Career Bands

Tulane’s five distinctive career bands, with 4–5 levels each, were developed for the learning and growth of staff.

The design includes:

  • Mapping pathways for career and professional development.
  • Providing a clear understanding of what is essential to advancing one’s skills and competencies.
  • Defining universal competencies and factors across career bands:

    • Impact: The nature and scope of influence the level has on its area of responsibility.
    • Problem Solving: Degree to which the level needs to identify and devise solutions to problems and the level of autonomy to make decisions.
    • Communication and Influence: Describes the nature of communication the level is responsible for and the level of influence required.
    • Leadership: Responsibility for people's development, including supervision, training, coaching, and performance management.
    • Knowledge: Level of expertise required to fulfill level responsibilities as defined by minimum levels of formal education and/or work experience

Career Bands Level Guide

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Additional Information 

The Career Bands Level Guide provides in-depth information about each career band and its associated levels. Below are brief descriptions for each career band.

  • People leaders spend the majority of their time overseeing their area of responsibility and achieving goals through direct and/or indirect reports. 

  • Individual contributors with responsibility in a professional or technical discipline or specialty.
  • Spends the majority of their time overseeing the design, implementation, or delivery of processes, programs, and policies using specialized knowledge and skills normally acquired through advanced education (typically university).


  • Individual contributors who provide organizational-related support or service (administrative or clerical).
  • Spends the majority of their time in the delivery of support services or activities, typically under supervision.
  • Opportunities for progression outside this career band are typically limited without additional education or significant training and experience.


  • Individual contributors who focus on technical, scientific, or analytical tasks.
  • Jobs typically require advanced skill training, specialized external certification, or a completed technical school education.


  • Individual contributors who focus on technical or operational tasks to support ongoing university operations.
  • Includes skilled technicians in a hands-on environment that is often highly specialized.
  • Jobs typically require advanced skill training, specialized external certification or completed technical school