I just resigned from NVIDIA and one of the tasks I offered to help with during my transition was writing my own job description. On the surface this makes perfect sense. Hell, I only did the job for six years, who else is better qualified, right?
Here’s the weird, creepy part. It’s kind of like writing your own tombstone. Everything is written in the past tense. You write about qualities you personally brought to the party. When you read it, you say to yourself, “Man, I did a lot. I should have asked for a raise!”
So here’s what I suggest you do. Write our your own job description. Be intellectually honest with yourself when you do it. This should be an exercise in self-realization, nothing else. I’ll bet you will be surprised in what you list. I think you will have the same reaction that I did … “Man, I do a lot!”
This is an important regiment. One you should do every six months to a year. Why? Because business forces change on what you were originally hired for. Ensure you are recognized for your agilty and efforts. Don’t let this become what is expected, without proper recognition and reward.
If you know anyone who is a great UX Director, here’s the wonderfully articulated job description.