications were routed (both emails should include a link to the RDS). A link to the Job Opening Request, otherwise referred to as the RITM, is also provided on the ‘0. Recruitment Planning Guide’ in your RDS.
    1. The applications are saved in the Routed Applications folder in your Recruitment Document Suite (RDS). 
      1. To view or print the PDF files, the HM or designee should download the files - DO NOT open them as google docs.
    2. The applicant names are added to the Screening Matrix for all applicants and to the Applicant and Candidate Disposition Log (ACDL). The applicant contact information is also added to the ACDL for the unit to use to reach out to applicants.
    3. If the unit would like to request more applications for review, please email the job # and title to hiring@ucsc.edu. You can also use the email functionality in the Job Opening Request/RITM (in IT Request). TA can check the number of additional applications for review prior to routing them if you specify this request in your email.
  1. The HM or designee/Search Committee uses the Qualifications Assessment Plan and the Screening Matrixes in the Recruitment Document Suite to screen applicants.
  2. The HM or designee/Search Committee selects interviewees and conducts interviews.
    1. The unit is encouraged to populate the Applicant and Candidate Disposition Log when making decisions about applicants and candidates.
  3. The HM or designee, or designee, conducts reference checks.
  4. The HM or designee makes a hiring decision and may extend an informal job offer if doing so is supported by their department.
  1. The HM or designee ensures that ALL documents in the Recruitment Document Suite are complete. If desired, you can reach out to your TAC for access to a RDS Completion Checklist to track your progress and ensure all steps are complete.
  2. Upon completion of the recruiting documents, the HM or designee emails hiring@ucsc.edu or adds a comment in the Job Opening Request/RITM to request a formal job offer for the selected candidate(s).
  3. TA reviews the job offer and initiates the offer in TAM.
  4. The RA approves the job offer.
  5. If not already complete, HM or designee ensures all documents in their Recruitment Documents Suite are complete and all required unit documentation is accessible in the RDS. For more details, see the Recruitment Document Suite / Records section below. 
  6. Once approved, TA extends the formal job offer to the selected candidate(s) and completes the hire template in TAM.
    1. If needed, TA coordinates the pre-employment criminal history background check as needed. If a background check is needed, the job offer will be conditional until we receive the results, at which time a formal job offer will be extended.
  7. The TA Office sends welcome email to new employee and facilitates onboarding for new hires, rehires and interlocation transfers. For intralocation transfers (current employees moving into a new appointment without a break in service), we will initiate new employment paperwork and ensure all post-offer steps are complete - no onboarding is required for intralocation transfers.
  8. The TA Office completes the hire transaction in UCPath and takes steps to remove the job posting in TAM at the conclusion of the recruitment.

We are still working on our new TAM recruiting process documents - more content will be available soon. We appreciate your patience and are available to assist with questions at hiring@ucsc.edu.

We are still working on our new TAM recruiting process documents - more content will be available soon. We appreciate your patience and are available to assist with questions at hiring@ucsc.edu.