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

Payroll Title Technology Project Manager
Typical Responsibilities

Manages technology projects, either individually or for large projects, as part of a project management team. Develops new and customizes existing project management processes, tools, and techniques to manage and contain project cost, schedule, and achieve project results. Develops project documentation including initiation charters, project management documents, and quality review documents. Executes project plans ensuring conformity to established standards and procedures. Communicates project status and issues affecting project progress to senior management, project sponsors, and project teams. Manages projects to completion. Typically has the "technical" knowledge necessary to understand project scope and complexity, but does not perform the project's "technical" work.

Supervisory Responsibility

Supervision of staff is not required, but is commonly found at higher grades in the series; there may be positions that have an informal reporting structure, e.g., leading a project team. 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

Project Manager, Program Manager, Project Consultant

Alternative Payroll Titles

When the focus of the job is doing technical work as part of a project team, a title in the Senior Computer Systems and Network Programming series may be more appropriate.


This payroll title series applies only to positions having project management responsibility for medium to large scale technology projects, campus-wide, for a large organization, or for medical center-wide projects. Consult Compensation Office before proposing to use this payroll title series.

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 8:54:03 AM