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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.

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

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