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Human Resources Specialist

Salary: $22.96-$28.03 hourly / $3,994-$4,875 monthly / Range: 5616

DEFINITION: Under direction, maintains a Countywide, centralized, master position control and employment record system; assists in the administration of County employee benefits, recruiting, testing and classification programs; and perform related duties as required.


RECRUITING, TESTING AND CLASSIFICATION: Develops recruiting plans, writes job announcement bulletins, writes and places advertising copy; reviews applications and evaluates qualifications by assessing education and/or experience; proctors tests, scores and records test results; conducts salary surveys; assists in the County's affirmative action and other special employment programs; assists in the preparation and presentation of training programs; interprets Civil Service Rules and other ordinances, resolutions and regulations; conducts special studies and prepares recommendations relating to a variety of human resources programs and activities.

EMPLOYEE RELATIONS: Audits and certifies to the payroll section of Auditor-Controller, all human resources transactions, including appointments, reinstatements, reemployments, promotions, transfers, demotions, terminations, suspensions, merit increases, out-of-class assignments, special benefit payments, and changes in personal data, to ensure accuracy and sufficiency of data, conformance with regulations, and position control; prepares Board of Supervisors agenda items, including letters, resolutions, and ordinances; maintains advance notification and follow-up on performance reports and merit increases; prepares and processes human resources documents and time records for Human Resources Department.

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS: Explains, notifies, and advises employees of benefit provisions for county benefits programs; records and updates employee benefit coverage records; compiles benefit data and prepares summary reports; transfers premium amounts between County accounts; updates payroll insurance tables; bills and collects premium payments from employees on leave of absence or on COBRA coverage; responds to letters and phone calls regarding employee benefits; prepares and distributes informational literature to employees; reconciles bills from service providers to County service records and prepares claims for payment to providers; works with County managers, employees and insurance companies to resolve problems; prepares agendas, and takes minutes for Group Health Committees; assists in benefit plan design and plan description preparation; may act as a lead worker by assigning work to and training or assisting others.


1. Four years of experience providing clerical or administrative support including one year of experience in human resources, employee benefits, or payroll; or,
2. one year of experience equivalent to the class of Office Assistant, Senior with experience in human resources, employee benefits, or payroll; or,
3. one year of experience equivalent to the class of Human Resources Technician; 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.

College education may be substituted on a year-for-year basis provided the applicant has successfully completed course work in English composition and basic accounting or statistics. Experience with fiscal or statistical records is highly desirable.

Knowledge of: basic human resources programs and procedures; correct English grammar and usage.

Ability to: interpret, apply, and explain rules and procedures; maintain effective relations with officials, superiors, peers, subordinates, and employees; coordinate work with a variety of county departments and staff; work as a lead worker; work independently and responsibly in the absence of specific instructions; gather and analyze data, and prepare reports and make recommendations; maintain neat, comprehensible and accurate records; work under frequent job pressure generated by short and inflexible deadlines; deal tactfully with discourteous or irritated callers; perform arithmetic calculations such as multiplication, division, and percentages; effectively organize and maintain employee, applicant, test, and benefits documents and fiscal data; learn and apply computer programs to office functions with minimal instruction.


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