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Hiring Pause

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  • In response to the continuous development involving the spread of COVID-19, the University of Florida is pausing all staff and OPS staff hires. The hiring pause will remain in effect for the foreseeable future.

    To ensure the University of Florida continues to stay operational, the following positions will be exempt from the hiring pause:

    • All contract and grant-funded positions, regardless of position type
    • UF Health faculty and staff positions involved in the clinical enterprise
    • Faculty and temporary academic positions (adjuncts, postdoc, graduate assistants/students, and student assistants)

    Also, exceptions to this hiring pause may be granted to positions that are critical to:

    • Campus and personal health and safety
    • Compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations
    • Delivery of essential University services
    • Courses necessary for timely graduation
    • Critical advancement of the University mission

    Exception Request

    To request an exception to this hiring pause, the hiring manager must obtain approval, including the rationale for the request, from the appropriate dean and/or vice president. All staff new hires will need final approval by Vice President for HR Jodi Gentry. A copy of the Hiring Pause Exception Form can be found by visiting UFHR Forms (for managers) page.

    The Hiring Pause Exception Form is an online Docusign form, so the request can be submitted and approved online. When completing the Hiring Pause Exception Form, you will need to identify all the approvers first, and then you will be directed to the form to complete and submit.

    If approved for recruitment, job openings will be advertised in accordance with the University’s normal recruitment process.

    For additional information or assistance, contact Audrey Gainey, UF Human Resources’ Director for Talent Acquisition and Onboarding, at talent@hr.ufl.edu.


    How long will the pause last?
    The hiring pause will remain in effect for the foreseeable future.
    What does this mean for positions posted prior to March 30 that are currently posted but not yet filled?
    They will be removed from posting unless an exception is approved.
    What should I do if we are in middle of interview our candidates?
    If your position meets one the exception criteria, then you will need to submit an exception request form for approval to continue with the process.
    How will candidates be notified of this status?
    Talent Acquisition and Onboarding will send communication to all applicants for positions that are impact by the hiring pause.
    What does this mean for people who have been hired but have not yet started working for UF?
    Offers will be honored.