Human Resources Manager

Company Name: Matanuska Electric Association
Phone Number: (907) 761-9348
City: PALMER
State/Provence: Alaska
Zip: 99645
Job Title: Human Resources Manager
Number of Openings: 1
Position Type: Management
Posting Start Date: October 28, 2016
Salary: DOE
Salary Per: Per Year
Work Time: 40
Work Time Type: Hours
Duties:

PURPOSE
This position is responsible for the development and implementation of a variety of human resource programs, with primary focus on strategic talent management. Functional oversight involves recruitment practices, training and development, and performance systems. Assists the Division Director regarding employee relations issues, internal investigations, and interpreting policy and labor contracts. This position is expected to accomplish these responsibilities through the application of a strong knowledge of Human Resource practices, programs, and philosophies, and by utilizing initiative, innovation, and creativity.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE POSITION
1. Provide professional expertise and support in the design, development, and implementation of MEA’s talent management process to support and align to the Association’s strategic goals and create of an internal bench of top talent.
2. Collect, analyze, and maintain data gathered to assess and recommend targeted leadership development for succession planning.
3. Research and assist in the development of training programs that focus on enabling the workforce to achieve improvements that meet priority organizational concerns.
4. Work with Division Directors to ensure that organization-wide talent management and initiatives are focused and aligned on improving operational and program efficiencies and effectiveness.
5. Responsible for developing, proposing, coordinating, and monitoring all training and development activities. Work with Executive Staff, managers, and supervisors to determine training needs of employees. Work may include engaging contractors to design and present training or preparing and delivering training internally. Develops and monitors spending against the departmental budget.
6. Train and coach managers, supervisors and others involved in employee development efforts.
7. Manage the maintenance and execution of the performance management system, including current job descriptions, standards of performance and performance evaluation instruments. Duties include researching and evaluating appraisal systems, making recommendations, and implementing revised systems which enhance the performance of the organization.
8. Assist in advising supervisors on proper methods of addressing employee concerns, formal and informal grievances, employee hiring, disciplinary questions and problems, employee morale, and other supervisory responsibilities.
9. Assist the Director of Human Resources and MEA’s legal counsel in administering and interpreting collective bargaining agreements, handling of incident investigations and responding to EEOC complaints, grievances, and arbitrations.
10. May assist the Director of Human Resources as well as MEA’s legal counsel in strategizing and preparing for labor negotiations. May participate as part of the negotiation team.
11. Prepare the annual Human Resource Committee report for the General Manager and Board Human Resources Committee.
12. Ensures compliance with federal and state regulations/laws regarding areas of responsibility.
13. Drafts appropriate communications for employee distribution regarding employee relations programs and personnel policies and procedures.
14. Drafts and administers affirmative action processes or plans and equal opportunity programs. Ensures that updates to plans and subsequent implementation are made when and where appropriate to ensure continuous regulatory compliance.
15. Drafts and administers service agreements for Human Resource contracts as assigned.
16. Researches and prepares reports, studies, manuals, or surveys related to various human resource functions.
17. Represents the Association in a positive manner through discretionary involvement in community affairs.
18. May direct Human Resources staff in day-to-day activities.
19. May assume the role of Acting Director of Human Resources as requested in the Director’s absence.
20. Performs other duties as assigned or as appropriate for this position.
21. Promotes a safety culture in which safety is a value. This culture is based on joint and individual engagement, ownership and accountability regarding job safety and responsibility to perform work safely and adhere to safe work practices.
22. Performs the essential functions of the position in a safe and efficient manner.

The above items are not intended to be all inclusive of the essential functions or requirements of this type of work as they are subject to change based on operating necessity. The employee will also perform other related business duties as assigned by the immediate supervisor and other management personnel.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS
• The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• While performing the duties of this position, the employee will be required to:
– Use a computer to produce professional written reports and documents.
– Communicate through speech and hear conversations with others by telephone and in person.
– Read technical and legal documents, communicate with others electronically, and read, comprehend, and perform complex analysis from technical and legal documents via paper and computer format.

