There is so much stress involved in hiring the right person for the team. I have a suggestion with may help.
We recently did this with several new staff positions on our team.
Build the job description around the person.
Set the vision for the job, hire the best person you can find (and/or afford as the case may be)…then build the job description…with the person’s help…around that person.
If they excel in administrative tasks…the job description may have more administrative tasks.
If they excel in creative tasks…the job description may have more creative tasks.
Find the right people and you can shape a team around them. This is true whether they are paid or volunteer.
This approach allows you to hire for character, competence, experience and fit with the team, but doesn’t limit you to finding an exact replica of a clearly defined, narrowly focused job description.
Here’s the deal. I ultimately just want a strong team. I want people who share an overall vision with me. But, I don’t want to script how they accomplish their specific part of the vision. This way of hiring allows me to be a leader instead of a manager. It frees people to be leaders instead of employees.
And, I best of all…it makes for a much happier, more productive team.
Find the right people and you can build the right team.
Do you have any hiring tips you could share?