WHAT TO INCLUDE IN A JOB DESCRIPTION
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)
HR Director Job Description
Below is our HR director 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.
HR Director Job Description
Our HR director will ensure the health and well-being of our employees by devising corporate strategies that address their needs. We need someone with a strong sense of what motivates employees to do their best work. From evaluations to compensation packages, the HR director will play a strong role in how the staff perceives the company. The ideal candidate will have natural leadership abilities and feel comfortable handling a variety of personal and professional conflicts. They’ll also oversee HR personnel, set department objectives, and research new third-party vendors (e.g., insurers) who can help meet our goals.
- Develop HR guidelines, standards, and policies.
- Research compensation packages and finalize offers.
- Oversee employee evaluations and devise individual improvement plans.
- Supervise HR personnel and the execution of all initiatives.
- Represent the company perspective with employees, unions, and other interested parties.
- Periodically adjust policies to fit modern employee expectations.
- Mitigate the risk of legal conflicts or formal lawsuits.
- Analyze HR metrics and results and communicate trends to upper management.
- Research new hiring laws and ensure company compliance.
- Negotiate terms with third-party vendors.
- Design and oversee budget and expenditures.
Necessary Skills & Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree in human resources or a related field
- Minimum of one year of experience as an HR director
- Minimum of five years of experience in an HR department
- Thorough understanding of hiring laws, regulations, and best practices
- Ability to balance employee and corporate needs
- Highly intuitive personality
- Strong leadership, time-management, and organizational skills
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Experience negotiating with third-party providers
Preferred Skills & Qualifications:
- Master’s degree in business or human resources
3 STEPS TO TAKE WHEN HIRING EMPLOYEES
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.