Principal Hr Analyst

County of Contra Costa
Full Time, Permanent $127,825 - $155,373 Per year CA 1025 Escobar St, Martinez, CA 94553, United States Apply before 5/28/2024 11:59


Why join the Contra Costa County Human Resources Department?

Contra Costa County recognizes that our employees are our strongest and greatest asset. The Human Resources Department has a staff of just over 50 employees organized into four (4) divisions that provide services to County Departments, employees, and the public.

Human Resources team members work in collaboration with one another and the County Administrator's Office to provide central human resources services and oversight to 27 County departments. In order to provide the best human resources services to our partners and clients, we strive to recruit motivated, forward-thinking, results-driven HR staff.

A successful Principal HR Analyst will be a skilled professional who is committed to bringing out the best in others, leading and being the change, and who is able to provide guidance and support without dictating a specific solution.

We are looking for someone who is:

  • Analytical and data driven. You will be responsible for collecting and analyzing various HR metrics, and making recommendations to improve and optimize human resources activities for the County.    
  • Creative! You will need to be able to understand the challenges faced in hiring processes and recommend innovative ways to assess applicants and shorten time-to-hire to ensure the best qualified candidates are available for our hiring managers.    
  • Customer focused. Your role will require you to understand your customer's operational needs and to be responsive and proactive when addressing those needs.
  • A strong relationship builder with excellent communication skills. You will be expected to create an environment where your team will strive and thrive, establish relationships across many departments at all levels of the organization, and ensure that a consistent message is communicated to a variety of audiences.     
  • Organized and results-driven. You will need to balance your own work and multiple assignments and priorities for your assigned team in a fast-paced environment.
What you will typically be responsible for:
  • Supervising and leading a team of Human Resources analysts and technicians by coordinating the work of the team and ensuring the integrity of the work is maintained and performance agreements are met. 
  • Conducting complex recruitment, assessment, and classification work.    
  • Analyzing and evaluating the effectiveness of County Human Resources programs, policies, processes, and team effectiveness; identifying areas for improvement and innovation, and proposing solutions.    
  • Helping to develop strategies to create career ladders, increase employee engagement, improve employee retention, and building an inclusive, high-trust organizational culture.     
  • Providing guidance and interpretation to County departmental human resources staff on human resources policies, procedures, rules and regulations, and on workforce planning, organizational design and development.
A few reasons you might love this job:
  • Your work will have a direct impact on the County's ability to provide important public services.   
  • You will be challenged daily.    
  • You will work with people who are passionate about their work, and focused on continuous improvement and innovation.    
  • You're seeking an opportunity to contribute to an effort to redefine public sector merit-system hiring.
A few challenges you might face in this job:
  • You will be joining an organization that is updating and modernizing several business practices and technologies. This will require persistence and tenacity to help keep change moving forward in an environment where some are already experiencing change fatigue.    
  • Your customers will include some people with strong personalities and/or high expectations.
  • You will need to learn to navigate through complex, sometimes outdated and conflicting rules, policies and labor agreements to assist others in reaching operational objectives. 
Competencies Required:
  • Analyzing & Interpreting Data: Drawing meaning and conclusions from quantitative or qualitative data
  • Adaptability: Responding positively to change and modifying behavior as the situation requires
  • Building & Maintaining Relationships: Establishing rapport and maintaining mutually productive relationships
  • Business Process Analysis: Defining, assessing, and improving operational processes and workflow
  • Coaching & Developing Others: Supporting others in stretching and expanding their capabilities
  • Delivering Results: Meeting organizational goals and customer expectations and making decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks
  • Design Sense: Creating work products that are functional, intuitive and aesthetically pleasing
  • Displaying Ownership and Accountability: Holding self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results
  • Innovative Problem Solving: Identifying and analyzing problems in order to propose new ways to do business
  • Establishing Credibility: Doing what he/she commits to doing and respecting the confidentiality of information and concerns shared by others
  • Group Facilitation: Enabling constructive and productive group interaction
  • Handling Stress: Maintaining emotional stability and self-control under pressure, challenge, or adversity
  • Learning Agility: Seeking learning opportunities and applying the lessons to one’s work
  • Managing & Facilitating Change: Addressing key factors that influence successful organizational change
  • Organization Design & Structure: Establishing organizational structure and clarifying roles and responsibilities
  • Political & Organizational Savvy: Working skillfully with politics, procedures, and protocols across organizational levels and boundaries
  • Professional Integrity & Ethics: Displaying honesty, adherence to principles, and personal accountability
  • Presentation Skill: Formally delivering information to groups
  • Valuing Diversity: Appreciating the benefits of varied backgrounds and cultures in the workplace

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The eligible list established from this recruitment may remain in effect for six months.

Remote Work Eligibility

This position is eligible to work remotely up to 50% of each workweek. However, in the short term, the Principal HR Analyst is expected to be in the office daily for the first 4 weeks. Future remote work arrangements may be discussed after hire based on dynamic business needs. Additionally, the Principal HR Analyst must live within 200 miles of Martinez, California. These policies are non-negotiable.  

Minimum Qualifications

Experience: Four (4) years of progressively responsible full-time human resources experience performing recruitment and assessment and/or classification and compensation work. Three (3) years of the qualifying experience must have included significant responsibility for (a) conducting classification studies, and compensation analysis, and/or (b) conducting job analyses, and developing and administering recruitments.
Education: Possession of a Bachelor's Degree from a college or university with a major in human resources management, business, industrial psychology, public administration or closely related field.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Professional HR experience working in a local government or public sector agency
  • Possession of a IPMA-HR Certification
  • Possession of a SHRM Certification
  • Possession of a Data/HR Analytics Certification
  • Experience as a lead or supervisor of other HR staff

Selection Process

  1. Application Filing and Evaluation: Applicants will be required to complete a supplemental questionnaire at the time of application, applications will be evaluated to determine which candidates will move forward in the next phase of the recruitment process.

  2. Training and Experience Evaluation:  Consists of an evaluation of each candidate's relevant education, training and/or experience as presented on the application and supplemental questionnaire.  (Weighted 100%)

Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an invitation to participate in the selection process. 

The Human Resources Department may change the examination steps noted above in accordance with the Personnel Management Regulations and accepted selection practices.

CONVICTION HISTORYAfter you receive a conditional job offer, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you have received a conditional job offer. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances. Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with Contra Costa County. If you accept a conditional job offer, the Human Resources department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.
 DISASTER SERVICE WORKERAll Contra Costa County employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law. Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

 It is the policy of Contra Costa County to consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, or other protected category under the law.