University of California, Riverside

Human Resources

HR Monthly Digest

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We are pleased to introduce you to another team in our HR family.

Talent Acquisition & Diversity Outreach

Talent Acquisition TeamTalent Acquisition & Diversity Outreach Team

The Talent Acquisition & Diversity Outreach Team (TA) is available to departments across campus to assist in recruiting and landing the best candidates for open positions. When it comes to finding qualified candidates to fill highly specialized staff positions, TA has the tools to launch a national search and hone in on finding those potential hires.

The TA department consists of five dedicated Human Resources professionals.

ELR Director Quincy Kinsey brings over 18 years of experience building teams that source and recruit the right talent to help organizations achieve their business objectives. He has worked in global corporate environments and industries. Quincy holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in human resources management. He is an active member of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), the Talent Acquisition Leadership Forum (TALF), and the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR).

Stephanie Davis has over 10 years of recruiting experience. She is responsible for finding strong candidates for senior level positions, assisting departments with interview strategies, assistance with employment policy interpretation, HR systems/tools support, and guidance on Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). In addition, she provides training and communications to the HR community on employment related topics and assists the campus in its diversity and outreach initiatives.

Kai Buckner has over 10 years of recruitment experience. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and is a certified recruiter through Lean Human Capital. Kai focuses on partnering with hiring managers throughout the campus to develop recruitment strategies including outreach to veterans. Kai has also developed a successful social media strategy which promotes UCR as a preferred employer, significantly increasing UCR’s social media followers and creating strong applicant pools.

Paul Pena has over 10 years of recruitment experience and holds a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science. He is responsible for the recruitment needs of UCR’s Path and FOM Implementation Teams. In addition, Paul provides full-cycle recruitment and ad hoc staffing services to organizational units across the campus. Paul works closely with hiring managers to understand their department needs and to create comprehensive labor market reports to assist in identifying the right candidate for the position.

Emma Geach has over 20 years of recruiting experience. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and master’s degrees in communications and human resources. Emma’s primary focus is partnering with departments to identify opportunities to assist with difficult recruitments. She provides a highly consultative approach which includes understanding labor market challenges to develop effective recruitment strategies to find the right candidate.

The TA team provides expert recruitment services that attracts top quality staff talent for the campus in support of UCR's vision of excellence. In fact, in the past year, they have managed to find over 30 such new employees.

Hiring services and support from the talent acquisition team can range from full-cycle recruitment to ad hoc services such as:

  • Reviewing applicants for long list creation
  • Developing interview questions
  • Conducting pre-screening phone interviews
  • Social media recruitment strategies

For more information, please visit the Talent Acquisition website.

Performance Management

Performance Management Timeline

Performance Management Timeline - Reminder

Organizational units are reminded that certifications are due to Human Resources by May 19, 2017 that all staff have received annual appraisals for the 12-month performance period ending on March 31, 2017. The recommended Performance Management Timeline is available on the Human Resource’s Performance Management webpage. Please review the information and communicate appropriate deadlines to your department/organizational unit. Learn more

Performance Management
Staff Performance Management Process

As we complete our first annual appraisal cycle utilizing UCR’s new Performance Management process for staff employees, Human Resources invites you to provide feedback and recommendations to improve the process for future years. Specifically, we would like to know about what worked well, what did not, which parts of the process require refining, and which parts should be eliminated and/or replaced.

To provide feedback, you are invited to attend an open forum this month or via email at Learn more

Equal Employment & Affirmative Action

 Asian American Pacific Islander
Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May 2017

During Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, generations of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders from all walks of society are recognized for their contributions to the fabric of America.

UCR's Asian Pacific Student Programs (APSP) is hosting a month-long celebration honoring AAPI heritage. Learn more

Jewish American Heritage
Jewish American Heritage Month

May 2017

Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM) celebrates the nation's strong American Jewish heritage, rooted in the ancient faith and traditions of the Jewish people. In addition, (JAHM) pays tribute to the achievements of American Jews, which are felt throughout American society and culture, in every field and profession. Learn more

Total Compensation

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Secova Family Member Eligibility Reverification Process

Due to call waiting and document processing times, the deadline for submission of documents has been extended to June 1, 2017

Secova, Inc., working with UC Human Resources, is reaching out to certain employees and retirees to reverify the eligibility of some dependents for health and welfare benefits. They have reached out to employees who enrolled a spouse, domestic partner, grandchild or legal ward prior to December. 31, 2014 and who previously provided appropriate documentation to verify the family member’s eligibility. Learn more

