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 camp counselor 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.
Camp Counselor Job Description
Our camp counselors supervise, engage with, and encourage children between the ages of 9 and 16 while they’re attending our camp. Camps run for one or two weeks, and counselors are responsible for their assigned cabin of boys or girls during that time. Duties include facilitating activities, monitoring free time and transitions, and overseeing meals. Camp Counselors need a patient, understanding, and enthusiastic demeanor to help them connect and form positive relationships with our campers.
- Plan and facilitate group activities each day and evening
- Make sure campers are ready and present for activities on time
- Oversee free time and other less structured periods
- Mediate any conflicts that arise between campers
- Engage and encourage campers on both individual and group levels
- Delegate cabin cleaning tasks to campers
- Track individual campers’ dietary restrictions and ensure they’re followed
- Collaborate with the camp manager, camp counselors, and other staff
- Monitor camp attendees and ensure they’re in a safe environment at all times
- Respond to any emergencies appropriately per camp protocol
- Report any incidents of note to the camp manager
Necessary Skills & Qualifications:
- High school diploma or equivalent
- Minimum of one year of experience in camp counseling, teaching, or childcare
- Basic first aid and CPR certification
- Interest in helping children and adolescents reach their full potential
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Knowledge of effective conflict mitigation strategies
- Good physical condition and ability to participate in physical activities
- Willingness to pass a background check and drug screening
- Full availability from May 31 to September 6
Preferred Skills & Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
- Minimum of three years of experience working with children ages 9 to 15
- Formal training in conflict management
- Waterfront Lifeguard Certification from the Red Cross or equivalent
- Ropes Course Practitioner Certification or equivalent
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.