Human Resources Analyst

Contra Costa County, CA
January 13, 2021
Martinez, CA
Job Type


The Position

Why join the Contra Costa County Human Resources Department?

Contra Costa County recognizes that our employees are our strongest and greatest asset. The Human Resources Department has a staff of just over 50 employees organized into four Divisions that provide a full range of services to County Departments, employees, and the public.

Human Resources team members work in collaboration with one another and the County Administrator's Office to provide central human resources services and oversight to 24 County departments. In order to provide the best human resources services to our partners and clients, we strive to recruit motivated, forward-thinking, results-driven HR staff.

This is an exciting time to join Contra Costa County!

Over the past three years, we have been actively upgrading our two core HRIS, Peoplesoft and NeoGov, to streamline processes, produce actionable data, and improve outcomes. In addition, we are actively working to identify innovative and creative approaches to add value and provide high quality services to our County partners and the public.

Contra Costa County has been recognized as an early adopter of online unproctored testing for the public sector, and our agile approach to recruitment has allowed us to stay ahead of the game during this pandemic. If you're someone that is excited about trying new things and focusing on the work that adds value instead of getting lost in the routine processes, this is the place for you!

We are looking for individuals who are solution-oriented and able to learn and thrive in a fast-paced, growing and changing HR environment.

We are looking for someone who is:

  • Analytical and data driven. You will collect and analyze job analysis information to develop defensible employment exams and ensure that positions are properly classified and allocated within our classification system.
  • Creative! You will need to be able to understand the challenges faced in previous hiring processes and recommend innovative ways to assess applicant qualifications to ensure the best qualified candidates are available for our hiring managers.
  • Interested in learning and developing their career. In addition to recruitment and classification work, you will have the opportunity to get involved in a variety of special projects that will challenge you to develop your skills and learn more about our agency.
  • Customer focused. Your role will require you to be responsive and proactive when addressing internal customer needs.
  • A strong relationship builder with excellent communication skills. You will need to establish relationships across many departments, and ensure that a consistent message is communicated to a variety of audiences.
  • Organized and results-driven. You will need to balance multiple assignments and priorities in a fast-paced environment.

What you will typically be responsible for:

  • Conducting job analysis, organizing recruitment activities, developing and administering employment assessments and analyzing results, in order to provide well-qualified candidates to hiring departments.
  • Conducting compensation and classification analysis and making recommendations regarding the appropriateness of salaries and allocation of positions within the classification system; evaluating the appropriateness of organizational structures; preparing related documents and board orders for the Board of Supervisors agenda.
  • Helping to develop strategies to create career ladders, increase employee engagement, improve employee retention, and craft an inclusive organizational culture.
  • Providing guidance and interpretation to County departmental human resources staff on human resources policies, procedures, rules and regulations, and on workforce planning, organizational design and development.

A few reasons you might love this job:

  • Your work will have a direct impact on the County's ability to provide important public services.
  • You will be challenged daily.
  • You will work with people who are passionate about their work, and focused on continuous improvement and innovation.
  • You will have ample learning opportunities that will allow you to develop your skills and abilities, as well as contribute to the learning of other HR staff members.

A few challenges you might face in this job:

  • You will work on multiple assignments with competing deadlines.
  • Your customers will include some people with strong personalities and/or high expectations.
  • You will need to learn to navigate through complex and sometimes conflicting rules, policies or labor agreements in order to assist others in reaching operational objectives in ways that stay within the boundaries of the merit system.

Read the complete job description online here:

Competencies Required:
Critical Thinking - A nalytically and logically evaluating information, policies and procedures
Innovative Problem Solving - Identifying and analyzing problems in order to propose resolution and/or recommendations
Delivering Results - Meeting organizational goals and customer expectations and making decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks
Teamwork - Building and maintaining professional relationships, collaborating with others to achieve shared goals
Political & Organizational Savvy - Working skillfully with politics, procedures, and protocols across organizational levels and boundaries
Action & Results Focused (Taking Initiative) - Initiating tasks and focusing on accomplishment
Adaptability - Responding positively to change and modifying behavior as the situation requires
Attention to Detail - Focusing on the details of work content, work steps, and final work products
Customer Focus - Attending to the needs and expectations of customers
Learning Agility - Seeking learning opportunities and applying lessons to one's work
Professional Integrity & Ethics - Displaying honesty, adherence to principles, and personal accountability
Oral & Written Communication - Engaging effectively in dialogue and communicating effectively in writing
Strategic Thinking & Perspective - Evaluating immediate actions in context of achieving long range objective
Valuing Diversity - Appreciating the benefits of varied backgrounds and cultures in the workplace

The eligible list established from this recruitment may remain in effect for six months.


Remote Multiple Choice Test: week of February 1, 2021

Remote Performance Assessment: week of February 15, 2021

Minimum Qualifications
License Required: Possess and maintain a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's License or the ability to provide suitable transportation that is approved by the appointing authority. Out of state Motor Vehicle Operator's license will be accepted during the application process.

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities would be:

Experience: Two (2) years of progressively responsible full-time human resources experience performing recruitment and assessment, classification and compensation and/or organizational development work.


Education: Possession of a Bachelor's Degree from a college or university with a major in human resources management, business, industrial psychology, public administration or closely related field.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Professional Human Resources experience with a local government agency
  • Experience working with competency modeling
  • Expertise in developing and validating employment exams
  • Experience facilitating meetings and giving presentations or training
  • Expertise in conducting job analysis.
  • A Master's degree in I/O Psychology, Public Administration, Business Administration or Human Resources Management

Selection Process

  1. Application Filing and Evaluation: Applicants will be required to complete a supplemental questionnaire at the time of application, applications will be evaluated to determine which candidates will move forward in the next phase of the recruitment process.
  2. Multiple Choice Test: Candidates will be evaluated on necessary knowledge and skills that may include: the ability to collect and analyze data, draw logical conclusions, and make sound recommendations; the ability to interpret and apply rules and regulations; and the ability to communicate effectively in writing. Candidates must achieve a passing score on the multiple choice test to be advanced to the performance assessment. (Weighted 50%) This test will be conducted remotely.
  3. Performance Assessment: The performance assessment will consist of exercises designed to evaluate if candidates possess the necessary core competencies of: Innovative Problem Solving, Teamwork, Oral Communication, and Strategic Thinking & Perspective. Candidates must achieve a passing score on each of the competencies to pass the overall assessment and be placed on the eligible list. (Weighted 100%) This test will be conducted remotely.

Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an invitation to participate in the selection process.

The Human Resources Department may change the examination steps noted above in accordance with the Personnel Management Regulations and accepted selection practices.

After you receive a conditional job offer, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you have received a conditional job offer. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances. Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with Contra Costa County. If you accept a conditional job offer, the Human Resources department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

All Contra Costa County employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law. Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

It is the policy of Contra Costa County to consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identify, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, or other protected category under the law.

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