A role description (RD) is a high level overview of a job. A role description explains:
- why the role exists
- what the role delivers
- the context in which the role operates, and
- how it operates
The role description development guidelines explain what should be included in role descriptions. A range of tools and resources including a library of sector role descriptions and a web based role description builder are also available to use when developing role descriptions.
Before you begin to update an existing role description, you should review the role, to determine if there is a continued need for the role in its current form, if the role’s contribution to organisational objectives should change, if the selection of focus capabilities is still appropriate, etc. (See: Strategic workforce planning).
Before creating a new role description, you should undertake a role analysis. A role analysis is a systematic examination of the purpose, responsibilities and scope of a role in supporting business objectives.