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Human Resources Analyst, Senior

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DEFINITION: Under general direction, performs the most complex professional analysis in recruitment and testing, classification and compensation, and other areas of human resources management; acts as a project leader; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class is the advanced journey-level/lead worker in the Human Resources Analyst series. It is distinguished from the Human Resources Analyst II by the degree of difficulty of the assignments given, the latitude of judgment exercised, and the degree of independence to determine the methods and means of performing assignments. The Human Resources Analyst, Senior also acts as a lead worker in an assigned area of human resources management or on large-scale or long-term projects.


1. Plans and conducts recruitments for a variety of job classes, including sensitive or high-profile managerial or executive jobs; develops the most complex examinations, involving multiple hurdles, highly technical subject matter, or issues such as historical adverse impact; performs the most complex classification and salary studies, such as those that relate to departmental reorganizations, management and executive classes, or have countywide impact or high political visibility.
2. Acts as lead analyst on large-scale recruitments, test development, classification studies, and training development; prepares project plans, including dates, milestones, and list of resources needed; identifies need for and conducts or provides for training of staff; reviews work of staff; assists in establishing objectives and maintaining performance standards; provides input on performance evaluations of staff.
3. Confers with County officials, executives, and their representatives regarding the development or modification of human resources practices, procedures, rules, and policies; investigates and analyzes problems and complaints related to human resources practices to provide solutions and alternatives and prepares reports of findings; analyzes internal policies and procedures to determine and recommend changes and improvements; implements new and modified policies and procedures.
4. Conducts special or standardized training for departmental or County staff; represents the department and/or the County at public events, including meetings and job fairs.


1. Possession of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, and two years of progressively responsible professional human resources experience in the public sector; or,
2. possession of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, and two years of progressively responsible professional human resources experience in an organization that utilizes a formal system of human resource rules and due process procedures for employees, competitive testing for hiring and promotions, and which preferably operates in a unionized environment; or
3. one year of experience performing duties equivalent to Human Resources Analyst II with Santa Barbara County; or,
4. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Additional Qualifications: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License may be required for some positions. Independent travel is required.

Knowledge of: principles and practices of public human resources administration, including job analysis, recruitment and selection, affirmative action, classification, compensation, and supervision; Federal laws pertaining to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action; public human resource policies, rules, and practices; test development, including types of exams, validation methods, item construction, and related issues such as adverse impact; organizational structure of and services provided by County government; English grammar and usage; organizational development; basic statistics.

Ability to: learn Federal laws pertaining to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action organize, prioritize, delegate, and coordinate work; balance competing priorities; work independently; gather, organize, and analyze data, draw conclusions, and make recommendations; learn, interpret, and apply procedures, rules, and laws; learn general and specialized computer applications; prepare a variety of written documents; explain rules, procedures, and technical concepts; make presentations before groups with varying levels of technical knowledge; provide feedback on performance; establish and maintain working relationships with colleagues, departmental staff, representatives of other organizations and agencies, and members of the public; represent the department with tact and diplomacy; resolve conflict; employ creativity in resolving problems; exercise objectivity and independent judgment; maintain confidentiality of information.

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