Human Resource Consultant- Belltown, WA

Employer: WSDOT

Job Description:
WSDOT is currently seeking a Human Resource Consultant to serve as the first point of Human Resource contact for Ferries employees, providing consultation on a variety of Human Resource issues, with an emphasis on benefits, leave, onboarding, and retirement. Using knowledge of agency policies, marine system rules, and collective bargaining agreements, this position consults with employees and supervisors on routine issues.

What to Expect
Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, you/the Human Resource Consultant will:
- Track and maintain new hire paperwork, including health benefits, retirement, I-9, W4, and other documents.
- Coordinate pre-employment testing, including drug screenings with vendors and new staff.
- Consult with employees with enrollment, benefit changes, and completing/processing claims for health benefits.
- Coordinate relief requests from fleet through dispatch and leave administration team.
- Coordinate Return-to-Work (RTW) process, including drug testing and verifying credentials.
- Track and coordinate information related to marine credentials, including TWIC, MMC, and Medical Certification.
- Exercise expertise for periodic increment dates and adjustments of service dates for seasonal employment and leave without pay (LWOP).
- Coordinate retirement and separation documentation (i.e., VEBA, retirement certificates, etc.).
- Coordinate reasonable accommodation interactive meetings and prepare meeting summary documentation.

To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:
- Bachelor’s degree with a focus in business, human resources, public administration, or related field, and at least one year of professional experience in human resources or public administration. Equivalent combination of education and/or professional work experience may substitute for degree.
- Proficient with MS Office Suite of products, including Word, Excel, and Outlook.
- Experience utilizing HR Information System (HRIS) which may include applicant tracking system, learning management system, performance management system, etc.
- Experience researching and applying policies, procedures, and employment laws.
- Strong communication skills both in written and verbal form to prepare letters, reports, and deliver presentations.
- Strong interpersonal skills to be able to work with managers and their employees on HR issues that are often sensitive and confidential in nature.

It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:
- Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or SHRM-CP (Society of HR Management – Certified Professional) or equivalent professional certifications.
- Experience utilizing an HRIS within State Government (NEOGOV, HRMS, Learning Center).
- Experience as a HR Professional in public sector, to include advising and interpreting CBAs and Civil Service Rules.
- One year of experience working in a large organization with competing priorities and several stakeholders.

Important Notes
This position offers flexible/hybrid remote work options. Position is expected to report to downtown Seattle office 25-50% of the time
By issuance of proclamation, the Governor of Washington State mandates that all employees who work for executive cabinet agencies (which includes the Department of Transportation) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Compliance with this mandate is a condition of employment with WSDOT. Exemption may be granted for religious or medical purposes; however, accommodations will be subject to approval based on the essential functions required of the position.
This is a non-permanent opportunity, expected to last 9 - 12 months.
First consideration and/or preference is with current Washington State Ferries OPEIU members.

Work-Life Balance – We are committed to ensure that our staff experience the reward of public service, while also sustaining a routine that suits each individuals’ lifestyle.
Paid Leave – In addition to 11 paid holidays, full-time employees earn a minimum 14 paid vacation days per year!
Tuition Assistance – Permanent employees have several options for assistance with education expenses, including tuition reimbursement programs, government discounts at participating colleges throughout the state, and eligibility for federal student loan forgiveness.
Plan For Your Future – WSDOT offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a variety of healthcare options. Employees also have their choice of state retirement programs, and much more. Go to State Benefits for more information.

Check out this video to learn more: Why WSDOT?

How to Apply
Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Your relevant experience may be evaluated to determine salary. Therefore, it is very important that the “Work Experience” portion of the application be completed in as much detail as possible.
In order to be considered for this opportunity, please include the following with your online application:
An attached Resume outlining (in reverse chronological order) your experience to date.
An attached Cover Letter that further explains your qualifications and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
Contact details for a minimum three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job-related competencies. This information can be entered in the “References” section of the online application; does not require an additional attachment.

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WSDOT is an equal opportunity employer. We value the importance of creating an environment in which all employees can feel respected, included and empowered to bring unique ideas to the agency. Our diversity and inclusion efforts include embracing different cultures, backgrounds and viewpoints while fostering growth and advancement in the workplace. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans, as well as people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the listed Recruiter.

WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit

Contact us
For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Renee Mason, at Please be sure to reference 22DOT-WSF-A0217c in the subject line.

Contact Person:
Location: Belltown, WA
Application Method: Online;
Base Pay: $53,748 - $73,695/ YR

Posted on May 25, 2022

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