Principal Human Resources Analyst

County of Sacramento Sacramento, CA
The Position

Working under general direction, incumbents serve as technical-professional experts, consultants, and mentors in a human resources specialty area and/or as an administrative assistant to the Human Resources Agency Administrator and/or the Director of Personnel Services. Incumbents personally perform the most difficult, complex, and sensitive technical assignments and projects that have considerable agency- or countywide impact. Positions in this class do not supervise.

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Examples of Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of

* Applicable federal, state and local employment compliance requirements and precedent court decisions including Civil Rights Act, Civil Service Rules, Americans with Disabilities Act, Family Medical Leave Act, California Family Rights Act, Pregnancy Disability Leave, Fair Labor Standards Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Worker's Compensation, Drug Free Workplace Act, Equal Employment Opportunity, Employee Relations Ordinance and Personnel Ordinance

* Principles and practices of public sector labor relations administration including interpretation and application of negotiated agreements, employer employee relations practices, meet and confer obligations and progressive discipline

* Principles and practices of job analysis, position classification, occupational groups and public sector organization

* Principles and practices of public sector personnel/human resources administration including recruitment, selection, examination development, examination validation and examination administration

* Principles and practices of public sector compensation, methods and techniques of salary surveys, including job comparability, base and total compensation, weighted averages, costing methods and sources of wage data

* Psychometric principles and statistical methods related to personnel/human resources work

* Principles and practices of organizational behavior and development

* Principles and practices of management, supervision, and training

* Principles and methods for investigating and resolving grievances and complaints

* Methods and techniques for organizing and presenting information

* Automated systems and applications including applicant tracking, item analysis, word processing, spreadsheet and database applications

Ability to

* Plan, coordinate, direct and/or perform difficult, complex, and/or sensitive personnel/human resources work and projects

* Direct and perform research; collect and interpret data; define and select alternatives; draw conclusions; formulate recommendations; and project consequences of recommendations

* Analyze complex classification, compensation, organizational and examination problems and make sound recommendations for their resolution

* Interpret and apply complex policies, procedures, federal, state and local laws and requirements; memorandums of understanding; and other human resource materials

* Train and provide project and/or program direction to other professional, paraprofessional technical, and clerical staff

* Establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, supervisors, employees, employee organizations, other departments and members of the public

* Secure cooperation of operating officials in accepting and carrying out sound human resources management practices

* Function under stressful conditions and in emotional and/or confrontational situations requiring instructing, persuading and motivating people

* Exercise independent judgment and initiative

* Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing

* Effectively represent county position in hearings and meetings

* Use information systems as a tool in the performance of professional personnel/human resources work

* Act independently to determine methods and procedures and exercised judgment within broadly defined practices for obtaining results

Employment Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications


Three years of experience in Sacramento County service in the class of Senior Personnel Analyst with primary responsibility for recruitment and examination administration, classification and compensation, and examination development.




Five years of increasingly responsible experience in a public sector personnel/human resources office performing professional level analytical and technical personnel work in examination administration, classification and compensation, and examination development or a closely related personnel field. Three of the five years must include full-time experience at a level equivalent to Senior Personnel Analyst in Sacramento County service

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A Bachelor's degree in Public or Business Administration, Personnel/Human Resources Management, Organizational Development, Industrial Psychology, or a closely related field from an accredited college or university.


A Master's degree in business or public administration, personnel administration, personnel management, industrial psychology, or a closely related field from an accredited college or university may substitute for one year of experience.

Note: If the minimum qualifications include an educational or certificate/license requirement, applicants must submit proof of requirements with the application. Failure to submit proof of requirements may result in disqualification from the examination. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. For guidelines on submitting acceptable proof of educational requirements, please click here or speak to someone in our office before the cut-off date listed in this notice.

