Human Resources Analyst

City of Tacoma, WA
September 9, 2023
Tacoma, WA
Job Type


Position Description
Are you ready to make an impact in one of Washington's most vibrant communities? Join us at the City of Tacoma as a Human Resources Analyst and play a crucial role in shaping the future of our diverse and dynamic city!

The right candidate has the opportunity to ditch the daily commute and enjoy our hybrid and flexible work schedule options. We understand that you want above-average benefits to secure you and your loved ones' future. The private sector can't even come close to matching our unbelievable benefits , so, this is the right time to join local government and start a career at the City of Tacoma!

Human Resources professionals experienced in talent acquisition and employee relations will enjoy applying their knowledge, expertise, and independent judgement in the service of the organization, employees, and community. Successful candidates will be placed on a list to be considered for an HR Analyst role.

Human Resources Analysts on our Talent Solutions Team are part of a talented team of recruiters s pearhead ing recruitment efforts, attract ing top-tier candidates, and conduct ing thorough assessments to bring in the best talent. They al so serv e as trusted advisors , providing expert level consultation services to management and employees, conducting workplace investigations, and providing advice to employees about organizational policies and programs and fostering a positive work environment.

City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Our goal at the City of Tacoma is to have the workforce reflect the community we serve. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and multicultural skill sets and experiences. Employees are the heart of our organization, and we consistently work to provide a welcoming, safe, equitable and inclusive workplace.

Don't miss this chance to contribute to the vitality of Tacoma and help shape its future through effective human resources strategies. Join our team and be a part of something remarkable!

  • Bachelor's Degree in human resources, business, public administration or a related field, AND
  • Two to four years human resource experience related to area of assignment.

*Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every one of the qualifications listed. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one from a less traditional background. If you have transferable experience, please tell us about it!

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proven knowledge of principles and practices related to recruiting top talent and implementing effective employee relation s programs
  • At least 4 to 5 years of advancing HR experience with an emphasis in recruiting/talent sourcing and employee relations in a union environment
  • Proven skills in coaching/consulting, performance management, conflict resolution, union progressive discipline, relationship building, sourcing passive talent using different digital media tools ( i .e., podcast, video, social media etc.)
  • Strong business and HR acumen, including the ability to influence leadership on HR practices
  • Competency using Microsoft Suite and Applicant Tracking System preferably NeoGov
  • Developing and administering written, oral, physical, performance and other appropriate examinations for employment

Licensing, Certifications and Other Legal Requirements

  • Depending upon assignment a WA driver's license may be required
  • Individuals may have to pass a background check depending upon assignment
  • Human Resources related certifications are desired

Knowledge & Skills
Employ expertise, credibility, and effective partnering to help clients identify, evaluate, and resolve complex or sensitive issues, problems, and service needs. Partner with the customer, engaging the customer in analyzing and evaluating issues, options and service needs. Comprehend and apply standard solutions and service options, developing innovative solutions that uniquely meet the customer's needs when standard options are insufficient.

Make timely decisions without sacrificing quality even under ambiguous circumstances or when data is limited. Move quickly to find common ground for solutions among diverse interests. Be willing to act and advocate for an important organizational objective, even though it may be unpopular.

Influencing for Voluntary Compliance
Effectively persuade others to voluntarily accept recommendations or advice for the purpose of bringing them into compliance with regulations or policy. Understand and clearly communicate the reasons for seeking compliance, explaining pertinent rules or policies within the context of the customer's situation, and explaining the consequences of non-compliance. Work to find the "common ground" between the organization's objectives and the customer's situation in order to facilitate cooperation.

Display balanced thinking that combines analysis, wisdom, experience and perspective. Recognize and carefully weigh pros and cons of a prospective action and make the best decision, based on pros/cons, consideration of impacts, identification of options that address the issues. Involve stakeholders as appropriate in decision making that impacts them.

Relationship Building
Build constructive working relationships characterized by a high level of acceptance, cooperation and mutual respect. Anticipate and recognize the concerns of others, patiently solicit and consider ideas from those who are reluctant to express their points of view. Treat everyone with dignity and respect, respecting the opinion of all other people. Model effective group process behavior, such as listening, discussing, negotiating, rewarding, encouraging and motivating.
Selection Process & Supplemental Information

To be considered for this rewarding career opportunity:

Applicants must apply online and attach a resume and/or cover letter highlighting their specific experiences in recruiting top talent and/ or employee relations . For your application materials to be considered, all information must be submitted by the closing date and time listed on this job announcement.

Examination Process: This is a competitive selection process. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will have their responses to the supplemental questions scored as the required Experience & Training (E&T) test. Applicants must receive a passing score (70% or better) to be placed on the eligible list for interview and hiring consideration. The eligibility list established for this recruitment is generally good for one year.

Appointment is subject to successfully passing the background and reference checks. This position is covered by a Labor Agreement between the City of Tacoma and the Local 483. New employees must successfully complete a nine-month probationary period prior to obtaining permanent status in this classification.

Communication from the City of Tacoma
(NOTE : For questions regarding this specific recruitment contact Kat Flores, HR Analyst.)

We primarily communicate via email during the application process. Emails from and/or must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk email folders.

The online application system requires you to enter a substantial amount of information. Be prepared to spend at least an hour entering information. In order for your application materials to be considered, all information must be submitted by the closing date and time listed on this job announcement.

For assistance with the NeoGov application process, or questions regarding this job announcement, please contact the Human Resources office at 253-591-5400 by 4:00pm of the closing date of the job announcement. This will allow time to assist you before the job announcement closes. ( For technical difficulties using the NeoGov system , call the applicant support line at 1-855-524-5627 between 6:00am and 5:00pm Pacific Time.)

The City of Tacoma provides excellent medical, dental and vision plans for the whole family; paid holidays and paid leave; participation in the Tacoma Public Employees' Retirement System (alternate plan for Police/Fire); continuing education and advancement opportunities and a growing variety of City-sponsored health and wellness opportunities and incentives.

Medical Coverage: For eligible employees and their families, including domestic partners and dependent children age 26 or younger.

Dental Coverage: For eligible employees and their families, including domestic partners and dependent children age 26 or younger.

Vision Coverage: For eligible employees and their eligible dependents.

Paid Leave: City employees are entitled to received paid holidays, sick/vacation leave or personal time off (PTO), depending upon union affiliation and appointment type.

Insurance Plans: Employees are covered by a long-term disability plan. Short-term and expanded long-term disability insurance plans are also available to employees. The State Industrial Insurance Act also covers employees.

Deferred Compensation: Income can be set aside on a pretax basis and invested for supplementation of normal retirement income.

Retirement: All employees of the City, except members of the Police and Fire services, Tacoma Rail and certain project employees, are included in the Tacoma Employees' Retirement System. Information on the Tacoma Employees' Retirement System can be found at or by calling (253) 502-8200.

Other Employment Information

Direct Deposit: Employees are paid on a bi-weekly schedule by direct deposit.

Salary Increases: Based on satisfactory job performance, the City provides for a regular progression of salary increases for most classifications according to the salary schedule.

Union Affiliation: Many job classifications are covered by union security provisions which require union membership, dues, or payment of equivalent service fees.

Note: The provisions of this job announcement do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained herein may be modified and/or revoked without notice.

Closing Date/Time: 9/20/2023 5:00 PM Pacific

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