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50.55 - Writing Results-Oriented Job Descriptions

Last updated: July 01, 2020

A. General. University of Idaho job descriptions (UIJD) for staff are written statements defining a specific job based on the findings of a job analysis. The job description includes duties and responsibilities, minimum and preferred qualifications needed to perform the job, and working conditions. The job description is the foundation for performance expectations, classification, and compensation. Job descriptions provide a base to which management and employees can refer when questions arise. They provide the employee with a clear definition of the skills needed, the duties expected to be performed, the relative importance of priority of duties and responsibilities, the results that are expected, and the criteria to be considered in evaluation of performance. (rev. 7-20)

B. Process. Job descriptions for new positions are prepared prior to recruitment by the administrator responsible for hiring, with assistance from Human Resources. Job descriptions are the standard by which employee performance is evaluated. Therefore, job descriptions for continuing employees are reviewed annually by the supervisor, with the employee, and revised if necessary. (rev. 7-20)

C. Preparation of University of Idaho Job Description. Human Resources is available to offer assistance in the development or revision of the job descriptions. Training materials for writing UIJD can be found on the HR webpage. Contact Human Resources at (208) 885-3638 or hrbp@uidaho.edu for additional assistance. (rev. 7-20)

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