Staff Job Posting

Job Post Management includes information on how to draft a job description, plan job searches, post and advertise jobs, and manage the position process from start to finish.

Reminder Notice

Reminder Notice 

New York's Local Law 67 prohibits employers in New York City from inquiring about or relying on an applicant's salary history during the hiring process. See Presentation: Salary History Inquiries (NYC Local Law 67)

Managing Job Postings

A well-written job description will help attract qualified applicants and simplify the résumé evaluation process. This will also ensure that applicants and employees understand their roles, the skills they will need, and ultimately, the performance expectations for the position.

Well-written job descriptions typically begin with a careful analysis of the important facts about a job, such as the individual tasks involved, the methods used to complete the tasks, the purpose and responsibilities of the job, and the qualifications needed for the job. When determining the skill and education requirements for the position, the primary consideration should be what skills and qualifications are necessary to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of the role. Other skills and qualifications outside of these should be considered preferred skills and qualifications.

Job descriptions should include:

  • Job title
  • Department
  • Position title of the manager
  • Summary description of the broad function and scope of the position
  • List of essential duties and responsibilities which should be listed in descending order of importance and indicate the percentage of time spent on each duty
  • List of qualifications necessary for the performance of the job (Include formal training, education, certifications, licensures and/or working experience requirements)
  • Summary of supervisory positions, subordinate roles and other working relationships
  • Short description of budgetary responsibilities (if applicable)
  • Special considerations, such as lifting requirements, working conditions, etc.
  • A catchall sentence stating “and all other duties as assigned”


Keep in Mind:

Vacancies offer the opportunity to reassess staffing and operational needs and make necessary changes before the position is posted.

The job description is meant to be a summary of the most important responsibilities of the role; remaining details fall under "other duties as assigned."

Active recruiting entails soliciting applications from potential candidates by making information about the available position widely known, both through advertising broadly and seeking out qualified individuals through professional networks. It also involves finding sources of qualified candidates rather than assuming that all candidates will find and apply to available positions, of their own volition. To enrich the applicant pool, consider employing a range of strategies that engage a diverse pool of applicants:

It is important to advertise and raise awareness of opportunities through channels that will ensure a diverse pool of candidates, and hiring management should be apprised of and be mindful of applicable Affirmative Action Placement Goals. Such channels include but are not limited to:

  • Target publications or websites: Advertisements can be posted in publications or websites where the audience is the member of a diverse group or groups for which there is an Affirmative Action Placement Goal.
  • Professional associations: Mailing lists for diverse individuals within these groups can be another way of disseminating information for the position.
  • Professional conferences: You can connect with diverse candidates attending conferences who may be good candidates for current or future open positions.

Careful recruitment planning and execution helps managers hire individuals who are well matched for positions. Excellent employee/job matches result in employees who help organizations achieve their goals and gain satisfaction from their work. In today’s workplace, managers are usually juggling competing responsibilities and priorities. Although it may seem too time-consuming to conduct a search, when a poor hiring decision is made, managers spend a great deal of energy and effort to start the recruitment initiative all over again.

The Hiring Department’s Role in the Recruitment Process:
  • Prepare postings and advertising text
  • Propose placement location for advertisements, when applicable
  • Ensure that all applicants apply through TalentLink
  • Review the applications and other documents to screen for the most qualified applicants
  • Interview applicants
  • Conduct reference checks
  • Ensure that selected applicants meet the minimum job requirements as posted on the job posting
  • Obtain required clearances, such as background check screening and/or medical clearance, make contingent job offers and thoroughly complete hiring documentation and new hire paperwork
  • Ensure that I-9 forms are completed within 72 hours of the hire date
  • Provide job/department specific orientation and training
  • Sign up new hire for CUHR Faculty and Staff Orientation Welcome Program
  • Complete Positions Management Request (PMR) to request new position numbers or to update existing positions (when applicable). Position numbers are requested through TalentLink
The Role of CUHR / CUIMC HR in the Recruitment Process:
  • Review and approve job posting text and qualifying questions (when applicable)
  • Provide guidance on using the TalentLink
  • Provide assistance as needed throughout the hiring process
  • Verify that finalists in all grades meet the minimum posted job requirements
  • Approve the salary
  • Review and clear background check and any other required screening and grant employment clearance. Please refer to the CU Background Check Policy.

Officers Grade 10-13 (Morningside)/103-105 (CUIMC)

While special recruitment initiatives are not required for this group, the recruitment practice should be consistent with the University's commitment to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action. As a result, all vacant Officer grades 10-13 (Morningside)/103-105 (CUIMC) positions [for which there is not an Affirmative Action Placement Goal] follow the general policy for posting, requiring a minimum of five business days in TalentLink. We encourage hiring departments to work with their respective HR Client Manager to develop strategies that would render the broadest pool of applicants possible.

