Employment Opportunities System and Human Resources
Bronze Spear has been working with the Human Resources
Department at the University of Manitoba since 1997.
We provide them with an array of services including
software development and maintenance, web site development,
and consulting support.
Opportunities System is an ambitious, custom-developed
web application that provides a secure, distributed
system for creating, managing, and publishing job postings
for the entire campus community. It has been in production
use since March of 1998, handles close to 2000 postings
every year. The system provides end-to-end handling
of the entire job posting process:
- Initial drafting of the posting
- Several review and approval steps
- Public advertisement of the position on the web
- Automatic expiry of the posting on the application
- Automatic generation of "results of competitions"
page identifying successful applicants
- Archiving of expired postings for review and reuse.
- Access control and user management
The system runs on the University's Apache web server
under Solaris, and is entirely programmed in Perl. Data
for the application is stored in a Sybase database.
The Employment Opportunities System was featured in
Portraits of Success, the University of Manitoba's 1999
annual report. They said:
"The Employment Opportunities Web Page
from human resources is an example of the use of technology
to both enhance client services and increase administrative
efficiencies. More than just an electronic posting
of jobs, it is a system that provides information
on the preparation of job postings, instructions on
selection procedures, and a supervisor's checklist
for on-the-job orientation...."
Resources web site itself is extensive and contains
over 1000 documents (including a collective agreements,
position descriptions, seniority listings and much more).
The site makes extensive use of Adobe Acrobat to enable
rapid posting of time- or format-sensitive information.