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

Payroll Title Publications Coordinator
Typical Responsibilities

Apply discretion and independent judgment to manage all aspects of multiple publication or communication projects for University clients, including writing, editing, design, production, marketing, and distribution. Participate in meetings with academic and administrative staff to develop communication objectives and to define target audiences. Plan, direct, and coordinate the publication process. Track budgetary milestones of each project. Acts as client liaison with outside graphic design companies, advertising agencies, and/or publishers. Review and correct proofs. Ensure project adheres to copyright laws. May contribute to the development of publication content (i.e. text or graphics).

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, communications, and marketing, the Public Information Specialist may be a more appropriate payroll title.If the primary focus of the position is on determining the look, feel, and tone of assigned publications and managing the publication process, Editor may be a more appropriate payroll title.If the primary focus of the position is the production coordination on a digital press, the Production Coordinator may be a more appropriate payroll title.


Work performed by positions in this exemption requires specialized knowledge typically acquired through formal education and training in English, Communications, Graphic Design, Journalism, Technical Writing, or a related field.

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 11:33:23 AM