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

Payroll Title Director (Grades 10 and below)
Typical Responsibilities

This position reports directly to an Executive Head and directs a departmental function or unit. With delegated authority from the Executive Head, performs a variety of professional level administration or programmatic functions including developing strategic plans and overseeing their implementation to ensure continued performance. Titles in this series are typically used for a small, specialized program, function, or center.

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

Principal Assistants to Executive Heads: Individuals serving as principal assistants to executive heads of a major administrative or academic division and who have major administrative or program responsibility within the division/department and report directly to the executive head. The employee regularly exercises independent judgment and discretion in work directly related to management policies or department business operations and has delegated authority to make commitments that affect department operations.

Sample Working Titles

Director of Education, Director of Student Services, Director of Center Operations

Alternative Payroll Titles

If the position does not report to an Executive Head, consider other payroll titles.If the position manages a program, consider titles under the "Program Direction/Control" exemption. Directors of programs or organizations that are large and complex are typically found in the Director (11-14) payroll title which is under the "Executive Head" exemption.


Position must report to an Executive Head.

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 8:51:34 AM