Washington State Employee Relations Generalist in Tumwater, Washington


NOTE: This recruitment will be open until filled. It is to the candidate's advantage to apply early. First round assessment will be conducted on October 3, 2016. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

The Opportunity: The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Office of Human Resources & Safety is currently seeking an experienced human resources professional to fill a non-permanent senior employee relations consultant vacancy in the Olympic Region office. The top candidate selected for this Human Resource Consultant 4 position will serve as an assigned professional expert in multiple functional human resource areas, to include corrective/disciplinary action, classification, reasonable accommodations, reasonable suspicion, protected leave, and performance management for assigned customer groups. This position is charged with providing guidance and interpretation regarding a broad range of human resource topics, laws, and policies to appointing authorities, managers, supervisors and employees. The incumbent will provide sound guidance to mitigate risk to the agency, and will work with appropriate authorities to carry out personnel related actions.

If you have broad-based human resource experience, are an excellent communicator with exceptional analytical and interpersonal skills, and can function well in a fast-paced, emotionally-charged environment where good decisions are expected in every transaction, this may be the growth and development opportunity you have been seeking to round out your skills and experience. *This is a temporary position that is anticipated to last up to twelve months. *

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the steward of a multimodal transportation system and responsible for ensuring that people and goods move safely and efficiently. In addition to building, maintaining, and operating the state highway system consisting of over 18,000 lane miles and 3,600 bridge structures, WSDOT is responsible for the largest ferry system in the nation; owns three Talgo train sets in the Amtrak Cascades fleet; and works in partnership with others to maintain and improve local roads, railroads and airports, as well as to support alternatives to driving, such as public transportation, bicycles and pedestrian programs. Additionally, WSDOT manages the world's widest tunneling project and the world's longest floating bridge. WSDOT's diverse programs and projects are supported by more than 6,800 full-time employees, including engineers, vessel captains, maintenance technicians, environmental specialists, planners, and more. We take pride in our workforce and strive for excellence and integrity in everything we do.

This position will perform the following work:

  • Advise and consult managers & employees during difficult and highly complex HR issues – including performance management, corrective/disciplinary action, grievances, and investigations.
  • Utilize technical knowledge of HR systems, rules, CBA's, WSDOT policy, L&I;, ADA, FMLA, etc. to provide range of solution options – including risks, impacts, and benefits.
  • Clearly communicate with multiple audiences and in multiple formats – from executives to new employees.
  • Review and analyze new and existing position descriptions in consultation with management and/or employee, to determine the appropriate job classification.
  • Serve as a first point of contact for any reasonable suspicion and/or potential violations of the Drug and Alcohol Free Workplace policy. Assist managers in identifying impaired workers and provide counsel on the next steps.
  • Supervise and provide senior consultation to lower level human resources professionals in the areas of FMLA/FLA, Shared Leave, benefits, appointment letters, and general customer communication.

An ideal candidate for this position will have:

  • Bachelor's degree with a focus on business, human resources, or related field and at least 3 years of experience in a broad-based human resource generalist role, or equivalent combination of education/experience.
  • Successful, progressive accomplishments in facilitating conflict resolution, corrective and disciplinary action, and organizational planning.
  • Substantive HR experience to be able to think fast and accurately make decisions based on HR best practices.
  • Advanced skills with MS Office Suite, including Word, Excel, SharePoint, and Outlook. Experience with HRIS (applicant tracking system, learning management system, performance management system, etc.)
  • Experience researching, interpreting and applying union contracts and employment laws (state and federal) accurately and consistently.
  • Experience mentoring/coaching professional level HR employees.
  • Strong communication skills both in the 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 employee relations issues that are often sensitive and confidential in nature.
  • Competent research and analytical skills to be able to identify unique employment issues and solutions.

The following are desirable:

  • PHR/SPHR or equivalent certification.
  • Experience with HRIS in state government (NeoGov, HRMS, LMS).
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Experience as a generalist in the public sector, to include advising and interpreting civil service rules.

How to Apply:Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Please select the large "apply" button at the top of this announcement. You may need to set up an account profile. To be considered for this position you will need to answer the supplemental questions, as part of the supplemental questions you will need to provide a letter of interest. Your letter of interest should describe how your experience, training and education make you a viable and competitive candidate for this position.

Contact us:For inquiries about this position, please contact Rachel Gieseat 360-905-2223 or email to gieser@wsdot.wa.gov. Please reference recruitment number 2016-HQ-160.

The Washington State Department of Transportation is an equal opportunity employer. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, and disabled and Vietnam era veterans are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may call the Office of Human Resources, at 360.705.7042 or email atjobinfo@wsdot.wa.gov.

Job Type: Full Time - Non-Permanent

Job Number: 2016-HQ-160

Department: Dept. of Transportation

Closing: Continuous

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: $51,756.00 - $67,884.00 Annually

Location: Thurston County – Tumwater, WA