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As I reflect on my preparedness levels for a Team Lead role I'm interviewing for, I'm realizing I might be conflating Team Lead with Director. The Team Lead role I'm interviewing for would have a total of. 10 reports, some direct some indirect, and be expected to 5-10x output (with only 2x resources) within a year while overall improving marketing strategy.

I asked if this is the "director-level role" they and I had discussed in the past and was told yes, but usually, what's the difference between the titles?

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  • @JoeStrazzere My additional responsibilities beyond direct reports are unclear and something I'll ask. That's correct, this is the role I referenced prior. – John Oct 3 at 20:53
  • Is this an actual board member - the normal definition, or is this a marketing company where you can have people with director titles that are just senior roles above a lead – Neuromancer Oct 5 at 23:25
  • @Neuromancer the latter. – John Oct 5 at 23:36
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I asked if this is the "director-level role" they and I had discussed in the past and was told yes, but usually, what's the difference between the titles?

In general, titles and their meaning vary greatly depending on each company and what they expect and how they define such title.

However, in this specific case, team lead and director could be separate roles held by different people. Director seems to be used interchangeably with VP, whereas a Team Lead usually reports to the Director and is in charge of managing the team, etc..

  • Thanks, that's very helpful. I was also told that I would report directly to the CMO but that this might get layered in the future. I'm inferring that in this case, this is not a director role and I may report to the Director of Marketing Strategy later depending on how this new Influencer Marketing team evolves, or it may evolve into a Director of Influencer Marketing role. – John Oct 3 at 20:54
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    @John oh, sorry I misread :) pruning comments – DarkCygnus Oct 3 at 21:17
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The two terms "team lead" and "director" could have any meaning the company wants. I have seen team leads that were leading a team of two, and team leads leading a team of dozens. I have seen people with the title of director in a company of 10 people, and a company of 10,000 not have anybody with that title.

Even titles such as VP can have any meaning. I have worked with companies where the jump from employee to VP was 3 levels on the org chart, and there could be several VPs in your building. In other cases where there might be a VP in your city, and they were 5 or 6 levels above the average employee.

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