Job Descriptions

Job descriptions are small documents but important components of more comprehensive personnel, organizational and administrative systems or plans in the municipal organization.  They help define initial expectations in the hiring process, provide fundamental building blocks for administering compensation systems, and give additional definition to organizational charts.

In this focused webinar on the subject of writing job descriptions, Sandy Stapczynski from Human Resources Services, Inc. and Carol Granfield from Municipal Resources, Inc. will discuss the purposes and professional process of developing accurate, uniform, and legally compliant municipal job descriptions.  They will discuss how the employer should identify the position’s necessary qualifications (the “requisite skill, experience, education, training, and other job-related requirements”), as well as to determine the position’s “essential functions.”  Additionally, they will talk about the baseline objective in writing job descriptions, which is to provide enough information in the right format and language to be accurate, clear and useful to human resources, hiring authorities, department managers, and the local government organization.

Sandy and Carol will also discuss the many laws that impact the employer-employee relationship and how having updated contemporary job descriptions can help the municipal organization comply with laws and regulations such as FLSA, EEO, Affirmative Action, ADA, and more. They will provide samples, techniques, and practical best practices.

Carol M. Granfield, ICMA-CM

Principal Consultant, Municipal Resources, Inc.

Carol M. Granfield, ICMA-CM , is principal consultant for Municipal Resources, Inc. She has 38 years of public sector management experience and seven years private sector experience. Carol has served in town administrator/manager positions in New England and also as director of administration in Herndon, Virginia, and personnel director in Fairfax, Virginia.

Carol’s expertise in human resources and labor relations includes the establishment of personnel policies, organizational studies, wage, classification and benefit studies and union negotiations.

Carol is co-author of the newly released ICMA e-book, "Performance Appraisal Fundamentals: A Quick Guide to Fair, Consistent, and Useful Performance Appraisals."

Aleksandra (Sandy) Stapczynski

Founder and President, Human Resources Services, Inc.

Aleksandra (Sandy) Stapczynski, is founder and president of Human Resources Services, Inc. (HRS), a small woman-owned business located in the greater Boston area. HRS is a major provider of HR Consulting Services, particularly pay/classification/performance, to local governments in Massachusetts.

With nearly 30 years of experience providing technical assistance to local governments in key areas of human resource management, she and her associates provide consultancy services to hundreds of New England cities, towns, school districts, counties, regional agencies, and state agencies. Sandy is co-author of the newly released ICMA e-book, Performance Appraisal Fundamentals: A Quick Guide to Fair, Consistent, and Useful Performance Appraisals. She is a contributor to ICMA’s Human Resource Management in Local Government: An Essential Guide (1st, 2nd, 3rdEditions) and has also authored an ICMA IQ Management Report on Staffing and Utilization Studies.

She has served as adjunct professor and guest speaker at colleges/universities in the Boston area. She holds a master’s degree in public administration from the Sawyer Business School, Suffolk University, Boston, and a bachelor’s degree in government from Suffolk University.


Job Descriptions Video
Open to view video.
Open to view video. 90 minutes
1.50 ICMA CE credits  |  Certificate available
1.50 ICMA CE credits  |  Certificate available