General Qualifications

Positions generally require regular travel to County facilities and require possession of, or ability to obtain a valid California Driver's License, Class C or higher, before the date of appointment. Failure to obtain and maintain this license constitutes cause for suspension or termination from the class in accordance with Civil Service Rules. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to a disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Desirable Qualifications

Certification by a recognized professional human resources body or licensing authority is highly desirable.

Physical Requirements

Sit for extended periods; frequently stand and walk; normal manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination; corrected hearing and vision to normal range; verbal communication; use of office equipment including computers, keyboards, telephones, calculators, and copiers.

Criminal History and Background Checks

Some positions may require the incumbent to pass and maintain a criminal justice background clearance.

Work Schedule and Conditions

Working conditions are those typically found in an office setting. Incumbents are subject to stressful situations and deadlines, and routinely work extended hours including occasional weekends. Occasional overnight travel may be required as necessary.

Probationary Period

The probationary period for this classification is twelve (12) months.

Application and Testing Information


Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. All applicants must complete and submit an online County of Sacramento employment application online by 5:00 PM on the final filing date of June 26, 2018. Click here to apply.

County of Sacramento

Department of Personnel Services

Employment Services Division

700 H Street, Room 4667

Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone (916) 874-5593; 7-1-1 California Relay Service


Inter-Office Mail Code: 09-4667

* Employment applications and all documentation requested in this announcement must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date.

* Employment Services is not responsible for any issues or delays caused by an applicant's computer or web browser. Applicants will be automatically logged out if they have not submitted their applications and all documentation prior to 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date.

* Your application should highlight all relevant education, training, and experience, and clearly indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications for the position as of the final filing date.

* Application information must be current, concise and related to the requirements in this job announcement. You may only apply for this recruitment once. Duplicate and incomplete applications will be disqualified.

* A resume may be included with your application, however it will not substitute for the information requested on the application.


Applicants are required to provide a full and complete response to each supplemental question. The Supplemental Questionnaire is located in the tab marked "Supplemental Questions". Please be descriptive in your response.

Note: Responses of "See Resume" or "See Application", or copy and paste of work experience are not qualifying responses and will not be considered.

* Supplemental Questionnaires must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date. Employment Services is not responsible for any issues or delays caused by an applicant's computer or web browser. Applicants will be automatically logged out if they have not submitted their applications and all documentation prior to 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date.

* The supplemental questions are designed to elicit specific information regarding a candidate's experience, education, and training. Responses should be consistent with the information on your application and are subject to verification.

* Please provide place of employment, pertinent dates, and concise, descriptive and detailed information for each question.

* If a job included responsibilities applicable to several questions, separate the different functions of the job to answer all the questions completely.

* Resumes or referral to the application or other questionnaire responses will not be accepted in lieu of completing each question.

* If you have no experience, write "no experience" for the appropriate question.

* For many individuals, it is more efficient to develop responses to the supplemental questions in a word processing document and then paste them into the final document to be submitted. Changes or corrections to your Supplemental Questionnaire cannot be made once your application packet has been submitted.

* If the Supplemental Questionnaire is used in the Formula Rate exam, failure to complete all of the questions or incomplete responses will result in a lower score. While scoring the Supplemental Questionnaire, the candidate's application and/or attachments will not be reviewed, therefore, a candidate's responses to the questions should be accurate, thorough, detailed, and complete.


All candidates meeting the minimum qualifications by the final filing date will have their Supplemental Questionnaire scored in the Formula Rate Examination.

This examination will evaluate the relevance, level, recency, progression and quality of candidate's education, training and experience. The candidate's application or other materials will not be included in this examination. Therefore, the candidate's responses to the supplemental questionnaire should be thorough, detailed and complete. The score from the Formula Rate Examination will determine the ranking on the eligible/employment list for this job.

All candidates competing in the testing process will receive written notice of their examination results by email. Applicants achieving a passing score will be placed on the eligible list in rank order. The rank is determined by the test score attained from the examination.


The probationary period for this classification is twelve (12) months.

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