Labor Compensation Analyst

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Analysis
Posted on November 13, 2022
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The recruitment for this position will remain open until filled. First application review will be those applications that are received by November 18, 2022.

King County Executive’s Office of Labor Relations seeks an experienced and collaborative professional to join our team as a Labor Compensation Analyst. This position will be filled as a Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Special Duty Assignment (SDA) and is anticipated to extend through December 31, 2025. 

This is an excellent opportunity to join the Office of Labor Relations and play a role in Executive Constantine's goal to be "the best-run government" by supporting progressive labor and employee relations. You will be an integral member of the negotiations team by performing compensation analysis within a complex labor relations environment. You will support the Office of Labor Relations in developing comprehensive market survey exhibits, consulting on strategic economic proposals, and will be responsible for presenting total compensation analysis results to both management and labor. Reporting to the Office of Labor Relations with a secondary reporting relationship with the Department of Human Resources Classification and Compensation Manager, the individual in this role will provide critical support in strategic compensation bargaining.
With 2.2 million residents in 39 cities and unincorporated areas, King County is the nation's 12th-largest county. It also has one of the most diverse populations in the United States.  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 who represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that values the artistic and social traditions of many cultures. King County is changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence.
The County continues to build on an enduring legacy of shared values of equity and social justice, employee engagement, innovative thinking, and continuous improvement.  If you share King County Executive Dow Constantine's mission to cultivate and maintain collaborative working relationships with our labor partners, employing innovative and creative solutions to challenges, to achieving just and sustainable results for all this job is for you.
The Office of Labor Relations (OLR), is an arm of the Executive Office with approximately 16 employees, the majority are Labor Negotiators who negotiate and help administer the County's 80 Labor Agreements covering approximately 12,500 represented employees. To learn more about OLR, please check out our website at: King County Office of Labor Relations
Please note: The Office of Labor Relations values diverse perspectives and life experiences. The County encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans.

Job Duties

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

  • Conduct total compensation studies, compiling comprehensive market surveys for Union represented job classifications.
  • Research, analyze, and summarize complex economic data on labor compensation for contract negotiations.
  • Develop total compensation recommendations, including determining necessary research and analysis, cost/benefit analysis, and cost implementation analysis; prepare written and verbal arguments to defend recommendations.
  • Prepare exhibits for interest arbitration hearings and advise litigation teams on strengths and weaknesses of both management and labors economic cases.
  • Present total compensation analysis results and related information to unions, the executive, council, departments, personnel boards, Washington State Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC), and arbitrators.
  • Serve as backup for Senior Labor Analyst, who estimates and prepares financial impact forecasts of economic proposals made during collective bargaining and contract settlement costings.
  • Assist in the preparation of fiscal notes for ordinances going to council, working in partnership with the Senior Labor Analyst, budget office, and respective departments.
  • Interpret contract language relating to compensation for implementation purposes; monitor pay practices for contract compliance and to avoid discrepancies.
  • Respond to technical queries for compensation data and other economic information from the King County Council, the Executive, unions, departments, and the general public.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

The ideal candidate for this role will:

  • Possess a strong grounding in economic and statistical analysis for labor contract negotiations and extensive knowledge of complex compensation analysis and classification system principles
  • Exhibit skill in data gathering, correlating, and analysis
  • Be skilled in spreadsheet modeling, costing, and statistical analysis
  • Effective collaborator who can quickly and creatively find common ground and solve problems to a reasonable end for all parties
  • Demonstrate skill in handling stressful situations effectively, be comfortable managing conflict while able to focus on problems and issues and show courage in the face of opposition.
  • 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
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills in a complex political environment including demonstrated ability to present information in a tactful and diplomatic manner, recognize sensitive issues, and maintain confidentiality.
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 budget principles and practices

Supplemental Information

Selection Process
If you are ready to bring your labor union knowledge, compensation expertise and analysis skills to this role, we encourage you to apply.  We welcome people of all backgrounds to apply including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, and veterans. The recruitment for this position will remain open until filled. First application review will be those applications that are received by November 18, 2022. 

  • SDA’s are open to current King County Career Service or Appointed employees who have passed their initial probationary period and may be given first consideration in the hiring process.
  • TLT’s are open to the public. King County values diverse perspectives and life experiences.
For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:

Forms and Materials Required
If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. 
1.    An online employment application completed at The employment history should go back at least 10 years if you have 10 years of employment (or more to include all relevant experience).
2.    A cover letter no more than two pages summarizing how you meet the required experience, qualifications, knowledge, and skills for the job outlined in the job posting.

Applications will be reviewed as received, and they will be screened for clarity, completeness, and competitiveness. The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in a series of interviews. 

Teleworking Requirement
The work associated with this position is currently being performed predominantly by teleworking, complemented with onsite work and meetings as needed. Frequency of onsite work will vary based on business and operational needs. Employees must reside in Washington State and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.

King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. 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.  

Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a home 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 wearing 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.  

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 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.

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.

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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 one year of experience
  • One year to less than two years
  • Two years to less than three years
  • Three years to less than four years
  • Four years to less than five years
  • Five years or more
What best describes where you gained your classification and compensation experience. (Select all that apply)
  • Public Sector
  • Private Sector
  • Union environment
  • Labor Union Office
  • Other municipal agency
Please indicate below the software in which you have demonstrated proficiency (check all that apply):
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Teams
  • 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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