In response to the systemwide issuance of a revised APM 330 - Specialist series, and after convening a joint administration-faculty task force to advise on implementation, UCSF will institute the following policy changes related to the specialist series for academic actions with effective dates of July 1, 2018, or later: 

1. Minimum Degree or Years of Experience Qualifications Requirements 
Promotions and Merits to “Above Scale” 
All promotions, and merits to “above scale,” will be subject to the following qualifications requirements.


Merits - Grandfathering 
On-time merit actions (except to “above-scale”) for specialists with initial appointments prior to July 1, 2015, are NOT subject to the new qualifications requirements above. Thus, in these circumstances, specialists need not meet the new qualifications above to be eligible for merit advancement.

Please note appointments to the specialist series have been subject to all provisions of APM 330 (including those above) since July 1, 2015.

2. University and Public Service Requirements
University and Public Service expectations for Specialists at UCSF will be as follows:


For the full citation of qualifications requirements by rank and a list of service examples see our resources page. Each School will have the ability to provide additional information on ways in which the above requirements can be met.

3. Other

  • As has been the case in the past, off-scale salaries are prohibited with the exception of U.S. Department of Labor H-1B prevailing wage requirements.
  • UCSF will continue to limit without salary appointments (WOS) to foreign visa holders 

Please contact your HR Academic Manager with questions.