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

Payroll Title Manager of Program Operations
Typical Responsibilities

Exercises substantial responsibility for directing and controlling a program, supervises staff, and regularly performs professional level administration and management of a non-routine nature which requires independent judgment and decision making. Utilizes specialized knowledge of the specific program and has delegated decision making authority to allocate resources and establish policies, methods, procedures, and work rules for the program. Ensures program conforms to institutional and department policies and regulations.

Supervisory Responsibility

Positions must supervise at least 2.0 FTE. 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

Working titles for this payroll title series tend to reflect the specific programs served. Examples include: Food Service Manager, Marketing Manager, Director of International Programs, Clinic Manager, Business Operations Manager.

Alternative Payroll Titles

If position does not regularly supervise 2.0 FTE, use Program Operations Specialist payroll title.If the position reports to an Executive Head, consider the "Manager" payroll title.For medical centers and health care-related organizations, consider Health Services Manager or Nurse Manager payroll titles if responsible for managing a patient care function with subordinate employees in direct/indirect patient care job titles.


This position should not report to another position that uses the same Program Direction/Control 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: 3/30/2011 5:00:01 PM