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Set Up Selection Approval Workflows For New Hires

Our selection approval workflows feature is a practical tool to ensure that all academic hires follow an institution's policies about how to hire new faculty members.

Administrators can set up templates that establish a series of approval steps which will take place after a search committee has selected one or more applicants to fill a position.

At each step of the workflow, the proposed hire is approved and sent forward, or sent back by the approver at that step in the workflow.

This feature provides our users with new insight into academic recruitment activities over time, and empowers organizations to enforce their own data recording policies.

This article explains how to set up selection approval workflows to approve new hires.

Creating a Template

1. Select "Templates" from the left hand navigation bar of Faculty Search

Both approval templates and selection templates are created and managed from the "Templates" page of Faculty Search.

2. Click "Add Template" in the upper right hand corner of the screen

Note: If a template for the position type already exists, click to open and click "Edit" to add in selection approval steps.


Select the position type and the unit for which to establish the new approval workflow

All selections of the indicated position type created by the given unit or units below it will need to go through the approval process you are establishing.


Open the "Selection Approval Steps" tab


Click "Add Step" to add a step in the process of approving a new hire


Enter the step name and instructions for the step


Indicate who will approve the selection at this step

You can name one or more particular administrator(s), or indicate the title of the administrator who should approve selections for the chosen unit.

If you select "an administrator":

You can name particular administrator(s) who can approve hires for positions within their unit and below. You can assign one or more administrators to each step to receive an email and action item to approve the position.

Search for and select an administrator to approve the selection, and click "Add User."


If you select "an administrator based on unit and title":

Administrators in the indicated unit who hold the title you select, will automatically be assigned to approve selections for the unit in which the selection is created. Multiple administrators can be assigned if one or more have the same title in the same unit.

For more information on titles see this article on User Titles in Faculty Search.

Select the title from the drop down menu

Search for and select the administrator, and click "Add Approver"


After adding the administrator(s) to approve the selection, the workflow step will appear listed as shown below:


Approving a selection:

The steps below describe the process of approving a selection.

Click "Review Position"

Indicated approvers will get an email like the one below notifying them that a position (selection) requires their approval.

Clicking "Review Position" opens the selection approval page that displays the current step, who the step is assigned to, and instructions for the approval:

Scroll down to the tabbed section of the page. The "Selected Applicant" tab displays the selected applicant's information and application materials:

The "All Applicants" tab displays all applications for the position:

The "Position Details" tab displays basic position information:

Click to send the position back or to approve the position

You can personalize the email that will be sent alerting approver(s) at the next step in the workflow that a selection requires approval

If the position is at the final step in the approval process, click "Close" to approve and close the position


Sending back a position:

If a selection is not approved, click to send the position back to an earlier step.

Note: With POSITION approval, you can send your position back to a previous step in the workflow and when it's resolved, it will return to the step that sent it back.

For SELECTION approval, when you send your position to a previous step in the workflow, it will need to go through all the steps in the built out workflow.

For example, if your selection was sent from step 3 of the process to step 1, the selection will have to go back through steps 1, 2, and 3.

Click "Send Back"

Indicate the step you are sending the position to and personalize the message that will alert approvers at that step

Approvers at that step will receive an email indicating that a position requires their attention