Jobs vs. Positions

All positions at Boston University are mapped to a job based on the content of position descriptions.

While “position” and “job” are often used interchangeably, there is a difference:

  •  A Job is a generic summary of key responsibilities which includes the general nature of work performed, the level of work performed, the skills and knowledge required for competent performance, and other elements. The job description is used to determine the appropriate salary grade.
  • A Position is unique to an employee, and is used for budgeting and posting purposes. It is a more detailed summary of the duties specific to the individual employee.

Job Descriptions are used by the Compensation team to obtain accurate market compensation data, which helps management to compare BU pay to market pay for similar jobs outside of the University.