Kitsap Transit   Bremerton, WA   Full-time     Human Resources
Posted on May 8, 2024
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CLOSING DATE: Open Until Filled

Position Summary: We are looking for a qualified and experienced individual to join our Human Resources team who will under general supervision; plan, manage, and coordinate the entire recruitment lifecycle of vacant and new positions in the agency.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities are as follows:

Collaborates with department directors and managers to identify and draft detailed and accurate  hiring plans, criteria & expectations. Responsible for understanding the job posting and advertisement requirements to ensure recruitment goals are met. Identifies effective avenues for outreach. Ensures job postings are “fresh”, easily accessible and accurate on all identified recruitment platforms. Researches, recommends and advocates for new and innovative best practice recruiting methods and strategies based on the position, industry standards, and the needs of the agency.

Screens applications, pre-screens candidates and identifies qualified candidates to advance in the recruitment process. Maintains consistent communication and responds to candidates’ questions in a timely manner. Maintains accurate, complete and timely records and reports in the applicant tracking system. Provides subject matter expert recommendations for enhancements in applicant tracking systems and tools. Ensures accurate & timely reporting from the applicant tracking system.

Recommends interview strategy and leads hiring manager in preparation of interview questions and other hiring and selection materials. Assists with the interview process, ensuring proper hiring practices are adhered to while conducting interviews with managers, directors, and other internal  and external stakeholders.

Collaborates with the hiring manager and/or other human resource staff during the offer process, while trying to meet agency and candidate needs in salary, start dates, and other pertinent details.

Ensures compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations, and agency polices through the recruitment process. Adheres to diverse and equitable hiring practices. Performs regular audits of recruiting to ensure compliance.

Develops and maintains yearly recruiting strategy and goals for building strong candidate pipelines into existing and future roles. Collaborates with marketing to develop campaigns & materials to support existing and future recruitment. Attends and participates in job fairs, recruiting workshops, recruiting networks and outreach events.

Provides New Hire Orientation to all employees and coordinates with various stakeholders, including but not limited to: Training, Payroll, Benefits, IT etc. and new hires to provide the necessary resources and tools to ensure their success.

Adheres to recruitment budgets and expenditures for recruitment ad placement purposes, forecasts and plans for upcoming and future recruitments.

This position reports to the Human Resources Director.

Salary Range: The range for this position is $6,775 - $9,112 per month, commensurate with experience. With rare exception, initial appointments are usually made at Step 1 ($6775). Employees typically progress from Step 1 to Step 2 at six-months from their hire date and annually thereafter with satisfactory job performance. Step increases are based on a seven-step progression in each pay range with each step being approximately 5% higher than the previous step. Kitsap Transit additionally pays longevity pay at 15 years, 20 years and 25 years.

Benefits: Full-time employees receive a generous benefits package including subsidized medical insurance and fully paid dental insurance for employee and dependents, as well as disability insurance and life insurance. This position participates in the Washington State Public Employees’ Retirement Plan with the option of participating in a state administered deferred compensation plan. Employees receive a generous general leave accrual and 11 holidays pro-rated based on the number of hours worked per pay period up to a maximum of 80 hours per pay period. Kitsap Transit also provides employees and certain dependents with a free transportation pass on Kitsap Transit.

Hours of Work: Work is conducted during regular business hours, Monday through Friday. May require occasional evening or weekend work.


Kitsap Transit employees who wish to apply must have a satisfactory performance and attendance record. Kitsap Transit Operators with any of the following criteria in the last twelve months are excluded from recruitment opportunities:

  • a current Decision-Making Leave or higher in the Safety category
  • more than two held customer complaints
  • more than four unscheduled absences
  •  more than two late reports

Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree in human resource management, industrial relations, public administration, business administration or a closely related field; three years of increasingly responsible recruiting experience; including two years’ experience working with an applicant tracking system or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • SHRM Certified Professional or HRCI Professional in Human Resources certification
  • SHRM Talent Acquisition Specialty Credentialed
  • Experience with NEOGOV applicant tracking system
  • Experience with recruiting on digital platforms (LinkedIn, Indeed, etc.)
  • Experience in public sector or transit recruitment

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Following are some highlights of the knowledge, skills and abilities required to be successful in this position.

  • Recruitment compliance, employment laws, regulations and agency policies.
  • Full-cycle recruiting, including best practices for outreach efforts, screening, closing and candidate relationship management.
  • Applicant tracking platforms and data collection methods.
  • Interviewing processes and techniques to fairly assess potential for success.
  • Best practices applicable to selection and hiring.
  • Reducing unconscious bias, cultivating inclusion and assessing processes for equity.
  • Microsoft office suite of products.
  • Time management, including priority setting and resetting.
  • Procedures for handling privileged or confidential documents.
  • Principles of customer service, particularly in handling applicant concerns and issues.
  • Report generation for all aspects of the recruitment cycle
  • Developing, implementing and executing hiring strategies and processes.
  • Building and maintaining a network of relationships and collaborating with others.
  • Exercising good judgment and communicating about deadlines.
  • Presenting information clearly and effectively orally and in writing
  • Marketing strategies to promote hard to fill positions
  • Interacting with individuals at all levels of the organization.
  • Persuading and influencing and working well independently and in teams.
  • Developing, implementing and executing hiring strategies.
  • Maintaining and utilizing data and performance metrics on a regular basis.
  • Developing and maintaining a wide variety of reports pertaining to recruitments, their lifecycles and budgets.
  • Influencing and active listening, paying attention to what others are saying, taking time to comprehend and understand the points being made, and asking questions as appropriate.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Using personal computers and office software including word processing, spreadsheets and database programs in a Windows-based operating environment.
  • Working under pressure, addressing problems and tasks that arise simultaneously and/or unexpectedly.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other Kitsap Transit employees, representatives of other organizations and the public.

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements: Positions in this class typically require: dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard and other equipment, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions. Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met. Requires travel to other KT locations for testing and interviews and occasional travel to job fairs, conferences and meetings.

Selection Process: After evaluating the completed applications, we will invite the most qualified applicants to the next step in the recruitment process. We will not make any hiring decisions until all steps in the selection process are completed, including reference and background checks. Kitsap Transit does not pay for relocation costs.

To Apply: If you decide to apply for this position, please visit our employment link at Please contact Marianne Rajan in the Human Resources Department at (360) 478-5852 if you have any questions.

Closing Date: This posting is open until filled. You may include a resume; however, it may not be used in lieu of a completed application.

  • Selective certification may be used to achieve affirmative action goals. You can find Kitsap Transit’s EEO Policy at Please contact Marianne Rajan, Human Resources Manager at (360) 478-5852 if you have any questions.
  • Kitsap Transit is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the hiring process, contact Kitsap Transit Human Resources at 360-478-5852 (phone), 360-479-4348 (TDD) or
  • If you qualify for the Veterans Scoring Criteria under RCW 41.04.005 and 41.04.010, you must answer all questions regarding Veterans Scoring Criteria Status Declaration in the application and upload a copy of the substantiating document as listed in the application.
  • Kitsap Transit is subject to the requirements of the Federal Drug-Free Workplace Act and CFR Part 40 & Part 655, which prohibits the use of marijuana at any time while employed by Kitsap Transit.