Who We Are
The State of Connecticut is centralizing its Human Resources function with the following goals:
Support Connecticut's Growth - To serve our citizens, businesses, state agencies and other branches of government by providing the highest quality services at the lowest possible cost.
Drive Continuous Innovation - To increase the efficiency and effectiveness of state government using best practices from the public and private sectors.
Provide Rewarding Careers - To attract and retain a workforce of hardworking, dedicated public servants committed to leading our phenomenal state forward.
Are you a skilled Human Resources leader with the knowledge to develop strategies, craft plans, and tackle problems? Can you address pressing issues without losing sight of the big picture?
The Department of Administrative Services (DAS) has an outstanding anticipated opportunity to serve as the lead on-site strategic Human Resources Business Partner 3 (HRBP) at the Department of Developmental Services (DDS)!
In this role you will be able to apply your expertise to build and implement DDS’ people strategy, advise on key people issues, and coordinate with Human Resources Administrators to optimize efficiencies within a matrix organization. DDS is one of the state's largest agencies, with over 3,000 employees statewide who are represented by employees in multiple collective bargaining units.
You will receive administrative direction from the Chief Human Resources Officer or designee, and day-to-day operational direction from the Commissioner of Developmental Services or designee.
Additionally you will:
collaborate with agency leadership and staff on mission driven strategies, human resources policies and procedures, proper organizational structure, and use of appropriate job classes;
address talent needs and other key issues to ensure alignment and with statewide goals and applicable law;
utilize your leadership and communication strengths to supervise agency human resources staff and guide, coordinate with and support staff in their day-to-day activities to cultivate a collaborative work environment.
Location: This position will remain physically located at DDS’ Hartford office.
Once centralized, this position will report to/be funded by DAS.
Please ensure that your application is complete and you have included a resume within the "Resume Tab" of your application.
Note: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
Questions about these required documents or any other phase of this recruitment should be directed to the hiring agency's human resources office: Raisa Capellan at Raisa.Capellan@ct.gov.
PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Department of Administrative Services (DAS), this class is accountable for serving as the lead on-site strategic human resources business partner.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Advises agency leadership on human resources policies and procedures, proper organizational structure and use of appropriate job classes, talent needs, etc.;
Manages human capital;
Consults and advises executives, managers and staff on mission driven strategies;
Partners with and is accountable for successful relationships with agency leadership to ensure alignment of human resources support with organizational goals and strategies;
Partners with and is accountable for successful relationships with Human Resources Administrators and other stakeholders, to appropriately leverage solutions with human resources needs;
Proactively analyzes data and plans for emerging human resources needs;
Oversees the administration of the performance management system for non-represented employees;
Implements professional development plans that increase employee’s skill set;
Identifies areas for technological improvements and solutions and researches new and upcoming technological resources and how they can best be implemented to advance human resources business practices;
Assists in ensuring compliance with applicable state and federal laws, regulations, policies and procedures;
Assists Human Resources Administrators in the drafting of and compliance with all human resources related laws, regulations, policies, and other authorities governing terms and conditions of state employment;
Communicates with agency managers, bargaining unit representatives and other interested parties to ensure cooperative relationships;
Supports related agency strategic needs;
May serve as a project team leader on complex human resources projects involving the development and implementation of new systems, training initiatives, job classification studies and other projects with statewide impact;
May assist, coordinate, implement, oversee and/or provide agency wide training and/or staff development programs;
Performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques within a matrixed organization;
Considerable knowledge of: human resources administration, labor relations, relevant state and federal laws, regulations, policies and procedures, principles and practices of job classification and organizational design and human resources information systems;
Knowledge of employment practices related to civil rights, equal employment opportunity, and compensation;
Considerable: written and oral communications skills, interpersonal skills, and negotiation and conflict resolution skills;
Considerable ability to: analyze and interpret laws, regulations, policies and collective bargaining agreements, strategically plan including, succession planning and aligning human resources to agency goals and objectives, and recommend and implement agency-wide policy;
Ability to apply organizational development principles and practices and innovative solutions to organizational problems.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Ten (10) years of professional experience in human resources or labor relations management.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE
Three (3) years of the General Experience must have been at the full advanced working level in human resources or labor relations management.
For state employees, this is interpreted at or above the level of Principal Human Resources Specialist, Human Resources Generalist 3 or Agency Labor Relations Specialist.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
1. College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equaling one half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. A Master's degree in human resources management, labor relations, business administration, public administration or closely related field or a law degree may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
3. A law degree may be substituted for the (2) additional years of the General Experience.
- An undergraduate degree or higher in business administration, human resources management, public administration or closely related field;
- Experience providing expert and objective advice, mentoring, and counsel to agency leaders and employees on HR programs, policy and procedures, employment laws, union contracts, conflict resolution, change management, diversity, and organizational development to promote a fair and equitable work environment;
- Experience providing leadership with strategic direction and collaborative input that supports defined goals and objectives through relationships, expertise, and data;
- Experience adapting behavior and work methods in response to new information, changing conditions or unexpected obstacles;
- Experience connecting and maintaining rapport with people of diverse backgrounds and professional levels;
- Experience making business decisions and problem solving in a fast paced environment;
- Ability to present, train, influence and negotiate.
1. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's License.
AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.