The Merit System also includes a variety of outreach recruitment programs designed to help state agencies meet the challenges of cultural diversity and the modern workforce. Merit System testing is not required for individuals with severe disabilities hired through the Optional Program for Hiring Applicants with Disabilities. Veterans with disabilities may also be considered directly by Merit System agencies through the Special Disabled Veterans Employment Act.
Human Capital Management's Targeted Minority Recruitment Program provides technical assistance and recruitment expertise to agencies seeking to achieve targeted hiring goals. The Fair Employment Practices Act is an optional hiring procedure used by state agencies to employ females, blacks, Hispanics, Asian/Pacific Islanders, and American Indians/Alaskan natives who are legal residents of the state in an effort to satisfy Affirmative Action hiring goals.
Classified jobs that are considered “hard-to-fill” require special recruitment efforts. Other classified job openings are considered internal promotional opportunities and are available only to current permanent classified employees of the state of Oklahoma or former employees who are eligible for reinstatement to Oklahoma's classified service.
Internal Job Postings
State jobs that are not subject to the Merit System are unclassified. There are no universal procedures for the recruitment and appointment of unclassified officers and employees, or for the terms and conditions of their employment, except for performance appraisals; practices vary from one agency to another.
One of the outstanding programs administered by HCM is the Carl Albert Public Internship Program, which consists of paid internships for both graduate and undergraduate students. Undergraduates are employed as unclassified temporaries for one or two academic semesters or 999 hours. Executive Fellows (graduate) Interns may be employed in unclassified positions for up to two years, and those who successfully complete a two-year internship are eligible for appointment to a position in the classified or unclassified state service.
In addition, state agencies may hire participants in the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program as unclassified employees through the State Work Incentive Program. These employees may also be converted to permanent classified status after two years of continuous participation in the Program.
Unclassified job openings