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Human Resources Specialist

Valley Transit
Walla Walla, Washington 99362
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time


This position is responsible for a wide variety of human resources related activities and programs in a transit agency of approximately 60 employees. Activities include recruitment and selection, employee benefits, administration of various state and federal mandates, employee and labor relations activities, classification, compensation, human resources policies and procedures, HR Information Systems, and related duties that may be assigned. This position reports to the Deputy General Manager and works closely with the General Manager, department heads and other members of the Administration Department.

 Essential Duties and Responsiblities

  • Oversees recruitment and selection activities for Valley Transit (VT), plans and implements recruitment strategies, designs and administers selection processes, and administers the employment and orientation processes for new employees.
  • Manages various programs to ensure compliance with various federal and state laws, including but not limited to FMLA, WFLA, EEO, Title VI and AA.
  • Oversees VT's employee benefits programs; advises the Deputy General Manager regarding benefit use, changes in laws or regulations, and needed benefit revisions; and works with insurance providers and regulatory agencies.
  • Administers and maintains VT's classification and compensation systems, including conducting surveys; analyzing position classifications for accuracy; and recommending policy, system, and process changes to comply with VT’s goals.
  • Stays current with VT's human resources information system, ensuring that appropriate data and files are maintained.
  • Conducts and assists with VT's employee training programs, which includes working with training specialists, external consultants, and trainers.
  • Provides employee relations advice and recommendations to managers, supervisors, and employees regarding VT’s policies and procedures.
  • Administers and maintains VT's workers compensation program, including processing and monitoring of claims, coordinating efforts to return injured employees to work as quickly as possible, coordinates alternate duty assignments, maintains computer and paper files, and prepares reports as required or necessary.
  • Provides direction and training to other staff that assists with human resources functions.
  • Assists with labor relations activities, including preparation for negotiations and contract interpretation.
  • Oversees employee wellness and morale programs and related activities. Works with the Deputy General Manager to ensure VT complies with Federal and State Labor and Employment Laws and Regulations.
  • Administers Drug/Alcohol Policy, schedules and monitors drug/alcohol screenings in compliance with FTA regulations, maintains confidential records, documents compliance with Drug/Alcohol Testing Program, prepares annual drug/alcohol testing reports for Federal Transit Administration.
  • Performs administrative and clerical support for department managers, attends Board of Director meetings as required, interacts with customers by phone and in person to provide customer information, receives complaints, comments, and compliments from the public, and refers same to department managers for investigation.
  • Serves as VT’s Public Records Officer.
Salary: $52,540-$60,340 DOQ, plus longevity steps (at 10yr, 15yr, 20yr). 
Position location: Walla Walla, Washington



Any equivalent combination of education and experience, which provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job.

  • A bachelor's degree in human resource management, industrial relations, public administration, business administration, or a related field.
  • A minimum of five years of increasingly responsible professional level experience in a human resources department, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience in the public sector and a unionized environment is preferred.
  • A valid Washington State Driver's License and a driving record acceptable to VT's insurance carrier.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Application packets with the complete job description are available at our Main Office, 1401 W. Rose Street, Walla Walla, WA 99362 or can be requested at: info@valleytransit.com.

**In order to be further considered for this position, candidates must complete a Valley Transit employment application. Competed applications should be returned to our Main office as listed above**

Position open until filled. EEO/AA


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