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Defining Job Duties

It is extremely important that the duties of a position be clearly defined, whether it is a new position in your department, or a recently vacated position.

Defining job duties involves evaluating the position and how it fits into your current department direction. If the job responsibilities are clear, this sets up your employee for success and assist you in performance management and employee retention.

When describing the basic functions and responsibilities of the position, list those duties that are recognized as being the primary duties and functions; occupy a significant portion of time; and are performed on a regular or recurring basis.

Duties should also include level of supervision and customer interaction to be performed. Be sure to include notes in the duties section for any special circumstances such as:

Examples of Job Duties for Two Sample Jobs

1. Research Assistant I/II Health Science Job Duties:

2. Accounts Receivable Clerk Job Duties: