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City of Tacoma WA
Tacoma, Washington, United States
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The City of Tacoma is looking for a Senior Human Resources Analyst, with extensive experience in the area of Classification and Compensation, to join the Human Resources team. 

The mission of the Human Resources Department is to provide comprehensive and innovative Human Resources services to City of Tacoma departments and employees for the benefit of our community. The City of Tacoma has a workforce of 3,600 employees with approximately 75% of the of staff in 29 bargaining units represented by 12 different labor unions.

Under the direction of the Human Resources Manager for Classification and Compensation, the Senior Human Resources Analyst assists with providing strategic direction and the administration of the overall structure of the classification and compensation systems, including making recommendations on policy and systems based on collective bargaining agreements, equity, best practices, fiscal sustainability, and meeting workforce recruitment and retention goals.  
The Senior Human Resources Analyst serves as a key advisor in support of the City of Tacoma’s classification and compensation systems, providing advice and guidance to City Senior Leadership Teams regarding the classification and compensation structure. This position advises managers and supervisors on compliance with federal, state and local laws, including the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), state wage and hour laws, apprenticeship programs, related regulations, as well as policies and processes. This analyst assists in the market review of all positions, maintains the salary table and data on classifications and related compensation, and completes assessments and analyses of system changes as applicable to meet critical business needs. The Senior Human Resources Analyst is responsible for assisting with training, producing analyses and reports and maintaining relevant records and data.

In the Human Resources Department we strive to provide services and programs which assist City departments in developing and maintaining a qualified, effective and diverse workforce and provide employment-related services to both employees and job applicants.

OUR VISION: Our vision as a service organization is to be cultural catalysts supporting change and improving organizational effectiveness.

OUR MISSION: Our mission is to serve as strategic business partners who provide people solutions that support organizational objectives in alignment with Tacoma 2025.

OUR VALUES: In alignment with the City of Tacoma’s values, we believe in:

  • Integrity: Integrity is the foundation on which we build relationships, trust and effective interpersonal relationships; we demonstrate sound moral and ethical principles at work.
  • Inclusion: We create a positive culture where differences are valued and supported, and equity and diversity are safeguarded.
  • Collaboration: We embrace an environment of positive intent, cooperation, communication and trust to achieve shared goals.
  • Excellence: We serve our customers through driving results, applied expertise, innovation, continuous improvement, an intense focus on customer needs and a dedication to meet those needs with a proactive sense of urgency.

The City of Tacoma offers a generous program of employee benefits:

  • Outstanding working conditions and an exceptional quality-of-life environment.
  • Medical coverage for eligible employees, spouses and dependents, including children up to age 26.
  • Vision care with VSP for employees and eligible dependents enrolled in the Regence PPO medical plan with vision benefits.
  • Dental coverage for eligible employees and their elected dependents, including dependent children up to the age of 26.
  • Deferred compensation allowing tax-deferred savings as authorized under Section 457 of the IRS Code.
  • Personal time off.
  • Paid holidays.
  • A great pension plan.

The City of Tacoma provides excellent medical, dental, and vision benefits; paid holidays and personal time off; participation in Tacoma’s Public Employees’ Retirement System and a variety of City-sponsored health and wellness opportunities. For more information on the City of Tacoma's benefit package feel free to explore City of Tacoma Benefits.

City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Tacoma's diversity is its greatest asset. Tacoma embraces its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic character. Communities of color and immigrant communities are fundamental to Tacoma's entrepreneurial spirit, workforce, and long-term success. In Tacoma, equity and empowerment are top priorities, meaning that all Tacoma residents must have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential and share in the benefits of community progress.  One of our goals is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play. 



An equivalent combination to:

  • Bachelor's Degree with a focus on human resources, business, social or organizational behavior sciences, public administration or a related field 

  • Three (3) years of broad-based professional human resources experience, including facilitating organizational development or change, and advising and consulting on human resource issues

  • Based upon assignment, four (4) to six (6) years of human resource experience directly related to area of assignment such as compensation and benefits, training and development, talent services, safety and equal opportunity employment.  

Equivalent education/experience may be substituted.

