Definition of Unclassified Staff

Reason for Policy: 

This policy addresses matters pertaining to the definition of unclassified staff.

Entities Affected by this Policy: 

Unclassified personnel

Responsible Office: 

Academic Affairs: 541-346-3081

Enactment & Revision History: 

02 September 2015 - Technical revisions enacted by the university secretary

01 July 2014 - Became a University of Oregon Policy by operation of law (former OAR 580.020.0006)


Unclassified service includes positions that do not meet the criteria for academic faculty but which, based on professional job requirements and responsibilities:


(1) Are exempt from the provisions of the Public Employee Collective Bargaining Act (PECBA), ORS 243.650-243.782; however, not all positions in unclassified service are exempt from PECBA, or


(2) Share a community of interest with academic faculty, and

(a) Include academic research, public service, or instruction, or

(b) Exercise discretion in establishing policy, or

(c) Require education and training comparable to academic faculty, or

(d) Have administrative decision-making responsibilities beyond office clerical duties.


Examples of positions that may meet the criteria listed above include, but are not limited to:

(1) President, president's cabinet;

(2) Provost, vice provosts, associate vice provosts, and assistant vice provosts;

(3) Vice presidents and associate vice presidents;

(4) Deans and associate deans;

(5) Directors and associate directors of academic, administrative, and service units;

(6) Controllers and budget officers;

(7) Registrars and associate registrars;

(8) Legal counsel and attorneys;

(9) Athletic directors and associate athletic directors;

(10) Executive and other special assistants to each of the positions listed in numbers one through nine (above), providing that the executive or other special assistant positions otherwise meet the criteria for unclassified service (stated above);

(11) Assistant vice president, assistant deans, department heads/chairs, assistant directors, managers, and assistant registrars where positions require specialized/degree education and training;

(12) Librarians, archivists, and museum or collection curators where positions require specialized/degree education and training or where responsibilities include academic research or instruction but does not include positions having primarily clerical responsibilities;

(13) Advisors and counselors, including academic, financial aid, admissions, career, residential life, and athletic, where positions require specialized/degree education and training;

(14) Assistant athletic directors, athletic coaches, assistant athletic coaches, athletic trainers, assistant athletic trainers, and athletic eligibility and compliance officers where positions require specialized/degree education and training;

(15) Interpreters;

(16) Development and advancement officers where positions require specialized/ degree education and training;

(17) Physicians, psychologists, and clinical counselors where positions require specialized/degree education and training;

(18) General managers, directors, producers, and announcers of state radio and television service;

(19) Managers, directors and administrators of student affairs functions, where positions require specialized/degree education and training.

Original Source: 
Oregon Administrative Rule