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About Job Descriptions and the Job Evaluation process

What is a Job Description?

A job description (JD) is a written statement of facts describing the purpose, scope, context and responsibilities of a job. Each JD focuses first and foremost on the requirements of the job, as well as listing any unusual and unavoidable working conditions which are inherent to the job. It is intended to provide a clear picture of the position’s role within the organization.

Job descriptions describe positions at the time of writing and are subject to change over time. The job descriptions available on this website accurately reflect each position when the job description was written and may not be an exact reflection of the position’s current role.

What is Job Evaluation?

Job Evaluation (JE) is the analysis and evaluation of work for the purpose of determining the relative value of each job in an organization. Job evaluation is therefore the basis for fair compensation.

Adopted by the GNWT and the UNW in 1999, the Hay Method of Evaluation is the most widely used process for evaluating management, professional and technical jobs. It is used by more than 7000 organizations in over forty countries, in both the private and public sector.

The Hay Method of Job Evaluation is a gender-neutral evaluation system that assesses jobs on skill, effort, responsibility and working conditions. It focuses on the nature and requirements of the job itself, rather than on the skills or qualifications of a particular incumbent.

How does Job Evaluation link to the Pay Grid?

The Government of the NWT assesses and evaluates jobs using the Hay Method, and the outcome is expressed in a point value.  The point value is then aligned to the negotiated pay grid, which results in the pay range that is applied to the job.  For example, a position that has been evaluated at 185 points will be placed in pay range 8 of the UNW or Excluded pay grid.

Currently, job descriptions are provided in French for only those positions with a bilingual requirement. If you would like this information in another official language, call 867-445-2493.