Job descriptions for open positions at the Ohio Public Employees' Retirement System seem to be striving for new standards of detail.
An example, from a recent corporate governance officer job posting:
"Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus."
Similar wording appears in each of the six job postings currently available online at www.opers.org. Linda Lewis, spokeswoman for the $45.2 billion, Columbus-based fund, confirmed that the wording is intended to fulfill the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
A quick check of other jobs posted on the state of Ohio's website, as well as those of other, randomly selected public pension plan sponsors, did not turn up such a detailed list of physical demands, however.
Ms. Lewis said going into that kind of detail makes sense. "It's one of those things we put in to help people understand what's required of them," she said. "I'm not sure why more people don't do it this way."
Chuck Eldridge, a managing director at executive recruiter Korn/Ferry International, New York, said the language seemed to be lifted directly from the ADA text, although he was not aware of any other clients who have used the ADA text in job ads. Most, he said, just say the employer complies with ADA equal employment opportunity regulations.
"Perhaps they (OPERS) felt that just to be conservative they would spell it out," Mr. Eldridge said.