Standard Job Descriptions

A standard job description represents work that is core to the job, commonly done in the role, and regularly needed within the institution. The majority of the work done by an employee will be described via their standard job description.


  • Communicate an overall picture of the nature of work performed
  • Communicate the position’s role in the organization
  • Determine the kind of work, level of difficulty, accountabilities, and working conditions required of the job
  • Focus on the requirements of the job rather than a specific employee who might fill the position


  • Summary
  • Typical Responsibilities
  • Career Path and Career Level
  • Qualifications

Does Not Include

  • Long lists of tasks
  • Every possible responsibility the job may have

Standard Job Description Features

Job Title

  •  Describes the work that is done in the standard job description role