Wake Forest University seeks to recruit and retain diverse, well-qualified, and highly-motivated faculty and staff members, while rewarding individual contributions to the institution, its students, and the community.


  • Recruit and retain diverse, well-qualified, and highly motivated faculty and staff members; incent equitably and fairly, based on individual, departmental, and organizational performance.
  • Provide strategic and operational advice to leadership on pay issues, market trends, and performance management.
  • Set policies for managing compensation and career progression that ensure internal equity and consistent application of the program.
  • Regularly monitor the effectiveness and compliance of the Compensation program and practices and its continued competitiveness, while mitigating risk for the University.
  • Communicate the program to ensure understanding within the university community.

Position Descriptions 

  • Can be used to recruit, determine salary, orient new colleagues, set expectations, provide ongoing performance feedback, establish titles and pay grades, and meet legal requirements for compliance and accreditation.
  • Are maintained by the individual’s department, and should be reviewed annually.
  • Enable Human Resources to provide guidance to hiring managers about paying staff competitively for their contributions toward department and University success.

Position Titling

  • Titling Guidelines provide a standard format to help ensure leadership titles are used consistently across the University. Additionally, the guidelines facilitate cross-university comparisons to advance pay equity.
  • Titles should represent the accountabilities and responsibilities of the job, not the individual and create consistency in institutional reporting to federal agencies.
  • Titles should not reward incumbent performance or longevity or replace appropriate pay.
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The Position Description Toolkit outlines the required components of a position description.



The  Position Description Template is a standard format for depicting position information; essential functions; other functions; required/preferred education, knowledge, skills, and abilities; and accountabilities.

Wake Forest University Human Resources

P.O. Box 7424, Winston-Salem, NC 27109 |  P 336.758.4700 |  F 336.758.6127