Human Resources Manager I

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Human Resources
Posted on June 17, 2022
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King County Superior Court is seeking an innovative and creative HR professional to serve as the court’s Human Resources Manager.  We are seeking someone with  a generalist background and broad experience in human resources. If you are looking for the next step in your HR career as well as a desire to work as a public servant, we encourage you to bring your distinctive HR perspective and apply for this position!  

Superior Court Human Resources is central to the court’s success, supporting all court employees to realize their professional goals and supporting the court’s strategic agenda through the HR function. We are dedicated to furthering the court's commitment to fostering an equitable and inclusive workplace that reflects the diverse community we serve.

The responsibilities of this position include ensuring compliance with federal, state and local laws, as well as court policies; and providing professional level support to employee and labor relations, employee disability accommodations, talent acquisition, and job classification and compensation analysis. Under general direction from and reporting to the Director of Human Resources, the incumbent will be responsible for managing and conducting all aspects of talent acquisition, including applicant sourcing, recruitment and selection.  

The ideal candidate will possess excellent interpersonal skills and be successful at building and maintaining strong working relationships across the court, with the King County Executive Branch and other King County agencies.  Successful candidates will be adept at working with process and procedural details in this hands-on role.   In-depth experience in more than one area of HR is critical.

 King County Superior Court includes approximately 400 employees and is led by 54 elected judges supporting a court of general jurisdiction serving the nation's 12-most-populous county. Our mission is to serve the public by ensuring justice through accessible and effective forums for the fair, understandable, and timely resolution of legal matters and is nationally recognized for our innovation. The court's work is informed by dedication to equity and service to all communities.

Who may apply:  This position is open to all qualified applicants.
Work location:  Primary work location is the King County Courthouse, 516 Third Avenue in Seattle, Washington.  Incumbent may be required to work at other court facilities.

Work schedule:  This is full-time position.  The Court’s business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Work hours for this position may vary, including early mornings, evenings and weekends as needed.  This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is not overtime eligible.   A hybrid work schedule with a mix of onsite and remote work.

Additional materials required:  Please include a resume and letter of interest describing how you meet or exceed the requirements for this position.  These materials are supplemental to your application.  You must still completely fill out the on-line application with your relevant education and work experience.  Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you include relevant information only on the resume or cover letter. Applications that state "see my resume" are considered incomplete and will not be accepted.

 Please note that you can attach multiple documents to your application.  Your options are:
  1) Copy and paste one or more documents into the text resume section of the application; or
  2) Attach multiple documents/files in the attachment section.

Job Duties

The following represents major responsibilities and is not intended to represent all of the duties of the position:

  • Advise, consult with and train managers and supervisors on complex, sensitive employee and labor relations issues, performance management, corrective action, classification and compensation, talent acquisition, and labor and employment–related laws and policies.
  • Provide advice and consultation to departments to support specific business needs.
  • Participate in and provide administrative support to collective bargaining; administer collective bargaining agreements.
  • Manage workplace accommodations. 
  • Conduct workplace investigations, respond to grievances as assigned.
  • Perform job classification and compensation analyses and make recommendations.
  • Develop a robust outreach and recruiting program to encourage qualified job-seekers from diverse communities to consider positions with Superior Court.
  • Ensure compliance with employee recruitment and selection processes and procedures.
  • Assess and make recommendations to the court’s human resources policies and practices for overall effectiveness.
  • Make recommendations to enhance diversity and inclusion.
  • May lead, supervise and develop HR staff.
  • This position serves as Acting HR Director in the Director’s absence.
  • Perform other duties of a similar nature and level.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources, Organizational Development, Business Administration, or a related field is preferred, with seven years of professional level human resources experience; or any combination of experience and education demonstrating requisite knowledge, skills and abilities. Successful candidates must have strong diplomatic, listening, advocacy and collaboration skills, and an unwavering commitment to equity and social justice.

Qualified candidates will have:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of human resources principles, practices, labor and employment law. 
  • Knowledge of classification and compensation administration; labor contract negotiation and administration; grievances and arbitration processes; employment practices, laws and regulations; leadership, management and supervision principles, and training and development.
  • Working knowledge of public sector management, including organization, planning, staffing, budgeting and legislative interaction. 
  • Ability to prioritize multiple competing tasks and deadlines.
  • Effective oral and written presentation skills.
  • Experience with mentoring, directing and supervising employees.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships at all levels of the organization as well as union officials, other court and county employees, and the public.
  • Imagination and demonstrated creativity to develop and support new processes that support more equitable outputs and outcomes.
  • Comfort with and willingness to discuss issues around diversity, equity and inclusion, with judicial officers, staff and management at all levels.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, inclusion and diversity.
Desired Qualifications:
  • Professional certification in Human Resources (SHRM, HRCI, IPMA)
  • Experience working in a public sector organization
  • Experience working with elected officials

Supplemental Information

Necessary special requirements:  The ability to reliably travel throughout the county is required.  Finalists are subject to the Washington State Patrol criminal background check and a reference check.  Criminal background records are not automatically disqualifying.

As of December 6, 2021, King County Superior Court employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  Your response to questions regarding your vaccination status will be reviewed as part of Superior Court's hiring process.

Selection process
:   Application materials will be screened for qualifications and the most competitive candidates will be invited for interviews.
Union membership:  This position is not represented by a union.

King County Superior Court 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.
If you have questions regarding this position, please call King County Superior Court Human Resources at (206) 477-1536.

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.

This application requires a separate resume and cover letter, in addition to completing the "work history" section of the application. Your application will be considered incomplete without a separate resume and cover letter. Have you attached a separate resume and cover letter?
  • Yes
  • No
Please indicate your highest level of educational attainment.
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Some college
  • Associate's or Technical Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master's Degree
  • Juris Doctor (Law Degree)
  • Doctorate
How many years of professional-level experience do you have in the Human Resources field?
  • None
  • Less than one year
  • At least one year, but less than three years
  • At least three years, but less than five years
  • At least five years, but less than ten years
  • Ten or more years
How many years of professional-level experience do you have in public-sector Human Resources?
  • None
  • Less than one year
  • At least one year, but less than three years
  • At least three years, but less than five years
  • At least five years, but less than ten years
  • Ten or more years
How many years of professional-level experience do you have providing advice to senior leaders (senior managers, directors and above) in the area of Human Resources?
  • None
  • Less than one year
  • At least one year, but less than three years
  • At least three years, but less than five years
  • At least five years, but less than ten years
  • Ten or more years
How many years of professional-level experience do you have providing advice and leadership to staff and management in the area of equity and social justice?
  • None
  • Less than one year
  • At least one year, but less than three years
  • At least three years, but less than five years
  • At least five years, but less than ten years
  • Ten or more years
Do you have supervisory experience?
  • Yes
  • No
Please describe your experience managing workplace accommodations, including facilitating the interactive process with employees and management. If you do not have any experience in this area, please enter "N/A".
Please describe your experience with conducting recruitments, including sourcing applicants for difficult to fill positions. If you do not have any experience in this area, please enter "N/A".
Please describe your experience conducting workplace investigations of alleged employee misconduct. If you do not have any experience in this area, please enter "N/A".
Please describe your experience administering collective bargaining agreements and participating in public-sector labor relations and negotiations. If you do not have any experience in this area, please enter "N/A".
Please describe your experience with job classification and compensation. If you do not have any experience in this area, please enter "N/A".
Please describe your knowledge and use of human resources databases or HRIS. Please list what systems you have used.

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