Functional job stream framework

Definition and purpose

A functional job stream is a grouping of the major corporate functions across positions at the University involving work that is functionally of the same nature, but requiring different skill and responsibility levels across roles within the particular grouping.    Where applicable, each professional staff position at USQ is identified as belonging to a specified functional job stream with clearly defined knowledge, skills and abilities required at each level within the particular grouping. 

USQ's structure is based on organisational sections as the primary foundations of the structure, with the functional job stream as the disciplinary/personal/career development pathway for individuals through the organisation, as well as being the mechanism that ensures progressive corporate improvement and increased organisational capability and capacity.  The functional job stream concept has implications for position descriptions, recruitment, induction, training and development, performance management, career progression and reward and recognition initiatives.

Identified functional job streams 

A number of groups of functional job streams have been identified at USQ, including:

  • Human Resources
  • Finance
  • Administration and Management
  • Student Management
  • Academic Program Support
  • Operational Support
  • Technical Support
  • Outreach and Engagement
  • Facilities
  • Information Technology

Within these groupings, there may be normally a number of 'sub-streams' to recognise discipline/professional specialities.  For example, within Human Resources there may be a specialised sub-stream of 'Training and Development'.  Groupings and streams are flexible and reviewed on a regular basis.

Position descriptions

Key selection criteria

Selection criteria outline the knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully undertake the duties of a position.  In order to assist incumbents to clearly identify the level of abilities and behaviours required to successfully undertake the role, and improve the general quality and consistency of position descriptions, the key selection criteria framework may be useful.  The key selection criteria framework (DOC 156kb) contains examples of the normally expected level of knowledge, skills and abilities at each classification level within functional job streams.  Work areas may use the wording in this framework as a guide for preparing selection criteria, however should also keep in mind the genuine job requirements and customise these as appropriate to the role.

The position description template (DOC 72kb) for professional employee positions indicates the standard USQ format for all position descriptions.

Key responsibilities

The University currently has industrially negotiated Position Classification Standards (PCS) which broadly define the requirements expected of a position at each classification level.  The intention of the job stream framework is to ensure that the established requirements within the PCS for each classification level in terms of task level, organisational knowledge, typical activities etc are reflected in USQ's position descriptions. 

In all instances, it needs to be recognised that many positions are specialist in nature and that position descriptions are an important tool in attraction and retention of employees at USQ and hence require customisation to suit individual roles.