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)
Production Editor Job Description
Below is our production editor 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.
Production Editor Job Description
Our production editor is in charge of working with publications to ensure that all content is picture-perfect. We expect our production editor to be fast on their feet and able to work through complicated problems for the good of the agency. We also need them to be exceptionally detail-oriented, with a knack for spotting a tiny mistake from a mile away. They may be asked to take on both collaborative or supervisory roles, depending on who they’re working with, so we need someone who is a team player who’s comfortable taking on leadership tasks. Production editors will be responsible for determining a budget, documenting their expenditures, and doing everything in their power to meet revenue goals
- Reviewing and editing all content to ensure quality and consistency
- Handling multiple special projects
- Taking on new tasks according to publication needs
- Collaborating with other departments
- Communicating relevant updates and changes to appropriate parties
- Managing writers, photographers, and assistants
- Working with the general editor to implement efficient processes
- Determining content strategy based on current demand
- Ensuring that all work is completed by the deadline
- Negotiating contracts with freelance workers
- Providing formal feedback to staff
- Designing a budget to cover all necessary expenses
Necessary Skills & Qualifications:
- Excellent writing and editing skills
- At least 3 years of experience in the publishing industry
- Strong attention to detail
- Superior people skills
- Ability to handle multiple projects at once
- Experience giving presentations and public speeches
- Comfortable making major decisions on a daily basis
- Bachelor’s degree in Journalism or a related field
Preferred Skills & Qualifications:
- Master’s degree in Journalism or a related field
- At least 1 year of experience as a production editor
Create a free account with ZipRecruiter to post this job description to their online job board.
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.
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.
Find out how much the right insurance will cost you.