Information and resources regarding cost reimbursement and funds is located in the Human Resources Policies and Procedures website.

As a supervisor, what flexible staffing strategies can I offer my employees that want to participate in professional development?

Flexibility to accommodate employee participation in professional development is dependent on:

  • Classified employee’s bargaining contact language (SEIU Article 61 Contract)
  • Staffing coverage.
  • Unit/department workflow interruption.
  • Supervisor or administrative approval.


Strategies may include:

  • Providing work release time.
  • Arranging for flexible or alternative work schedules.
  • Arranging for coverage by other employees/supervisor.
  • Arranging for professional development to be after-hours. 
  • Using accrued and available vacation leave or comp time.
  • Taking leave without pay (OAR 580-021-0029 - Career Development Leave)


For guidance regarding staffing strategies, contact: