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

Payroll Title Senior Computer Specialist
Typical Responsibilities

This is an intermediate to advanced level technical specialist. Performs a variety of complex computer system related activities including programming, systems analysis, database development, complex report development, system security management, and application development. Performs technical evaluation, installation, maintenance, and support of all computer systems software. Provides detailed requirements analysis and recommendations for systems software and hardware acquisitions and/or upgrades. Develops, maintains, and evaluates technical operating systems documentation. May also develop web information and delivery systems.

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

Senior Computer Systems and Network Programming: Individuals having demonstrated professional competence in computer systems and network programming above the journey-level, who independently perform work assignments, and devise methods and processes to meet new and unique work requirements and problems. Employees having substantial responsibility in at least one of the following areas: Applying systems analysis techniques and procedures including consulting with users to determine hardware, software, or system functional specifications; Designing, developing, documenting, analyzing, creating, testing, or modifying computer systems or programs, including prototypes based on and related to user or system design specifications; Designing, documenting, testing, creating, or modifying computer programs related to machine operating systems; or A combination of these duties, the performance of which requires the same level of skills.

Sample Working Titles

Applications Analyst, Systems Analyst, Systems Administrator, IT Administrator

Alternative Payroll Titles

When the focus of the computing responsibilities is more specialized, other professional staff payroll title series to consider include, but are not limited to, Network Engineer, Network Specialist, Software Engineer, Systems Programmer, and Web Computing Specialist. Positions that devote a significant portion of their time to supervising other computing positions may be considered for jobs in the Manager/Departmental Computing or Director/Departmental Computing payroll title. Positions that perform some of the above duties but spend the bulk of their time on work such as first level help desk, installation of software or patches, diagnosing and repairing hardware or software problems, simple programming/scripting, etc., may not meet exemption into professional staff. Such positions could be a better fit for jobs in the classified system, such as Computer Maintenance Technician, Computer Support Technician, Computer Support Analyst, or Computer Support Specialist.



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 11:34:54 AM