A good job description should include a company overview and job overview, as well as an explanation of the associated responsibilities, skills & qualifications, and work environment. Below are some general guidelines for writing each of these sections effectively.
1. COMPANY OVERVIEW
Providing an accurate, concise description of your business is a great way to attract the right employees. Think of this section as an advertisement for your company -- why should prospective employees want to join your team?
Some useful things to include here are:
- Core company values
- Mission statement
- Brief history of your organization
- Anticipated growth
- Business goals
2. JOB OVERVIEW
In a few sentences, describe the purpose, importance, and fundamental qualities of the position being offered. No need to be too specific or comprehensive here -- the idea is to provide a zoomed-out image of the role the applicant would be filling in your company.
This is where you’ll outline the specific day-to-day responsibilities of the job. Bullet-point format is typically the most practical way to present this information.
4. NECESSARY SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS
List in bulleted format the skills & qualifications that are absolutely essential to this position. Consider as many specific conditions of the job as possible in order to create a complete list of qualifications an applicant must have in order to succeed.
5. PREFERRED SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS
List in bulleted format the skills & qualifications that are not essential, but would make an applicant more eligible for the position being offered.
6. WORK ENVIRONMENT
Describe the environment in which the applicant would be spending most of their time. In this description, include information about:
- Company culture
- Pace of work
- Amount of collaborative vs. independent activity
- Who the employee will report to (or vice versa)
Below is our broadcast engineer job description. You can post it as-is to an online job board like ZipRecruiter, or download and customize it to match the unique aspects of your business. Keep in mind that adding a custom company overview and description of the work environment (outlined above) will help you draw in the right applicants.
Broadcast Engineer Job Description
At XYZ News, Inc., we recognize that what goes on behind the scenes is just as important as what happens on-screen. We are looking to add a knowledgeable and detail-oriented Broadcast Engineer to lead our technical crew. As the Broadcast Engineer, you will collaborate with producers, technical staff, studio managers, and presenters to ensure consistent quality broadcasts. You will be responsible for ensuring that all broadcast-related equipment is properly installed, updated, and maintained. Because your role is integral to the quality and success of each broadcasted program, the ideal candidate works well under pressure, able to solving complex issues quickly and with confidence.
- Receiving and installing all new AV equipment
- Designing, setting up, and maintaining AV circuits
- Setting up and managing AV links, ensuring seamless communication between all locations
- Setting up all studio equipment
- Implementing a preventative maintenance program for all broadcasting/studio equipment
- Installing, testing, and updating multimedia software, hardware, and other digital broadcast technology systems
- Editing programs, in real time, as they are transmitted or recorded
- Analyzing and repairing technical faults, minimizing loss of service
- Collaborating with directors, producers, and presenters to ensure that their requests translate properly
- Keeping up-to-date with industry standards and trends through research and networking
Necessary Skills & Qualifications:
- Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering preferred; Associate of Applied Science in Broadcast Engineering acceptable for the appropriate candidate
- 2+ years of experience in electrical engineering and working with communication equipment
- Capable of interpreting technical manual language and schematics
- Ability to apply digital and analog theory, working from diagrammatic information
- Strong IT skills; the ability to recall extensive knowledge quickly and under pressure
- Composure under pressure; ability to prioritize and remain flexible
- Ability to work seamlessly with teams and independently
- Strong communication skills
Preferred Skills & Qualifications:
- General Radiotelephone Operator License
- Society of Broadcast Engineers certification
- Flexible schedule; ability to work weekends, evening shifts, and holidays
ENSURE LEGAL COMPLIANCE
Hiring employees can be an intimidating and time-consuming process, but it doesn’t have to be. We’ve created a hiring compliance checklist to help you get over the legal hurdles with ease. From obtaining an Employer Identification Number (EIN) to confirming work eligibility, our guide covers everything you need to know.
SET UP PAYROLL
Even if your business only has a few employees, setting up a payroll service can save you time for running your business and also ensure that your company is compliant with important federal requirements, such as employee withholding.
We recommend Gusto, a user-friendly payroll platform for small businesses. Try out their services and get one month free.
ACQUIRE WORKERS' COMP INSURANCE
Workers’ compensation insurance provides financial and legal protection for your business and its employees.
Whether or not you need workers’ comp insurance for your company depends on the nature of the job, the employer-employee relationship, and the unique regulations of your state.