Employee Relations Analyst (Human Resources Analyst III)

Fairfax County's Department of Human Resources is seeking an experienced Employee Relations (ER) Analyst to aid in the administration of its' various programs. The Employee Relations Division collaborates with agency HR staff, senior leaders, and other DHR divisions to serve a workforce of more than 12,000 merit positions. Key division responsibilities include providing consultative services; administering and interpreting relevant policies and regulations; administering the performance management and grievance systems; developing and facilitating training; ensuring regulatory compliance; and increasing employee engagement. The selected incumbent is responsible for:

  • Serving as a business partner/consultant to employees, supervisors, agency HR managers and managers on matters pertaining to employee relations and performance management;
  • Identifying potential issues and facilitating solutions designed to address an array of employee relations issues;
  • Drafting, reviewing, and editing a variety of employee relations documents and correspondence;
  • Supporting efficient and effective operations of automated and human systems under the purview of the division;
  • Working collaboratively on program studies and project implementations;
  • Developing and proposing revisions to county personnel regulations and procedural memoranda;
  • Designing and delivering training on relevant subject matter;
  • Maintaining current knowledge regarding a range of federal, state, and local human resources legislation.
Illustrative Duties
(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position job description.)

General
Proactively develops, manages, and evaluates programs and procedures that are responsive to the changing needs of the customer and the business environment;
Develops, recommends, and implements personnel policies, procedures, and programs consistent with County, State, and Federal laws and regulations;
Serves as an expert witness; presents testimony at official proceedings such as Civil Service Commission and in Court;
Applies systems solutions to business problems; trains users in system functions;
Proactively develops solutions; facilitates problem solving among different individuals/groups to reach effective outcomes;
Provides advice and consultation regarding immediate situations;
Works independently to define and meet customer needs, facilitating innovation and exploration of non-traditional ideas;
Recognizing the implications of proposed changes, identifies and collaborates with appropriate individuals and groups to develop and implement the changes;
Leads change initiatives throughout the department or with customers to improve services and meet the needs of the customer;
Investigates/responds to individual, agency, or County-wide issues, questions or grievances from the public, employees, and/or County/State/Federal agencies;
Develops and presents material on various topics to individuals and groups.

Employee Relations/EEO Programs
Provides interpretation, guidance and training in the application of County rules and regulations, as well as Federal and State laws and regulations. Revises County personnel regulations;
Provides guidance on formal disciplinary actions; administers the County's grievance procedure;
Mediates and/or assists with problem solving of County employees and/or citizen
complaints and grievances;
Leads or participates in agency or County-wide investigations to reduce the County's liability and to resolve complaints.

Compensation/Performance Management
Trains employees and managers in the use of the County's performance evaluation process;
Assists agency managers in linking agency performance measures to employee performance standards.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities
(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list.)

Knowledge of the principles, methods and problems of organization and management;
Knowledge of the principles and practices of public sector human resources administration in relevant areas;
Knowledge of group/team dynamics;
Knowledge of federal, state and county laws, ordinances, rules and regulations pertaining to all aspects of human resource management;
Skill in use of computer hardware and software;
Skill in facilitation;
Skill in mediation and conflict resolution;
Ability to gather, analyze and present facts;
Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with citizens, employees and public officials;
Ability to work as a team member or leader;
Ability to speak and write effectively.
Employment Standards
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following:
(Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for "Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to")
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree in personnel administration, public administration or a related field, plus four years of professional-level human resources experience.

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:
Not applicable.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • A directly related bachelor's degree (e.g., human resources management, human resources development, public administration, sociology, psychology, or business administration);
  • Human resources professional certification (Senior Professional in Human Resources [SPHR]; IPMA-HR or similar);
  • Five or more years of successful experience as an HR consultant or business partner working in employee relations;
  • Two or more years of experience in creating and providing training to managers related to performance management, discipline, conduct, and grievances.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
The appointee to the position must satisfactorily complete a criminal background check.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Duties are generally sedentary, performed in a normal office environment. Ability to operate keyboard-driven equipment. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

SELECTION PROCEDURE:
Panel interview and may include a written exercise.

It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.