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Job Architecture Project


The job architecture project is a multi-year recruitment and retention project that is aligned with Virginia Tech’s strategic priority to Be a Destination for Talent and reflects the university’s commitment to our Principles of Community.

For the university to attract, retain, and develop the best talent, it is important to create a structure for Administrative and Professional (A/P) faculty positions like those in place for staff roles and for T&R faculty roles. Job architecture is the foundation of how we hire, pay, develop, and advance our workforce through clear career paths and competitive and equitable compensation practices.

Virginia Tech launched its job architecture project in February 2022. The scope of the project is to organize approximately 2,500 A/P faculty positions that include more than 1,700 unique titles. The project does not include university and classified staff positions, which use the Commonwealth of Virginia classification structure, or teaching and research (T&R) faculty positions, which are classified using the college faculty ranking and structure that is outlined in the Faculty Handbook

What the project will do

  • Design a job architecture with clear job structures and career track levels for all A/P faculty positions at Virginia Tech.
  • Map existing A/P faculty positions using the new job architecture to better facilitate career and workforce development and planning.
  • Conduct a market analysis using the job architecture to develop a pay structure that reflects competitive market salary data.
  • Create tools for leaders and employees to help with career path development. 
  • Provide consistent job titling, job summaries, and qualifications for A/P faculty roles to aid in keeping current talent and recruiting new talent.  

What the project will not do

  • Reorganize organizational units.
  • Change salary or benefits of existing A/P faculty.
  • Change working titles of existing A/P faculty.
  • Change duties or responsibilities of existing A/P faculty positions.
  • Change reporting lines or supervisors of existing A/P faculty.