Note: Waivers may be considered for these positions and should be submitted via TalentLink to the HR Client Manager for approval.

Temporary University Positions

Temporary University positions, those with duration of less than one year, are not subject to the general policy for posting. However, if the position status should change from temporary to regular, the position must be posted at that time and a search should be conducted. Therefore, it may be beneficial (though not required) for a department to post a temporary position of less than one year when there is a possibility that the position will become regular.

Note: Where applicable, see the appropriate collective bargaining agreement for language on temporary employees.

See the Quick Guide for Submitting a Short-Term Casual Waiver Request in JAC.

Officer Grade 14 (Morningside)/106 (CUIMC) and Above

Intensive recruitment is conducted for those positions identified by the Affirmative Action Plan as being in a job group in which there is a placement goal for women and/or minorities, and for officer vacancies at grades 14/106 and above. The posting period for these positions will be defined by the search plan developed and outreach conducted. Generally, a minimum of 14 calendar days for local searches and 21 calendar days for national searches is required to give applicants an opportunity to respond to announcements placed in publications and websites.

    The Administrative Recruitment Guide includes a list of outreach sources which may be used to enhance recruitment efforts. Hiring managers may select from among the list or may choose other resources, such as trade publications which specifically meet applicant pool goals. The list serves as a guide for managers in considering a combination of placements that meet both outreach goals and budget. In an effort to better manage the review process at the end, hiring managers are asked to submit a recruitment search plan to the HR Client Manager for review and approval before the search begins.

    A search plan is meant to reflect the outreach effort that will be conducted to ensure a diverse pool of candidates is considered. The search plan includes the following information:

    • Position title and grade
    • Department
    • Hiring Manager
    • Department Profile (diversity composition of the department)
    • Recruitment Sources
    • Any Placements Goals

    Note: Search plans must be submitted via TalentLink and will be approved by the HR Client Manager prior to posting.

    Waivers from Intensive Recruitment

    Waivers from the intensive recruitment process may be considered in a case where a candidate is identified, who is highly qualified based on the specifications in the job description, with at least one of the following criteria:

    1. The candidate selected would assist the University in meeting a placement goal set in the applicable job group.
    2. The selection is required under union contract, or other governing University policy.
    3. The action is an internal promotion and either,
      • the selection of the internal candidate would assist the University in meeting the placement goal in the applicable job group,
      • the promotion is a result of an upgrade for which no new position is created; or
      • the department already has a pool of eligible internal candidates, including diverse candidates, from which to choose.
    4. A current university employee is identified for a lateral transfer within the same department; the transfer is at the same grade level with comparable responsibilities.
    5. Special appointments of less than one year.
    6. Other special circumstances exist, such as the person to be hired is part of an established research team.

    Note: Requests for waivers from the intensive recruitment process for grades 14/106 and above should be made via TalentLink and submitted to EOAA for clearance.

    Support Staff

    All Support Staff positions (that are not identified as underutilized) follow the general policy for posting, requiring a minimum of five business days in TalentLink. Note: Searches for positions covered by collective bargaining agreements may not be filled without reposting unless the job posting specifically states that there are multiple vacancies to be filled.

      Job advertisements should summarize and highlight critical tasks and responsibilities of the role and should clearly reflect skills needed to perform the essential functions of the job, as well as other preferred skills and experience. If the wording associated with skills and experience requested does not specify preferred or required, they are assumed to be required. Minimum requirements and qualifications must be the same in each job advertisement placed, i.e., the job advertising placed in a publication or website must have the same requirement as the posting placed on the TalentLink system. In the event that there is a discrepancy, the TalentLink posting will stand. All job announcements must contain the corresponding posting’s URL directing applicants to TalentLink. The full job description should not be used as a job advertisement.

      Ad Placement

      In instances where a job opening has a considerable list of qualifications, requires extensive recruitment, and/or is in a traditionally “hard-to-fill” job family, the use of advertising in an external publication or website may be necessary. The job advertisement text may be reviewed by the HR Client Manager before the School/Department places the ad(s) with 1) CU Publications; or 2) directly to the respective source.  

      Ad Content

      In general, the school/department should prepare a job summary extracted from the full job description for inclusion in advertisements. The school/department should consult with their HR Client Manager before placing ads listing multiple positions. The following information should be included in all advertisements:

      • Full job title
      • Full name of Columbia University within text
      • The minimum requirements as listed on the job posting plus any other essential functions the hiring manager deems necessary
      • Link to the TalentLink posting