University of California, Riverside

Human Resources


Welcome: Building Careers, Achieving Excellence

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New Course Catalog!

The Human Resources Division is pleased to provide you with a new tool for employee development planning. It contains our training calendar for the fiscal year, course and program descriptions, as well as helpful advice on how to create an individual development plan. We hope this will allow you to more strategically plan your development throughout the year and to align your learning with the university’s mission, vision, and strategic priorities.

Our goal is to grow organizational talent and increase the offerings that are available to you. We continuously look for relevant professional development options that allow you to increase your effectiveness in the workplace. We will continue to update our course offerings so please check often for development opportunities that meet your goals.

Time Off to Vote

Tuesday, November 8, 2016, is the General Election. State law (California Elections Code section 14001) requires employers to post a notice to their employees advising them of their option to take paid leave to vote. Learn more.

New Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Rules

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has approved a change in the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regarding overtime eligibility. Effective December 1, 2016, the revised rule increases the minimum salary threshold for exempt employees from $455 per week (approximately $23,660 per year) to $913 per week (approximately $47,476 per year). As a result, all staff and academic personnel, including rehired retirees and part-time employees, who do not qualify for the professional teaching exemption and who earn less than $913 per week, will be designated as non-exempt and paid on an hourly basis. For a complete overview of the FLSA changes and how it will impact your paycheck click here or to access the frequently asked questions click here.

Pay Transition Timeline

  • The transition from exempt to non-exempt pay will occur on November 20, 2016, the start of the biweekly pay cycle that covers December 1, 2016
  • Exempt employees who are converted to non-exempt status will transition from monthly pay cycles to bi-weekly pay cycles
  • The biweekly conversion dates are:

Transition to Biweekly Pay

Transition Assistance

To ease the transition to biweekly pay, the University is offering a Transition Assistance Vacation Cash Out Program. Non-represented academic and staff employees will be allowed to cash out up to 80 hours of accrued vacation. The deadline to submit the application form is Thursday, November 10, 2016. Click here to download the application form.

Open Enrollment 2017: Changes and New Opportunities

Open Enrollment is coming soon – Thursday, October 27, 8 a.m. to Tuesday, November 22, 5 p.m. – with some significant changes and new options for you and your eligible family members. 

“There’s a lot of good news this year,” said Dwaine Duckett, vice president of human resources. “We’ve worked hard to manage costs, and offer the protection of disability insurance to more faculty and staff than ever before. I encourage everyone to take a careful look at their options this year, to make sure they’re taking full advantage of their UC benefits.” Learn more

UC, UAW Reach Tentative Agreement for Postdocs

The University of California has reached tentative agreement with the United Auto Workers (UAW) on a four-year contract covering more than 6,500 postdocs including newly added postdocs at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

The agreement fairly compensates postdocs for their contributions, provides support for employees with families and is financially sound for the university.

“Since bargaining began in June, we’ve worked hard to be responsive to the union’s concerns while balancing the university’s needs,” said Dwaine B. Duckett, vice president of systemwide human resources. “We’re pleased that we’ve been able to work through the issues and reach a fair agreement.” Union members are voting on the tentative agreement this week.

Highlights of the tentative agreement are:

  • A new salary scale effective December 1, 2016 that matches the National Institute of Health (NIH) Experience Scale and begins at step 2 of the NIH scale, providing a wage increase of about 10 percent for entry-level postdocs at the lowest step of the salary scale.
  • All full-time postdocs will remain exempt employees under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Annual increases, which include salary range adjustments tied to the NIH scale as well as step increases.
  • In response to postdocs’ request for more family-friendly support, postdocs will receive four weeks of paid parental leave, on top of the 24 days of personal time off that postdocs currently receive.
  • Additional appointment security for postdocs who are appointed beyond one year.
  • Better protections for postdocs who have complaints about sexual harassment.
  • A four-year contract expiring September 30, 2020 that provides postdocs and the university with certainty and stability.

