University of Wisconsin–Madison

Job Framework at-a-Glance

The new job framework organizes jobs at UW–Madison into job groups, job sub-groups, and job title sets. It provides a structure for organizing jobs consistently while following the TTC Project guiding principles.

Below is a snapshot of a job set, Financial Assistant, and how it fits into the job framework. Every job set at UW–Madison can be visualized in this way. This snapshot illustrates the components that make up the framework.

Job Framework at a Glance PDF

A job group is made up of jobs that involve similar work and require similar training, skills, knowledge, and expertise. Each job at UW–Madison belongs to a single job group, which is determined based on the answers to the following questions:

1) Why does the position exist?

2) What are the most important duties in the position?

3) What duties take up most of the time?

A job sub-group consists of jobs within a larger job group. Job sub-groups describe specialized functions. Each job is mapped to a single sub-group within a job group.

A job title set is a grouping of related job titles with increasingly complex responsibilities and organizational impact within the same job sub-group or sub-family.

Career Paths

Every job set fits into one of two career paths: Manager (M) or Organizational Contributor (OC). A career path is a career function within the organization.

Career Levels

There are 8 possible career levels in each job title set. Most title sets will have 3-5 levels. Levels do not represent pay grades. Instead, they show increasing responsibility and requirements within a job title set. Career levels are determined by the following criteria:

  • Organizational impact
  • Complexity of work
  • Independence and supervision
  • Leadership or talent management; and
  • Knowledge and experience

The job framework uses standard job descriptions to show work that is common, usual, and regularly found in the university. The majority of the work done by employees at UW–Madison is described using standard job descriptions. The benefits of standard job descriptions include:

  • Greater consistency for similar jobs
  • Easier to map jobs to relevant markets
  • Less time to create job descriptions
  • More contemporary language
  • Clear career development opportunities