A new opportunity to assist the operating staff on campus has been created through the cooperation of the Operating Staff Council, the University Council and Executive Vice President and Provost Lisa Freeman.
For more than 40 years, NIU has had a Faculty & SPS Personnel Adviser available to assist that population on campus. The Operating Staff Council has been working diligently to create a similar resource for the civil service operating staff which has resulted in the creation of an Operating Staff Personnel Adviser (OSPA) position.
This is a new opportunity to serve fellow civil service employees by helping them navigate, understand and take advantage of all the resources available at NIU.
The OSPA will advise civil service employees about policies and procedures, support and participate in meetings with them when requested and assess the ongoing needs of the operating staff. The OSPA also will provide guidance to civil service employees in union bargaining units on locating appropriate union resources when needed.
In addition, this person will prepare and maintain necessary records and reports, develop resource materials and provide an annual report that summarizes the adviser’s activities.
Civil service employees may apply for the OSPA position with approval from their supervisor. However, the position is not open to civil service operating staff employees who are part of a classification represented by a union that negotiates a contract with NIU, in order to avoid conflicts with contractual obligations.
Training will be provided to the OSPA to ensure understanding of NIU’s administrative structure, policies and procedures, SUCSS and civil service statutes, and the collective bargaining agreements.
The OSPA will receive up to 10 percent release time and additional compensation (see the description for full details).
The deadline for applying for the Operating Staff Personnel Adviser is 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 31. Visit go.niu.edu/OSPA for full instructions about submitting a resume, a letter of interest and supervisor approval form.
For more information, email OSC@niu.edu.