What We Do

Classification and Compensation provides a consultative, solution-driven approach to talent alignment by designing positions that fulfill organizational and university goals, recruiting top-tier talent to the University, and ensuring attractive, equitable, and competitive compensation to promote excellence in pursuit of NC State’s mission and goals. Classification Consultants partner with campus to design SHRA positions and EHRA academic, research, professional, public service, and extension personnel positions, while effectively administering the State of North Carolina and UNC system classification, employment, and compensation plans and policies.

Classification and Compensation develops and administers services, programs, and consultative solutions centered around thoughtful human resources principles and practices; optimizing processes and systems for classification and designing for our campus partners in order to create a knowledgeable and empowered community.

We provide strategic human resources consultation and services in the following areas:

  • Position Design and Organizational Analysis
  • SHRA and EHRA Position Creation, Modification, and Classification
  • SHRA and EHRA Compensation Analysis and Strategy
  • SHRA and EHRA Salary Administration


SHRA employees are Subject to the North Carolina Human Resources Act. SHRA positions are classified into career-banded classifications based on competencies required for the position and demonstrated by the employee. Career-banded classifications and their associated salary ranges are determined by the Office of State Human Resources (OSHR).

EHRA employees are Exempt from the North Carolina Human Resources Act. EHRA positions are classified into one of three categories established by the UNC Board of Governors:

  • Senior Academic and Administrative Officers (SAAO)
  • Faculty
  • Instruction, Research, and Information Technology (IRIT)

Salary ranges for SAAO Tier 2 positions, faculty, and IRIT positions are established NC State through a management flexibility agreement with the UNC Board of Governors