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

Payroll Title Counselor
Typical Responsibilities

Provides career, financial aid, student activity, medical, athletic, and/or personal counseling to students. Positions in this payroll title series have student counseling as their primary function. May perform undergraduate recruiting and outreach activities. May liaison with employers.

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

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.

Sample Working Titles

Director Career Services, Student Services Advisor/Counselor

Alternative Payroll Titles



At least 50% of a position's time should be spent on student counseling or managing the counseling of students.Grade 5 intern positions classified as overtime eligible are expected to remain as trainee positions only while the incumbent is gaining the necessary skills to move to a higher level position.

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 11:28:06 AM