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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 clear understanding of what is essential to advance one’s skills and competencies.
  •  Defining universal competencies and factors across career bands:
  • Impact – 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 & Influence – Describes the nature of communication the level is responsible for and the level of influence required.
  • Leadership – Responsibility for people 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.


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.  

Management Career Band

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

Professional Career Band

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

Business Career Band

Individual contributors who provide organizational related support or service (administrative or clerical). Spends majority of 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.

Technical Career Band

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

Operational Career Band

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


Career Bands Level Guide