Employers at Fort Lewis College must adhere to the Student Employment Pay Plan. We encourage using the pay plan as a tool for determining seniority and merit pay raises. Employers may hire students at any step or level. The maximum pay rate allowed is $11.00 per hour. The Supervisor may not commit a higher rate to the student. The Student Employment Coordinator in the Human Resources Office will automatically disallow any pay rate in excess of $11.00 per hour. An exception to the rule is if an employer is using discretionary grant funds to pay their student employee.
This plan is not applicable over the summer. Any student hired in summer who will continue during the school year (September-April) is subject to the Student Employment Pay Plan, even if it requires a decrease in pay from the summer rate. Student employees must be advised of this before beginning work in the summer.
Employers may give students pay raises at their discretion any time. Students who continue in the same job and perform satisfactorily may receive a step increase at the end of the academic year. Supervisors have authority to withhold the increase based on unsatisfactory evaluations. The pay plan will be reviewed on an "as needed" basis.
The pay plan is as follows:
Level 1: Entry level and/or positions that do not require substantial skill, extraordinary responsibility or significant independent judgment. The consequence of error is not critical. Duties are routine, simple and governed by standardized procedures. The position is closely supervised. No previous experience, specific skill or education is required.
Level 2: This level involves skilled positions with more complex duties that involve a substantial degree of responsibility and independent judgment. Employees are capable of performing duties with minimal supervision and must take initiative regularly. Characteristics that support assignment to Level 3 include: 1) planning and coordination of multi-faceted duties; 2) duties are hazardous; 3) position includes extensive public contact; 4) position is a senior lead-worker that may be responsible for training lower level positions.
Level 3: These are highly skilled, advanced level positions. Job duties are complex and can be specialized and varied. Employees are given instructions and are expected to establish work priorities based on departmental goals, procedures and timetables. Employees at this level will make recommendations, act independently, use initiative, and make decisions regarding work assignments. Employees must have related coursework or previous work experience and the ability to establish working relationships with college personnel and the public.