City of Bethel

Consider a career in Bethel Alaska, where you’re steps from the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge’s untouched nature. The scenic landscapes and recreation paradise provide habitat for salmon, bear, caribou, moose, wolves, and muskox. The City is seeking applications from energetic Human Resources professionals interested in joining a leadership team committed to the community they serve.

Plans, organizes and administers Human Resources programs and activities, including employee relations, employment, compensation administration, employee benefits, labor relations, and employee assistance, risk management and wellness programs; provides expert professional assistance to management staff in human resources and risk management related matters.

This class specification lists the major duties and requirements of the job and is not all-inclusive. Incumbent(s) may be expected to perform job-related duties other than those contained in this document and may be required to have specific job-related knowledge and skills.
• Develops and directs the implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures and work standards for the department; directs the preparation and administration of the department’s budget.
• Performs recruitment, selection, and employment activities for the City; ensures compliance with federal, state, local, and institutional standards, regulations and policies regarding fair employment practices to management staff in the handling of human resources related issues.
• Directs and participates in benefit management activities, including recommending changes in benefit program design; negotiating as necessary with insurance carriers; communicating coverages to affected employees and administering programs in compliance with legal and institutional standards; analyzes and modifies compensation and benefits policies to establish competitive programs and ensure compliance with legal requirements.
• Counsels management staff and affected employees on employee relations matters, including interpreting policies, corrective action and termination; represents City as necessary before third parties in matters related to discipline, unemployment, and workers’ compensation.
• Responsible for the management and oversight of compliance with regulatory requirements and programs (e.g., DOT testing).
• Advises managers on organizational policy matters such as equal employment opportunity and sexual harassment; recommends needed changes.
• Performs all duties related to risk management to include risk identification and oversight of safety programs and training.
• Represents City during labor contract negotiations with bargaining units; resolves employment issues and interprets collective bargaining agreements; ensures effective communication of labor issues.
• Analyzes statistical data and reports to identify and determine causes of personnel problems and develop recommendations for improvement of City’s human resources policies and practices.
• Analyzes training needs to ensure appropriate employee development and training.
• Maintains records and compiles statistical reports concerning personnel-related data such as applicants, hires, transfers, and performance appraisals.
• Administers and monitors the City’s workplace injury program. Ensure consistent efforts in returning employees to work and placement of those with restricted activities in accordance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Workers’ Compensation laws. Work with the Safety Committee to provide a healthy and safe working environment.
• Recommends and administers the employee wellness program including incentives, in an effort to encourage healthy choices and behaviors.
• Attends hearings, City Council meetings, and conferences to present recommendations, answer inquiries, and represent the Department.
• Maintains currency of employment regulations, industry trends, current practices, new developments, applicable laws, and employment legislation.
• Promotes and supports the overall mission of the City by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with public and staff; acts in a manner that promotes a harmonious and effective workplace environment.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Bachelor’s degree in public or business administration, or a closely related field; and five (5) years of professional human resources generalist experience; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.


Required Knowledge:
• City policies and procedures.
• Concepts, principles and procedures of human resources administration.
• Principles and practices of program planning, development and evaluation.
• Administrative principles and practices, including goal setting, program development, implementation and evaluation, and the management of employees through multiple levels of supervision.
• Principles and practices of budget development and administration.
• Applicable laws, codes and regulations.
• Records management principles and practices.
• Principles and techniques of making effective oral presentations.
• Computer applications related to the work.
• Correct business English, including spelling, grammar and punctuation.
Required Skills:
• Planning, organizing and administering a comprehensive and varied human resources support function.
• Effective and efficient management of programs and staff.
• Training others in policies and procedures related to the work.
• Developing and implementing goals, objectives, policies, procedures and work standards.
• Project and program management.
• Performing professional-level human resources duties in a variety of assigned areas.
• Interpreting, applying and explaining applicable laws, codes and regulations.
• Maintaining accurate records and files.
• Providing consulting services to supervisors and managers.
• Preparing clear and concise reports, correspondence and other written materials.
• Using initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines.
• Using tact, discretion and prudence in working with those contacted in the course of the work.
• Performing effective oral presentations to large and small groups.
• Contributing effectively to the accomplishment of team or work unit goals, objectives and activities.
• Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with a variety of individuals contacted in the course of the work.
The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Mobility to work in an office setting, use standard office equipment and stamina to sit for extended periods of time; strength to lift and carry up to 10 pounds; vision to read printed materials and computer screens; and hearing and speech to communicate in person or over the telephone.

Work is performed in an office setting.
Travel required to locations throughout the City; exposure to adverse environmental conditions.

Hiring Salary Range: $97,234 – $110,011 exempt, annual starting salary range. Placement within the starting range is determined based upon the candidate’s background, education and experience.

Lori Strickler

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