The university and the union began bargaining a new contract in June 2016. The tentative agreement was reached October 5, shortly after the previous contract expired on September 30.

Union members are voting on the tentative agreement this week. 

UC Fair Wage/Fair Work Minimum Wage Increase

Effective October 1, 2016, the minimum hourly wage under the UC Fair Wage/Fair Work implementation plan will increase from $13/hour to $14/hour.

Plan Eligibility Criteria

  • All appointment types are eligible with the exception of Casual/Restricted appointments.
  • The appointment percentage is 50% or greater to be eligible for the Fair Wage/Fair Work plan.
  • Appointments cannot be combined to meet the 50% or greater appointment percentage threshold.

To learn more about the Minimum Wage increase click here.  

2016-2017 Winter Holiday Closure

As in previous years, UCR plans to observe a Winter Holiday Closure during the 2016-2017 holiday season. This annual closure has allowed UCR to achieve significant energy savings and continues to be a highly effective approach to power conservation for a specific period of time.

The campus is scheduled to close beginning Saturday, December 24, 2016 through Monday, January 2, 2017 and will reopen on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. As this year’s holidays fall on weekend days, pursuant to our Holiday policy and relevant provisions of our labor agreements. Learn more.

New Disability Insurance Options for 2017

UC is changing its voluntary disability insurance options to give all eligible employees — those currently covered and those not enrolled — new options for protecting their finances. For 2017, you can choose Voluntary Short-Term Disability (benefits up to six months), Long-Term Disability (benefits after six months, up to your Social Security retirement age) or both, depending on your needs and budget.

To learn more about your 2017 Disability Insurance Options, please visit UCnet and read "Protect your paycheck — New disability insurance options for 2017 offer greater financial peace of mind."

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

The Department of Labor designates the month of October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month. University of California, Riverside (UCR) Human Resources is planning three National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) events to raise awareness about disability employment issues and to celebrate the contributions of America’s workers with disabilities to staff, faculty, students and the community. Learn more

Chancellor Wilcox – Presidential Guidance Regarding Staff Abusive Conduct and Bullying

UCR is committed to creating and maintaining a respectful, cooperative, professional and courteous work environment. Each year, I remind the campus of our Principles of Community which outline our collective responsibility to support and show consideration for one another. On our campus, as in every other workplace, there are occasional lapses in interpersonal behavior that may detract from the positive working environment we strive to maintain. In the extreme, this behavior could be considered bullying or abusive conduct. Read more

Revised Mandatory Workplace Posters

In an effort to ensure compliance with the United States Department of Labor’s mandatory workplace posting requirements, we are notifying you of revised workplace posters. The revised versions must be posted in locations that are reasonably accessible to both current employees and potential applicants for employment.

The following revised Mandatory Workplace Notices/Posters are now in effect:

 All required posters, including those available in Spanish, may be downloaded from the Mandatory Permanent Posters for All Departments website.

Annual Notices - Substance Abuse

The U.S. Department of Education (EDGAR Part 86) requires that all Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) who receive federal financial assistance to establish a drug and alcohol abuse prevention program, and provide an annual substance abuse notice to all students and employees.

UCR strives to ensure that our campus community is free of the problems of substance abuse and dependency. UCR also recognizes that substance abuse is treatable and offers confidential programs and services to assist those with substance abuse problems, including Faculty and Staff Assistance Program - a confidential program available at no charge to faculty, staff and their dependents. Affected faculty, staff and students are encouraged to seek assistance. Learn more.

New Guidelines for Layoffs and Severance Payments

Effective FY 2016/17, severance payments owed to employees as a result of indefinite reduction in time or indefinite layoff will be funded by the campus, rather than the department/fund source(S) from which the employee is normally paid. Learn more.

