HR Policy Advisor I

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Education
Posted on May 6, 2022
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The King County Department of Human Resources (DHR) has an immediate need for a seasoned professional to serve as Human Resources Policy Advisor with a strong background in navigating complex employee relations issues. This is a position that serves as a key advisor to the Executive Branch, often on projects and issues that have a profound and enduring impact on how the County does business. 

As a key member of DHR’s Policy Team, the individual we are looking for will be relied on to provide knowledge and expertise about policies, strategic planning, labor and employee relations, processes and procedures to human resources professionals, county management, and executive staff.

Job Duties

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

  • Coordinate the development, review, and revision of human resources policies, systems, and strategies.
  • Recommend and draft changes to King County Code and other laws and regulations to support changes. 
  • Evaluate new legislation for impact on human resources programs.
  • Provide advice to human resources professionals on policy, strategic planning, labor/employee relations, and system development needs, which may involve applying or tailoring methods and procedures to a variety of situations.  
  • Research complex legal problems and collaborate with the Prosecuting Attorney's Office and the Office of Labor Relations to evaluate the impacts of recommended approaches. 
  • Conceptualize, develop, and implement strategies, systems, standards and plans for a wide variety of functions.
  • Direct and provide oversight to team(s) engaged in special studies and projects affecting departments or countywide programs, policies, and processes. 
  • Testify before legislative committees, hearings, or arbitrations as an expert witness.
  • Assist human resources professionals and executive management in addressing sensitive, or controversial employee relations issues. Prepare recommendations for executive management.  

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills


  • Bachelor’s degree in business, public administration, law, or social science with emphasis in management, organizational theory, or a related field; AND
  • Five years of increasingly responsible experience in human resources and/or public sector management; OR
  • Any combination of education and extensive human resources experience that clearly demonstrates the ability to perform the job duties of the position.


  • Advanced knowledge of human resources management theories, principles, and best practices.
  • Significant knowledge of public sector policy and management.  
  • Demonstrated experience in a complex labor environment, including an understanding of collective bargaining and contract administration.  
  • Skilled in policy analysis and research.  
  • Knowledge of relevant federal, state, and local employment and labor laws and regulations.
  • Advanced skill in communicating effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Advanced skill in problem-solving, conflict resolution, decision making, and customer service.
  • Demonstrated deep commitment to racial equity and social justice and skilled in its application to policy development.        
  • Skilled in business and organizational planning, coordination, and execution.
  • Skilled in building consensus among individuals with conflicting viewpoints and convincing others to act.
  • Skilled in managing complex, highly visible, and politically sensitive issues and projects.
  • Skilled in researching, gathering, analyzing, and synthesizing data.
  • Ability to effectively engage in and sustain relationships with people from diverse cultures and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member.
  • Demonstrated good judgement, discretion, and ability to maintain confidentiality at all times.  


  • Be knowledgeable about how local government works, including how to get things done through formal and informal channels.
  • Possess a strong grounding in human resources policies and practices.
  • Have experience managing complex employee relations issues within a highly organized environment.
  • Be able to persevere and adapt as required, while working in a multi-faceted and sometimes ambiguous environment.
  • Possess strong negotiation skills and be able to manage diverse and potentially conflicting stakeholder perspectives.

 This opportunity is open to all qualified applicants.

Application materials will be screened for clarity, completeness, including the online application, cover letter and resume, and responsiveness to the education and experience requirements, in addition to the list of required qualifications, knowledge, and skills. Applications without the following required materials may not be considered for this position:

  • King County application
  • Resume
  • Cover letter detailing your background and what you can bring to this position
  • Responses to the supplemental questions
If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process, or if you have questions about the announcement, please contact Jeremy Rivera at

Supplemental Information

Forbes recently 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.

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.

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.

Have you held a professional role that required you to consult on complex operational challenges and have you included this information in your cover letter?
  • Yes, and I have included this information in my cover letter
  • No, and I have not included this information in my cover letter
  • N/A
If you answered Yes to the question above, please tell us where you received your experience. Important note: Any experience must be included in your application. Please type N/A if it does not apply.
Which of the following best describes your qualifications for this role? (Please select all that apply.)
  • I have five or more years of increasingly responsible experience in human resources
  • I have five or more years of increasingly responsible experience in public sector management
  • I have five or more years in combination of education and extensive human resources experience that clearly demonstrates the ability to perform the job duties of the position
  • I have a combination of all of this experience
  • N/A
If you indicated that you have the experience in the question above, please tell us where you received your experience. Important note: Any experience must be included in your application. Please type N/A if it does not apply.
What best describes your experience in complex labor environments, including an understanding of collective bargaining and contract administration?
  • I have demonstrated experience in complex labor environments, including an understanding of collective bargaining and contract administration
  • I do not have experience in labor environments, but I am willing to learn
If you indicated that you have the experience in the question above, please tell us where you received your experience. Important note: Any experience must be included in your application. Please type N/A if it does not apply.
Please select the answer that best describes the type of work experience you will bring to this role:
  • Private sector
  • Public sector
  • Combination of public and private sector
  • N/A
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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