Travel Management Puts Conrad Miami in the Spotlight

The Travel Management Department features the Conrad Miami Hotel in its July 2014 edition of the “Hotel Spotlight.” Located on Brickell Avenue in the heart of Miami’s financial district, and minutes away from exciting South Beach, the Conrad Miami provides guests with convenience and luxury. To learn more, or to see past editions of Spotlight, visit www.miami.edu/hotel-spotlight.

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New HR Policy Enhances Opportunities for Career Growth

A new policy designed and implemented by the Department of Human Resources encourages University of Miami staff to openly pursue opportunities for internal transfer or promotion with the support of their supervisors. The Internal Mobility: Transfer and Promotion policy supports career growth and development at the University through improved communication between managers and their direct reports by removing the fear of intimidation and promoting a more transparent interviewing process.

“This new policy is a step in the right direction,” said Joe Natoli, UM’s senior vice president for business and finance and chief financial officer, and interim chief operating officer at the Miller School of Medicine and UHealth. “It sets the stage for a clear shift in the way we do business at the University by increasing the communication channels between managers and their teams.”

Pascal J. Goldschmidt, senior vice president for medical affairs and dean of the Miller School, is also excited by the possibilities the policy opens up. “By encouraging internal promotions, we provide an opportunity for advancement to individuals who are dedicated to the University’s mission and to successful, continued partnerships,” said Goldschmidt.

Cassandra Wiggins, human resources and faculty affairs manager at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, is confident the policy will not only encourage employee career growth but also help the University retain top talent. “This policy is very exciting for HR and for employees at UM,” said Wiggins. “Being able to speak openly with your manager about your career goals and having their support will provide you with the opportunity to grow within your current role and look to the University before you consider outside options for employment.”

To help you get started, or continue with the development of your career at the University, you are encouraged to familiarize yourself with the new Internal Mobility policy and to complete Career Development, a one-hour, computer-based learning (CBL) course available through ULearn.

Here is a summary of the new policy:

Minimum Time in Position To be eligible for internal transfer and/or promotion, you must be employed in your current position for a minimum of:

  • 12 months for consideration in another division
  • 6 months for consideration within the same division
Internal Candidate Preference Managers will receive the applications of qualified internal candidates separately from those of external candidates during the first five days of a job posting, and are encouraged to first consider internal applicants.
Notification Hiring managers interested in interviewing internal applicants are required to discuss the applicant’s performance with the applicant’s current supervisor prior to scheduling an interview.
Coordination of Interview You are encouraged to work with your current supervisor to coordinate job interviews for internal positions during work time.


To review the complete policy, please click here. If you have any questions, contact your HR representative at Coral Gables/RSMAS or the Miller School of Medicine. UM Human Resources will continue to review and release new HR policies and business processes in a commitment to enhance the workplace culture.

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UM Employees Can Buy Discounted Festival Miami Tickets Through September 19

Festival Miami is offering University of Miami employees a $5 discount off the price of up to two tickets in any section for Festival Miami concerts held at the UM Gusman Concert Hall, with the exception of Seraphic Fire on Friday, November 7. Employees are encouraged to use the code UMemp145 when buying tickets online or at the box office. The offer ends at midnight on Friday, September 19. Check out the Festival Miami schedule and buy your discounted tickets today.

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Relax and Rejuvenate with a Personal Acupuncture or Massage Session

The Courtelis Center’s Integrative Medicine Program, in partnership with Well ’Canes, is pleased to offer acupuncture and massage sessions for UM faculty and staff at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. If you suffer from headaches, body pain or weakness, digestive disorders, insomnia, fatigue, or anxiety, you could improve your condition through the benefits of acupuncture or massage. Acupuncture sessions are covered at the primary care physician copay rate for UM/Aetna medical plan members, or $122.50 per consult and $60 per followup for self-pay patients. Massage sessions are $30 for 30 minutes and $60 for 60 minutes. Call 305-243-4129 to learn more about the benefits of these services and to book an appointment. For additional information about the University of Miami’s wellness offerings, please visit miami.edu/wellcanes.


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Take Action Against Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence

Sexual harassment and violence have become issues of great concern in recent years, especially in the academic and professional environments. In response to new federal legislation, the University has launched an enterprise-wide awareness program to ensure the continued safety of everyone on campus. The program includes educational brochures and posters, as well as an interactive online training titled, “Preventing Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence.”  The online course, available through ULearn (keyword VAWA), takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and is designed to help faculty and staff to recognize, avoid, and report abusive behavior.

All members of the UM community are responsible for doing their part to take action against sexual harassment and violence on campus. If you witness inappropriate behavior, please contact Workplace Equity and Performance, Faculty Affairs (Coral Gables/RSMAS or Miller School of Medicine), or the UM Police Department.  You may also file an anonymous complaint through ’Cane Watch.

To learn more about how you can help prevent sexual harassment and sexual violence, download this flyer.


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