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Organizational Charts

Human Resources is responsible for managing the overall Organizational Chart process for the UCR campus. This includes providing a web location where the most up-to-date, standardized campus organizational charts can be found.  In addition, the process for submitting changes or updating Organizational Charts is provided.

Organizational Chart Change Request

If you would like to make a change or update your Organizational Chart, please visit the UCR Organizational Charts Change Request page. This page contains the information needed to assist you in processing your change request.

Campus Organizational Charts





Jadie Lee

Associate Vice Chancellor (951)
Judy Abbey

Executive Assistant

Isidra Martinez

Financial Analyst

Ivette Ocampo

HR Generalist


Equal Employment & Affirmative Action

Nicole Butts Director of EEO and Affirmative Action (951)
827- 2673
Angela Walker Administrative Assistant

Brittnee Meitzenheimer Equal Employment Opportunity Rep (951)
Lorena Velasquez Equal Employment Opportunity Coordinator (951)


Vacant Director of Compensation and Benefits    
Tina Rodriguez Benefits Lead (951) 827-5086
Veronica Luna Benefits Analyst (951)
Alisha French Benefits Analyst (951)
Kimberly Grossmann Administrative Assistant Confidential (951)

Total Compensation

Tami Brown Director of Compensation and Benefits (951)
Scott Biggerstaff Compensation Analyst (951)

Erica Criss Compensation Analyst (951)

Jennifer Poliakon Compensation Analyst (951)

Kimberly Grossmann Administrative Assistant Confidential (951)

Disability Management

Marsha Marion-Watson Disability Management Coordinator (951)

Employee & Labor Relations

Elizabeth Sanchez Director of Employee & Labor Relations (951)
Alex Najera

Employee & Labor Relations Representative

Paul Wood

Employee & Labor Relations Representative

Kristin Branson Employee & Labor Relations Representative (951)
Mariela Roberts Administrative Assistant Confidential (951)


Clyde Blackwelder



Policy & Communications

Mary White Principal HR Policy & Communication Analyst (951)
Jorge Sanchez HR Data, Program & Communications Specialist (951)

Employee and Organizational Development

Kimberly Allain

Director of Staff Training & Development (951)

Seana Nunez-Grider

Trainer (951)

McKenzie Smith

Trainer (951)

Marilyn Parker

LMS Administrator (951)



Michelle Knighton

Administrative Assistant Confidential (951)

Talent Acquisition & Diversity Outreach

Quincy Kinsey Director of Talent Acquisition & Diversity Outreach (951)
Kai Buckner Employment Representative (951)
Stephanie Davis Employment Representative (951)
Emma Geach Employment Representative

Loren Bacallo Employment Representative

Paul Pena Employment Representative



Heidie Rhodes UCPath HR Implementation Manager (951)
Rebecca Hutchins Principal HR Business Analyst (951)
Puja Pannu UCPath Communication Lead (951)
Paul Pena UCPath Recruitment Coordinator (951)
LaKesha Welch HR Business Analyst

Loretta Vandivier Communications Specialist

Llyle Morgan Organizational Change Manager

Brianda Girgus Administrative Assistant Confidential (951)

Return to Work

Shelly Frohrip Return to Work / ADA Coordinator



Julie Chobdee Benefits Analyst - Wellness (951)
Nicole Collins Wellness Program Specialist (951)


Ed Marchall Occupational Wellness Specialist (951)

Workers' Compensation

Nini Furst Benefits Analyst - Workers' Compensation (951)

Workplace Health & Wellness

Marsha Marion-Watson

Workplace Health & Wellness Manager

Julie Chobdee Benefits Analyst - Wellness (951)
Nini Furst Benefits Analyst - Workers' Compensation (951)
Clyde Blackwelder Ergonomist (951)
Nicole Collins Wellness Program Specialist (951)
Ed Marchall Occupational Wellness Specialist

Shelly Frohrip Return to Work / ADA Coordinator (951)
Kathy Mosley Administrative Assistant Confidential (951)



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