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Position Descriptions

Position descriptions are written representations of the duties assigned to a state position used as key documents in classification reviews. Complete position descriptions will be accurate, up-to-date, descriptive, and signed by the supervisor and incumbent. A well-written position description will not only provide information about the work assigned to the position, but also about the relations with other positions at the agency and throughout the state.

When the employee’s position description is completed, the employee’s role and level of authority in relation to others should be evident. 

A well-written position description serves many purposes. It: 

  • Defines and communicates the position’s job duties.
  • Identifies the expected level of employee performance.
  • Serves as the basis for appropriate classification of the position.
  • Serves as the basis for developing class specifications. 
  • Serves as a basis for developing examinations for the classification. 
  • Helps identify whether the position should be in a supervisory or non-supervisory bargaining unit.

Position Description Resources