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Human Resources Generalist

Human Resources/Staff Experience

Tacoma, WA
ID: 903-485

Human Resources Generalist

Pierce County Library System


Pierce County Library System offers a compensation program which recognizes qualifications and experience relevant to each position. The starting pay is established typically within the hiring range below based upon the experience of the individual hired into the role. Our compensation package also includes annual increases for each additional year of experience and tenure in the role, up to the maximum (current year maximum outlined in pay grade range below). Eligibility for overtime is exclusive to positions which are FLSA status non-exempt below.


Hiring Range: $77,425.81-89,754.23 annually

Pay Grade Range: $77,425.81-113,692.02 annually 

FLSA Status: Exempt

Position Status: Full Time, Non Represented 

Hours Per Week: 40

Schedule: Monday – Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM. Schedule is subject to change.

Union Status: Non Represented 


Closing Date: 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25, 2022


Requirements to be considered for this position: Please submit your resume and up to 4 additional attachments to display your knowledge, skills and abilities for consideration for this position no later than 5:00 p.m. on closing date (above). Submissions after the deadline will not be considered. 


Position Summary

Coordinates, plans, organizes and executes the day-to-day Human Resource activities of the Library’s Staff Experience department including recruitment, compensation, benefits and leave administration, employee/labor relations, and records retention and management.

Participates in developing and implementing human resources policies and procedures; monitors and maintains compliance with human resources regulatory requirements; responds to inquiries regarding human resources related matters; may supervise support personnel as assigned.


Essential Functions

Class specifications are intended to provide a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employee in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.

  • Develops, revises and makes recommendations for the Library’s human resources policies and procedures; monitors and maintains compliance with applicable Federal and State employment laws. Communicates policies and procedures to customers.
  • Responds to requests for assistance and information from employees, managers, applicants, and/or outside agencies regarding HR policies and procedures; provides guidance, recommendation and interpretation in relation to union contract provisions.
  • Coordinates and makes recommendations for Library employee relations, disciplinary, performance management and labor relations activities; maintains appropriate databases and logs; works with supervisors to draft disciplinary letters and grievance responses. Participates in bargaining activities as needed.
  • Administers and monitors the Library’s leave policies and regulatory requirements; advises management and supervisory personnel regarding employee use of paid and unpaid leave.
  • Partner with management and leaders to maintain ongoing relationships and develop strategies to continue organization growth and development of the Library staff in an effort to accomplish the Library’s overall goals and strategic plan.
  • May evaluate and recommend the classification of new or modified positions and assists in ensuring internal equity is maintained with the system.
  • Represents the Library in unemployment insurance hearings and appeals; maintains records and documentation.
  • Coordinates responses to employee and applicant requests for accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • Accurately communicates employee benefits and retirement plan.
  • Organizes and performs new employee onboarding activities in conjunction with the Library Trainers and other departments.
  • Coordinates random employee drug testing; maintains testing records.
  • Assist with and coordinate with HR Analyst in the maintenance of the Human Resource Information System (HRIS) records, databases, and/or web pages.
  • May hire, train, supervise, discipline and evaluate the performance of assigned personnel and ensure staff compliance with Library and departmental policies, procedures, and regulatory requirements.
  • Assists the Staff Experience Director with special projects and other duties as assigned.
  • Positively reflects Pierce County Library System’s mission, vision, and values to members of the public and staff.
  • Demonstrates punctuality and regular and consistent attendance.
  • Brings matters of public concern regarding waste, inefficiency, corruption, discrimination, and safety to the attention of Library Management.


Additional Duties and Responsibilities


Reports to the Staff Experience Director; may supervise support personnel as assigned.



Core Skills & Qualities / Leadership Competencies

Employees are expected to demonstrate the following qualities at all times:

  • Customer Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communications
  • Leadership
  • Problem Solving
  • Change and Learning
  • Positive Attitude
  • Professional Integrity
  • Diversity

Leaders are expected to demonstrate the following competencies at all times:

  • Builds Trustworthy Relationships
  • Communicates Effectively
  • Builds Successful Teams
  • Manages and Develops People
  • Achieves Results
  • Facilitates Innovation and Change
  • Demonstrates Leadership



Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The employee is expected to perform or possess the following:

Minimum Requirements including Education, License or Certifications:

Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, or related field, and three to five years’ experience as a human resources generalist, including increasing responsibilities; OR any combination of education and experience which would provide the required knowledge and skills and allows successful performance of the job.

  • PHR/SPHR/SHRM-SCP Certification is preferred
  • A valid Washington State Driver’s License is required.
  • Must pass criminal background screening prior to hire.
  • The ability to work evenings and weekends on a rotating schedule and to adapt to schedule changes on short notice is required.
  • Principles and practices of human resources.
  • Current trends and developments in human resources management, and employee and labor relations.
  • Regulations and standards governing human resources activities.
  • Full life cycle recruitment, classification, and compensation principles.
  • Employee benefits programs and administration practices.
  • Principles and practices of employee relations.
  • Human resources records, reports, and documentation.
  • Supervisory principles, practices, and methods.
  • Sound judgment and problem solving skills
  • Project management practices and methods
  • Coordinating and executing assigned human resources functions.
  • Maintaining compliance with applicable regulations governing human resources activities.
  • Participating in developing and administering human resources policies and procedures.
  • Providing HR information and assistance to employees, managers, and applicants.
  • Effective and accurate oral and written communication.
  • Practicing a high degree of confidentiality.
  • Supervising, leading, coaching, and delegating tasks and authority.
  • Working with Human Resource Information System (HRIS) and/or Payroll software.


Technology Requirements:


  • Ability to effectively navigate basic electronic record creation and storage (e.g. timecard/HRIS, performance review, network drive storage)
  • Use of basic office equipment (e.g. PC, printer, phone, fax, mouse, security alarm)
  • Basic keyboard and alpha/numeric data entry skills
  • Basic PC navigation skills in a windows based environment; ability to connect and print
  • Ability to navigate, search and use basic web functions and applications
  • Intermediate MS Office Suite skills (e.g. Outlook, Word, Excel) to satisfactorily complete job responsibilities
  • Presentation Software
  • Search & Retrieval system experience or ability to work with Bibliographic data to satisfactorily complete job responsibilities


  • MOS Certification or equivalent in MS Office Suite


Physical and Environmental Conditions:

Work is conducted in a normal office setting that provides comfortable lighting, temperature and air conditions. Occasional light lifting, such as three to four reams of paper, four or five books, or other library materials up to 35 pounds may be required. Subject to sitting and standing for extended periods of time, walking, bending, reaching, and lifting objects weighing up to 30-35 pounds. May lift or push up to 50 pounds as needed with assistance.

Work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of such places as offices or meeting rooms, e.g. use of safe work place practices with office equipment, and/or avoidance of trips and falls and observance of fire regulations.

Work may be performed in a library environment and involve regular contact with the public, and/or require push/pull loaded carts.




  • Vacation
  • Sick Leave
  • Medical, Dental, and Basic Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • State Retirement System
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Employees have an opportunity to participate in the Tax Sheltered Annuity Program 
  • Additional life insurance for the employee and family is available through payroll deduction


This position is located at 3005 112th Street East, Tacoma, WA. View the Google Map in full screen.