All professional staff positions must meet one of the legislatively authorized exemption criteria in order to be placed in the professional staff program. The HR Compensation Office evaluates each professional staff position to determine the exemption criterion it meets, to assign a payroll title that is associated with the exemption criterion, and to assign a salary grade that is based on the position's duties, responsibilities, and other factors. Each payroll title and salary grade combination is assigned a unique job code. (Learn more about professional staff compensation).
Most payroll titles (e.g., "manager" or "director") are assigned to more than one salary grade. A payroll title and its salary grades are referred to as a Payroll Title Series (e.g., manager grades 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11)
The HR Compensation Office created professional staff payroll title series "descriptors" as a tool to help users identify and propose the payroll title to be assigned to a position at the time of recruitment, or when a professional staff position is reviewed for a change in payroll title. Each payroll title descriptor provides a general description of the work the series typically performs. The wide diversity in UW positions means that a descriptor cannot address position-specific job duties. The descriptor is therefore not a substitute for the position description that is needed when you submit an employment requisition or a professional staff position review request.
Use payroll title descriptors to help select a job code for a position when requesting the review of a professional staff position, or when submitting an employment requisition to fill a vacant position. To identify a payroll title to propose, complete these steps:
The UW Compensation office will review the payroll title you suggest and consult with you if it determines that an alternate payroll title is a better fit for the position.
Each professional staff payroll title series descriptor contains the following sections:
|Descriptor Title||The title of the descriptor.|
|Typical Responsibilities||General description of the type of work performed by positions assigned a title in the payroll title series.|
|Supervisory Responsibilities||Level of supervisory responsibility positions in the series normally exercise, if any.|
|Job Codes||Job codes and salary grades for the applicable payroll title series.|
|Overtime Eligibility||Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime status generally assigned to, or required of positions in the series.|
|Professional Staff Exemption||The professional staff exemption criterion that applies to the series.|
|Sample Working Titles||Examples of working titles sometimes used to provide a more descriptive title for a position than the payroll title. Examples are not exhaustive, and an individual position may be assigned a different working title than those listed. Working title examples are not always provided.|
|Alternative Payroll Titles||Other payroll title series that may be a better fit for positions that do not fit the descriptor. Classified titles may be provided for positions that may not meet one of the professional staff exemption criteria. Alternative payroll titles are not always provided.|
|Limitations||Limitations or requirements that positions assigned the payroll title series must meet. Limitations are not always provided.|
Payroll title descriptors do not contain “minimum qualifications” because minimum qualifications are position specific and are not generalized across positions.