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

Payroll Title Academic Counselor Principal - UAA
Typical Responsibilities

Supervises Academic Counselors who primarily serve undergraduate pre-majors, includes monitoring office assignments and workloads. Counsels or advises students and/or prospective students (individuals or groups) regarding course majors, career options, academic planning, degree requirements, and interpretation of course major and graduation requirements, university and program admissions, or readmission requirements, and related matters.Work with assigned UW academic majors, programs, and administrative departments including UW-Bothell and UW-Tacoma to counsel students.Serves on Gateway Center management team.

Supervisory Responsibility

Supervision of staff is required.

Overtime Eligibility

FLSA overtime status is based on the position's duties and responsibilities, and whether or not the position's gross salary is less than the federal FLSA salary basis test or the Washington state salary basis test, whichever is higher. Please visit the Compensation website for current information on FLSA overtime eligibility.

Professional Staff Exemption

Counseling of Students: Individuals responsible for directing and/or participating in providing academic, athletic, career, medical, financial aid, student activity, and/or personal counseling to students.

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At least 50% of a position's time should be spent on directly counseling students or managing the counseling of students.These payroll titles are limited for use by counseling positions located in Mary Gates Hall only.

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: 5/3/2012 4:04:49 PM