Procedure 5.16.01 - Classification of Positions - Procedures


Position Classifications

For reporting purposes, the college uses the employee classifications established by the North Carolina Community College System. Positions at Southeastern Community College are classified according to the following criteria. This classification is not intended to be a list of job titles, but to describe broad classification categories.

Senior Administrator—This staffing category includes employees who serve in a senior or executive capacity. These employees report directly to the president of the college. Employees in this category include Vice Presidents, Associate Vice Presidents, and the Deans.

Professional Staff—This staffing category includes employees who are responsible for significant activities of the college. These individuals will often, but not always have some supervisory duties and will report to either a senior administrator or a higher-level staff person. Employees in this category would include: Associate Deans, Directors, Counselors, Administrators, Coordinators, etc., and may serve as faculty on certain occasions.

Classified Staff —This staffing category is generally clerical in nature with an emphasis on correspondence, information storage and retrieval, data entry and word processing and other office work, such as Processing Assistants, Secretaries, Accounting Clerks, Bookstore Clerks, Library Clerks, Data Entry Personnel, Operators, etc.

Faculty—This staffing category includes employees who perform professional activities guiding and directing the learning experiences of students in an instructional situation. Faculty is composed of professional employees who are assigned major instructional responsibilities, which require a high level of vocational, technical, or professional preparation.

  1. Regular Faculty – Regular teaching faculty are contracted normally for nine months when teaching assignments are for two semesters per year and extensions may be given as deemed necessary and with appropriate approval based on the needs of the college.
  2. Adjunct Faculty – Adjunct teaching faculty will be employed after all regular faculty have been assigned appropriate teaching loads.
  3. Continuing Education Faculty – Faculty will be employed based on program needs and are not required to meet the same criteria a curriculum faculty.

Instructional Staff – Regular instructional staff are contracted on a twelve-month basis and due to the 12-month contract, instructional staff are eligible for annual leave.  The standard workweek for instructional staff is 38 hours per week.  Flexibility is an essential part of instructional staff scheduling.  When activities require alternative schedules to meet the needs of the college and its students, alternative work schedules may be required.  Instructional staff will be compensated for hours worked over 38-hours.

Technical/Paraprofessional—This staffing category includes employees whose assignments require specialized knowledge or skills which may be acquired through experience or in academic work such as is offered in two-year postsecondary institutions or through equivalent on-the-job training. They normally report to an administrator or professional staff person. Employees in this category include: Technicians, Specialists, Executive Assistants, etc.

Service/Maintenance/Skilled Crafts —This staffing category includes employees whose duties are non-supervisory and result in or contribute to the comfort, convenience, and hygiene of personnel and the student body or contribute to the upkeep and care of buildings, grounds and college property. This category includes those whose assignments require skills and training appropriate for work as Campus Security Officers and Maintenance personnel.

Regular or Temporary

A regular position is one which is budgeted on an annual basis contingent upon demonstrated need and funding. Full or prorated benefits are provided based on the full-time or part-time status of the position. Regular positions are filled through an established employment screening process. A temporary position is established to meet a short-term or intermittent need. An appointment of this type is granted for no more than six months.  Should the position be required beyond six months, the position should be approved for extension or approved to become a regular position. Persons appointed to temporary positions may or may not be eligible for benefits.

Full-Time or Part-Time

Full-time: Employees working on a full-time schedule in a permanently established position. Full-time staff receives contracts for a specific length of time within a fiscal year. Full-time faculty receive contracts for a nine-month period within a fiscal year, as required by state law, and may be contracted on a month-by-month basis per instructional needs thereafter. A full-time position may be regular, temporary. During specified contract periods, full-time employee in non-instructional positions will be afforded the following benefits:

  1. Annual Leave* (based on years of service)
  2. Sick Leave
  3. Longevity Pay (based on years of service)
  4. Holiday Pay
  5. Teachers’ and State Employees’ Retirement System (TSERS). TSERS benefits include retirement, long-term disability, short term disability and life insurance)’
  6. North Carolina State Health Plan medical insurance
  7. Life Insurance

*Annual leave is not earned by faculty members. Full-time employees to include faculty and staff are also offered the optional benefits as provided by the College.

Part-time: A part-time position is scheduled for fewer hours than full-time. Part-time positions are often expressed in fractions of full-time, such as “half-time” or “quarter-time”. As a general rule, part-time staff should not work more than 25 hours per week. A manager must obtain approval from his/her area Vice President to allow work beyond 25 hours per week. A part-time position may be regular, temporary and may or may not be eligible for benefits.

Part-time Without Benefits: Employees with contracts that are less than 30 hours per week. Part-time employees are employed for a specific period of time within a fiscal year on a part-time temporary basis. Part-time employees normally do not receive benefits.

Part-time With Benefits: Employees working 30 – 39 hours per week for at least 9 months per year. Benefits for part-time appointments are:

  1. Annual Leave (pro-rated, based on years of service and hours worked)
  2. Sick Leave (pro-rated, based on hours worked)
  3. Teachers’ and State Employees’ Retirement System (TSERS). TSERS benefits include retirement, long-term disability, short term disability and life insurance)
  4. North Carolina State Health Plan medical insurance

Adopted: July 20, 2010

Revised: April 26, 2022

Reviewed: April 26, 2022