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Classification & Job Design Position Classification

In today's dynamic business environment, the public sector manager must continually assess their organization's ability to fulfill the commitments, goals and objectives that constitute its mission and purpose. A comprehensive evaluation of available resources and capabilities are essential in identifying the organizational changes needed to support strategic business goals. At OPM, we have organizational design and position classification professionals that can assist you in reviewing existing resources and processes and creating a foundation for organizational change.

We will partner with you to assess the current management of your organization’s positions and to develop a framework for an effective position management program.  In a position management analysis, we review the types, grades, and numbers of positions in comparison with functions and workload; review position descriptions for accuracy and clarity; compute supervisory ratios; and assess career paths, career ladders, and the balance between support positions and those assigned to perform the mission-oriented functions of the organization.  We will deliver to you a written analysis of our findings along with recommendations for achieving greater efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

OPM’s Organizational Design and Position Management Services include:

  • Comprehensive organizational reviews
  • Occupational analyses
  • Workforce composition and skills utilization assessments
  • Re-Alignment or assessment of organization structures and human capital
  • Redistribution of work assignments
  • Position reformulation and redescription
  • Implementation of organizational decisions
  • Position management analysis
  • Strategies to determine future human capital needs

Position Classification Services include:

  • On-site or virtual desk audits
  • Development of position descriptions
  • Development of standardized position descriptions
  • Development or enhancement of position description libraries
  • Development of comprehensive or standard evaluation statements
  • Development of customized workshops on classification principles and policies

As part of the classification process, we can provide you an independent, third party analysis of your encumbered positions. We develop interview questions, in both survey and interview format, to capture in-depth information about the characteristics of the position that impact the classification; conduct interviews with the incumbent, supervisor, and other subject matter experts with knowledge pertinent to the proper classification of the position, and examine work samples and documents that illustrate the kind and level of work performed. We compare desk audit information and relevant information from the organizational assessment with criteria found in the appropriate Office of Personnel Management Position Classification Standards, appeals findings, and any Agency specific classification criteria. Based on results from this comparative analysis, we determine the proper title, series, and grade for the position and recommend a classification decision. We provide you a detailed evaluation statement that documents the basis for the recommendation.

OPM’s organization design and position classification experts have an organization-wide perspective that will assist you in meeting your current challenges regardless of how large or small your organizational transformation needs may be. We always tailor our services and deliverables to meet our customer’s requirements and will be happy to provide you additional information regarding any of services upon request.

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