Principal Human Resources Analyst

City of Ventura


Recruitment & Selection
Human Resources Department
Salary: $83,911.57 - $112,443.13/year

Are you a dynamic Human Resources professional with proven experience overseeing recruitment and selection for an organization?  The City of Ventura is seeking a progressive and creative Principal Human Resources Analyst to manage the City's recruitment and selection program by developing strategic recruitment outreach through a variety of innovative sources and effectively meet the high demands of City departments.   To be considered for this rewarding career opportunity, apply on-line at by the 8/13/2019 filing deadline!
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Under general direction, manages, plans, organizes, and coordinates the activities of assigned human resources staff for an assigned program area; performs responsible advanced journey-level work in the areas of classification, compensation, benefits, recruitment and selection, employee and labor relations, HRIS system management, and training. Assists in the development and administration of personnel programs, policies, and procedures.
This is a broad classification with positions assigned to specific functional areas.  Duties and assignments may overlap assigned functional areas depending on the operational needs of the department.
This position is designated as "at will" serving at the pleasure of the department Director and subject to discharge without cause and without the right of appeal.

Embraces change and the opportunity to implement new ideas.
Demonstrates initiative and sound judgment in recommending solutions and resolving problems.
Has a can-do attitude, and an ability to juggle multiple tasks, priorities, and assignments.
Has excellent interpersonal skills and can foster working relationships at all organizational levels.
Has experience accessing data and running reports from a computerized human resource information system.
Is a team player who works collaboratively with others and values diverse opinions.
Has public sector human resources experience.

Depending on area of assignment, duties may include but are not limited to the following:
Performs a variety of complex and difficult professional-level duties in support of the City’s human resources functions including benefits and pay administration, classification and compensation, employee recruitment and selection, HRIS system management, training, labor and employee relations, records management, and special projects/studies.
Develops, maintains and administers personnel policies, practices and procedures. Interprets and explains memoranda of understanding, salary ordinances, personnel rules and regulations and other human resources policies to managers and employees. Ensures compliance with federal and state regulations regarding all aspects of human resources administration.
Manages, plans, develops, and implements the City's benefit program operations, including health, life, dental, disability, unemployment insurance, employee assistance, flexible spending accounts, deferred compensation, retirement and leave programs. Reviews, recommends and administers benefit contracts and consultants providing benefit advice to City.  Oversees preparation of benefit information and related materials and drafts benefit related policies and procedures.  Serves as staff liaison to employee advisory committees regarding benefit programs.
Manages and oversees pay and benefit bi-weekly Human Resource Information System (HRIS) processing and ensures accurate system implementation of pay and benefit changes. Works with information technology staff to ensure proper and efficient functioning of the HRIS. Identifies departmental and citywide information needs and develops and disseminates informational reports.
Participates in contract negotiations with labor union and meetings with unrepresented employees. Participates in closed sessions with City Council. Conducts periodic salary and benefit surveys, makes salary recommendations and oversees implementation. Prepares or oversees preparation of information, reports and statistical analysis for negotiations, Meet and Confer sessions, and City Council meetings. Assists management and employees in complying with laws, Personnel Rules & Regulations, City policies and applicable Memoranda of Understanding. Receives and investigates complaints and assists with disciplinary actions and grievance matters in conjunction with the City Attorney’s Office.
Manages, plans, develops, implements and monitors the City's recruitment and selection program. Confers with managers and supervisors to plan recruitment, outreach and assessment activities. Evaluates policies and procedures and recommends and implements changes to improve efficiencies or ensure compliance with guidelines, laws or regulations. Creates strategic marketing plans to include social media, print and targeted outreach.  Develops a variety of assessment tools such as interviews, written exams, practical exams, assessment centers and/or multi-exercise selection processes.  Reviews and modifies recruitment, outreach and testing materials and procedures based on item analysis and ongoing evaluation of recruitment outcomes.  Prepares and maintains eligibility lists.  Oversees post-offer medical examination and background processes. Analyzes statistical information.
Manages, oversees and conducts classification and organizational studies and job audits.  Makes recommendations regarding modifications to the classification plan, compensation plan and organizational structure.  Prepares classification specifications.
Manages, plans and coordinates the City’s employee training and development program.  Oversees technical staff carrying out the administrative tasks related to training activities and programs.
Provides information and general assistance to City staff and the public regarding human resources policies and procedures.  Answers questions and provides information regarding personnel actions, discipline, employee records, benefits and other related matters.
Prepares various forms of correspondence including letters, reports, bulletins, requests for proposals (RFPs), announcements and memoranda. Prepares administrative reports, policies, resolutions and contracts.  Compiles and analyzes statistical and financial data.
Directs, coordinates and reviews the work plan for administrative support staff.  Assigns work activities, projects and programs.  Reviews and evaluates work products, methods and procedures. 
Participates in preparing and administering the Human Resources Department’s budget.  Forecasts funds needed for assigned programs and monitors expenditures.
Performs other related duties as assigned.

License: Possession of a valid California Class C driver's license.

A combination of education, training and experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree in public administration, human resources, business administration, or related field and five years of increasingly responsible professional human resources experience in the assigned areas related to classification, compensation, employee relations, labor relations, recruitment and selection, benefits and pay administration and training. Two years of supervisory experience is required. Public sector experience is highly desirable.