Strategic Alignment Process

The information provided here will help you become more familiar with the Strategic Alignment process. 

This page will serve as an access point for the Critical Hire Service Desk platform, that supports the Strategic Alignment process, as well as a resource for Hiring Managers and HR Professionals who need to receive approval for positions through the Strategic Alignment process.

The information and resources below will provide guidance and a better understanding of the requirements and steps in the process. 

CLICK HERE to submit your position to the Critical Hire Service Desk

What positions require the Strategic Alignment process?

New and vacant Staff and Administrator with Faculty Status positions that meet one of the following criteria:

  • Any new or vacant position with a salary greater than or equal to $150,000, or:
  • Any position that has been vacant for more than 12 months.

Positions that meet either criteria will require approval through the Strategic Alignment process. To receive approval, a Critical Hire Justification needs to be submitted through the Critical Hire Service Desk for leadership review.

What do I include in a Critical Hire Justification?

For positions that are subject to the Strategic Alignment process, a compelling case detailing the critical need for a new position or the urgency to fill a long-standing vacancy will be needed, along with details regarding the connection of the position to the Institute's Strategic Plan. 

What is a Critical Hire?

A critical hire is a position the Institute must fill in order to:

  • support the Institute Strategic Plan
  • maintain student success,
  • patient/life safety, 
  • successfully meet required compliance and accreditation standards,
  • support areas of critical need, like OneUSG and CAR Action Plans, and to
  • effectively mitigate risk (legal, financial, data integrity, academic standards).