Human Resources Generalist - Kennewick, WA

Employer: Benton County

Job Description:
Summary
This position will not be filled until 2021.
Provide professional, technical and analytical support in a variety of areas including, but not limited to: recruiting and selection, worker's compensation, 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 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 oversees benefits renewal process.
-Main point of contact with County benefits vendors regarding all areas of benefits administration.
-Resolve employee benefits problems.
-Process and monitor workers’ compensation claims.
-Investigate workers’ compensation claims; prepare and process required documentation and reports; work with third party claims administrators in processing claims; maintain regular contact with injured worker; work with Elected Official or Department Manager in creating light duty and reasonable accommodations for injured workers, if appropriate.
-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.
-Collaborate and coordinate with other staff and departments in personnel related data management.
-Advise departments and interpret personnel policies, established practices, and procedures, and labor contracts. Respond to requests for information and assistance from employees, management, outside agencies and the public.
-Assist with data gathering and analysis, and prepare or update job classification and specifications. Conduct job duties and salary research.
-Assist in the research and review, development, and implementation of personnel policies and procedures, employee relations program, employee handbooks, and other employee communications.
-Participate in development and research of department goals, objectives, and systems; assist with implementation efforts.
-Prepare and place job announcements for internal or union postings and outside advertising. Develop and propose recruitment strategies. Assist and advise departments in the selection and interviews as requested by department heads and elected officials. Respond to applicant inquiries.
-Assist in development of employment and promotions tests. Administer employment related tests.
-Assist in development and administration of training programs. Make training presentations.
-Conduct exit interviews to determine and recommend follow up as needed or required.
-Attend and participate in administrative staff meetings, meetings to represent the department or the County and other meetings as assigned.
-Contribute ideas and recommendations for self and department improvement. Attend employer sponsored training seminars and conferences.
-Oversee maintenance of personnel information systems and records.
-Assure County maintains compliance with federal and state regulations on personnel issues. Stay up to date with personnel related trends and legal developments.
-Perform other functions, duties or projects as assigned by the Human Resources Manager and Assistant Human Resources Manager. May receive work instruction or projects directly from the County Administrator or Deputy County Administrator.
-Compile and analyze employee demographics data for workforce planning.
-Assist in annual open enrollment and review enrollment forms and other documents for accuracy and forward to payroll.
-Organize and coordinate annual health and wellness fairs.
-Identify and define the need for new, revised, and/or updated information on the Human Resources web page. Assist in the development of the layout and design.
-Identify ways to streamline personnel resources services through technology.
-Research, locate, and contract with vendors to assist departmental needs.
-Perform all other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Qualifications:
-Bachelor degree in Public or Business Administration, Human Resource Management, or any related field.
-Three years experience in a position with personnel, human resources, or business administration duties and responsibilities.
-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.
-Knowledge, understanding and experience in contemporary principles, best practices, theories, and techniques of personnel management, records management, basic accounting and general administration, customer services and public relation concepts.
LICENSES, CERTIFICATES, & OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
-Valid Washington State driver’s license required.
-Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
-Perform the essential job functions independently as well as able to work well in a team environment.
-Excellent interpersonal skills in order 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.
-Conduct effectively interviews and investigations and maintain accurate and organized records.
-Multi-tasking abilities in order to function in a busy environment with demands from multiple sources and simultaneous deadlines.
-Excellent communications skills, both oral and written. Make oral and written recommendations and present plans of action. Skilled 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. Able 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.
-Working knowledge of the techniques and practices for balancing and reconciling claims, payments, and deductions for benefits.
-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 such as iPad, iPhone, etc.
-Skill in operating office machines such as copier, fax, calculator, computer scanner, and postage machinery.
-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.

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Location: Kennewick, WA
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Base Pay: $4,648.00 - $4,741.00 Monthly

Posted on December 30, 2020

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