Federal Human Resources

Writing Position Descriptions

CEUs: 1.6
Classroom, Virtual

Who Should Attend

This course is open to anyone interested in writing position descriptions and acquiring a better understanding of the process and the relevant policies and procedures.

Course Overview

The purpose of this course is to provide the participant with an overview of the position classification system and how position descriptions are developed in the federal government. The federal hiring process begins with a manager/supervisor developing a position description which describes the duties and responsibilities that will be assigned to a particular job vacancy.  It is the responsibility of the Human Resources Office to work with managers/supervisors and guide them through the process of writing a position description acceptable for classification and other human resources management purposes.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course the participant will be able to:

  • Know the basis for classifying jobs in the federal government
  • Understand the laws and regulations pertaining to position classification
  • Understand the distinctions between Occupational Groups, Series, and Grades
  • Distinguish between GS, Wage Grade, and Senior Executive Service positions  
  • Distinguish one grade interval job patterns and two grade interval patterns
  • Work with different Position Description Formats
  • Write a position description in the following formats:

                o   Narrative

                o   Factor Evaluation System (FES)

                o   Wage Grade

                o   Others

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This course is available for group, on-site training at your location or virtually. Please fill out the On-site Request Form located on this page or call 301-749-5600 for more information.
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