Glossary of Terms

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
Administer To perform or direct in a prescribed manner.
Advise To counsel, recommend, or suggest.
Analyze To systematically study data, information or a situation to determine solutions or alternatives.
Appraise To evaluate or judge.
Approve To authorize action; exercise final authority; act independently without further consultation.
Assist To provide help, support, or aid.
Audit To examine in depth to verify accuracy or conformity with requirements.
Authorize To give others the power or right to act with final or definite authority.
Conduct To direct the course.
Control To exercise authority over; to regulate.
Coordinate To organize or harmonize actions or efforts for a common goal or purpose.
Counsel To give advice and guidance to another.
Delegate To entrust to another person's management and/or handling.
Design To conceive, invent or form a plan.
Determine To reach a decision about after thought and/or investigation; to find out exactly, to calculate
Develop To bring gradually and methodically into existence; to expand or realize potential
Direct To show or point the way, carry out the organization; manage, supervise, and determine the course.
Document To provide with factual or substantial support; construct or produce with a high proportion of details.
Edit To modify by deleting, adding, revising, correcting for clarity and length.
Ensure To make sure or certain; guarantee; protect.
Facilitate To make easier or to expedite.
Implement To carry with effect; fulfill; accomplish.
Initiate To cause or facilitate the beginning.
Maintain To keep in existence; to defend or sustain; to preserve or retain.
Manage To plan, organize and/or supervize a function or individual (s); to be in charge of; control.
Monitor To watch, observe or check for a special purpose; keep track.
Organize To give orderly structure; put into working order.
Perform To carry out; accomplish; to do in a formal manner.
Plan To formulate a program to accomplish or attain a goal or end point .
Prepare To put together or create by combining multiple parts, inputs, materials.
Promote To contribute to the progress or growth of; to advocate or urge the adoption of.
Propose To offer or suggest.
Provide To furnish necessary information, materials, or services; to make available.
Oversee To watch over and direct; to supervise.
Recommend To counsel or advise that something be done; to promote something as reputable, worthwhile, appropriate.
Review To examine with an eye to criticism, correction or approval.
Serve To actively carry out duties within the framework of a specialized activity, such as a committee.
Supervise 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.
Train To increase others' skill or knowledge though capable instruction, usually in relation to predetermined standard.
Validate To confirm, support, or corroborate on a sound or authoritative basis.