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 parish 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.
Parish Director Job Description
Our parish director takes on essential administrative duties so that the clergy can focus on their calling and the church at large can flourish. The director is responsible for overseeing operations, managing personnel, maintaining facilities, and developing programs that will foster a healthy community. As a religious community, all of this work is carried out in close collaboration with the priests and deacons.
- Managing facility schedules
- Overseeing facility and equipment maintenance
- Changing facility decor with each liturgical season
- Ordering supplies as necessary
- Attending to payroll, HR, and other employer responsibilities
- Assisting in staff management and personnel decisions
- Taking care of other administrative duties as needed
- Working closely with the clergy in all matters
Necessary Skills & Qualifications:
- Committed to our parish’s faith
- 1+ years of experience in a management position
- Familiarity with basic facility maintenance
- Familiarity with management principles and techniques
- Familiarity with nonprofit finances
- Knowledge of MS Office and church database programs
- Willingness to help fellow team members
- A desire to serve the parish
Preferred Skills & Qualifications:
- 3+ years of experience in a management position
- Bachelor’s degree in Business, Nonprofit Management or other relevant fields
- Seminary or other theological training
- Experience in property management, business, or personnel management
- Experience working with nonprofit organizations and/or churches
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.
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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.