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

Payroll Title Director (Executive Head)
Typical Responsibilities

Responsible for planning, directing, and controlling the activities of a specific function or organization. Develops strategic plans, oversees their implementation, and ensures continued performance. Responsible for one or more separate budgetary units. Decisions have a significant impact on the position's unit and other organizations related to the unit. Units managed by those in this Director series are significant because of size, funding levels, and/or impact.

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

Executive Heads of Major Administrative or Academic Divisions : Individuals serving as the: President; Provost, vice provosts, associate and assistant provosts, associate and assistant vice provosts, deans, associate and assistant deans, chairpersons, and academic personnel equivalent to a director; Vice presidents, associate and assistant vice presidents; Hospital administrators, and senior associate and associate hospital administrators; Directors and other administrative personnel; who are responsible for a separate budgetary unit or units and direct the work of others. Heads of major administrative or academic divisions must have a reporting relationship not below that of director or the equivalent.

Sample Working Titles

Working titles generally include the payroll title "Director" and are followed with the specific function or organizational group over which the position has responsibility.

Alternative Payroll Titles

If the position is in one of the hospitals, see the Hospital Administrator series.


Must report to an Executive Head. Positions in the Director payroll title series typically do not report to other positions in the same series. This descriptor does not apply to positions using the working title of Director.

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 11:29:06 AM