An equivalent combination to:
  • Bachelor's Degree with a focus on human resources, business, social or organizational behavior sciences, public administration or a related field and four (4) years of broad-based professional human resource experience in classification and compensation.

  • Progressively-responsible experience in classification and compensation administration in a public-sector environment, including job and compensation evaluation and analysis; demonstrated knowledge of job evaluation systems, compensation practices and methods, knowledge of applicable laws

  • Experience in labor relations highly desirable

  • Certified Compensation Professional (CCP), Professional in Human Resources (PHR / SPHR) or Society for Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP / SHRM-SCP) certification strongly preferred

  • The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate competencies and significant accomplishments from prior work experience. Experience in a public or government agency is preferred but not a requirement. 


Employ expertise, credibility, and effective partnering to help clients identify, evaluate and resolve complex or sensitive issues, problems and service needs.

Use data and information in a clear and rational thought process to assess and understand issues, evaluate options, form accurate conclusions, and make decisions.

Relationship Building
Build constructive working relationships characterized by a high level of acceptance, cooperation and mutual respect.

Strategic Thinking
Use strategic thinking to evaluate proposed actions and timelines against organizational mission and values. Make final decisions on acceptability, pertinence, and large scale value of the plan.

Communications Effectiveness
Convey clear, timely, written and verbal persuasive messages that positively influence the thoughts and actions of others.

Negotiate Agreements
Effectively work with others to understand interests and actively strive to achieve agreements or resolve differences in a timely manner.
Results Orientation and Initiative
Focus on results and desired outcomes and how best to achieve them. Identify what needs to be done and proactively take appropriate action. Get the job done. Set high goals and achieve them. Respond to setbacks with renewed and increased efforts. Adapt to and positively handle the stress of a high-paced work environment, keeping persistent in the face of difficulty.


To be considered for this rewarding career opportunity:
Interested individuals should apply online and attach a detailed resume and cover letter describing their responsibilities as it relates to the responsibilities of this position. NOTE: Applications received without the required resume and cover letter will not progress in the selection process.

In order for your application materials to be considered, all information must be submitted by the closing date and time listed on this job announcement. 
Candidates whose backgrounds most closely reflect the current needs of the department will be referred to the hiring manager for review and hiring consideration. Candidates that are moving forward in the selection process may be invited to participate in a preliminary online interview as part of the hiring process. Appointment is subject to passing a background check.
The online application system may require you to enter a substantial amount of information. Be prepared to spend a minimum of one hour entering the required information.
The Principles that Guide Us:
Tacoma, the City of Destiny, has a workforce of dedicated, talented employees with unique skills and perspectives. We embrace innovation and strive for excellence and community engagement. The Principles that Guide Us speak to the values that we embody as City of Tacoma employees, and represent the core of our work in public service. 

  • Integrity:  We conduct our personal, work group, and organizational actions in an ethical and honest manner, and we serve as responsible stewards of the public resources entrusted to us.
  • Service:  We treat everyone with courtesy and empathy. We provide customer-focused municipal services that produce high value and results.
  • Excellence:  We achieve the highest performance possible. We use collaborative and inclusive approaches to organizational and community issues. We are accountable for individually and collectively meeting high standards.
  • Equity:  We understand and reflect the community we serve. We ensure every community member has services and opportunities that will enable people to satisfy their essential needs and advance their wellbeing.

The Community
Tacoma is a mid-sized urban port city that sits along the Puget Sound with a population of over 210,000. The third largest city in the state of Washington, it is a diverse, progressive, international gateway to the Pacific Rim.

Propelled by significant development such as the University of Washington Tacoma, the Tacoma Link light rail system, the restored urban waterfront of the Thea Foss Waterway, the expansions of both the MultiCare and Franciscan health systems, and a significant influx of foreign direct investment in its downtown core, Tacoma has evolved considerably since the 1990s.

Tacoma boasts the state's highest density of art and history museums, and is home to a flourishing creative community of writers, artists, musicians, photographers, filmmakers, chefs, entrepreneurs, and small business owners who each add their unique flair to the city's vibrant commercial landscape. The iconic Tacoma Dome has endured as a high-demand venue for some of the largest names in the entertainment industry.

