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Willamette University has engaged Sibson Consulting (a nationally recognized Human Resources consulting firm) to assist in efforts to designing a fair and equitable classification and compensation program for exempt and non-exempt staff.

As part of this process, we request your assistance in completing this online Position Description Questionnaire (PDQ) to ensure we have the most up-to-date, clear, and accurate information for every staff position. The people who best know the work involved in any given job are those that are closest to the job—you and your supervisor. It is also true that jobs often experience “drift” in what work is actually being performed vs. what is intended. This process may also help identify where the intent of a job has changed over time.

Your response to this questionnaire (and subsequent Manager’s review) will help create a better understanding of positions across the campus, which in turn, will enable us to:
  • Create specific position descriptions that define more accurately the content and minimum requirements for each position.
  • Update the University’s generic job description specifications from which job families will be developed.
  • Develop a job titling protocol so that titles are used consistently and appropriately across the University community.
  • Compare salaries of positions at Willamette to those at comparable institutions and organizations in order to obtain an accurate assessment of Willamette’s market pay competitiveness across the staff population.
  • Accurately assign positions to grades so that positions with similar impact, scope, and required knowledge are in the same salary grades, unless market dictates otherwise.

This questionnaire does not measure your performance, and will not be used to eliminate jobs, nor cut an individual’s pay.

Your input is an important part of this project. We want to thank you in advance for your cooperation and in helping to ensure Willamette University will continue to have a clear and competitive classification and compensation program going forward. This Program will help us recruit and retain a diverse, high-quality workforce that helps fulfill all aspects of the University mission.


    • Read each item carefully and enter your responses.
    • Describe the position, as it currently exists, not as it was in the past or may be in the future.
    • Describe the position as it is typically conducted over an extended period of time (such as a year); do not describe just a particular dimension of the job or a temporary assignment.
    • If you are not able to complete the entire questionnaire in one sitting, there is an option at the top of each page to “Save and Continue." Please do not use your browser’s “Back” button prior to opting to “Save and Continue” or your responses may be lost and you may be required to start the PDQ over.
  • If you have questions or need help, contact Keith Grimm at ext. 5445 or Linda Flamenco at ext. 5444. We've extended the deadline to May 9th, 2014.  In addition, if you need a copy of your job description as a reference as you complete the PDQ, you can find it by clicking here.