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Glossary of Terms

The following terms are commonly used for describing job responsibilities. While this is not an all-inclusive list of acceptable terms, consider using them for either non-exempt or exempt jobs.
 

Term

Explanation

Adapts

To suit or fit by modification.

Administers

To perform or direct in a prescribed manner. To verify, secure and ensure compliance with policies.

Advances

To bring or move forward; to accelerate the growth or progress of; to raise to a higher rank; to promote; to bring forward for notice, consideration or acceptance; to make progress; to raise in rate.

Advises

To recommend a course of action (not simply to tell or inform); to offer an informed opinion based on specialized knowledge.

Analyzes

To systematically and critically study data, information or a situation to determine solutions or alternatives.

Appraises

To give an expert judgment of worth or merit; to evaluate as to quality, status or effectiveness.

Approves

To authorize action; exercise final authority; act independently without further consultation.

Assists

To provide help, support, or aid.

Audits

To examine in depth to verify accuracy or conformity with requirements.

Authorizes

To approve; to give others the power or right to act with final or definite authority.

Budgets

To plan expenditures.

Conducts

To direct the course.

Controls

To exercise authority over; to regulate.

Coordinates

To organize or harmonize actions or efforts for a common goal or purpose.

Counsels

To give advice and guidance to another.

Creates

To bring into existence; to produce through imaginative skill.

Delegates

To entrust to another person's management and/or handling.

Designs

To conceive, invent or form a plan.

Determines

To reach a decision about after thought and/or investigation; to find out exactly, to decide.

Develops

To plan and methodically bring into existence; to expand or realize potential.

Directs

To guide work operations through the establishment of objectives, policies, rules, practices, methods, and standards; manage, supervise, and determine the course.

Documents

To provide with factual or substantial support; construct or produce with a high proportion of details.

Edits

To modify by deleting, adding, revising, correcting for clarity and length.

Ensures

To make sure or certain; guarantee; protect.

Facilitates

To make easier or to expedite.

Implements

To carry with effect; to execute a plan or program; fulfill; accomplish.

Initiates

To start, introduce or facilitate the beginning.

Maintains

To continue; to carry on; to keep current or in an existing state, as records or files.

Manages

To plan, organize and/or supervise a function or individual(s); to be in charge of; control.

Monitors

To watch, observe or check for a special purpose; keep track.

Organizes

To arrange or give orderly structure; put into working order.

Oversees

To watch over and direct; to supervise.

Performs

To carry out; accomplish; to execute.

Plans

To formulate a program to accomplish or attain a goal or end point.

Prepares

To put together or create by combining multiple parts, inputs, materials.

Promotes

To contribute to the progress or growth of; to advocate or urge the adoption of; to advance to a higher level or position.

Proposes

To offer or suggest a plan or intention.

Provides

To furnish necessary information, materials, or services; to make available.

Recommends

To counsel or advise that something be done; to promote something as reputable, worthwhile, appropriate.

Reviews

To critically examine; to analyze results for the purpose of giving an opinion or approval.

Serves

To actively carry out duties within the framework of a specialized activity; To assist; to be of use.

Supervises

To direct and inspect the performance of employees;  to instruct employees in details of the work they perform (either directly or by enforcement of well-established rules), distribute and assign work, observe performance in detail and work with employees to improve performance; to be responsible for hiring decisions and terminating employment.

Trains

To increase others' skill or knowledge though capable instruction, usually in relation to predetermined standard.

Validates

To confirm, support, or corroborate on a sound or authoritative basis.