Human Resource Associate

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Human Resources
Posted on November 23, 2022
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King County Department of Local Services is searching for an organized and resourceful Human Resource Associate to join our team of Human Resource professionals. This position provides high-level administrative support for the day-to-day human resources delivery This role will work closely with recruiters providing administrative support and new employees onboarding and welcoming them to King County, all while maintaining human resource related databases and personnel files. This is an exciting opportunity to work with the Local Services team and make a difference in our community!
To be considered for this opportunity, you must at a minimum, demonstrate knowledge, skill and ability to:

Applying equity and social justice principles is a daily responsibility and a foundational expectation for all King County employees. In this role, you will apply equity and social justice principles that exemplify shared values, behaviors, and practices to all aspects of the work.  

  • Serve as recruitment team coordinator. Participate in the recruitment and selection process by scheduling interviews, communicating with internal and external applicants over phone, email and in person, preparing interview materials, proctoring exams, and administering applicant tracking, testing, and references, pre-employment physicals and DOT mandated drug and alcohol requisites.
  • Coordinate onboarding activities. Correspond with candidates, complete hire letters and other hiring documents, deliver information to candidates, hiring managers, and other units/departments, and perform weekly first day onboarding activities in person.
  • Manage records by ensuring timely creation, maintenance, and archiving of documents/files to support historical accuracy; compiling information, documents, and records for public disclosure requests; and following records retention and destruction procedures in accordance with legal requirements.
  • Coordinate and track employee training, probationary reviews and annual performance appraisals.
  • Utilize software applications (e.g. PeopleSoft, NeoGov, Laserfiche, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel) to create and maintain human resources tracking systems, generate reports, create presentations, and prepare written materials.
  • Perform general office support by preparing correspondence and reports, scheduling meetings and appointments, researching and compiling information, updating templates and websites, and making recommendations for process improvements and streamlining procedures. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Have increasingly responsible administrative support responsibilities in the area of human resources OR any equivalent knowledge, skills, and experience that provide the ability to perform the core competencies of the position.
  • Have experience with Human Capital Management (HCM) and applicant tracking systems.
  • Have the ability to utilize SharePoint and other tools to automate processes and track work items. 
  • Are proficient in using office productivity suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams) in daily work.
  • Have an interest and want to learn about the practices of human resources management and employment-related federal and state laws and regulations.
  • Have strong customer service, organizational, analytical, time management, communication, and interpersonal skills, including the ability to work well independently and as part of a team.
  • Have the ability to work on multiple tasks requiring a high degree of accuracy in a high pressure/short deadline/precise schedule environment.
  • Have the ability to maintain high degree of confidentiality with sensitive and personal information.
  • Have the ability to be self-directed and effectively plan, organize, prioritize work on a daily basis.
  • Have the ability to work independently and effectively be part of a team that contributes to a work environment that embraces and encourages diversity in its workforce and where differences are valued.
  • Have the ability to demonstrate behaviors that include fairness, respect, and inclusiveness. 
  • Knowledge of PeopleSoft HCM and NeoGov.
  • Experience working in a public works environment.
  • Strong communication skills, written and verbal.

Supplemental Information

Why King County?

  • Competitive – healthcare plans
  • Free – transportation options
  • On-Site – gym
  • Manager Support – structured employee assistance program
  • Paid – vacation time (in addition to paid holidays)
  • Paid – sick leave
  • Paid – parental leave
  • Deferred – compensation plan
  • Twelve – paid holidays and Two Additional personal holidays
  • Awesome Employee Giving Program!

 King County is the local service provider for the roughly quarter-million people who live in the unincorporated areas of the county; taken together, Unincorporated King County would be the second-largest city in the state. The Department of Local Services includes a Director's Office with a Community Service Area group, and the Road Services and Permitting Divisions. Together, this department provides a single executive point of accountability for delivery of local services to all of the unincorporated areas.
This position is not represented.

Those applicants who pass the initial screening will be invited to interview on December 16th, 2022, and those applicants who pass the first interview will be invited to interview again on December 22, 2022. 

This recruitment may be used to fill vacancies for up to 6 months. Including career service, special duty assignments, STT and TLT opportunities. 

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. 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 values--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.
As the only jurisdiction in the world 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 international community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the traditions of many cultures.
We have a deep commitment to equity and social justice and advancing practices, strategies, and policies that promote fairness, justice, and opportunity for all - in our workplaces and our communities. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro­ equity agenda to advance regional change and ensure that residents from vulnerable communities are incorporated into our emergency planning and public outreach efforts.
King County values diverse perspectives, life experiences, and differences. The Department of Local Services encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, and veterans.
To learn more, please visit­ justice.aspx
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.
Teleworking Requirement
This is a hybrid position and the primary in person workspace will be at King Street Center in downtown Seattle on Mondays. The work associated with this position will be performed by teleworking, field work, 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 (access may be supplemented in some situations) 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 working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team that is redefining how we work as we transition to the department's hybrid environment.    
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.
Are you ready to APPLY?
The recruitment for this position is open to all applicants. A completed King County Application is required. We highly recommend that you also provide a cover letter and resume.
If you have any questions, please contact Megan Rulien, HR Analyst, by e-mail at or by phone at (206) 263-8150.

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.

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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