The college will fund pre-hire search expenses up to $8,000 for directors and department heads that report to the Dean. This amount was determined after a review of the amounts offered by other colleges at the UA. Funding is on a reimbursement basis and it is the unit's responsibility to request reimbursement and provide an appropriate accounting of the expenses. Requests for reimbursement must be made and transferred in the fiscal year in which the spending occurred, unless an exception is granted by Business Services. Search committees can certainly spend more than this amount, but the additional and/or ineligible costs would be borne by the hiring unit.
Pre-hire expenses include such items as meals, conference calls, mileage, advertisements, candidate travel and lodging, etc. Expenses in the post-hire phase of recruitment such as moving expenses are separate and not covered under this policy. The goals of this policy are to empower the search committee to determine the best use of limited resources, plan ahead, use technology when appropriate, and actively recruit candidates to ensure the pool is as strong and diverse as possible. The bottom line is to hire the best candidate for the position.