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Handbook of Operating Procedures

Administrative and Professional and Classified Employee Job Classifications

Policy Number: 150


Employee job classifications



Date Reviewed:
November 2019
Responsible Office:
Human Resources; Office of the Executive Vice President & Chief Academic Officer
Responsible Executive:
Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer; Executive Vice President & Chief Academic Officer


This policy applies to both administrative and professional employees and classified employees. See HOOP 193, Salary Administration. Within The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (“University”), those executive and professional employees whose letters of appointment state they serve at the discretion and pleasure of the President or his or her designee are referred to as administrative and professional (“A&P”) employees. These employees hold positions that involve developing and implementing high-level academic and management policies, or performing certain clinical research and/or teaching duties, and the positions require of the incumbents professional compatibility with the executive leadership of the University and/or its operating units.

The A&P classification is subdivided into academic A&P, management A&P and general A&P based on the nature of the position's responsibilities and the credentials required of the incumbent.

An employee appointed to an academic A&P position must hold a faculty appointment in conjunction with the administrative appointment; academic credentials are essential for the position. Job responsibilities are primarily of an academic nature, and these positions normally are located organizationally within the academic leadership structure of a school or other academic unit. The titles of academic A&P positions most often incorporate the nomenclature of deans or department chairs.

Management A&P employees hold senior positions as heads or business managers of an operating unit, a department, or division/program within a department. The principal defining characteristic of a management A&P position is the incumbent's role in policy development and implementation that requires the continuing confidence of the President or his or her designee.

General A&P employees hold professional positions within a school or other unit.  Positions generally require a terminal degree, and may (but are not required to) include clinical, research and/or teaching duties.  Employees in general A&P positions do not hold concurrent salaried faculty, academic A&P, or management A&P positions.  Examples of job titles within this job family include Staff Physician, Staff Dentist and Staff Scientist.

All classified employees will be classified on the basis of responsibility of work to be performed. Standardized job titles, job codes, and salary ranges have been established to provide external competitiveness and internal equity for each classified position.


Human Resources (“HR”) is responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining job classifications in the Management A&P Pay Plan and the Classified Pay Plan. Standardized job descriptions and salary ranges are developed for each job classification. Salary ranges are established to be both internally equitable and externally competitive. Department heads, deans and administrative officers involved in the process of determining classifications for their areas should use classifications that properly reflect the level of responsibility of the work to be performed.  General A&P classifications are managed by each operating unit.

A supervisor may not change the duties and responsibilities of a job that would change the position's classification without prior administrative approval. If a position appears to be classified incorrectly, the supervisor should contact HR - Compensation Services for their assistance. Participation and eligibility for benefit programs are determined by the type of appointment and the percentage of time appointed.

Questions concerning any classifications currently in use or being considered should be directed to HR -Compensation Services.


    • Human Resources - Compensation Services (classified and management A&P)
    • 713-500-3130
    • Office of the Executive Vice President & Chief Academic Officer (academic A&P and general A&P)
    • 713-500-3062