Role Descriptions

Cascade allows you to store and manage all role descriptions for your organization. Role Descriptions can used in isolation or in conjunction with the Performance Management and Competencies features. Even if you choose to use Role Descriptions in isolation, you can use the feature to bring an additional level of transparency to your organization by allowing people to search for the Role Descriptions of their colleagues so that your people get a better understanding of the different roles in your organization. This is a very useful component for career and development planning.

Assigning Role Descriptions

Each Role in Cascade can be assigned a Role Descriptions. You can have multiple Roles that all share the same Role Description. For example you may have 5 separate ‘Business Analyst’ Roles – each Role being occupied by a different User – but all 5 of the Roles could share the same Role Description.

You can assign Role Descriptions by going to Admin – Organization – Roles. Once there, click the edit icon for the Role that you want to assign a Role Description to. Go to the ‘Organization Details’ tab and select the Role Description from the dropdown menu as shown:

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If you can’t see the Role Description you want to assign to the Role, you may need to first create it. To do so, switch to Admin – Organization – Role Descriptions and look at the complete list of Role Descriptions that are loaded for your Organization:

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From here, you can:

Add Role Description
Create a brand new Role Description

Edit Role Description Header
Edit the standard header section that will appear on ALL Role Descriptions. This is an optional feature and can be left blank as needed.

Accessing Role Descriptions

You can find your own Role Description by going to your name in the top left, then clicking on My Career:


Here you will be able to view all the details of your own Role Description as well as any competencies attached to it. If you wish to see the details of each competency simply click it to expand.

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In addition to seeing your own Role Description, you can also see the Role Descriptions for other people in the organization. Click the Search button and you will be able to toggle which Role Descriptions you want to see. You can filter the list to see only the Role Descriptions of people in your team if you wish.

Editing Role Descriptions for your Team

Any Manager in the organisation has the ability to suggest edits to their reports’ Role Descriptions. Simply use the Search described above to locate the Role Description that you wish to edit and click the edit icon in the top right:

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Users with the ‘Performance’ privilege (typically only HR users) will be able to edit Role Descriptions directly. All other users can make edits, which will then be sent to HR for review and approval. The edits will appear as follows:

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You will receive a notification when your edit has been either approved or rejected.


Whose Role Description can I edit?

You can only edit Role Descriptions for people in your team – you can’t edit anyone else’s including your own.

Who can approve or Reject edits made to Role Descriptions?

Only Users with the ‘Performance’ privilege.