Pre-Retirement Planning
Pre-Retirement Information and Resources

Confidential pre-retirement counseling available through June 15, 2017

Spring is typically the time when faculty and staff begin to gather information regarding their retirement options. To assist faculty and staff, UC offers retirement services and tools to support career-long financial planning for retirement. In addition, UCR HR has a new retirement benefits website which includes a Pre-Retirement Information and Resources Checklist to help in identifying all the necessary information and documents to complete the retirement process. Through June 15, 2017, UCR faculty and staff can schedule confidential pre-retirement counseling appointments. Learn more

 Financial Education Workshops
Free Financial Education Workshops
for UCR Faculty and Staff

June 1 & 29, 2017

UCR Human Resources offers tools to assist faculty and staff in career-long financial planning and saving for retirement. Learn more

STAR Recognition
Staff Appreciation and Recognition Plan

As part of the university’s transition to Pay for Performance, departments are encouraged to use the Staff Appreciation and Recognition Plan (STAR). The plan provides three award categories – Individual Spot Awards, Individual Award Nominations and Team Award Nominations. The rewards are used to recognize, acknowledge and reward employees for exceptional performance and/or significant contributions related to and supportive of individual, departmental, divisional and or organizational goals and objectives. Learn more


Employee and Organizational Management

Collaborative Leadership
Organization Excellence Certificate:
Collaborative Leadership

May 18, 2017

In this course, you’ll learn the power and advantages of collaboration, characteristics of collaborative people and leaders, and leave with personal action items to work toward collaborating with others. It will provide you with a deeper understanding of your own collaborative leadership style and how to apply it to the workplace. Learn more

7 Habits of Highly Effective People
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Coming June 2017

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a principle-centered approach designed to teach participants how to achieve greater productivity, improve communication, strengthen relationships, and increase influence. Come to The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People course and discover strategies to solve personal and professional challenges. For more information on course topics, please click here.

LMS Upgrade
UC Learning Center (LMS)

Upgrade Coming in Summer 2017

We are pleased to announce that the University will be updating our Learning Management System (LMS), known as the UC Learning Center. The UC Learning Center enables access to required trainings and additional online and in-person activities for all staff, faculty and students at UCR. The upgrade is currently scheduled for July. Stay tuned for additional details. Featured Courses

May 2017 is an online training library available to all staff and faculty via R’Space. It contains over 1,000 courses and video tutorials on a wide variety of software, technology, non-technical skill, and creative topics, to support both professional and personal development. can be accessed from your laptop, tablet, Smart Phone or personal computer. Learn more

UCR Professional Development Courses – May 2017

Please visit the Professional Development Calendar to view the full offering of courses.

Registration for these courses is required through the Learning Management System (LMS).

Workplace Health and Wellness

2017 UC Walks 
8th Annual UC Walks at UCR

Wednesday, May 17 / 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. / UCR Outdoor Track

UC Walks is a systemwide event to promote an active lifestyle among UCR faculty, staff and students ‒ last year over 400 walkers participated! Lace up your sneakers and join us for fun activities, socialize with your colleagues, and get some fresh air.  Learn more

AHA 2016 Awards
The American Heart Association Recognizes UCR’s Health Initiative

For the third consecutive year, UC Riverside has been recognized for an outstanding healthy workplace environment. The American Heart Association (AHA) presented UCR with the AHA Fit-Friendly Employer Platinum recognition and the Worksite Innovation Award for its Healthy Campus Initiative. UCR is one of only 19 institutions across the nation to receive the Worksite Innovation Award. Learn more

Relaxation Yoga
Relaxation Yoga Practices with Diane

April 2016

Diane Del Buono, Associate of the Chancellor will lead gentle yoga poses – Where a Chair Replaces the Yoga Mat. The benefits of incorporating gentle yoga poses and mindfulness practices throughout the day will help you to energize your body and mind. Learn more

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Become a Wellness Amabassador

Ambassador Orientation / Monday, April 24 / 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

UCR Wellness Ambassadors serve a critical role in creating a healthy campus culture. Ambassadors collaborate to identify ways to encourage a healthy campus environment. Learn more

MobileFit Spring
Mobile Fit

Through June 9, 2017

The Mobile Fit program is available for all UCR faculty and staff who are interested in participating in a convenient on-site fitness program during the lunch hour to improve overall health and wellness. Learn more

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