A job description (or position description) is a written description of the purpose of the role, tasks that are expected to be performed by the employee, as well as details of when and how these jobs are to be completed.

Job Description – a clear map to employee success

A job description provides the following:

  • Clarity and a common understanding of the expectations an employer has of a new team member.
  • A document that an employee’s performance can be measured against.
  • A document that can be referred to in the instance of disputes or complaints.
  • A structure that ensures the correct rates of pay are in place.
  • A basis for working out what additional training is required.

What should be included in a job description?

  • Job title
  • Whether the role is full-time, part-time, fixed term or casual
  • Details of work location and hours, including any overtime that might be required.
  • Salary structure including any relevant Award classifications
  • Who they will report to, and an organisational structure
  • Statement of purpose or objectives
  • A detailed definition of the role – duties and responsibilities
  • Description of essential qualifications, skills and experience required for the job.
  • Performance goals.

Job descriptions are not “set and forget”. They should be updated regularly and re-issued when an employee’s role changes.