Write a job description using the appropriate format and industry standards.


Update and Rewrite a Position (Job) Description




Upon completion of this activity, you should be able to:


  1. Know the purpose of a job description.
  2. Write a job description using the appropriate format and industry standards.
  3. Understand the importance of regular reviews and updates of job descriptions.




  1. Review course material on Job Descriptions found in this week’s PowerPoint titled “Human Resources Management.”
  2. Skim through sample job descriptions in the packet, “Sample Position Descriptions.”
  3. Review the Job Description for “HIM Administrative Assistant” below. (As you read, assume you are the Director of Health Information Management, and this is an old job description written by someone without knowledge or experience in job description writing).
  4. Rewrite the job description for the HIM Administrative Assistant, using the appropriate format, headings, and style discussed in class.  The Human Resources Management PowerPoint has a list of all required headings. They are reprinted for you below after the job description. Create your new job description using Microsoft Word and submit to the drop dox below for evaluation.


JOB DESCRIPTION –  HIM Administrative Assistant

This is for the position of HIM Administrative Assistant.  The Director of the Medical Record Department is who the secretary directly reports to.


I am the receptionist and greet visitors and answer their questions or give them directions.

I answer the phones and transfer calls to the right person.

The Director dictates letters and memos for me to type.  I type them and send them.  I also type letters and memos from written copy.

When there are medical record committee meetings, I organize them.  I order food, book the room, and copy the materials for the meeting.  I also take the minutes and type them and get them to the committee members.

I take care of the mail and get it to the right person.

I help other employees with sending mail.

I set up appointments and meetings for the Director.

I deal with purchase order requests in the department.

I take care of office supplies, keep them organized, and order new ones.

I make sure the waiting area looks nice and the magazines are straightened and there is no garbage laying around.

I never give out confidential information to anyone.

I go to the staff meetings every week.


High school diploma or the equivalent.

EXPERIENCE:  1-3 years secretarial experience in healthcare setting preferred.

SKILLS:      50-60 wmp

Electric typewriter skills

Detail oriented

Date:  June 1990

Updated:  July 1998


List of Required Headings for Job Description


  • Facility name
  • Department
  • Position title
  • Supervisor or reports to
  • Job status and job grade/level
  • Hours/days of the week
  • Job summary
  • Job duties  **begin each with an action verb
  • Job specifications/qualifications
  • Physical requirements
  • Working conditions
  • Date written/revised




This activity will be evaluated for:


  1. Your ability to write a job description.
  2. Job description includes all of the required headings and matching information.
  3. Presentation of the job description – format, grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

Estimated Student Time for Activity:  2 hours