What does Workforce Planning mean at UC Merced?
Workforce planning is a continual process used to align the needs and priorities of the organization with those of its workforce to ensure it can meet its legislative, regulatory, service and organizational objectives.
Merced has been engaged in a five-year effort to strategically align its future workforce needs with its financial capabilities. The campus workforce planning initiative started in 2016 (see Staff Hiring Plan initiative) by identifying new staffing growth that aligns to our mission drivers: research excellence, academic distinction, and student success. This work identified critical positions for hire in the first 2-3 years of the multi-year plan with the intention of revisiting priorities mid-way through.
Over the last year, the campus identified additional critical staffing required to support the 2020 Project deliveries as well as operations for an expanding campus. To support the prioritization of the 4th and 5th years of the staffing plan, the Vice Chancellors, Vice Provosts and Deans agreed to seek group consultation and approval for any new requests to hire.
Through shared governance, we were able to identify and prioritize a significant number of new positions and commit resources to achieve these hires over the next three years. Roughly two-thirds of those hires will ensure appropriate staffing as new buildings, classrooms and laboratories come online with our successive 2020 Project deliveries. We estimate that a portion of the cost will be covered by savings realized through organizational efficiencies and the modernization of our systems and processes such as the launch of our new e-procurement system, Bobcat Buy.