Please use the tabs below to view information on services offered by ConnectionPoint.

General support: If you have a question and you aren't sure where to find the answer, you can contact ConnectionPoint. Staff will be happy to assist you in either answering your questions or directing you to someone who can.

Travel and expense: Faculty, staff and students can use ConnectionPoint for assistance booking travel. When you return, you can submit your receipts to ConnectionPoint to have an expense claim completed on your behalf. Support is also provided for non-travel expenditures.

Purchasing and payments: Faculty and staff can use ConnectionPoint for assistance purchasing a good or service and/or paying for that good or service. This includes vendor sourcing, vendor contract review and development, request for quotations, purchase order requisitions and invoice processing.

Pre-award/post-award: Faculty and researchers can use ConnectionPoint for assistance with funding applications issues, reviewing/finalizing proposals, questions concerning funders and funding programs, non-financial report submissions, closing out funded projects, monitoring compliance with regulations and for advice on administrative requirements.

Tri-agency institutional approvers: Faculty and researchers can use ConnectionPoint for approval on tri-agency expenditures, pre- and post-award eligibility and compliance inquiries, as well as eligibility and compliance advice to faculty, researchers and staff who are developing research grant budgets.

Human resources general inquiries: If you have a question related to your employment at the university, you can contact ConnectionPoint and our staff will assist you by either answering your question or connecting you with someone who can.

Workforce administration: As a people leader, ConnectionPoint is available to assist with many human resources services, from the point you are looking to hire an employee, to the point they leave the university. As a faculty or staff member, you can contact ConnectionPoint to find answers to your human resources questions. This includes questions regarding benefits and leaves.

Data processing: ConnectionPoint is available to assist with data processing needs, such as service income requisitions, honorariums, journal vouchers and certain electronic job submissions. Electronic job submission entry and validation services applies to hires and terminations of CUPE 1975, CUPE 3287, ASPA, exempt, faculty and senior administration employees.

Payroll: Our Payroll team is happy to assist you with payroll related questions and requests. Please contact us at ConnectionPoint. For those individuals picking up paper payroll cheques, please bring photo ID to ConnectionPoint in the Arts Building - Room 258.

Knowledge Base: Our online Knowledge Base, located within the ConnectionPoint PAWS channel, provides a wealth of information you need, when you need it.

ConnectionPoint is available to assist faculty and staff with recruitment and hiring processes for positions in scope of Exempt, ASPA and CUPE1975. This includes:

  • job postings
  • pre-screening applications
  • scheduling interviews
  • preparing the interview package
  • letters of offer
  • employee onboarding

How to request assistance

Posting a job is easy!  Log in to PAWS and click on Admin Services ConnectionPoint New request and select "Job Posting and Recruitment Support".  This will take you to the Create Requisition Request Page.  Complete the form with as much detail as possible.

  • Detailed instructions can be found on Knowledge Base, search Applicant Tracking System (ATS) User Manaual
  • Use the most recent version of the job posting template for the type of position you wish to recruit
  • If you would like additional recruitment support from a ConnectionPoint Workforce Coordinator, indicate "Yes" when prompted on the requisition request.  You can also add comments for specific support requests.
  • CUPE 1975 and CUPE 3287 positions will be posted in the UofS Career Centre on Wednesdays.  The deadline to submit posting for these positions is 12:00 pm on Mondays
  • All other postings will appear in the UofS Career Centre within 1-2 days of ConnectionPoint receiving completed forms and required information.

Once the recruitment process is complete and you have selected your candidate, ConnectionPoint will draft a letter of offer. If you have used ConnectionPoint in the recruitment process, onboarding will be initiated automatically. If not, you can request support by completing the “hire and onboarding services” eForm in the ConnectionPoint PAWS channel. You will be asked to provide:

  • A signed letter of offer (provided as an attachment)
  • The name of the supervisor
  • The competition number
  • How the position is being funded
  • The position number or the name of the employee who previously held the position

Onboarding support from ConnectionPoint includes:

  • Setting up an NSID
  • Providing the candidate with information including tax forms, direct deposit, employee benefits, parking, employee card process, maps and who to report to

ConnectionPoint will email the hiring manager to ensure the employee has space, keys and a computer for their start date.

Tips to ensure efficient service

  • Sending an email creates a new request. To ensure all information stays with your unique request, please reply to the original email string or submit additional information and ask questions in the PAWS channel within your request.
  • Ensure you let us know when you need the employee to start. When possible, please give six weeks’ notice.
  • Use the comments section in the electronic form to provide information specific to your college, school or unit that has not been captured that will help us help you.
  • The more information you provide, the quicker we can complete your request!

Processing a hire and onboarding services

Faculty and staff can use ConnectionPoint for assistance with processing a hire and onboarding services for a non-casual employee in the following employee groups: ASPA, CUPE 1975, CUPE 3287, Exempt, Senior Administration and USFA. Utilizing onboarding services can help to provide a consistent experience for employee across the university.

