Staff Titles

Let's begin with our staff directory pages on the website. Many University of Illinois job titles have weird structures because of how campus systems function. Today's guidance suggests minor tweaks to job titles so that they are clear and consistent for the public. These tweaks only apply to staff listings on the website.

To provide clear, consistent listing of staff titles, please use this formula:

County Assignment (optional) + Program Area + Position Type

Example: Peoria County Horticulture Program Coordinator

Rules for creating consistent job titles

  • Staff who cover the entire unit should not indicate a county. 
  • Do not include punctuation (except SNAP-Ed).
  • Do not abbreviate.
  • Always spell out 'and' in titles. Do not use the ampersand symbol (&). An example of this would be Community and Economic Development or Local Food Systems and Small Farms.
  • Do not use 'Extra Help' in job titles on the staff directory. Staff classified as extra help should be given a working title that would be meaningful to the general public. 
  • For consistency, use SNAP-Ed, EFNEP. Do not include INEP or Illinois Nutrition Education Program in conjunction with SNAP-Ed or EFNEP.
  • If you work on a state program team, you may substitute State for the county in the formula. This is optional and is not a required element of job titles.

Looking for some clarity? Here are some real world examples.

  • Rhonda Shubert: Perry County 4-H Youth Development Program Coordinator
  • Lynn Heins: County Director
  • Talon Becker: Commercial Agriculture Educator
  • Nick Brown: Jackson County SNAP-Ed Community Worker
  • Marc Lamczk: Local Food Systems and Small Farms Program Coordinator
  • Judy Bingman: Marketing and Communications Manager
  • James Hazzard: Information Technology Director
  • Chris Evans: Forestry Research Specialist and Interim State Master Naturalist Coordinator

To make changes to job titles listed in your staff directory, you will need to edit the website bio for individual staff members. Please work with your unit website editors to implement any necessary changes.

We know there are many unique staff titles that may not fit neatly into the formula. If you aren't sure, we're here to help.