Senior HR Specialist

Absolute Staffing & Consulting Solutions - White City, OR



Absolute Staffing & Consulting Solutions is seeking on the behalf of one of our premier clients. This will be an opportunity to work on a federal government contract for a significant period.


Under the direction of the Human Resources Director, the Senior Human Resources Specialist plans, organizes and performs the most highly complex professional, technical, and analytical work, to implement the District’s Human Resources programs. An incumbent may be assigned to one or several of the following program areas: employee & labor relations, training and development, recruitment & selection, benefits & compensation, policy compliance and leaves administration.

Incumbents in the classification may not perform all the duties as listed, depending upon the program(s) assigned. Additionally, the listed duties are not necessarily inclusive of all duties that may be assigned.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (without limitation):

Serve as a lead for professional, technical, and clerical staff to support daily HR program operations of the Department. Evaluate assigned programs and review policies, procedures, and methods used relative to effective utilization of resources and achievement of goals; formulates, develops, recommends, and/or implements action for program improvement.

Advise employees, managers and supervisors on established policies, procedures, and guidelines. Prepare and present Board Action Items (BAI) within respective program area(s). Write correspondence and prepare reports on a variety of technical, professional, and legal matters; deliver associated presentations on same.

Assist in the preparation of the annual budget. Utilize computer software and/or human resources-related information systems to perform duties, and train users on same. Conduct special studies as assigned; prepares reports on various human resources programs; prepares recommendations for consideration to management. Interpret and explain human resources management provisions of laws, rules, policies, ordinances and agreements to District officials, employees, employee organizations, and the public. Perform daily activities in accordance with applicable human resources policies, procedures, methods, and techniques. Perform data analysis and report preparation-incorporating determinations into recommendations. Provide efficient and effective assistance and service to District employees and external customers. Train staff; provide information and guidance on applicable human resources policies, procedures, methods, and techniques; respond to questions and assist in reviewing work products.



  • Provides expertise for HR programs requiring expert knowledge of federal HR terminology, operations, procedures, and requirements.
  • May perform tasks in any area/s of HR, including policy.
  • Must be capable of completing high-quality work expeditiously under minimal supervision.
  • May act as Team Lead over lower-level positions.


  • Fundamental principles and practices of public sector human resources administration, including practices methods and techniques related to one or more of the program areas of recruitment and selection, employee/labor relations, training and development, policy development and compliance, leaves administration, benefits, and compensation.
  • Principles, techniques, and activities related to employee and labor relations serving as an employer representative in a complex collective bargaining unit environment.
  • Business computer applications such as Microsoft Office Suite, HRIS, benefits administration systems and applicant tracking systems.
  • Collective bargaining laws, procedures, and practices.
  • Principles and practices of administering Memorandums of Understanding with employee organizations, processing grievances, and dealing with disciplinary matters.
  • Procedures and requirements associated with administrative investigations.
  • Principles and methods for developing performance improvement plans.
  • Techniques and methods for effective training of human resources fundamentals.
  • Research and statistical analysis practices.
  • Principles of technical report preparation and professional business writing.
  • Principles of effective presentations and public speaking.
  • Pertinent local, state, and federal laws, ordinances, and rules.
  • Principles and practices of effective customer service.

Skills & Abilities:

  • Supervise, train, and evaluate assigned professional, technical, and clerical staff.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective, collaborative, and respectful working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Recognize, identify, and resolve conflict or problems of a sensitive or political nature.
  • Function under challenging conditions and/or confrontational situations requiring instructing, persuading, and motivating people.
  • Exercise exemplary independent judgment and initiative, maintain a high degree of confidentiality, and maintain professional demeanor and composure in stressful or confrontational situations.
  • Consistently provide exceptional quality service and work products.


Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in human resources management, business administration, public administration, industrial relations, organizational psychology, or a closely related field. Master’s degree in human resources highly desired.


Professional HR Certification Designation, such as PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP, and SHRM- SCP is required or must be obtained within twelve months from the date of appointment.


Seven (7) years of progressively professional level experience in a multi-faceted public sector human resource’s role within a collective bargaining unit environment.

Microsoft Office Proficiency: Intermediate Level or Above in Word, PowerPoint & Excel.

Posted On: Wednesday, August 30, 2023

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