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

Payroll Title Editor
Typical Responsibilities

Responsible for overseeing the complete publication process and determining the look, feel, and tone of assigned publications. Examples of responsibilities include: - Story or content idea development, - Author identification and assignment of topics and stories to individual writers, - Article editing for content, readability, and style, - Peer reviewer identification and peer review process coordination, - Communication material design, - Graphics and photographs procurement, - Proofreading process oversight, and - Print production management (including review and approval of proofs submitted prior to publication) and the distribution process.

Supervisory Responsibility

Positions in this series are not required to supervise staff.

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

Graphic Arts and Publications: Individuals having prescribed academic preparation or special training in the fields of graphic arts, printing and publications, and who are assigned to a major academic or administrative unit and who are responsible for the development and design of scholarly or related publications, or the full range of printing and publication activities.

Sample Working Titles


Alternative Payroll Titles

If the primary focus of the position is writing, media relations, development and /or marketing, the Public Information Specialist may be a more appropriate payroll title.


Requires specialized knowledge typically acquired through formal education and training, such as a degree in Journalism, Technical Writing, or Communications.

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 11:30:28 AM