Wheeling Jesuit University


  Campus Life
  Physical Plant

  Title IX
   Grievance Procedure

Phone: 1-304-243-8152

Compensation: Position Titles

SECTION: HR - Compensation NEXT REVIEW DATE: May 2017
APPROVED: April 2012 REVIEWER: Director of Human Resources
APPROVED BY: William C. Rickle, S.J. REVISION DATE: May 2016

Image of a printer icon that allows you to click and print the page.


To guide administration in determining appropriate position titles within the University.


2.1 The following guidelines must be followed when a title is selected for a new or revised position:

2.1.1 Titles are specific regarding accountability and responsibility;

2.1.2 Titles are specific to FLSA status;

2.1.3 Titles may cover more than one job grade based upon people / processes supervised and budget;

2.1.4 Titles are hierarchical;

2.1.5 Titles may be equivalent with some "Specialists (professionals)" equivalent to "Managers (administrators)";

2.1.6 Titles are general and require a functional or departmental designation to complete the title.

2.2 Titles

2.2.1 A standard glossary of position titles has been established based upon: FLSA status, reporting relationships, general description, budget, and compensable factors as determined through the job evaluation process.

2.2.2 Requests to add a basic title to this glossary must be made through Human Resources. Adding a functional or departmental designation identifies the positions location within the organization and does not require specific approval as a new title.

2.3 Determination

2.3.1 A specific title for a new position is selected based upon:

  • FLSA status: is the position exempt or non-exempt;
  • Pay Grade: does the title comply with the Pay Grade established for the position? A position or variation of the position (ex: associate or assistant as opposed to the basic title);
  • Span of Control: number of direct and indirect reports;
  • Reporting Relationships: people / titles / processes supervised - to whom does this position report (supervisor) and who reports in to this position (subordinates);
  • Budget: the level of budget in dollars for which this position is responsible;
  • Compensable Factors: per the University's guidelines, each position is valued based upon education / training / skills required to complete the duties associated with this position, complexity of the work to be completed, experience of the individual who takes the position, dynamics of the position, the personal impact this position has upon the University due to work completed or left incomplete and the level of interaction and who the interaction is with.
  • Functional Area Designation: area / specialty / unit for which this title is applicable.

2.3.2 Titles must ultimately be approved by Human Resources and after verification with the above.

2.4 General Titles

2.4.1 Titles that refer exclusively to EXEMPT positions include: Vice President, Dean, Director, Manager, Supervisor, Coordinator, and Specialist. There are also specific professional titles that generally fulfill the requirements of the FLSA [EX: Accountant and Controller] or are common to higher education [EX: Registrar and Bursar].

2.4.2 Titles that don't designate positions that fulfill FLSA EXEMPT requirements are NON-EXEMPT.

2.4.3 Exempt titles that include the terms "Associate" and "Assistant" or "Senior" and "Junior" are subordinate to the primary title with "Associates" and "Seniors" being of higher hierarchical value than "Assistants" and "Juniors".

2.4.4 Non-Exempt titles that are of hierarchical value may include the designations "III", "II" and "I" with "I" being the highest.

2.5 Approval

Titles described above must be approved through Human Resources.


The Director of Human Resources has the authority to change, modify or approve exceptions to this policy subsequent to review by the University's Vice President for Administration team and with the approval of the University President or his designee.


Glossary - Job Titles

Career Opportunities | Calendar | President's Welcome | Offered Services | Financial Aid | Campus Directory | Title IX | Apply Online

© 2018 Wheeling Jesuit University, Inc. • 316 Washington Avenue • Wheeling • West Virginia • 26003 • 304-243-2000 • Legal
Website Powered by ActiveCampus™ Software by Datatel