How do you Define Associate Directors, Directors, and Sr. Directors

Calling all organizational design and talent development friends. Quick favor / question for you?

I am looking to survey companies to see how they define and differentiate the below positions/roles in their company. Any thoughts, ideas, responsibilities, definitions, behaviors, skills, strengths, and/or characteristics you can offer for each position/role that differentiate/define each would be very helpful.


 - Associate Directors

- Directors

 - Sr. Directors

- Vice President

-Sr. Vice President


We greatly appreciate you and your time.



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  • Hello, Matthew.  I would recommend coming up with a full framework for all roles that includes things like: years of experience, education, experience, span of control, budget responsibility, influencing required, management responsibility, whether the role is a head of a function, multiple functions, etc. and then tier that up and down across those levels, based on your market pricing and salary banding.  You can put this all in a chart that is easy for everyone to understand.  

    Hope that helps, good luck!  


    • Cassie Brown 

      Thank you Cassie!

      I love the idea of putting it into a chart of some sort with the above variables. I feel that just a definition will not cut it.

      Please let me know if I can help you with anything.


      Have a great Thanksgiving!


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