How to request assistance

The easiest and most efficient way to request support is through the “hire and onboarding services” electronic form in the  ConnectionPoint PAWS channel by selecting Admin Services ConnectionPoint New request.  Complete one eForm for each hire and be prepared to provide as  much  of the following information as possible:

  • Title for your request - make it meaningful to you to help track your request, especially if you have multiple requests
  • Supervisor/manager of the hire (person who approves time)
  • Posting/requisition number or identify if position is waived or unposted
  • Identify if it is an extension to a term
  • CFOAPAL(s) and distribution if there are multiple
  • Position number or name of person previously holding the position
  • Signed letter of offer (provided as anattachment)
  • Personal data form for new employees (provided as an attachment)
  • Waiver of posting (for sessionals and approved union waivers)

Once the eForm is received with the required information, ConnectionPoint will process the electronic jobsubmission (EJS) to hire your successful applicant. ConnectionPoint will initiate the following onboarding activities:

  • Generate NSID for new employees
  • Send out welcome package, tax forms and direct deposit form to new employee
  • Send benefits package to new employees and employees whose benefits have changed
  • Co-ordinate the set-up of professional development funds (where applicable)
  • Email 

Tips to ensure efficient service

  • Sending an email creates a new request.  To ensure all information stays with your unique request, please reply to the original email string or submit additional information and ask questions in the  PAWS channel within your request.
  • Provide as much notice as possible to allow for onboarding activities to be completed and to alleviate improper pay in the employee’s first month.
  • Use the comments section in the electronic form to provide information specific to your college, school or unit that has not been captured that will help us help you.
  • The more information you provide, the quicker we can complete your request!

Faculty, staff and students can use ConnectionPoint for assistance with booking travel and claiming personal expenses related to travel and other work-related purchases.

How to request assistance

The easiest and most efficient way to get reimbursed for personal work-related expenses is through the “reimbursement for travel and other expenses” electronic form in the ConnectionPoint PAWS channel (under “admin services” and select “new request”). You will be asked to provide:

  • Purpose of the travel/expense
  • Fund (CFOAPAL) to charge
  • A copy of the conference agenda (if applicable)
  • All itemized (or detailed) receipts (electronic form) – please note that credit card slips are not eligible receipts
  • The name of the person who needs to approve the expense
  • Approved travel request (Concur)/authority to travel if your travel was out of province

If you require support to book travel, please email ConnectionPoint@usask.ca using the format “book travel – name of traveler” as the title of your email. If possible, please provide two business days to book travel. If you prefer, UNIGLOBE, the university travel provider, supports 24-hour service by calling 1-855-515-6746. You will need an approved travel request prior to booking. When booking through ConnectionPoint or UNIGLOBE, be prepared to provide the following information:

  • An appproved travel request number (completed in Concur)/authority to travel if traveling out of province (contact ConnectionPoint if you require assistance)
  • Traveler’s name – as it appears on the legal document that you will be traveling with (passport or driver’s license)
  • Date of birth (day, month, year)
  • Trip details – destination, preferred departure date and time, departure and arrival airport locations, required arrival date and time
  • Any special requirements (accessibility, dietary restrictions, etc.)
  • Preferred airline (if desired)
  • Frequent flyer number (if applicable)

Tips to ensure efficient service

  • Sending an email creates a new request. To ensure all information stays with your unique request, please reply to the original email string or submit additional information and ask questions in the PAWS channel within your request.
  • For information on booking travel and allowable expenses, please visit Knowledge Base in the ConnectionPoint PAWS channel.
  • Use the comments section in the electronic form to provide information that has not been captured that will help us help you.
  • The more information you provide, the quicker we can complete your request!

Faculty and staff can use ConnectionPoint for assistance purchasing a good or service and/or paying a company for that good or service. This includes finding a supplier, assisting with contracts, requesting price quotes, purchase order requisitions and making the payment.

How to request assistance

The easiest and most efficient way to request support is through the “acquire a good or service” electronic form in the ConnectionPoint PAWS channel (under “admin services” and select “new request”). Be prepared to provide as much of the following information as possible:

  • Title for your request - make it meaningful to you to help you track your request, especially if you have multiple requests
  • Product or service you want to purchase
  • Date you need the product/service
  • Where the item should be shipped
  • Estimated budget, the fund (CFOAPAL) to charge and who needs to approve the purchase if you are not an authorized individual
  • Whether you would like to be involved in selecting the supplier
  • Opportunity to attach quotes or indicate a single source supplier

Once an invoice is received, you can request ConnectionPoint support to pay the company’s invoice by completing the “pay for an invoice or goods or services” electronic form. You will be asked to provide the following information:

  • Invoice (electronic copy)
  • The fund (CFOAPAL) to charge and who needs to approve the purchase if you are not an authorized individual
  • Purchase order (PO) if relevant

Tips to ensure efficient service

  • Sending an email creates a new request. To ensure all information stays with your unique request, please reply to the original email string or submit additional information and ask questions in the PAWS channel within your request.
  • Ensure you let us know when you need the purchase. When possible, please give three weeks' notice.
  • Use the comments section in the electronic form to provide information specific to your college, school or unit that has not been captured that will help us help you.
  • We can get quotes for you and you can be involved in the choice of supplier. If you prefer to provide quotes, please attach them when you submit the electronic form.
  • If you do not know the purchase order or CFOAPAL, let us know who to contact to get that information.
  • The more information you provide, the quicker we can complete your request!