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Company name : Benton County, WA
Location : Kennewick, WA
Position : Human Resources Assistant Manager
Provide professional, technical and analytical support in a variety of areas including, but not limited to: recruiting and selection, testing, compensation, contract administration and negotiations, training, employee benefits, and other complex and sensitive personnel related assignments. This position works from the premise that it exists to assist the Human Resources Manager, provide services and guidance to the County, elected officials, department managers and supervisors by providing personnel management support, which includes bargaining units. Work in this position involves the use of independent judgment and autonomy in analyzing problems and making recommendations on personnel issues.
Example of Duties
Conduct and analyze job, salary and benefits surveys. Research new options and trends. Collaborate in the County’s benefits administration and oversight. Conduct annual analysis of benefits structures, services, plans and options. Prepare employee benefits communications and oversee benefits renewal process. Main point of contact with County benefits vendors regarding all areas of benefits administration. Resolve employee benefits problems. Conduct new hire orientation. Determine benefits eligibility according to bargaining unit agreements, state and federal laws; conduct benefit orientation for new employees to explain benefit plans, enrollment options, coverage, filing of claims, etc. Advise departments and interpret personnel policies, established practices procedures, and labor contracts. Respond to requests for information and assistance from employees, management, outside agencies and the public. Assist in the research and review, development, and implementation of personnel policies and procedures, employee relations program, employee handbooks, and other employee communications. Develop and maintain an employee handbook. Develop and propose recruitment strategies. Prepare and place job announcements and outside advertising for internal or union postings. Assist and advise departments in the selection process and interviews as requested by department managers and elected officials. Respond to applicant inquiries. Ensure fair and equal treatment of applicants following internal policies and procedure and state and federal laws. Conduct or assist investigation of personnel related issues or complaints; may advise and ensure that appropriate or corrective action takes place and interested parties are informed. Assists in the preparation and monitoring of departmental budget. Manage and evaluate staff to ensure the goals of the department are being accomplished and carried out, including LEOFF (Law Enforcement Officers and Fire Fighters) Retirement Board and Civil Service. Covers for the Human Resources Manager during their absence. Perform all other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Bachelor’s degree in Public or Business Administration, Human Resource Management, or any related field and five years experience in a position with personnel or human resources duties and responsibilities, or any combination of education or experience that would provide the applicant with the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the job. LICENSES, CERTIFICATES, & OTHER REQUIREMENTS: Valid driver’s license required.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Perform the essential job functions independently as well as be able to work well in a team environment. Excellent interpersonal skills to establish and maintain effective working relations with colleagues, department managers, elected officials, supervisory and administrative staff, employees, labor representatives, vendors and the public. Effectively work in a demanding and political environment. Effectively conduct interviews and investigations and maintain accurate and organized records. Ability to multitask, in order to function in a busy environment with demands from multiple sources with simultaneous deadlines. Excellent communication skills, both oral and written. Make oral and written recommendations and present plans of action. Skill in professional document preparation. Exercise good judgment and discretion on sensitive or confidential matters. Possess research skills, ability to analyze data, and arrive at conclusions. Ability to use the Internet, as well as other research sources. Knowledge of pertinent rules, regulations and policies of the County’s Health Care Providers pertaining to employee coverage. Knowledge of Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations. Knowledge of the benefit program administration including enrollment, eligibility and claims processing. Skill in operating computers, printers, scanners, peripheral equipment, and using modern software, including Microsoft Office (word processing, database management, and spread sheets), and Apple Products. Ability to perform a wide range of technical duties involved in the coordination and implementation of health and wellness programs. Ability to interpret and explain rules, regulations and policies pertaining to employee benefit coverage. Ability to understand and accurately interpret and apply technical information, laws, rules, regulations and other guidelines pertaining to benefits administration. Knowledge, understanding and experience applying and interpreting state and federal laws and other statutory requirements related to human resources or personnel management, human and employee rights, and labor relations.
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