Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Assistant Human Resources Business Partner

Hybrid

Recruitment #220616-0974MP-001

Introduction



Are you a skilled Human Resources professional 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 a superb opportunity for a current State of Connecticut employee to serve as the Assistant Human Resources Business Partner (AHRBP) at the Department of Transportation (DOT)!

In this role you will provide support to the lead Human Resources Business Partner 3 to help build and implement DOT’s people strategy, provide advice on key people issues, and coordinate with Human Resources Administrators to optimize efficiencies within a matrix organization. This is a critical role in leading change management to affect continuous improvement, identifying when and where additional change management/project resources are required.

You will receive general direction from the Human Resources Business Partner 3.

You will also:

  • 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 harmonious work environment.
*This salary range shall increase effective July 1, 2022.

Selection Plan

To Apply:

  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must be a current State of CT employee, who has worked for the state for at least six (6) months of full-time service or full-time equivalent service, absent any applicable collective bargaining language, and meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • 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.
  • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to DAS.SHRM@ct.gov.
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 questionnaire'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.
  • Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
  • 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, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
  • 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 pertaining to 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, to include but not limited to collaborating on the availability and expiration of eligible lists, 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 resources or equal opportunity/affirmative action 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, Equal Employment Opportunity Manager 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.
  4. For state employees one (1) year as a Principal Human Resources Specialist, Human Resources Generalist 3 or Agency Labor Relations Specialist may be substituted for the General and Special Experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience leading in partnering in the development of recruitment strategies and programs to include outreach, internship/trainee programs, selection, and onboarding initiatives.
  • Experience providing guidance and implementation assistance to leadership, employees, and business partners focused on pro-active organizational and career development initiatives fostering an interactive work culture.
  • Experience as a resource by interpreting, guiding, communicating, and educating leaders and staff on human resource policies and procedures.
  • Experience assisting in leading programs in conjunction with departmental management and Organizational Development Staff to create performance management programs to better manage a rapidly changing workforce.

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.



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