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Class Title: HUMAN RESOURCES SENIOR SPECIALIST
DEPARTMENT: HUMAN RESOURCES
Under direction, performs paraprofessional, professional and technical work in the field of human resources in an assigned functional area. Areas of assignment include, but are not necessarily limited to, benefits administration, recruitment and selection, training and employee development, and compensation and records administration. Employees in this classification are responsible for functioning in a lead worker capacity in providing guidance and technical assistance to human resources and administrative support staff. Essential functions as outlined herein are performed according to the functional area of assignment.
The list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this classification. It is not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment to the position.
Interacts with employees, department representatives, and other individuals to assist with human resources transactions, interpret human resource policies, and/or exchange information regarding human resource functional assignment area.
Serves as lead worker responsibilities including: training in job skills, assigning and directing work, making recommendations in performance appraisal, and reporting problems to supervisor.
Reviews and evaluates statistical data and statistical reporting relevant to the operations under charge; provides summarization reports and other pertinent subject matter of interest to departmental management.
Administers the operations of a specialized area of human resources administration; serves as security administrator of the data processing systems in the specialized area.
Counsels with managers and employees and independently renders professional judgment regarding human resources matters or resolution of problems.
Receives and responds to requests, complaints, concerns, and general inquiries; provides resolution accordingly.
Participates in department policy development and administration, including researching legislation, evaluating regulatory compliance, and drafting proposed new/modified policies and procedures.
Confers with management to keep them informed on key issues and progress toward objectives and to gain necessary support and approval; makes recommendations to assist management in implementing necessary improvements.
Investigates, verifies, and corrects errors and discrepancies on documents in order to process transactions accurately.
Maintains current knowledge of industry, regulatory and legislative developments affecting human resources to ensure application to and compliance in all areas of responsibility.
Functions in the assignment area of benefits administration, including insurance billing and reconciliation; retirement plan compliance; coordinating open enrollment and wellness fairs; processing personnel change forms; updating and maintaining employee premium deductions; accounting compliance regarding payroll billing; worker’s compensation; and unemployment claims administration.
Functions in the assignment area of recruitment and selection, including test administration; applicant and eligibility tracking system administration; pre-employment and selection procedures; promotional processing; career counseling; assisting in formal interviewing; processing/approval of new hire paperwork; serving as lead recruiter; monitoring assessment center activities; ensuring compliance with policies/regulations.
Functions in the assignment area of training and employee development, including development and enhancement of materials and curricula for formal training and workshops; coordinating contracts with external trainers/vendors; developing and maintaining training instructors’ calendars; and coordinating employee training schedules.
Functions in the assignment area of compensation and records administration, including position control; payroll entry and change processing; maintaining and updating historical records; serving as records custodian and lead worker; researching and responding to records requests; ensuring compliance with policies/regulations.
Performs special assignments as requested, to include researching and preparing special reports and projects, developing and implementing programs, and presenting technical data to management, elected officials, and others.
Supports efficient functioning of department by assisting in cross-divisional functions within scope of knowledge, skills and abilities; participates in department training initiatives to enhance knowledge, skills and abilities.
Maintains attendance and punctuality within customary tolerances for this position.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
MATERIAL AND EQUIPMENT USED:
Personal Computer Standard Office Equipment Standard Software Applications
Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management, Labor Relations, Public Administration or related field; Supplemented by three years progressively responsible and knowledgeable experience in human resources in one or more of the assigned specialty areas, e.g., benefits administration, recruitment and selection, training and employee development, compensation and records administration; additional years of experience may substitute for a portion of the required education; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of pertinent federal, state and local rules, regulations, legislation, and other regulatory standards applicable to the work.
Knowledge of human resources industry fundamentals, principles and standard practices as applied to human resources administration.
Knowledge of the body of available and current information resources applicable to the functions for technical research purposes and for special projects as may be assigned.
Working knowledge of the other industry disciplines as such relates to assigned specialty area for effective and efficient coordination and management of cross-departmental programs and projects.
Interpersonal, leadership, planning, management and communications skills; ability to communicate professionally verbally, in writing, and in presentations.
Intermediate level business mathematics, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, percentages and decimals.
Skill in researching, compiling, and summarizing statistical data and information materials.
Ability to interpret rules, regulations, and policies for effective decision-making in accordance with established precedent.
Ability to plan, assign, direct and review the work of others in a manner conducive to full performance and compliance with established policies, procedures and regulatory standards applicable to the work.
Ability to utilize personal computers, standard office equipment and standard software applications, e.g., word processors, database software, spreadsheet applications.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and communications with co-workers, internal/external customers, department management and the public.
Ability to read, analyze and interpret professional periodicals and journals, technical procedures and government regulations.
Ability to organize work, establish priorities, meet established deadlines, and follow up on assignments with a minimum of direction.
While performing the essential functions of this job the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and lift and/or move up to 10 to 20 pounds. While performing the essential functions of this position the employee is rarely exposed to disagreeable environmental factors.