Decoding the Job Post: A Step Up the Career Ladder

Posted: 2021-04-26 3:43:10 PM by WorkInCulture editor | with 0 comments

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As a JobBoard poster you’ve probably noticed the Career Level field when filling out the job form. This field is provided for transparency purposes – so that you can indicate the available position’s general level of responsibility and pay.  It’s important to consider your organizational structure and your current employees’ responsibilities, pay, skillsets, and backgrounds vis-à-vis the available position when filling out this section of the form.  Note who the new employee would report to and who they would be working with at the same level -- this will help identify the position’s career level and title. Below is a WorkInCulture guide on the kinds of titles that usually fall under certain career levels.
Pay close attention to the “Career Level” and title of the position when looking for a job. Note the career level you consider yourself to be at given your past work and volunteer experiences, education, and skillsets that are relevant to the position and sector you are applying to.  
Additionally, review the responsibilities described in the job posting and see if the same things are mentioned for other similar titles and career levels. Also, visit the organization’s website to learn about the organizational structure. Most likely this can be found under the “About Us” and “Staff/Team” section.  Even though having in mind a general understanding of career levels is important, recognize that each organization is different especially given their operating budget, size, and location. And lastly, ask yourself what career level do you want to be at, with what kind of title/responsibilities, and for what kind of organization (big or small, non-profit or for profit, etc.)?
WIC’s Career Levels and Title Examples:

Executive/Board Level
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors
  • Vice-Chair of the Board
  • Board of Directors
  • Executive Director
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • President
  • Executive Vice President
Upper Management Level
  • Senior Director
  • Artistic Director
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Editor
  • General Manager
Middle Management Level
  • Associate Producer
  • Manager
  • Middle Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Coordinator
  • Administrator
Entry Level
  • Paid Internship
  • Assistant

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