Dear Colleagues,

Happy New Year! I am pleased to share several updates on activities in UCSF Human Resources.

Last week, the HR Advisory Board reviewed and endorsed a new Service Partnership Agreement (SPA) and our recharge rates for FY2017 based on the recommendations of our SPA and funding model subcommittees. In brief, we have made significant progress on our service metrics over the past year, and the changes to the SPA and process improvement recommendations will help us prioritize efforts in the coming year. The funding model subcommittee recommended an inflationary increase of 3% to each population category’s rates to ensure we can continue making progress on our organization, process and technology improvement initiatives and address unexpected volume changes from mandated initiatives (e.g., compliance, Career Tracks).  

Read more about the decision-making process and detailed recommendations on the HR website:

  • Service Partnership Agreement: new SPA and recommendations about process improvement priorities for the coming year and progress on our service metrics
  • Funding model: FY17 rates, population weighting, and future planning for funding HR services

These subcommittees are composed of both customer and HR representatives. We greatly appreciate everyone’s time and perspective as HR strives to build strong partnerships with departments. 

As you may know, UC is developing new retirement benefits for future UC employees (hired on/after July 1, 2016) as a result of last year’s 2015 budget agreement between UC and state leaders. The task force President Napolitano convened last summer to recommend options for the new retirement benefits recently presented her with its recommendations. President Napolitano invites feedback on the task force recommendations from faculty, staff and others to help inform the proposal she is expected to bring to the UC Board of Regents in March.

To learn more, please review resources on the UCOP website, including a fact sheet, FAQs, and background information. Comments are welcome via the website. Additionally, UCOP will present two webinars next month to discuss the recommendations and receive questions/comments – click here for more information on how to participate: 

  • Monday, February 1 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, February 10 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

I want to highlight a few important things about the task force’s recommendations: 

  • The recommendations are not final decisions. President Napolitano invites feedback on the task force recommendations, which will inform the proposal to the UC Board of Regents.
  • The new retirement benefits will apply only to future UC employees hired on or after July 1, 2016 — retirement benefits for current employees and retirees are not affected. 
  • Retirement benefits for union-represented employees are determined through the collective bargaining process. 

Finally, the first UCSF Staff Resource Day is next week. This event is sponsored by Campus Life Services, Human Resources, and Diversity and Outreach in collaboration with the UCSF Staff Subcommittee of the Chancellor’s Council for Climate, Culture and Inclusion (4CI). The event is scheduled around the common lunch periods for many staff. However, given the nature of our campus and medical center operations we understand that this may not meet all staff needs. Therefore, if your staff would like to attend during their worktime, please endeavor to provide appropriate release time as is operationally feasible. Please feel free to contact Labor and Employee Relations at 415/353-4107 or 415/353-4012 with any specific questions.

Please contact me or a member of the HR leadership with any questions.


David Odato
Associate Vice Chancellor, Human Resources
Senior Vice President, Human Resources,
UCSF Health