Human Resource Associate

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Human Resources
Posted on May 6, 2022
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The King County Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) has a staffing need for an experienced and technically proficient Human Resource Associate.  

The HR Associate is a key member of WTD's HR team and is responsible for administrative and technical support of WTD's recruitment efforts. This position organizes and deploys key elements of selection processes including, screening, testing, evaluating, and hiring talented, committed, and hard-working individuals. The HR Associate also organizes, prioritizes, coordinates, and responds to a variety of regularly occurring work assignments, special projects, research, information requests, and creation of documents. 
WHO MAY APPLY:  This position is open to all qualified candidates. First consideration will be given to members of the Teamsters, Local 117 Professional and Technical Employees bargaining unit.   
Permanent Telecommuting Requirement

The work associated with this position will be performed remotely on a permanent basis. There will be situations where the employee is required to report to a County worksite. Employees must reside in WA 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 by the department in alignment with the Public Health Directive from the Seattle & King County Public Health Officer. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.

To support employees during this time 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.

WORK LOCATION: Primarily telecommuting and the King Street Center 201 S. Jackson St., Seattle WA 98104
WORK SCHEDULE: This position is covered under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and is overtime eligible. This full-time position works a 40-hour work week.

Job Duties

  • Assist in recruiting activities including communicating with candidates, scheduling and preparing documentation for interviews, facilitating pre-employment processes, preparing hire letters and filing employment documents.
  • Communicate with internal and external applicants in person, over the phone, and via e-mail. Act as liaison between applicants, recruiters, and the division.
  • Schedule applicants for testing and interviews. Administer applicant skill testing.
  • Prepare materials and recruitment selection information for interviews.
  • Coordinate, track, and monitor a variety of HR documents and work requests in electronic and paper format. 
  • Coordinate documentation of employment process and completion of hiring documents for new hires.
  • Use PeopleSoft, NeoGov, Word, Excel, Teams, Zoom, SharePoint and visual management system to track recruitment activity, create letters, and generate reports.
  • Research and identify recruiting, advertising, and outreach opportunities/events. Attend events and promote WTD employment opportunities.
  • Cross-train and back up other team members in assorted duties in support of HR, including, but not limited to: SharePoint maintenance and design, records retention and upkeep, and personnel change notice tracking.
  • Assist with the maintenance of human resources files and records.  Maintain security of all personnel files, medical files and I-9 forms, ensuring compliance with federal, state and county laws and guidelines.
  • Maintain confidentiality related to human resources issues, including employment decisions, selection processes, testing, criminal history records, disciplinary, and other complex issues.
  • Conduct detailed background reviews on applicants including criminal conviction histories and employment references/verification.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Knowledge and experience of increasingly responsible administrative support responsibilities in the area of human resources.
  • Ability to provide exceptional customer service and provide clear communication both orally and in writing.
  • Knowledge of human resources employment practices and guidelines.
  • Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills with the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and complete projects within specified deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively problem solve, apply good judgment and initiative.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and use discretion when handling sensitive information.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse group.
  • Demonstrated skill in the use of PeopleSoft or other HRIS system.
  • Demonstrated skill in the use of NEOGOV or other electronic applicant tracking system.
  • Skill in reviewing and compiling data, developing reports, and creating charts and diagrams.
  • Ability to create, proofread, edit, and format documents according to standard business writing practices.
  • Excellent computer skills that include: Word, Excel, and Outlook.

Our Ideal Candidate Will Have The Following Competencies:

  • Communicates effectively by developing and delivering multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.
  • Customer focus and builds customer relationships and delivers customer-centric solutions.
  • Action oriented by taking on new opportunities and challenges with a sense of urgency and enthusiasm.
  • Interpersonal Savvy with the ability to relate openly and comfortably with diverse groups of people.

The Most Competitive Candidate Will Have:

  • Experience in using NEOGOV for recruitments.
  • Experience in using PeopleSoft software.

Supplemental Information

Application and Selection Process: Application materials will be screened for clarity, completeness including online application, cover letter and resume, and responsiveness to the list of qualifications, skills, and abilities. The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in one or more panel interviews. Applications without the following required materials may not be considered for this position.

  • King County Application
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Responses to supplemental questions

This position is represented by Teamsters, Local 117 Professional and Technical Employees.
For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Helen David
 Human Resource Analyst   

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.

To Apply

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 please contact the recruiter listed on this job announcement.

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
Are you a current member of Teamsters, Local 117 Professional and Technical Employees bargaining union?
  • Yes
  • No

Required Question