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)
Kindergarten Teacher Job Description
Below is our kindergarten teacher 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.
Kindergarten Teacher Job Description
Our private school’s kindergarten teachers foster growth in the youngest students at the school. Teachers manage classrooms of 15 to 20 children, seeking to promote healthy academic, social, emotional, and physical growth in each of their students. Our school places a strong emphasis on student-led and group learning, and we welcome teachers who can incorporate those ideals into their classroom.
- Ensuring that the classroom has an inspiring and welcoming atmosphere
- Creating daily lesson plans based on objectives, student needs, and student interests
- Introducing group-oriented and interactive activities into the classroom
- Encouraging all students to participate in every activity
- Sharing students’ progress with fellow teachers, administrators, and parents
- Identifying warning signs of developmental delays and reporting them as appropriate
- Sharing responsibility in the start-of-day and end-of-day duties
- Overseeing recess and lunch twice weekly
- Listening to and addressing parental concerns as appropriate
- Collaborating with other teachers and school administrators
Necessary Skills & Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree in elementary education or a related field
- State teaching certificate for early-elementary ages
- 1+ years of experience teaching pre-kindergarten or elementary-age students
- Strong organizational and time-management skills
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Experience with classroom management strategies
- Full-time availability
Preferred Skills & Qualifications:
- Master’s degree in elementary education or a related field
- 3+ years of experience teaching children in pre-kindergarten or elementary settings
- Additional teaching certifications or credentials
- Creative teaching abilities and ideas
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.