Types of roles in Slack
Roles determine what people can see and do in Slack. There are administrative roles that are designed for people who are 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 subscriptions:
Workspace primary owner
A Slack workspace has a single primary owner. Only this person can delete the workspace or transfer ownership to someone else.
Primary owners can assign workspace owners. They have the same level of permissions as the primary owner, except that they can’t delete or transfer ownership of a workspace.
Workspace owners can assign workspace admins. They help to manage members and can perform other administrative tasks, but they can’t access the billing page or adjust billing details.
Members have access to use features in Slack, except for those that are limited to only owners and admins.
Multi-channel guests (available on paid subscriptions 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 subscriptions only)
Single-channel guests have limited access inside Slack. Admins can add them to one channel inside Slack.
- Channel managers (available on paid subscriptions only)
Channel managers can take administrative actions on channels that they're assigned.
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 subscription
On the Enterprise Grid subscription, there are additional roles that give organisations 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, and access system roles and channel management tools by default.
Primary org owners can assign org owners. Org owners hold the same level of permissions as the primary org owner, except that they can’t transfer ownership of the org to someone else and do not have access to system roles or channel management tools by default.
Org owners can assign org admins. They help to manage org-level policies and other administrative tasks.
On the Enterprise Grid subscription, system roles give organisations more flexibility around the 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 organisation. For example, they can give a full member the ability to manage their organisation’s security features by assigning the security admin system role.
Here are the available system roles. For more details, review permissions by role type:
- Analytics admin: View the analytics dashboard
- Audit logs admin: Access audit logs in Slack
- Channels admin: Manage how channels are administered
- DLP admin: Configure and manage DLP for Slack Connect
- Export admin: Access and manage exports in Slack
- Legal holds admin: Create and manage legal holds
- Message activity manager: View message activity in channels
Roles admin: Manage who is assigned system roles
- Sales admin: Manage Slack Sales Elevate*
- Security admin: Manage sessions and deactivate accounts
- Users admin: Manage non-admins
- Workflow Admin: Manage workflows
* Also available on the Business+ subscription.
Additional system roles will be released in the future. Stay tuned!