If you are unsure of the classification of your position, the easiest place to find this information is in your employment offer letter or employment contract.
Western Classified Staff positions are non-faculty positions governed by a labor contract that specifies the terms and conditions of employment. A Classified Staff member is an employee who provides support services for the efficient and effective operation of Western in areas that include office-clerical, custodial, maintenance, operations, campus police, information technology, procurement, fiscal, and engineering.
Executive Officers include the President, Provost, Vice Presidents, Vice Provosts, College Deans, Associate/Assistant Vice Presidents, and Senior Executive Assistant to the President.
Faculty employees perform academic duties in the areas of teaching, research, and service. Position titles include Professor, Instructor, and Visiting Faculty.
Western Professional Staff positions are non-faculty positions that are exempted from civil service rules (RCW 41.06.070) and instead covered by the Professional Staff Handbook. A Professional Staff member is an employee who provides leadership, management, and/or program direction in collaboration with executive administration, faculty, and classified staff in the areas that include professional instruction, research, university infrastructure, and the student learning experience. Examples of professional staff positions include Directors, Assistant Directors, Managers and Counselors.
Western employs staff in a variety of temporary appointments that are limited in the number of hours or months that may be worked in a specified period.
Student Employee positions are held by students of Western and may include work study, graduate assistants, and other support positions on campus.