Terms You Should Know

This is an alphabetical glossary of terms that you may encounter while browsing this website.

A generic set of duties, responsibilities, and competencies that are shared by a group of positions, which may or may not be in the same unit/dept.
job description
Job description is a summary of the most important features of a job; must include duties, responsibilities, and level of work performed. Descriptions should focus on the job itself, with qualifications and skills required, but not on the individual who might fill the position.
job evaluation
Job evaluation is used for compensation planning purposes, it is the process of comparing a job with other jobs in the organization to determine an appropriate pay rate for the job.
Job Family
A group of jobs in which the work performed is of a similar nature. Assigning jobs to job families helps ensure accurate market pricing of jobs and facilitates career progressions.
Job Structure
The alignment of positions into jobs, job sub families and job families. The job structure is intended to streamline management compensation decisions, support hiring, and allow for university wide comparisons between like positions.
Job Sub-family
A group of jobs in which the work performed is of a similar nature and within a similar function.
Kerberos is BU’s name for the password to your ACS account.
lifetime maximum benefit
Lifetime maximum benefit is the maximum amount the plan will pay in benefits for each covered person in a lifetime.
LOA (leave of absence) is a term used to describe a period of time that one is to be away from his/her primary job, while maintaining the status of employee.