The borough is requesting proposals from consulting services interested in conducting an employee classification and compensation study.
The study will measure employees’ pay and benefits against the private sector.
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly budgeted $60,000 for the project in the 2011-2012 budget, but the borough didn’t have the staff to put the RFP together until now.
The borough has 47 authorized positions in the budget, and is using a job evaluation system developed in-house in 1995.
“You need to update how you classify and set employee salaries for different positions,” said borough manager Rick Gifford. “We have a system that does that, but it’s outdated and needs to be updated.”
The consultant will review the borough’s existing classification plan, conduct interviews to determine position functions, develop a new classification system for salary ranges and survey other markets. The consultant will complete the study and make recommendations to facilitate the development of a salary program that will allow the borough to competitively recruit, maintain and motivate employees.
“They will also check salaries against the market,” Gifford said. “They’ll check what other governments, hopefully boroughs, pay for other positions to make sure people are being paid appropriate salaries to retain employees and recruit.”
Recruitment has been difficult for some positions in Kodiak. The borough’s environmental engineer position has been open for more than a year.
“Some of these positions take a long time to fill,” borough finance director Karleton Short said. “I’ve been here 29 years, and since I’ve been here we haven’t had any outside review of salaries. After doing the salary study, we’ll make sure we’re at the market rates for our positions.”
The city of Unalaska is looking for a consultant to do the same study, so the borough and Unalaska are offering consultants an opportunity to submit proposals to complete both studies at the same time. If the consultant completes both studies, it would save the borough some money.
“They can do both, or one or the other,” Short said. “If they do both, they save money and only have to do the research once.”
If consultants are looking to do both proposals, they have to submit prices for each single entity and prices for both.
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly will decide who will receive Kodiak’s contract.
The selected consultant will have 180 days to complete the study. The borough plans to have the salary study information available for next year’s budgeting process.
Proposals are due to the borough manager’s office by 5 p.m. June 22.