Human Resources Analyst

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Under general supervision, to perform a variety of human resources analytical and professional services in the administration of personnel functions, including recruitment, examination, classification, and/or benefits administration for the County of Santa Clara.

The County of Santa Clara is dedicated to plan for the needs of a dynamic community, provide quality services, and prompt health, safe, and prosperous community for all. Join us to fulfil this mission!

Employee Services Agency – Human Resources (ESA-HR) seeks candidates to perform the full range of recruitment and classification efforts for the County of Santa Clara.

The HR Analyst meets with hiring managers to plan and coordinate recruitment and classification efforts for numerous classifications. Duties include but are not limited to revising and updating job specification, creating job analysis and examinations, reviewing applications, analyzing recruitment trends, and reviewing positions and classifications to ensure proper allocation.

The ideal candidate(s) will have robust experience in recruitment and classification functions, including working in a unionized environment. The list will be used to fill vacancies as they occur.

COVID-19 Risk Tier – Low Risk

Typical Tasks

  • Reviews job descriptions; obtains background, occupational, and job information;
  • Interviews employees and recommends allocation or reallocation of positions to appropriate classifications;
  • Develops and evaluates alternative methods for solving human resources issues and prepares reports of findings and recommendations for solutions;
  • Plans and conducts recruitment activities; analyzes staffing requirements and applicant sources; develops publicity and advertising campaigns;
  • Represents the County through meet and confer with recognized employee organizations;
  • Meets with department heads, labor representatives, and employees regarding recruitment, examination, classification, salary and wage administration, benefit administration, and other personnel matters;
  • Analyzes and makes recommendations on staffing levels and organizational relationships;
  • Develops classification concepts, conducts classification studies, and makes recommendations that impact the County classification plan, relating to the adoption, review, or modification of classification specifications and related compensation;
  • Gathers, tabulates, and analyzes data required in the maintenance or revision of the County compensation plan;
  • Performs review of positions, classifications, and organizational relationships through desk audits, interviews, or review of other relevant information;
  • Prepares recommendations on salaries and related compensation matters;
  • Prepares recruitment plans, examination announcements, and other materials for publicizing job opportunities with the County; speaks with individuals and groups to promote employment with the County;
  • Reviews applications for County recruitments; conducts job analyses for validation of examinations;
  • Analyzes requests and assignments related to organizational structure, salary levels, classification, examining procedures, and other County human resources functions;
  • Analyzes job duties and responsibilities in accordance with recognized rules, regulations, and practices to determine job content for purposes of examination development, position classification, and compensation;
  • Interviews incumbents, supervisors, and management personnel and determines and/or recommends appropriate allocation of positions;
  • Develops new or revised job descriptions based on classification studies;
  • Develops and validates examinations; formulates items for written tests in accordance with recognized principles; assists in designing other selection devices;
  • Coordinates employee benefits programs;
  • Researches and compiles data to provide information needed to evaluate and maintain County benefits programs;
  • Administers County retiree reimbursement programs and deferred compensation program;
  • Develops Countywide employee benefits communications and materials;
  • Interprets Federal and State laws as they pertain to the administration of employee benefits;
  • Interprets labor agreements, polices and procedures to determine appropriate administration of benefits programs, etc.;
  • May prepare training materials and conduct trainings in personnel-related matters;
  • Reviews departmental requests and inquiries and determines steps necessary for disposition;
  • May serve in a staff capacity for a variety of committees; prepares reports, correspondence, and statistical materials;
  • May be assigned as a Disaster Service Worker, as required; and
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Employment Standards

Sufficient education, training, and experience to demonstrate the possession and direct application of the following knowledge and abilities:

Training and Experience Note: The required knowledge and abilities are attained through training and experience equivalent to completion of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college in Management, Business Administration, Public Administration, Industrial Relations, Human Resources, or a related field. Relevant analytical, administrative, lead, supervisory, or management experience that includes interpreting rules and regulations, gathering data, formulating recommendations, and report writing can substitute for education on a year-for-year basis.


Three (3) years of full-time experience in human resources performing professional-level analytical work. Experience in the public sector is desirable.

A Master’s Degree in one of the disciplines listed above may be substituted for one (1) year of the required experience.

Knowledge Of

  • Principles and practices of employee recruitment and selection;
  • Principles and practices of employee classification, compensation, and wage administration;
  • Principles and practices of benefits administration;
  • Policies and procedures of public personnel administration;
  • Use of applicable Charter provisions, Merit System Rules, Personnel Practices, Memoranda of Agreement (MOA), Memoranda of Understanding (MOU), and applicable Federal, State, and local regulations;

Ability To

  • Identify, research, and gather relevant information from a variety of sources;
  • Read and interpret complex written materials;
  • Analyze and evaluate data, procedures, and other information;
  • Formulate conclusions and/or alternatives and develop effective recommendations;
  • Use work-related computer applications;
  • Apply the principles, techniques, and methods used in classification, recruitment, selection, compensation, and benefits administration;
  • Make accurate analyses and evaluations on personnel matters;
  • Comprehend applicable Federal, State, and local laws and ordinances, regulations, and employee organization agreements;
  • Prepare clear and accurate reports;
  • Manage a variety of simultaneous work projects;
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing;
  • Establish and maintain effective and professional relations at all levels of the County and with the public.

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