Public Administration ETDs

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It is of utmost importance that an agency provide for its employees a structured, uniform method of evaluating jobs while maintaining a viable classification plan.

This thesis centralizes on the City of Albuquerque's classification plan which is not meeting the needs for which it was devised. Due to the lack of cohesive control and inherent weaknesses in the existing system, a complete re­evaluation of the system is necessary and desirable. Recognizing this need, this writer provides the reader with an extensive background into the more common methods of position classification systems in use today, advantages and disadvantages of each system, and a wealth of resource information from some of the most noted authors in the field.

The problem is identified and discussed, and the material is presented in such a way that the reader may judge the value of the existing rank order system. Three agencies; the Federal Civil Service Commission’s, the State of New Mexico's, and the City of Albuquerque's classification systems are briefly examined relative to the approaches used by each in delineating job relationships between and within series. Parallels are developed between the systems, and relevant points are studied as each organizational strength is en­countered.

In the concluding chapter this writer presents a numeric/degree factoring plan of analysis, specifically designed for the City of Albuquerque, which will fulfill the needs of the present organization while providing that elusive measure of stability necessary during rapid growth and expansion.

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Public Administration

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School of Public Administration

First Committee Member (Chair)

Albert H. Rosenthal

Second Committee Member

Donald Winston Smithburg

Third Committee Member

Vladmir V. Berniklau



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