In-Depth: Job Functions & Job Families

In the job framework, roles (jobs) will be organized first by job function and then by job family. These are the building blocks that group similar and/or related roles. A clear organization of roles will help you identify career options.

The graphic below demonstrates the general outline of the job framework:

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Function

B

Family

Family

Family

Family

C

Role

Role

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Role

Role

Role

Role

Role

Job Functions

The job function (A) is the largest category for the classification of related jobs—it contains related job families. Some examples of job functions include: Information Technology, Finance, or Student Services.

Job Families

Job families (B) are sub-categories inside a job function. These jobs perform similar types of work and may require similar skills, knowledge, and/or expertise. Job families are determined by the job function that contains them. For example, the Finance job function may contain Accounting, Payroll, or Tax job families.

List of job functions and families

Roles

All roles (C), or jobs, are contained within a job family. The graphic shows two roles listed beneath each family, but there could be many different roles, as well as roles in different career structures and at different career levelsLearn more about the career structures and career levels.

How the Framework Helps Your Career

Organizing roles by job functions and job families makes it easier to see how roles are related to one another across the university, revealing career opportunities.

An individual could have a role within the Finance job function and pursue career evolution in a different job family within the Finance job function. Since both roles are within the Finance job function, it is likely that some skills are transferrable between the two different job families. For example, a role within the Procurement family may have skills directly relatable to a role within the Payroll family.

List of Job Functions & Families

Currently, 14 job functions have been identified along with respective job families. There are roles across the university that may have aspects or characteristics of more than one job function, or multiple job families. The job framework will associate all roles with the job function and job family that is representative of the primary purpose of that role.

Below is the current list of all job functions and job families:

Athletic Affairs

Responsible for providing management and support for university sports programs. This includes coaching, administrative activities, and training.

Families

  • Athletic Compliance
  • Athletic Operations
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Coaching
  • Recreational Sports
  • Strength & Conditioning

Development & Advancement

Responsible for soliciting, collecting, and managing donations from a variety of sources on behalf of the university.

Families

  • Alumni Giving
  • Alumni Relations
  • Business Partnerships & Corporate Relations
  • Donor Relations & Stewardship
  • General Development
  • Institutional Advancement
  • Major, Planned, & Principal Gifts

Educational Resources/Technologies

Responsible for developing, maintaining, implementing, and managing various educational resources and technologies.

Families

  • Outdoor Education
  • Childcare Services
  • Classroom Planning & Curriculum Development
  • Educational Resources
  • Fine Arts
  • Library Services
  • Museum Services
  • Performing Arts

Engineering, Trades & Facilities Operations

Responsible for installing, maintaining, and inspecting the university's physical assets while ensuring proper upkeep and functionality.

Families

  •  Architecture
  • Construction & Planning
  • Custodial
  • Engineering
  • General Services
  • Groundskeeping
  • Interior Design
  • Licensed & Skilled Trades
  • Sustainability
  • Systems Control & Electronics

Finance

Responsible for providing financial services including, but not limited to, budget/financial analysis, payroll, accounting, and procurement.

Families

  • Accounting & Tax
  • Budgeting
  • Bursar
  • Capital Finance, Investments, and Treasury
  • Financial Administration
  • Financial Analysis
  • Payroll
  • Procurement

General Administration

Responsible for performing various administrative duties that support university programs and initiatives.

Families

  • Administrative Generalist
  • Administrative Support
  • Customer Service
  • Program Management
  • Project Management
  • Transaction Services

General Operations

Responsible for providing and carrying out critical services and ensuring efficient business processes in support of various university operations.

Families

  • Events
  • Food Services
  • Hospitality
  • Mail Services
  • Parking Operations
  • Real Estate
  • Retail
  • Transportation

Health Services

Responsible for performing various administrative duties that support university programs and initiatives.

Families

  • Behavioral Health
  • Clinic Operations
  • Clinical Education
  • Clinical Laboratory
  • Clinical Services
  • Dentistry
  • Health and Wellness Services
  • Health Services Administration
  • Health Services Maintenance
  • Nursing
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Rehabilitation
  • Public Health
  • Social Work
  • Speech & Hearing Services

Human Resources

Responsible for providing human resources support and services. This includes talent acquisition, employment processing, staffing, health and welfare benefits, compensation, training and development, records management, employee relations, compliance, and labor relations.

Families

  • Benefits
  • Compensation
  • Employee & Labor Relations
  • HR Generalist/HR Business Partner
  • Organizational Development
  • Talent Acquisition

Information Technology

Responsible for designing, developing, and maintaining computer-based information and communication systems. This includes, but is not limited to, database administration, network administration, IT security, and technology user support.

Information Technology Families

  • Business/Systems Analysis
  • Data Analysis & Engineering
  • Database Administration & Development
  • Instructional Technology
  • IT Project Management
  • IT Security and Privacy
  • IT User Support
  • Multidisciplinary IT Services
  • Network Administration, Analysis & Engineering
  • Software/Application Administration & Analysis
  • Software/Application Design, Development & Engineering
  • Systems Administration, Engineering, & Programming
  • User Experience
  • Web Administration, Design & Development

Legal, Safety, & Protection

Responsible for supporting the strategic and operational goals of the university by ensuring compliance with laws, rules, and regulations. Ensures the safety and security of university students and employees.

Families

  • Emergency Preparation
  • Environmental Health & Safety
  • Legal Counsel
  • Insurance & Loss Control
  • Internal Audit
  • Legal Compliance
  • Public Safety

Marketing & Communications

Responsible for developing, collecting, and sharing information about the university to increase visibility. Promotes the university and its initiatives both internally and externally.

Families

  •  Advertising & Sales
  • Brand Management
  • Broadcasting & Production
  • Communications Generalist
  • Government Relations
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Publications & Print Production
  • Social Media
  • Visual Communications
  • Writing & Editing

Research

Responsible for performing various data collection and analysis, qualitative data research, experimentation, and project management.

Families

  • Animal Research
  • Biorepository
  • Cell and Gene Therapy
  • Clinical Administration
  • Clinical Research
  • Cytogenetics
  • Flow Cytometry
  • Genetics
  • Geological Sciences and Geological Survey
  • Histology
  • Laboratory Research
  • Research Administration
  • Research Analysis
  • Research Compliance
  • Research Data Analysis
  • Research Development
  • Research Machinists
  • Survey Research
  • Technical Writing

Student Services

Responsible for various services related to student academic success and student life, including advising, student recruitment, and enrollment.

Families

  • Academic Advising
  • Admissions & Recruitment
  • Career Services
  • Enrollment Management & Retention
  • Financial Aid & Scholarships
  • Registrar
  • Residence Life
  • Student Life
  • Student Programming
  • Student Services Generalist
  • Student Support

Job functions and job families may be subject to change.