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Position Description (PD)

  • A position description often referred to as the “PD” is a description of the major duties and responsibilities of a position. It is an official document that must be certified by management for accuracy and necessity before implementation.
  • The supervisor is responsible for determining the work assignments of an employee and has the responsibility for ensuring the PD accurately states the major duties, responsibilities, and essential knowledge and/or skills required to successfully perform the work.
  • The position description is a critical document. It is the basis for:
    • determining and evaluating qualifications in the recruitment process;
    • determining competitive level used during a reduction-in-force;
    • developing an employee’s performance work plan;
    • evaluating an employee’s performance;
    • developing a formal training plan;
    • determining organizational structure; and
    • providing the basic evidence of work assigned and performed in a classification appeal.

Related Topics

  • The Manager’s Guide to Position Classification
  • The Manager’s Guide to Completing the OF-8


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Last Modified 1/12/2016