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All employees in the VCCS are State employees; however, not all categories of employees have the State benefit package. Personnel are categorized as follows:

12 Month Administrative Faculty

Administrative faculty members perform work related to the management of the educational and general activities of the college, department, or division. All administrative faculty are normally employed on a twelve-month basis beginning on July 1 and ending on June 30. Twelve-month administrative faculty personnel are assigned a faculty rank for which they qualify.

12 Month Professional Faculty

Professional faculty are individuals holding non-teaching positions with continuing responsibilities, employed on a twelve-month basis beginning July 1 and ending on June 30. All professional faculty are assigned a faculty rank for which they qualify. Librarians and Counselors are professional faculty. Colleges may also designate Coordinator, Assistant Coordinator, and Administrative Officer level positions as professional faculty.

10 Month Teaching Faculty

Full-time teaching faculty, including program heads, on ten-month appointments which include the fall and spring semesters of the academic year plus part of the summer term. All program heads are appointed as teaching faculty. Such appointments are made at the discretion of the individual college.

9 Month Teaching Faculty

Full-time teaching faculty, including program heads, are normally on nine-month appointments which include the fall and spring semesters of the academic year. All program heads are appointed as teaching faculty. Such appointments are made at the discretion of the individual college. 9

Associate Instructor Teaching Faculty

Full-time teaching faculty who are on restricted nine-month appointments which include the fall and spring semesters of the academic year. Associate Instructors receive non-continuing one-year appointments that are made at the discretion of the individual college. Associate Instructors receive full benefits and are ranked as either Level 1 or Level 2 based on their qualifications.

Part-time 9 Month Teaching Faculty

Part-time teaching faculty members have continuing nine-month appointments which include the fall and spring semesters of the academic year. Part-time 9-month teaching appointments are made at the discretion of the individual college. Part-time 9-month teaching faculty members receive partial benefits based on their workload assignment and are assigned a faculty rank for which they qualify.

Classified Employees/Support Staff

Classified employees/support staffs are employees who occupy positions that are listed in the Commonwealth’s Compensation Plan, and who are covered by the Virginia Personnel Act as found in Chapter 10, Title 2.1 of the Code of Virginia, once they have completed the probationary period. They are assigned to an established position and are scheduled to work 40 hours per week. Full-time classified employees are paid on the semi-monthly payroll.

Restricted Appointments

Restricted appointments are individuals holding a restricted appointment to instructional, administrative, professional or classified/support staff positions. A restricted appointment is an appointment to a position that is funded (10% or more) by non-State revenues such as gifts, grants, donations, and contracts or other sources of funding which are not continuing in nature.

Employees in restricted positions are eligible for the same benefits as other full-time employees with one possible exception. If funding no longer exists to continue the employment of an employee assigned to a restricted position, severance benefits may not be payable to the employee following the cessation of source funding, unless the funding for severance was included at the time of establishment of the position.

Adjunct Faculty

Adjunct faculty are employed to teach less than a normal faculty load or to teach less than a full session on a semester by semester or summer term basis. The adjunct faculty contract contains no guarantee of continued employment. Adjunct faculty may participate in the college’s deferred compensation arrangements, either the 457 or 403(b) plan or both. They are not eligible for the cash match program. Adjunct faculty are not eligible to participate in the State’s group health insurance plan.

Wage Employees (1500 hour employees)

Wage employees are employed on an hourly basis and are limited to working no more than 1,500 hours for the college in a 365-consecutive day period. This period begins on the first workday. Hourly employees receive pay increases as approved through the General Assembly but their pay may not exceed the hourly equivalent for the maximum assigned to their role title and/or pay 10 band. All employees paid on an hourly basis, regardless of duties, are considered non-exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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