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University of Washington
Professional Staff Payroll Title Series Descriptor
Human Resources Compensation Office

Payroll Title Administrator - Program Operations
Typical Responsibilities

For a specific and definable program, typically an academic department, division, or large program, regularly performs professional level program administration and management of a non-routine nature which requires independent judgment and making decisions. Utilizes specialized program knowledge to establish and maintain policies and procedures for administrative areas, such as budgeting, academic program administration, finance, grant management, human resources administration, space planning, administrative systems, gifts, and development. Responsible for program(s) results.

Supervisory Responsibility

Supervision of staff is not required, but is commonly found at higher grades in the series. Supervisors have the authority to hire staff, evaluate job performance, and take corrective action if performance is not acceptable.

Job Codes

Grade 07 - 1502; Grade 08 - 1503; Grade 09 - 1504; Grade 10 - 1500; 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

Positions in this payroll title series are FLSA overtime exempt except when the position's gross salary is less than $455 per week (FLSA salary basis test).

Professional Staff Exemption

Program Direction/Control: Managerial or professional level positions having substantial responsibility for directing or controlling program operations and who are accountable for the allocations of resources and program results.

Sample Working Titles

Administrator, Program Administrator

Alternative Payroll Titles

If the position reports to an Executive Head, the Principal Assistant to an Executive Head exemption may also be considered - including the "Administrator" payroll title if the position is in an academic department.


This position should not report to another position that uses the same Program Direction/Control professional staff exemption criteria if it shares responsibility for the same program.

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: 4/18/2011 9:09:02 AM