– Communicate with individuals in person and conduct meetings and deliver presentations to groups including representing MEA publicly with local organizations.
– Travel to other Association offices and organizations to attend meetings, seminars, etc.
– Occasionally operate a vehicle.
– Lift ten (10) pounds frequently, and occasionally lift and/or carry up to thirty-five (35) pounds.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS
• The work environment conditions described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• This position works primarily in an office setting but will be required to travel to other MEA offices and visit various organizations within the Mat-Su and Anchorage area.
• Requires occasional travel outside of Alaska.
• The employee must be able to work long hours under stressful conditions if necessary.

EMPLOYMENT STATUS
This position is classified as an exempt, nonrepresented position and therefore is not eligible for overtime compensation. All MEA employees are expected to work widely varying amounts of time outside the normal shifts to assist in power restoration or other needs of the Association.

Experience Required:

ESSENTIAL POSITION REQUIREMENTS
• Qualified candidates are required to have a four-year college degree and five (5) to seven (7) years of directly related work experience in the Human Resources field. Requires the proven ability to work both independently and in a team framework, and successfully apply critical thinking skills to think strategically, make sound recommendations, and solve problems.
• Preference will be given to those candidates with an educational emphasis in human resource management, business administration or other closely related disciplines.
• Additional preference will be given to those candidates who possess the following certifications:
– PHR (Professional in Human Resources)

– SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources)
– SHRM-CP (Society for Human Resources, Certified Professional)
– SHRM-SCP (Society for Human Resources, Senior Certified Professional)

• Preference will also be given to those candidates whose prior experience evidences success in the following areas:
– Directing or supervising employees
– Responsible for simultaneously managing a variety of functions and deadlines
– Managing a department and its related budget
– Working with Executive Staff
• Qualified candidates must have a valid Alaska driver’s license (or the ability to attain as required under State of Alaska regulations) and a driving record which is acceptable and insurable by MEA’s insurance carrier at standard group rates.

NOTE: Complete achievement of certain of the above specifications may not be required if, in the opinion of the MEA hiring supervisor, a candidate possesses significant offsetting characteristics, such as past accomplishments, experience, education, or estimate of future potential. Should an applicant be deficient in certain educational achievements, offsetting experience may be substituted or vice versa.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
• Strong knowledge of human resource management practices, principles, and procedures.
• Knowledge of applicable employment and labor laws/regulations and their application pertaining to affirmative action and equal opportunity programs, FMLA, ERISA, FLSA, ACA, ADA, Workers Compensation, etc., and federal and state laws that govern employer relationships with labor unions.
• Effective management of projects and contracts.
• Ability to understand and embrace company culture and use in development and application of appropriate human resource programs.
• Skilled in effective, professional verbal and written communication with the ability to work with executive staff, employees, contractors, and the public. Includes professional engagement on both an individual basis and with large groups.
• Work well with basic mathematical concepts such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and probability/statistical reference and the ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
• Operate a PC using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook).
• Compose policies, procedures, letters, memorandums, and reports.
• Maintain complete confidentiality of classified information.
• Demonstrated skills and ability to coordinate and collaborate with the work of others, work under tight deadlines and effectively handle multiple concurrent projects and activities.
• Logical analytical approach to solving problems using sound judgment and decision making methodologies.
• Strong negotiation and persuasion skills with the ability to assertively influence others to reach agreement.
• Proven interpersonal skills with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relations in a variety of cultural environments.
• Work effectively both independently and in a team setting. Support problem-solving, decision-making and accountability within team. Motivate others to action and encourage growth and development of employees.
• Produce cogent presentations, contracts, and other written documentation as required in the position.
• Ability to read, analyze and interpret complex legal documents.
• Innovative, creative, and agile in developing solutions to assignments.
• Self-motivated improvement based on successes and failures.
• Lead the corrective action and continuous improvement process within areas of responsibility.
• Contribute to a positive and constructive work environment.
• Embrace and embody MEA’s Core Values through decisions, actions, attitude, and behavior to directly contribute to the success of the organization.
• Supports a culture of safety excellence through active involvement in safety improvement and promotes a sense of shared responsibility for safety.

How to Apply:

PLEASE VISIT MEA’S WEBSITE AT www.mea.coop TO COMPLETE AND SUBMIT AN MEA EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION

Posting End Date: December 27, 2016