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City of Santa Fe, NM: Comprehensive Compensation and Classification Study

Evergreen Solutions was engaged by the City of Santa Fe, New Mexico to conduct a Comprehensive Compensation and Classification Study for all City employees, including non-bargaining employees and those covered by collective bargaining agreements. Evergreen Solutions worked with the City for approximately ten months to complete the work with input from the more than 1,325 City employees.

The Evergreen Solutions Team will conduct orientations and focus groups with employees, as well as interviews with department directors and other executive managers. All employees will be asked to complete Evergreen Solutions’ Job Assessment Tool, and supervisors will complete the Management Issues Tool, as needed. The data gathered through this process resulted in JAT scores for each job title, placement of each job into an internal hierarchy, and potential recommendations for revision to the current classification structure. Evergreen Solutions also worked with City Human Resources staff to conduct a comprehensive salary survey of local and regional peers. The results were reviewed in conjunction with the internal hierarchy to help generate recommendations for a comprehensive compensation and classification structure.

Finally, Evergreen provided detailed recommendations for implementation of the new structure and related employee salary adjustments. In addition to the compensation and classification components of this study, Evergreen Solutions consultants assisted the City with implementation of a revised performance assessment system. This process included the creation and distribution of performance appraisal factor weighting forms, and trainings for supervisors and staff.

Santa Fe is the capital of New Mexico, and the fourth largest city in the state with a population of more than 72,000.

In addition to the City of Santa Fe project, Evergreen Solutions provided human resources consulting services to Albuquerque Public Schools and Gadsden Independent School District in New Mexico.