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Managing Your Career
We value good employees and hope they find a satisfying long-term career with the State of Ohio. This section provides information about resources available to manage your professional development, measure your performance, and make sense of available career opportunities.

 

Performance management is the systematic process by which an agency involves its employees, as individuals and members of a group, in improving organizational effectiveness in the accomplishment of agency mission and goals. This process is carried out in the form of individual performance evaluations. With regard to performance management, the State of Ohio measures two key evaluation criteria: Goals and Competencies.

 

A Goal…

A Competency…

Measures outcomes

Measures behaviors

Outlines performance expectations

Outlines knowledge, skills and abilities reflected in underlying behaviors

Determines what needs to be accomplished

Determines how to reach the goal more effectively

Both are based on job performance

Evaluated on outcomes

Evaluated on observed behavior



Although the performance evaluation meeting is typically an annual event, performance management is an ongoing process. Your supervisor will begin each review period by establishing a
plan for your goals and corresponding competencies. Throughout the year, he/she will observe your progress toward achieving those goals. At the close of the evaluation cycle, your supervisor will assess your annual progress by assigning a rating to each pre-determined goal and competency. Finally, your supervisor will review the evaluation with you.

 


The performance evaluation process is tracked throughout each evaluation cycle using an online tool called ePerformance, which is available at myOhio.gov. You will use ePerformance to participate in your own performance review process as well. You will play a role in reviewing the goals and competencies assigned to you by your supervisor and by completing a self-evaluation. You also may choose to create your own Career Development Plans to set goals for education, experience, licensures and/or certifications that would develop or expand your skill set.

Please discuss any performance-related questions you may have with your supervisor, a member of your agency’s human resources staff or a member of the Ohio Department of Administrative Services’ Office of Talent Management team.

For more information about performance expectations, click here.

Congratulations on your new job with the State of Ohio. As you become proficient in your job, you may begin to explore other available opportunities for career growth and advancement. The State of Ohio Classification Plan contains more than 1,600 job classifications.  A job classification system creates a distinct hierarchy within an organization based on the assigned value of each position. Ohio’s Classification Plan (or Class Plan) groups jobs within a classification based on shared or similar duties and responsibilities. Researching these classifications may seem like a daunting task; however, the following information will help you understand the organization of the Class Plan.

The State of Ohio Classification Plan is divided into seven divisions. The various divisions are distinguished by the first number of the five digit code assigned to each classification (also known as job specification) contained within. The divisions are listed below:

  • 10000 – Clerical and Administrative Support Division
  • 20000 – Enforcement, Protection and Licensing Division
  • 40000 – Institution Services and Housekeeping Division
  • 50000 – Maintenance and Trades Division
  • 60000 – Managerial and Professional Division
  • 70000 – Education Division
  • 80000 – Technical, Engineering and Sciences Division

 

Within each family, jobs are further broken down into branches, groupings, series and specific job specifications. A job specification contains detailed information that includes the job title, job code, collective bargaining unit, essential job functions, illustrative job duties, major worker characteristics, minimum qualifications, training and development and any unusual working conditions. Additionally, the major agency field indicates which state agencies predominantly utilize the classification. Some job classifications are purposed for specific agencies while others are used statewide. Some also include the pay grade1 assigned to the classification. The Class Plan Booklet2 contains a complete list of the state job codes, job titles and pay grades organized by job family.

Understanding the occupations within a job family will help you identify potential career paths of interest. Some job changes may require lateral versus vertical movement in order to gain developmental experiences that enable you to accomplish career objectives. By reviewing the information provided in the job specifications3, you can establish your own career development decisions; for example, whether you are minimally qualified for a particular job, or what adjustments to your career planning may be necessary, including additional training and/or education.

You can continue to search for new career opportunities within the State of Ohio using the Ohio Hiring Management System (OHMS) website. To make your job search easier, you can complete Job Interest Cards that will email notify you any time a position of a specific category (e.g. Corrections, Human Resources, Real Estate, etc.) is posted on the OHMS website.


[1] The State of Ohio Salary Schedules are located here.

[2] The Class Plan Booklet is located here.

[3] Job Specifications are located here.

The State of Ohio values your ongoing professional growth and development and provides a variety of resources to foster a culture of life-long learning. Please visit the links below for more information about learning opportunities.

 

Training Resources:

Learning and Professional Development Website

For general information and links

 

Learning on Demand

24/7 on-demand learning for exempt and IT employees

 

State Library of Ohio

For popular software tutorials, GED preparation and more


The Ohio Fiscal Academy

A three-tiered certification program for State of Ohio employees in a fiscal or budgetary capacity within a fiscal office of a state agency


Tuition Reimbursement Programs:

Employee Development Funds (EDF)

For an application for tuition reimbursement for exempt and bargaining unit-represented employees, except for OCSEA-represented employees


Union Education Trust (UET)
Tuition reimbursement for OCSEA-represented employees

Enterprise Learning Management (ELM)

To enroll in classes, see your transcript and launch Web-based training, access ELM through MyOhio.gov

DAS Learning and Professional Development Web Page

For general information and links

 

Learning on Demand

24/7 on-demand learning for exempt and IT employees

 

State Library of Ohio

For popular software tutorials, GED preparation and more


The Ohio Fiscal Academy

A three-tiered certification program for State of Ohio employees in a fiscal or budgetary capacity within a fiscal office of a state agency

 

Employee Development Funds (EDF)

For tuition reimbursement application for exempt and bargaining unit-represented employees, except for OCSEA-represented employees

 

Union Education Trust (UET)

Tuition reimbursement for OCSEA-represented employees

 

das.ohio.gov/ePerftoolkit

For materials, guides and job aids related to ePerformance

 

Classification and Compensation Web Page

For general information about the Classification Plan and related materials

 

Ohio Hiring Management System

The State of Ohio’s career opportunity page, with new jobs posted daily