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Types of roles in Slack

Roles determine what people can see and do in Slack. There are administrative roles that are designed for people responsible for managing accounts and settings in Slack. Non-administrative roles let people work in Slack and access key features. 

Note: Learn more about permissions broken down by role type in Slack. 


Roles in Slack

Below is a complete list of the roles available on all of Slack's plans:

  • Workspace Primary Owner
    A Slack workspace has a single Primary Owner. Only this person can delete the workspace or transfer ownership to someone else.
  • Workspace Owners
    Primary Owners can assign Workspace Owners. They have the same level of permissions as the Primary Owner, except they can’t delete or transfer ownership of a workspace.
  • Workspace Admins
    Workspace Owners can assign Workspace Admins. They help manage members and can perform other administrative tasks.
  • Full members
    Members have access to use features in a Slack, except for those that are limited to only owners and admins.
  • Multi-Channel Guests (Available on paid plans only)
    Multi-Channel Guests have limited access inside Slack. Admins can add them to more than one channel inside Slack.
  • Single-Channel Guests (Available on paid plans only)
    Single-Channel Guests have limited access inside Slack. Admins can add them to one channel inside Slack.
  • Invited members
    Invited members have been invited to join Slack, but haven’t yet accepted their invitation. People can add them to channels, mention them, and send them direct messages (DMs) and they'll receive email notifications until they create their account.

Additional roles on the Enterprise Grid plan

On the Enterprise Grid plan, there are additional roles that give organizations the ability to manage Slack:

  • Org Primary Owner
    Every Enterprise Grid org has a single Org Primary Owner. Only this person can transfer ownership of the org.
  • Org Owners
    Primary Org Owners can assign Org Owners. Org Owners hold the same level of permissions as the Primary Org Owner, except they can’t transfer ownership of the org to someone else.
  • Org Admins
    Org Owners can assign Org Admins. They help manage org-level policies and other administrative tasks.

System roles 

On the Enterprise Grid plan, system roles give organizations more flexibility around permissions that can be granted to members. Administrators with permission to assign roles can give users one or many system roles to help them manage the organization. For example, give a full member the ability to manage your organization's security features by assigning the Security Admin system role.

Here are the available system roles. For more details, review permissions by role type:

  • Channels Admin: Manage how channels are administered
  • Compliance Admin: Create and manage legal holds
  • Roles Admin: Manage who is assigned system roles
  • Users Admin: Manage non-admins

Additional system roles will be released in the future. Stay tuned! 


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