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Classifications for Student Employees

Read about job classifications, titles, and pay scales for student employees.

Assistant series

Most student employees fit into the assistant series; however, students may be hired under additional titles. The following titles in the assistant series are only available to students in casual/ restricted titles:

Assistant series concept

Under supervision, assistants perform duties ranging from unskilled to skilled and/or specialized in a variety of positions typically requiring the use of manual, clerical, advising, public contact and/or analytical skills; and perform other related duties as required.

The temporary nature of appointments, the absence of continuing responsibility for the work performed, and the diversity of duties assigned generally characterize this series.

The assistant series comprises 4 levels (3 of which are used at UCSD), with the distinction between the levels based on the:

  • Degree of difficulty inherent in the manual, clerical, advising, public contact, and/or research related duties performed
  • Extent of assigned responsibility for coordinating the work of other employees
  • Availability of free time for such activities as studying and reading during work hours

Typical duties performed at the various levels in the series are determined by the special requirements of the positions involved.

Assistant class concepts:

  • Assistant 4 4919 by agreement, $11.00 – $22.00/hr as of 12/30/07: Under general supervision, Assistant 4's perform a variety of complex duties in support of academic research projects; perform clerical, manual, advising and/or public contact duties which require the use of specialized skills; and may, in addition, coordinate the work of a group of lower-level assistants.
    • The Assistant 4 class is distinguished from the Assistant 3 class by the greater degree of complexity involved in research and related assignments, more frequent use of specialized skills, and/or the responsibility for coordinating the work of a larger group of assistants.
    • Note: Specific examples of job duties are defined by the appropriate user departments.
  • Assistant 3 4920 by agreement, $9.50 – $15.72/hr as of 12/30/07: Under general supervision, Assistant 3's perform a variety of skilled duties in support of academic research projects, student advising, and contact with the public; perform clerical and manual duties requiring limited use of specialized skills; and may, in addition, coordinate the work of a group of lower-level assistants.
    • Assistant 3 class is distinguished from the Assistant 2 class by the greater use of specialized skills and/or the responsibility for coordinating the work of one or more groups of assistants.
    • Note: Specific examples of job duties are defined by the appropriate user departments.
  • Assistant 2 4921 by agreement, $9.00 – $10.66/hr as of 06/21/14: Under supervision, Assistant 2's perform a variety of clerical and/or manual related duties which are usually semi-skilled in nature and do not require extensive skill, training, or experience.
    • The Assistant 2 class is distinguished from the Assistant I class in that the duties assigned at the Assistant I level are unskilled in nature and usually allow incumbents time for such activities as studying and reading.
    • Note: Specific examples of job duties are defined by the appropriate user departments.

Minimum qualifications

Students employed in the assistant series must be registered UC students each quarter they are employed and must be able to read, write, perform basic arithmetic calculations, follow oral instructions, and possess the skills, knowledge, and abilities essential to the successfully perform assigned duties.

  • Note: Specific minimum qualification requirements are defined for positions by the appropriate user departments.

Previously used titles

See a list of titles previously used in hiring students in casual/ restricted positions. You can use these lists to help determine the appropriate level within the assistant series for recruitment:

Other available titles

While the majority of students working in casual-restricted positions are hired into the assistant series, students may also be hired using the titles listed below and pay rates as listed in the Title and Pay Plan.

  • Appointed Official 4329
  • Camp Counselor 9011
  • Elected Officer, Student Government 4331
  • Counselor, Learning Skill Asst 4417
  • Recreation Program Instructor 4011
  • Student Artist or Performer (STDT ARTIST OR PERF) 4928
  • Student Clinical (STDT CLIN) 4930
  • Student Events (STDT EVENTS) 4932
  • Student Information Technology (STDT IT) 4934
  • Student Peer Counselor (STDT PEER CNSLR) 4938
  • Student Researcher (STDT RESEARCHER) 4942
  • Student Residence Hall (STDT RSDNC HALL) 4944
  • Student Residence Hall Lead (STDT RSDNC HALLS LD) 4946