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A career pathways tool defines competencies for each position across a range of roles. Sometimes called a “competency model,” a strong career pathways tool operationalizes your commitment to equity and inclusion. As you might’ve already read in our Benefits of a Career Pathways Tool article, using career pathways tools consistently can:

  • take the guesswork out of advancement for staff
  • bring consistency to hiring and performance management decisions
  • develop your leadership pipeline through equitable opportunities for staff at all levels

This toolkit includes a step-by-step guide, a template, and two examples to help get you started with your career pathways tool. It can be used by executive leaders to define job classifications for role types organization-wide, or by department leaders to define competencies for various roles on their team.

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