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Salary: $5,079.00 - $6,311.00
Posted: 12/04/2013

Job Description:

This position is in the Special Projects and Placement Unit at the Department of Human Resources (CalHR). This is a small unit with a very diverse and ever changing workload that keeps the work interesting and challenging. The unit works with departments on their layoffs, but in addition to this, they perform special projects with statewide influence. If you are looking for a position that will provide you with a challenging, learning and fulfilling environment, apply for the Special Projects and Placement Unit.

The Department of Human Resources offers convenient transportation options, including light rail, pre-tax parking, on-site ATM, a local seasonal farmer’s market and a variety of nearby restaurants. These positions provide incumbents with the ability to work flexible schedules and are excluded from collective bargaining and receive enhanced benefits.


Under general direction of the Personnel Program Manager of the Special Projects and Placement Unit, the Staff Personnel Program Analyst provides services in a variety of areas, including classification and compensation consolidation projects; consultation to departments and agencies on effective personnel management practices regarding layoffs and transfer of functions procedures; technical expertise in resolving complex personnel management issues; and the development and implementation of innovative personnel management concepts designed to address workforce challenges, including streamlining and process improvement, succession planning, pay incentive programs, and training.

Functions at the full journey level for the most complex and difficult personnel management assignments. As a program specialist with full responsibility and authority for an assigned personnel management program area, serves as a technical expert consultant to departmental personnel office staff. Provides advice, guidance, and recommendations to departments and management on how to meet their personnel management goals using proper personnel practices, policies and procedures. Assumes and demonstrates independent responsibility for decisions and actions having broad implications on various aspects of personnel management policies and programs.

Independently conducts studies including data analysis for classifications, labor relations, personnel management, policy development and training. Analyzes and classifies positions; gathers and evaluates data; prepares board items, class specifications and allocation standards. Analyzes, reviews, and makes independent recommendations on the State's classification and compensation, labor relations, personnel management, policy development, and training program areas. Assists in the development of policies and procedures relating to the personnel management program for State service. Develops personnel rules and regulations. Interprets and explains civil service laws, rules, standards, policies and procedures.

Confers with line department representatives to identify departmental management problems in order to address current needs and anticipate the type of personnel management services necessary in the future. Serves on teams and committees to address personnel management needs and streamline processes. Serves as a consultant to departments in the design, development and evaluation of programs. As a member of a team, or as the sole auditor, conducts varied evaluations and audits of the State's personnel offices’ compliance with mandated requirements. Informs management of emerging issues and provides updates on the status of audits. Provides professional personnel management services to partners, stakeholders, and customers such as, CalHR staff, Governor's Office, Legislature and their staff, and other central agencies.

In cooperation with the Labor Relations Division (LRD), serves as a consultant to CalHR Labor Relations Officers engaged in negotiations, meet and confers, layoffs, transfer of functions, administration, implementation of labor agreements and Joint Labor Management Committees. Conducts research and provides assistance to LRD staff and management during bargaining negotiations. Develops and recommends to management negotiating position and strategy. Acts as a liaison to management, line departments and control agencies such as the State Personnel Board, Department of Finance, and the State Controller’s Office.

Prepares formal memoranda or reports on personnel matters and participates in the presentation of such matters before the State Personnel Board, other official bodies, and varied forums as required. Reviews proposed personnel actions for conformity with regulations, classification and pay standards and proper personnel practices. Provides input for status updates to management.

Develops training programs and presents ideas and information effectively. Leads and trains a team of analysts conducting reviews of personnel programs. Serves as a project leader for assigned projects.

Performs other related duties.


The Special Projects and Placement Unit is a team environment in which employees need flexibility to respond to rapidly changing, diverse and multiple priorities with statewide impact. The successful candidate has strong analytical, oral and written communication skills; possesses interpersonal skills and works well on interdisciplinary teams; they have excellent computer skills so they can apply technology to their assignments; are highly motivated and take initiative to thoroughly complete their assignments on time while communicating with the unit and their supervisor; possess a professional demeanor and confidence with strong planning and organizational skills; and have excellent customer service skills and solve problems with intelligence and creativity.

Experience in a classification and compensation and/or labor relations setting and knowledge of the requirements of the Dills Act are highly desirable because these backgrounds provide a solid knowledge base for special projects assignments and handling placement issues with ethics and integrity.


Employees with eligibility (e.g., transfer, list, reinstatement) for the classification of Staff Personnel Program Analyst or Personnel Program Analyst are encouraged to apply. Employees with eligibility for the classification of Staff Services Manager I, Associate Personnel Analyst or Associate Governmental Program Analyst will also be considered. SROA/Surplus employees are also encouraged to apply. After an initial screening of applications, only the most qualified candidates will be selected for an interview.

Please submit a completed State application (STD. 678) to the name and address below.

Please write Position #363-650-5313-XXX on the application and indicate the basis of your eligibility in the job title section.

Additional Information:

Working Title Position Number
None Specified 363 - 650 - 5313 - XXX
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STAFF SERVICES MANAGER I $5,079.00 - $6,311.00
PERSONNEL PROGRAM ANALYST $4,402.00 - $5,508.00
Location County
Timebase Tenure
Full Time Permanent   month(s)
Final Filing Date: Department Link:
Contact Unit/Address Contact Name/Phone
Department of Human Resources
1515 S St, North Bldg, Ste 500
Sacramento, CA 95811
Michelle Muncill
(916) 322-2203

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