Classification and Compensation Administrator

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Administration / Clerical
Posted on September 15, 2022
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King County Department of Human Resources (DHR) seeks an analytical and collaborative professional to fill the role of Classification and Compensation Administrator. This position serves as the lead on a team responsible for the delivery of compensation and classification services to support the recruitment, retention, and engagement of a highly qualified work force. Reporting to the Classification and Compensation Manager, the individual in this role will be an integral member of the team and will provide critical support in both daily functions and strategic compensation initiatives.

The Classification and Compensation Administrator is responsible for using best practices to meet current and future business needs and to optimize service levels in daily human resources operations. Relationship-building and effective problem-solving ensure compensation and classification programs, policies, and procedures are responsive to the County's compensation philosophy, goals, and practices.
The successful candidate will support efforts to align and effectively integrate King County strategic initiatives and department human resources programs. You will use your strong interpersonal skills to build and maintain an effective team of human resources professionals responsible for the implementation and delivery of equitable classification and compensation programs and practices within a complex labor relations environment.
King County
As the only county in the United States named after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, King County is a vibrant community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the artistic and social traditions of many cultures. Together, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence.
We continue to build on an enduring legacy of shared values of equity and social justice, employee engagement, innovative thinking, and continuous improvement. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda aimed at advancing regional change and is developing the systems and standards necessary to achieve better outcomes for all residents, regardless of their race or income. All these qualities make King County one of the nation's best places to live, work, and play.

Job Duties

Successful candidates for this position will be able to clearly demonstrate skill and ability to:

  • Serve as the lead in directing the day-to-day activities of the Compensation and Classification Services (CCS) team
  • Act as a resource to high-level management in classification and compensation matters; provide contract support to labor negotiators as needed; and perform county-wide, complex, and special projects work
  • Train an effective CCS team, assign their work, make recommendations for professional development, and provide input into the performance appraisal process
  • Review work products for quality and consistency, provide appropriate feedback to CCS staff
  • Develop compensation recommendations, financial impact forecasts, fiscal notes, timelines for projects, reports on annual statistics, ordinances, and salary tables
  • Navigate the most complex and politically sensitive reclassifications
  • Present compensation analysis results and related information to unions, the executive, council, departments, personnel boards, Washington State Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC), and arbitrators
  • Evaluate and assign compensation requests for wage analyses, the creation of new classifications, or revisions to existing classifications
  • Promote an organizational culture that is focused on a shared mission, fosters continuous improvement, and embraces equity and social justice for employees

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

The ideal candidate for this role will:

  • Have extensive knowledge of complex compensation analysis and classification system techniques and principles
  • Exhibit skill in data gathering, correlating, and analysis
  • Be skilled in spreadsheet modeling, costing, and statistical analysis
  • Successfully lead, train, and mentor a team of classification and compensation professionals
  • Demonstrate skill in handling stressful situations effectively
  • Engage in and sustain positive working relationships with people from diverse cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Be able to work independently and as a team member
  • Have demonstrated presentation skills in a complex and political environment 


Additional qualifications that will be helpful in this role:

  • Ability to engage a team that is both on-site and remote
  • Prior experience providing classification and compensation services in a unionized environment
  • Knowledge of public sector, government, or other municipal agency practices

Supplemental Information

To Apply:
King County values diverse perspectives and life experiences. We encourage people of all backgrounds to apply including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with lived experience.
If you are ready to bring your passion and enthusiasm for classification and compensation with a deep understanding and appreciation for the vital role it plays as a strategic partner in the department, please apply online at 
Careers at King County. An online employment application, with employment history going back at least 10 years (or more to include all relevant experience) is required, and submission of a cover letter that describes your skills, abilities, and qualifications related to this role is strongly encouraged.
Interested individuals who apply by September 28, 2022, will receive first consideration in the process.
For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Teleworking Requirement:
The work associated with this position will be performed either predominantly by teleworking or through a combination of teleworking, complemented with onsite work and meetings as needed. Employees will have access to shared workspaces at various King County facilities. Employees must reside in Washington state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.
Employees will be provided with a County-issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours. Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required, including the 
wearing of masks in some situations. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.
King County has a robust collection of 
tools and resources to support remote work. The individual selected for this opportunity will join an innovative and progressive team that is redefining how we work as we transition to the department's hybrid environment.  
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement:
King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter.
 As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to:

  • submit proof of vaccination or
  • have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation

People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The Executive Branch includes employees in the Executive Branch, the Assessor’s Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff’s Office, and the Executive Office.
Forbes named King County as one of Washington State's best employers. 
Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? 
Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play. 
Guided by our "
True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion, and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.
King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer
No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay, or other forms of compensation.

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

How many years of experience do you have performing complex classification and compensation duties?
  • No experience
  • Less than 1 year of experience
  • 1 to 2 years
  • 3 to 4 years
  • 5 years or more
I have acted as a resource and provided guidance to high-level management in various classification and compensation matters.
  • Yes
  • No
Please indicate below the software in which you have demonstrated proficiency (check all that apply):
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Teams
  • SharePoint
  • PeopleSoft or other HRIS/Payroll software
  • None of the above, but I am willing to learn
If you selected Excel above, please tell us what best describes your skill level:
  • None, but I am willing to learn.
  • Very limited. I have completed training, but I have not used Excel much.
  • Beginner. I am able to: create, open, and save spreadsheets; cut, paste, and delete cells; enter numbers; change font size, margins and paper size; print and use the print preview.
  • Intermediate. In addition to the beginner-level skills, I am also able to: use the insert and auto-sum function; replace text; change the format of numbers to currency, percentage, etc.; set print areas; protect cells; display charts; audit and validate data; create formulas; set up filters; link data; and use statistical functions.
  • Advanced. In addition to the beginner and intermediate-level skills, I am also able to: create macros; perform horizontal lookups; create functions and formulas; use pivot tables; use solver; and use goal seek.
Are you applying to this position as an eligible current or previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant? Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff? Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County and I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. Additionally, the position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff

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