Job Family Structure Elements and Terms

Job Structure Elements
TermDefinitionExample
Job Family A group of jobs that use a similar body of knowledge Finance
Sub Family Sub groups within a job family that describe more specific skills within each discipline Accounting
Career Stream Represent career types within the University, characterized by unique responsibilities; created to offer alternatives for career progression for Individual Contributors Professional Contributor
Career Levels Represents the “placement” within the University structure and recognizes incremental changes in job scope, complexity and responsibilities P3 = Professional Career Stream and Level 3 Career Level
Job Jobs are the building blocks for a career framework, and have titles that are industry and market relevant, fitting within the culture and structure of the University Accountant, Senior 
Other useful definitions
TermDefinition
Career Ladder A career ladder is a series of defined levels within a job sub-family where the nature of work is similar and the levels represent requirements for increased skill, knowledge and responsibility as an employee moves through a career.
Career Level Guide Descriptions of level requirements and responsibilities within a career stream; career level guides describe the general leveling of jobs within each career stream.
Department An organizational unit that represents a common set of work processes or specific disciplines typically consisting of multiple job areas. Typically headed by a people manager at a minimum, with a clear set of objectives and accountabilities.
Job Area The smallest organizational entity within a Department that typically carries out a specific set of tasks or activities.
Position Box in the organizational chart that holds FTE for each position, identifies the place in the organizational structure, position title, job family structure title and links to the "reports-to" supervisor position.

Job Families and Sub-Families - Definitions
Job Family: Academic and Student Affairs
  • Sub-Families
    • Academic Administration
    • Admissions
    • Financial Aid
    • Library Services
    • Registrar
    • Residential Life
    • Student Activities
    • Student Advising
Job Family: Human Resources
  • Sub-Families
    • Benefits
    • Compensation
    • HR Business Partners
    • Organization / Talent Development
    • Talent Acquisition
Job Family: Administration
  • Sub-Families
    • Administrative Operations
    • Assessment and Analysis
    • Program Administration
    • Operations Support
Job Family: Information Technology
  • Sub-Families
    • Data Management
    • IT Administration
    • IT Business Analysis
    • IT Engineering and Development
    • IT Program / Project Management
    • IT Security
    • IT Support
    • Network and Telecommunications
    • Systems Administration
Job Family: Athletics and Recreation
  • Sub-Families
    • Athletic Administration and Operations
    • Recreation
    • Team Sports
Job Family: Learning Support
  • Sub-Families
    • Continuing Education
    • Early Childhood Instruction
    • Instruction
    • Instructional Design and Technology
Job Family: Communications & Engagement
  • Sub-Families
    • Creative Arts and Visual Design
    • Diversity and Inclusion
    • Event Planning
    • Extension
    • Fundraising / Advancement
    • General Communications
    • Marketing and Public Relations
    • Partnerships
Job Family: Legal & Compliance
  • Sub-Families
    • Audit
    • Compliance
    • Contract / Grant Administration
    • Legal
    • Risk Management
Job Family: Facilities
  • Sub-Families
    • Building and Facilities
    • Campus Planning
    • Dining Services
    • Farm Operations
    • Grounds
    • Maintenance & Utilities
    • Power Plant
    • Transportation
Job Family: Research 
  • Sub-Families
    • Research Operations
    • Researchers
Job Family: Finance
  • Sub-Families
    • Accounting
    • Business Management
    • Financial Analysis
    • Payroll and Tax
    • Procurement
    • Treasury
Job Family: Safety
  • Sub-Families
    • Campus Safety
    • Environmental Safety
    • Fire
    • Police
Job Family: Health Services
  • Sub-Families
    • Clinical
    • Pharmacy
    • Psychology and Social Services
    • Veterinary Services
 

Job Families and Sub-Families - Definitions
Career Streams
Executive  Typically top executives and function heads - Provides strategic vision and direction across multiple functions. Goal achievement is thorough direct and indirect reports’ performance
Management People leaders/managers - Majority of time is spent overseeing their area of responsibility, planning, prioritizing and/or directing the responsibilities of employees
Professional Individual contributors with responsibility in a professional or technical discipline - Majority of time is spent overseeing the design, implementation or delivery of processes/programs. Uses specialized skills normally acquired through advanced education
Administrative and Operational Support Individual contributors who provide institutional-related support or service - (administrative or clerical) OR roles operating in a “hands on” environment in support of daily business activities (e.g., custodial and other service roles). The majority of time is spent in delivery of support services or activities, typically under supervision
Police, Fire and Skilled Trades Individual contributors who focus on protecting university employees, students, the general public and university property OR who focus on technical or operational tasks to support ongoing business operations. Includes skilled technicians in a “hands on” environment that are often highly specialized (e.g., trades)
Career Levels

Career levels represent the placement within the structure. (Note the below illustration not meant to show equivalencies between levels.)

Police, Fire and Skill TradesAdmin. and Op. TechProfessionalManagementExecutive
E3
E2
E1
P6 M6
P5 M5
P4 M4
P3 M3
P2 M2
SK4 S4 P1 M1
SK3 S3
SK2 S2
SK1 S1
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