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 grants manager 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.
Grants Manager Job Description
Our grants manager plays an integral role in funding the many community programs we run. The manager is responsible for identifying potential grants, developing programs that are well-suited to those grants, and applying for the grants. Our grant managers work closely with the fundraising team, staff grant writer, grant administrator, and agency director.
- Researching and evaluating potential grant opportunities
- Developing programs for and applying to selected grant opportunities
- Overseeing the implementation of approved grants
- Identifying ways to optimize the grant application and administration processes
- Supervising the staff grant writer and grant administrator
- Coordinating with the fundraising team
- Keeping staff abreast of key deadlines and ensuring the timely submission of all materials
- Providing detailed reports to the agency director, fundraising team, and board of directors
- Maintaining accurate records so that reports are complete and accurate
- Hiring and training new grant staff as necessary
Necessary Skills & Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree
- 1+ years of experience managing a grant portfolio exceeding $1 million
- Detailed knowledge of the application process for grants (LOIs, applications, etc)
- Detailed knowledge of grant application programs (Foundation Search, Fondant, etc.)
- Ability to manage multiple grants and meet deadlines
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Preferred Skills & Qualifications:
- Master’s degree in business administration
- 3+ years of experience managing a grant portfolio exceeding $1 million
- Experience securing individual grants exceeding $500,000
- Demonstrated ability to grow a grant portfolio
- Member of the National Grants Management Association
- Familiarity with common management strategies
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.