Date: April 6, 2017
To: Service Unit Directors and Excluded Management and Professional Staff and their managers/directors
From: Alex Bayne, Director, Workplace Learning and Engagement, Human Resources
Subject: New Professional Development Fund for Service Unit Directors and Excluded Management & Professional Staff
I am pleased to share that UBC has established a new Professional Development Fund for Service Unit Directors and Excluded Management and Professional staff (excluded from AAPS) effective April 1, 2017.
This new financial resource is intended to complement staff development initiatives already in place within units or departments and will provide more opportunity for Service Unit Directors and Excluded M&P staff to identify their professional development needs, increase skills, and actively navigate their careers at UBC.
Maximum Yearly Amount and Claim Submission Period
Starting April 1, 2017, eligible staff have access to up to $1,500 on a UBC fiscal year basis (April 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018) to pay for a variety of professional development activities and resources, including courses, professional memberships and conferences. The annual funding amount will be pro rated for staff working less than 50% full time.
Please note that this new PD Fund cannot be accessed to maintain current role-required professional memberships/accreditations or for required training. These types of learning expenses should continue to be covered by departments or units.
The PD Fund usage will be reviewed on an annual basis and the maximum individual claim amount may be adjusted from time to time to ensure an equitable distribution of this new pool of money, which will be administered by Human Resources, Vancouver Campus.
How to Confirm Eligibility and Available Balance
As of April 1, eligible staff are able to confirm their personal eligibility and available PD Fund balance online through the Faculty and Staff Self-Service portal. Information can be found under the “Staff PD” tab.
How to Apply and Submit a Claim
Guidelines for PD Fund eligibility, allowable expenses and claim submission procedures can be found on HR’s Staff Professional Development Funds webpage.
Additional Professional Development Resources
This new PD Fund is a welcome addition to the suite of resources available to support the ongoing learning and development of our Excluded M&P staff and Service Unit Directors, which include:
- UBC tuition waiver
- lynda.com online learning
- Coaching at UBC
- Career Navigation
- Leadership and Managing at UBC programs (Vancouver campus | Okanagan campus)
- Professional development workshops (Vancouver campus | Okanagan campus)
Please contact Susanna Mulligan, Staff PD Funds Manager, Workplace Learning and Engagement, Human Resources, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-822-9273.