Making an Offer

When the search committee identifies the final candidate for an open position, an offer of employment may be extended.  Offers of employment must be extended and accepted in writing. The following are general steps for offering an academic personnel appointment at the University of Washington. Detailed procedures are determined at the local level.

  1. The chair/director discusses a tentative offer with the candidate and ascertains his or her citizenship/permanent resident status. If the candidate is not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, the chair/director should review procedures for sponsoring a visa, and contact International Scholars Operations to begin the appropriate process.
  2. Using the Candidate Offer Letter Template, the unit drafts an offer letter which must include conditional language regarding school/college/campus, and Provost or Board of Regents approval. Units must determine if a Criminal Background Check is necessary. Offer letters for positions requiring a criminal background check should state that employment is contingent upon the results of the background check.
  3. The unit notifies the dean/chancellor immediately upon receipt of acceptance of offer.
  4. The unit sends a copy of the letter of acceptance and a summary of the terms of the offer  to the dean/chancellor.
  5. The unit sends the new faculty member the forms needed to complete the new appointment packet and the moving expense packet. If the candidate is not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, the unit instructs the candidate to Obtain a Social Security Number before beginning employment.

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