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FIRST FED Senior HR Business Partner in Bellingham, Washington

*This position can be done from any of our Business Centers in Bellingham, Bellevue or Port Angeles. There may be flexibility for experienced candidates to work from other locations. *

Who We Are

First Fed is a local community bank on an exciting growth trajectory with 16 locations in 5 counties across Washington. We are committed to investing in our amazing team and technologies which enable better service for our customers and communities. In 2021, First Fed was recognized as a Best Workplace by Puget Sound Business Journal and a Best Bank by Forbes, Peninsula Daily News, and Bellingham Alive. 

We welcome applicants from all backgrounds -- our diversity makes us stronger. In 2023, we are celebrating our first 100 years of service.

Our Values

Optimism:  We are positive and decisive. We believe the future will be better than the past. Our attitude demonstrates persistence which leads to success.

Initiative:  We are self-starters and find innovative solutions. We are courageous, entrepreneurial, and passionate. We take action for good.

Respect:  We include individuals from diverse backgrounds and with different perspectives. We are committed to honoring and serving others.

Growth:  We learn and adapt so we can continually improve. We believe in personal growth through grit and determination.

Ownership:  We are invested in our endeavors. We are accountable and take responsibility for our actions and decisions.

Position Purpose:

Enable business success through effective administration and execution of HR programs, policies and practices that encourage employee engagement and manager capability at First Fed Bank.


Essential Functions:

Approve new hire comp and wage increases for non-exempt employees. Participate in annual compensation surveys, perform analysis of compensation data and practices, and recommend compensation policy and practice updates.  Maintain current job descriptions, approve updates, and ensure comp is aligned with scope of each job.

Serve as a point of contact for employee concerns and inquires, providing guidance and support on HR related issues. Conduct investigations and develop fair and timely resolution.  Create a fair, equitable, and accountable work environment through consistent employee relations work.       

Participate in internal and external audits of HR processes, practices, and benefits administration.

Manage the maintenance of the HR Hub and Supervisor Hub with current HR policies, processes, programs, and procedures that align with the bank's Mission, Vision and Values and comply federal/state employment laws, while supporting the needs of employees and the bank. Evaluate and ensure timely revisions are completed as needs arise.

Provide counsel, guidance and support to executives, managers, supervisors, and employees on various human resources issues including the interpretation and application of HR policies and procedures, federal and state regulations governing all areas of employment and labor law.

Participate in Talent Management, Career Pathing, and development activities to support internal growth of our employees.

Coordinate HR projects and initiatives in support of organizational objectives. Conduct research, develop recommendations and implementation plan. Collaborate with HR team and other bank staff as needed to ensure successful implementation. May also participate as a subject matter expert on projects with internal customers performing various roles based on the scope and needs of the project.

Ensure collaboration with internal customers to understand business requirements and objectives to design, create and roll out reporting and analytic solutions. Create ad hoc reports and analysis as requested. Proactively identify opportunities for reporting so