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 community outreach 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.
Community Outreach Counselor Job Description
Our community outreach counselors are in charge of bringing new initiatives to the community so they have the opportunity to take part in different programs. It’s the outreach counselor’s job to explain how people can sign up, participate in, and reap the most rewards from each feature. They may be asked to coordinate major community events or to conduct door-to-door outreach to residents. It’s our counselor’s job to educate the general public of the opportunities, but they also need to be mindful of the needs and values of each individual neighborhood. They’ll need to work with a variety of personality types and cultures if they hope to be successful in this role.
- Learn the details of company programs and benefits
- Develop community outreach tactics based on neighborhood needs
- Pass out written materials and answer questions accordingly
- Coordinate appearances at public events
- Suggest improvements to outreach methods based on experience
- Develop relationships with prominent community figures
- Serve as key contact for assigned districts
- Handle emergency situations and potential disputes
- Document work and progress according to protocol
Necessary Skills & Qualifications:
- At least 1 year outreach experience (volunteer ok)
- Excellent written and verbal skills
- Able to adjust communication strategy based on audience
- Passion for community programs
- Proficient with MS Office
- Flexible schedule
- High school diploma or equivalent
Preferred Skills & Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree in communications or social services
- Experience working with a variety of ethnic groups
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.