Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Assistant Human Resources Business Partner

Recruitment #220124-0974MP-001

Introduction



Are you a Human Resources professional with the knowledge to develop strategies, craft plans, and tackle problems? Do you enjoy working in collaborative and forward-thinking environments?

The State of Connecticut, Department of Administrative Services (DAS), is now accepting applications for an exciting Assistant Human Resources Business Partner role within the Department of Children and Families (DCF).

Who We Are:
The State of Connecticut has centralized its Human Resources function with the following goals:
  • Support Connecticut's Growth – By serving our citizens, businesses, state agencies and other branches of government by providing the highest quality services at the lowest possible cost.
  • Drive Continuous Innovation – by increasing 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.
The Role:
  • You will lead and directly supervise the agency staffing unit, as well as other key generalist positions.
  • You will directly report to the Human Resources Business Partner 3 at DCF.
  • You will collaborate with agency leadership on human resources policies and procedures, proper organizational structure and use of appropriate job classes, talent needs, etc.
  • You will consult with executives, managers, and staff on mission driven strategies.
  • You will partner with and be accountable for successful relationships with Human Resources Administrators and other stakeholders, to appropriately leverage solutions with human resources needs.
  • You will assist in analyzing data and plans for emerging human resources needs and perform related duties as required. (See full list of Examples of Duties below)
Work/Life Balance: This fulltime Monday-Friday position will be located in Hartford but may require to travel to satellite offices when needed.

Selection Plan

All state employees shall follow Executive Order 13G (as amended by Executive Order 14C).

To Apply:

  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must be a current State of CT employee, who has permanent state status* and meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
    *For employees in the classified service, permanent status is obtained after successful completion of a working test period. For employees in the unclassified service, permanent status is obtained after serving in a position for at least six months (full-time or full-time equivalent).
  • Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
  • Please select all location(s) and shift(s) you are willing to work on your application. Failure to do so may result in not being considered for vacancies in that specific location.
Important Information After You Apply:

  • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.
  • 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, resume, transcripts, diplomas, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position.
  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position. The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
Connect With Us:
Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account. Should you have any questions about this recruitment please contact jennifer.neumann@ct.gov.

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In the Department of Administrative Services (DAS), this class is accountable for serving as the assistant to the lead on-site strategic human resources business partner.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

  • Collaborates with agency leadership on human resources policies and procedures, proper organizational structure and use of appropriate job classes, talent needs, etc.; 
  • Assists in the management of human capital;
  • Consults and collaborates with 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;
  • Assists in analyzing data and plans for emerging human resources needs;
  • Assists in guiding day-to-day activities, coordinates with, and supports employee and labor relations staff and activities to help foster a harmonious work environment;
  • Assists in the oversight of the administration of the agency’s labor relations activities;
  • Assists in the oversight of the administration of the performance management system, including designing and implementing performance review standards for agency staff;
  • Assists in implementing 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 program;
  • Performs related duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

  • Knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques within a matrixed organization;    
  • Knowledge of: human resources management, relevant state and federal laws, regulations, policies and procedures, job classification, compensation and benefit programs, pay administration, workers compensation, merit system principles and philosophy and human resources information systems;    
  • Interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills and negotiation and conflict resolution skills;    
  • Ability to: deal tactfully and effectively with agency officials, management and union representatives, analyze and balance partners need with laws, regulations, policies, procedures and collective bargaining agreements, study and analyze emerging issues or problems and make sound evaluations, conclusions and recommendations.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Nine (9) years of professional experience in human resource or labor relations management.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE

One (1) year 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 the level of a 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 other closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.

3.     A law degree may be substituted for two (2) additional years of the General Experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Possession of a Bachelor's Degree or higher.
  • Experience managing professional-level Human Resources staff (Note: professional-level Human Resource staff is at the HR Generalist/Specialist level and above).
  • Experience providing Human Resources support in an agency, organization, or company of 1000 or more employees.
  • Experience utilizing CORE-CT for human resources-related job data and personnel transactions.
  • Experience managing transfers and recruitments via the state applicant tracking system, JobAps.
  • Working within an environment under bargaining unit contracts.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

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.

Conclusion

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.







The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.