Human Resources
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Why Have Job Descriptions?

The purpose and goals of job descriptions

Job descriptions enable us to distinguish positions, delineate tasks, determine pay levels, establish performance requirements, recruit for positions, explore reasonable accommodations, and train employees. Without them, our best efforts to staff, develop, and evaluate performance are without direction. In short, a job description tells:

  • Who
  • Does what work
  • Where
  • When (or how often)
  • Why (the purpose or impact of the work)
  • How

Most descriptions are the result of a joint effort involving the hiring manager and the Human Resources department. Job descriptions must conform to Drury’s established job description style. An existing description for a similar job may be used to “get started” or hiring managers may use Drury’s job description template.

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