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Washington State DCYF Human Resource Consultant 1 (HRC1) Non-Perm - Yakima in Yakima, Washington

Description This non-permanent appointment is expected to last 9 months The Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) was created to be a comprehensive agency exclusively dedicated to the social, emotional, and physical well-being of children, youth, and families regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or other socioeconomic factors. We believe our workforce should reflect the communities we serve and are actively searching for candidates that reflect that diversity. We're looking for a skilled human resources professional to join our dynamic and high-performing team, who embodies DCYF's core values of inclusion, respect, integrity, compassion, and transparency. Our vision is that "All Washington's children and youth grow up safe and healthy – thriving physically, emotionally, and educationally, nurtured by family and community." The Opportunity: As a Human Resource Consultant 1 in our Yakima office, you will be interacting with customers on a daily basis. Your role includes, but is not limited to, accurate and timely completion of the necessary paperwork, forwarding personnel and payroll actions to HRIS team for processing, and providing professional consultation on a variety of HR issues, including onboarding and leave management. Your keen attention to detail and the ability to read, interpret and apply state and federal laws, collective bargaining agreement language, and agency policy will be essential as you help educate and explain our "why" to our customers. The top candidate must be prepared to maintain acute attention to detail through a highly repetitive and often substantial daily workload. Additionally, the incumbent must possess the ability to quickly build, develop, and maintain positive working relationships with diverse customer groups. The experience gained in this role will be invaluable, as you will be exposed to a variety of specialties within HR. Come join a team that truly values each member! While this position is located at our Yakima office, our HR team is currently working remotely. Daily work requires analysis of a variety of policies and rules, and the development of strategies to resolve problems consistent with established standards. In carrying out this requirement, this position will, in part, perform the following work: * Acts as first point of contact for managers, supervisors, and employees, using active listening to fully understand the issue at hand. * Provides first-level professional human resource (HR) consultation and advice to appointing authorities, managers, supervisors, and employees. * Processes personnel and payroll actions for new hires, promotions, demotions, transfers, reallocations, non-permanent appointments, etc., for keying in the state's Human Resource Management System, HRMS. * Reviews completed correspondence including disciplinary actions, grievance responses, etc. * Reviews and provides feedback on documents related to employee management including evaluations, expectations, position descriptions, etc. * Consults with employees and supervisors on FMLA-related issues. Prepares and reviews FMLA paperwork and processes appropriate forms, consulting with the reasonable accommodation specialist as needed. * Explains and assists employees with completion of forms for changes to medical/dental insurance, LTD, Life Insurance, retirement, direct deposit, W4s, schedule changes, deferred compensation, etc. Submits forms to payroll/HRIS for processing. * Provides advice and guidance on requirements of HR-related DCYF administrative policies, procedures and guidelines, Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs), and Washington State Administrative Codes (WACs). * Provides individual counseling to employees and supervisors regarding personnel matters, benefits, and career progression. * Creates and maintains electronic personnel files, taking necessary action to keep information current and confidential and in compliance with personnel rules, agency policy, and the CBAs. * Serves as a backup to other HR Consultants as needed. Required Qualifications: Four or more years of relevant experience and/or education. * Relevant experience includes experience in an office performing HR related functions, consultation and administrative support. * Relevant education includes business, human resources, social or organizational/behavioral sciences, or a closely allied field. Degrees must be obtained from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). International degrees must be evaluated by CHEA if using the degree towards job qualifications. Required job-specific skills, abilities, and competencies: * Ability to maintain confidentiality at all times. * Ability to communicate concepts, both orally and in writing, in a manner that is understandable, persuasive, and appropriate for the audience. Ability to produce well- written letters and other correspondence, narrative, and statistical reports, and other presentations. * Ability to understand customer's mission, organizational needs, and processes, anticipate problems, provide relevant, effective consultation on all aspects of human resources management, and influence new and positive ways to approach and resolve problems. * Ability to exercise sound independent judgment and accurately interpret and apply federal and state employment laws, rules, labor agreements, and departmental policies. * Ability to work independently and as part of a team. * Ability to prioritize and effectively manage multiple tasks, personally adapt positively, and facilitate others' management of rapid change. * Ability to work in a fast-paced and changing environment. * Ability to develop and present information to managers and employees on a wide variety of human resource topics. * Ability to compile complicated exhibits, legal discovery, interrogatories, and disclosure of public records, within established timeframes. * Ability to develop and maintain productive working relationships with a wide variety of individuals at all levels and facilitate conflict resolution. * Ability to remain calm when dealing with disgruntled individuals. * Intermediate to advanced proficiency in MS Word and Outlook; ability to use MS Excel with beginner-level proficiency. Preferred/Desired Qualifications: * Experience within a state or other government agency. * SHRM-CP/SCP, S/PHR, or other professional HR certification. * Demonstrated history of flexibility and accuracy in completing high volumes of work with competing priorities. * HRMS experience. * NeoGov experience. * Demonstrated history of working independently, with minimal supervision. * Demonstrated history of delivering efficient and professional Customer Service for all levels at all times. * Demonstrated history of leading by example. * Demonstrated history of grasping new ideas and concepts quickly. * Demonstrated history of problem-solving/troubleshooting miscellaneous customer issues/questions. How do I apply? Complete your applicant profile and attach the following documents: * Letter of interest describing how you meet the specific qualifications for this position * * *Current resume detailing experience and education To take advantage of Veteran's preference please attach your DD-214, member 4 long-form, or your NGB-22. Please black out your social security number prior to attaching. Supplemental Information: Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position. The initial screening will be based on the content and completeness of your application and the materials submitted. All information may be verified and documentation may be required. Applications with comments such as "see attachments" or "N/A" in the supplemental question responses will be considered incomplete. DCYF is an equal opportunity employer and supports equity, diversity, inclusion, and respect. Need accommodation throughout the application/interview process? Unable to apply on-line? Contact the Recruitment team at or (360) 628-0114 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf at 800-833-6388 Experiencing technical difficulties creating, accessing or completing your application? Call NEOGOV toll-free at (855)524-5627 or email General suggestions for creating a good application packet: * Read the job posting very carefully. Find out as much as you can about the position. * Make sure you are very diligent in following all the application instructions. Include all requested documentation. * Make sure your application and supplemental question responses address how you meet each of the required and desired qualifications. * Carefully read each of the supplemental questions and respond completely to each one. Pay careful attention to each component of the question, providing examples, and thoroughly describing when and where you achieved the proficiency level, and detail the types of work you performed, the work products, etc., to demonstrate 'how'. * Specifically include all of your work experiences doing the same or similar work, especially if you reference work in these jobs in describing when/where you gained proficiency level skills. * Make sure your application reflects your best writing. 2021-05532 Salary: $3,616.00 - $4,738.00 Monthly Location: Yakima County – Yakima, WA Job Type: Full Time - Non-Permanent Department: Dept of Children, Youth, and Families Job Number: 2021-05532 Closing: 6/27/2021 11:59 PM Pacific Agency: State of Washington Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504 Phone: View Posting for Agency Contact Website: