Monday, October 15, 2012

Human Resources Analyst with the City of Benicia (Benicia, CA)


The City of Benicia is seeking a highly motivated Human Resources Analyst I to perform professional human resources work in a variety of areas including recruitment and examination, employee and labor relations, classification and compensation, training and development, workers’ compensation, and benefits administration; to provide administrative support to higher level Human Resources Department staff; and, to perform other related duties as assigned.

The Human Resources Analyst is an un-represented classification within the City.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

The Human Resources Analyst I is the entry level class in the professional human resources analyst series that allows the incumbent to develop journey level knowledge and abilities.   The incumbent is not expected to perform with the same independence of action and judgment on matters allocated to the journey level.   Initially, under immediate supervision, the incumbent performs the more routine and less complex human resources assignments. As experience is gained, there is greater independence of action within established guidelines.

The Human Resources Analyst I is flexibly staffed with Human Resources Analyst II. Based on the needs of the City, the Human Resources Analyst I may advance to the higher classification upon gaining experience and demonstrating a level of proficiency that meets the qualification requirements of the higher-level class.

 Representative Duties / Qualifications:

The representative duties listed include essential and marginal functions of the classifications.  Individuals with disabilities will be considered for placement into positions in this class based upon an assessment of the essential functions of the particular position.  Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Conduct recruitment activities including job analysis and establishing selection criteria; develop, administer and evaluate recruitment strategies, selection instruments, examination materials and processes, and establish and refer eligibility lists.

Perform job audits and analysis of individual positions, classifications and series; prepare and revise class specifications; prepare reports of findings; and make recommendations regarding position allocation and/or incumbent reclassification as appropriate.

Assist in or conduct salary and benefit surveys; analyze data and make recommendations.

Assist and participate in meet and inform or meet and confer sessions with employee groups and union representatives regarding class descriptions and salary recommendations and other human resources activities.

Prepare or assist in the preparation of agenda items and supporting materials for the Civil Service Commission and the City Council.

Assist in the development, implementation and evaluation of new or revised human resources policies, procedures, and programs.

Provide technical support to and participate in collective bargaining with employee groups including conducting cost analysis and preparing reports and agreements.

Assist in the development and presentation of human resources training programs.

Provide administrative assistance on various employee benefit programs including assisting employees in filing claims for benefits; interacting with benefit plan providers to resolve coverage and claims issues; evaluating requests for FMLA benefits and tracking usage; and, assisting in open enrollment activities.

Serve as a resource to City managers, supervisors and employees, the public, and other agencies and City staff regarding human resources matters; interpret and explain human resources policies and regulations and related provide information as requested.

Research, collect, compile, and analyze complex data and statistical information from various sources.

Prepare or assist in the preparation of technical records and reports to present and interpret data, identify alternatives, and make and justify recommendations.

Coordinate and monitor human resources information and applicant tracking systems, procedures and processes.

Maintain confidential human resources records and files.

May conduct or assist in internal investigations and documentation of complaints.

May make public presentations on a variety of human resources topics.

Perform related duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATION GUIDELINES:

This position requires one year of human resources experience that demonstrates application of the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities, and the equivalent to a BA degree with course work in human resources, psychology,  public or business administration or a closely related field. Public sector human resources experience is preferred.   Additional professional human resources experience can be substituted for education on a year for year basis.

Required Knowledge/Abilities:
  • Basic principles and practices of human resources administration, including recruitment and selection, classification and compensation, training, benefits administration, and employee relations.
  • Applicable Federal and State laws related to employment and labor.
  • Basic principles and methods of mathematical and statistical research and analysis.
  • Principles of business letter writing and report preparation, including presentation of statistical data and complex analysis of a variety of human resources issues.
  • Techniques and principles of effective interpersonal communication.
  • Correct business English usage, including spelling, grammar, construction, and punctuation.

Ability to:
  • Understand and apply pertinent policies, procedures, memoranda of understanding, laws, rules and regulations.
  • Learn to operate and use human resources information and applicant tracking systems.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Maintain confidentiality of human resources information.
  • Organize and prioritize work to handle multiple tasks/projects concurrently and meet critical deadlines under pressure.
  • Accurately collect, compile, analyze and evaluate a variety of information from various sources.
  • Make accurate arithmetic and statistical calculations and perform statistical analysis.
  • Exercise initiative and sound judgment within established guidelines.
  • Interact tactfully and effectively with others, both internally and externally.
  • Analyze issues and problems, formulate reasonable alternatives and conclusions, and recommend effective resolutions.
  • Make effective presentations to groups.

Supplemental Information:

APPLICATION PROCESS:

Individuals interested in being considered for the Human Resources Analyst I must submit an electronic application and responses to the required supplemental questions through the NeoGov system by the filing deadline.  Individuals wishing to file a paper application in lieu of the on-line application process should contact the City of Benicia Human Resources Department.  Applicants are expected to accurately document their related experience and any training, education, and/or skills relevant to this position.  Applicants should respond to all supplemental questions, even if the information is also contained in the application.

SELECTION PROCESS:

Application materials will be carefully evaluated; applicants who document possession of experience and education which most closely meet the requirements of the position will be invited to participate in the next phase of the selection process, which may include an assessment center and interview process. 

Prior to appointment, candidates must pass a thorough background investigation and a pre-placement medical screening.

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