University of Washington
Professional Staff Payroll Title Series Descriptor
Human Resources Compensation Office ocpsp@uw.edu

Payroll Title Software Engineer
Typical Responsibilities

Designs, writes, and debugs complex software programs and applications. Performs technical analysis, installation, maintenance, and modification of operating system software. Determines best system software configuration ensuring hardware/software compatibility. Evaluates and recommends new system software products. Analyzes system performance objectives. Resolves complex system software problems. Develops documentation on system specifications and operating instructions.

Supervisory Responsibility

Positions in this series are not required to supervise staff.

Job Codes

Grade 09 - 1559; Grade 10 - 1560; Grade 11 - 1561; Grade 12 - 1562;

Grade levels are assigned based on a combination of position specific factors including education/experience required, job content, responsibility for and impact on end results, and supervisory responsibility. Job codes that begin with '9' are FLSA Overtime Eligible, e.g. 9XXX.

Overtime Eligibility

All positions in this payroll title series are FLSA overtime exempt.

Professional Staff Exemption

Senior Computer Systems and Network Programming:
Individuals having demonstrated professional competence in computer systems and network programming above the journey-level, who independently perform work assignments, and devise methods and processes to meet new and unique work requirements and problems. Employees having substantial responsibility in at least one of the following areas: Applying systems analysis techniques and procedures including consulting with users to determine hardware, software, or system functional specifications; Designing, developing, documenting, analyzing, creating, testing, or modifying computer systems or programs, including prototypes based on and related to user or system design specifications; Designing, documenting, testing, creating, or modifying computer programs related to machine operating systems; or A combination of these duties, the performance of which requires the same level of skills.

Sample Working Titles

Software Engineer, Technology Analyst, Systems Engineer

Alternative Payroll Titles

When the focus of the computing responsibilities is more general, a job in the Senior Computer Specialist payroll title series may be appropriate.

Positions which devote a significant portion of their time to supervising other computing positions may be found in Manager/Departmental Computing or Director/Departmental Computing titles.

Positions that perform some of the above duties but spend the bulk of their time on work such as first level help desk, installation of software or patches, diagnosing and repairing hardware or software problems, simple programming/scripting, etc., may not meet exemption into professional staff. Such positions may be a better fit for jobs in the classified system, such as Computer Maintenance Technician, Computer Support Technician, Computer Support Analyst, or Computer Support Specialist.

Limitations

N/A

Payroll title descriptors provide a general idea of the type of work performed by jobs assigned to payroll titles in a series. Descriptors do not and are not intended to represent all possible positions in the payroll title series. Payroll title and grade assignments for a professional staff position are based on its position-specific job description (see Professional Staff Position Description form).

Descriptor version date: 5/3/2011 11:35:12 AM