This position is responsible for the development and implementation of a variety of human resource programs, with primary focus on strategic talent management and employee development. This is a hands-on, mid-management position with functional oversight of recruitment practices, training and development, division budget, employee recognition, job analysis/compensation, and administering MEA’s Employee Assistance Program. 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 the Association’s talent management process to support and align to the Association’s strategic goals and create an internal bench of top talent.
2. 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.
3. Participate as a member of MEA’s interview team for positions being recruited. Assist with crafting interview questions to evaluate a match of technical and interpersonal skills required for the position.
4. Responsible for proposing, coordinating, developing 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. Responsible for monitoring spending within the constraints of the division budget.
5. Collect, analyze, and maintain data gathered to assess and recommend targeted leadership development for succession planning.
6. Research and assist in the development of training programs that focus on enabling the workforce to achieve improvements that meet priority organizational concerns.
7. Train and coach managers, supervisors and others involved in employee development efforts.
8. Work with Divisions to draft and revise position descriptions. Perform analysis of job descriptions and recommend appropriate grade assignment through the position analysis and classification process. Assure ADA compliance.
9. Reviews and approves status changes to assure accuracy of information.
10. Complete salary surveys necessary for the Association to perform appropriate evaluation of salaries against the market. Review internal and external equity and make recommendations for adjustments as necessary.
11. Oversee preparation of the annual department budget and company-wide salary data for review by Division Director. Work with Human Resource staff in the collection of budget data.
12. Assist with preparation of Board Human Resource Committee report for presentation by the Division Director and General Manager to the Board Human Resource Committee.
13. Administer MEA’s Employee Assistance Program. Includes review of contract terms for presentation to Division Director. Responsible for recommending changes in programs and vendors and evaluating proposals submitted. Act as cheerleader for this resource, promoting materials on a consistent basis. Utilize this resource in employee relations matters.
14. Works with Recruitment Administrator in completing annual EEO-1 and Vet-100 reporting.
15. Draft and administer affirmative action processes or plans and equal opportunity programs. Ensure that updates to plans and subsequent implementation are made when and where appropriate to ensure continuous regulatory compliance.
16. Draft and administer service agreements for Human Resource contracts for areas of responsibility.
17. Research and prepare reports, studies, manuals, or surveys related to various human resource functions.
18. Represent the Association in a positive manner through discretionary involvement in community affairs.
19. May direct Human Resources staff in day-to-day activities.
20. May handle specific recruitments when operational needs dictate.
21. May fill in for the Director of Human Resources as requested in the Director’s absence.
22. Backup to the Employee and Labor Generalist in their absence.
23. Perform other duties as assigned or as appropriate for this position.
24. Promote 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.
25. Perform 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.
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 research data and utilize excel and other database software to analyze options and statistics to provide sound, reasoned recommendations. 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
– Managing recruiting and training programs
– Responsible for simultaneously managing a variety of functions and deadlines
– Managing projects and budgets
– Working with Executive Staff
• Qualified candidates must have a valid Alaska driver’s license (or ability to obtain as required under State of Alaska regulations) and a driving record which is acceptable and insurable by the Association and the Association’s insurance carrier at standard group rates.
NOTE: The Association will consider, in its sole discretion, relevant work experience in lieu of required education qualifications or other required certifications or qualifications.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
• Support a culture of safety excellence through active involvement in safety improvement and promotes a sense of shared responsibility for safety.
• 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.
• Developing and implementing effective recruiting and employee development programs.
• 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.
• Embrace and embody the Association’s Core Values through decisions, actions, attitude, and behavior to directly contribute to the success of the organization.
• 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; this list is not inclusive of all the physical demands that may be required. 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 the Association 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.
• 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 Association offices and visit various organizations within the Mat-Su and Anchorage area.
• Requires occasional travel outside of Alaska.
• The incumbent must be able to work long hours under stressful conditions if necessary.
This position is classified as an exempt, nonrepresented position; and therefore is not eligible for overtime compensation. All Association 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.