Tacoma's natural beauty and proximity to the Puget Sound and Mount Rainier draws hikers, runners, bicyclists, and maritime enthusiasts to the area. Its lively social scene is infused with energy by thousands of students attending the University of Washington Tacoma, the University of Puget Sound, the Evergreen State College Tacoma campus, and Tacoma Community College, as well as a number of local trade and technical colleges. Its prime location – just 20 minutes south of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, 30 miles north of the state capital in Olympia, and within 10 miles of the U.S. Department of Defense's premier military installation on the West Coast – only adds to Tacoma's desirability. To see a few of the great things Tacoma has to offer, view this YouTubeVideo!

When you work for the City of Tacoma you'll have the opportunity to enjoy a healthy work/life balance, the potential for flexible work schedules (with some job classifications), continuing education programs, leadership pathways, wellness incentives and a total rewards benefits program. We welcome you to take a look at our website and discover how the City of Tacoma can make your next career move part of our combined destiny

The City of Tacoma believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success. This job description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications and job scope. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. 

Communication from the City of Tacoma:

We primarily communicate via email during the application process. Emails from and/or must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk email folders.

For assistance with the NEOGOV application process, questions regarding this job announcement, or if you are experiencing complications while applying, please contact the Human Resources office at 253-591-5400 by 4:00 pm of the closing date of the job announcement. This will allow time to assist you before the job announcement closes. (For technical difficulties using the NeoGov system, call the applicant support line at 1-855-524-5627 between 6:00 AM and 5:00 PM Pacific Time.)


Human Resources Department
747 Market Street
Tacoma, WA 98402-3764

An Equal Opportunity Employer
Job #1131-21
Senior Human Resources Analyst (Classification and Compensation) Supplemental Questionnaire
* 1. INSTRUCTIONS: Answer the following questions as truthfully and accurately as possible. Your responses to these questions may be assessed in subsequent examination parts, and any sign of deliberate misinformation or intentional exaggeration will result in disqualification from the examination process and possible bar from future employment opportunities with the City of Tacoma. I certify that the information provided is accurate and complete to the best of my knowledge and I understand that any falsification may cancel any terms, conditions, or privileges of employment. Please indicate "Yes" to show that you have read and understand these instructions.
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* 2. Do you have an equivalent combination of: Bachelor's Degree with a focus on human resources, business, social or organizational behavior sciences, public administration or a related field


Three (3) years of broad-based professional human resources experience, including facilitating organizational development or change, and advising and consulting on human resource issues


Based upon assignment, four (4) to six (6) years of human resource experience directly related to area of assignment such as compensation and benefits, training and development, talent services, safety and equal opportunity employment.

Equivalent education/experience may be substituted.
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* 3. Do you have four to six years human resources experience directly related to classification and compensation?
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* 4. Please list any certifications you currently possess or have held that pertain to this position. If you have no relevant certifications, please respond "N/A".

* 5. Describe your experience in developing, managing, and administering the overall structure of classification and compensation systems, including making policy and system recommendations based on collective bargaining agreements, equity, best practices, fiscal sustainability, and meeting business needs regarding workforce recruitment and retention goals. Please include in your response the organizations you worked with, the organizations' size and your roles and responsibilities. If you have no relevant experience, please respond with "N/A".

* 6. Describe your experience administering and working with various compensation models (e.g. step-based, broad-banding, pay-for-performance, point-factor, DBM, etc.). If you have no relevant experience, please respond with "N/A".

* 7. Describe your experience conducting salary surveys, classification studies or organizational studies; analyzing salary information and recommending salary ranges; recommending organizational realignment and/or developing new classifications. If you have no relevant experience, please respond with "N/A".

* 8. Describe an HR Class and Compensation issue you faced and how you worked to identify and resolve it (or worked with a team to resolve it if you weren't the expert). If you have no relevant experience, please respond with "N/A".

* 9. What does it mean for you to have a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB)? How have you demonstrated that commitment, please provide a specific example. What are potential ways you could demonstrate this work in your role at the City of Tacoma?

* 10. Please give examples of the types of Excel functions you use and the frequency in which you use them. If you do not use Excel please state "N/A".

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Job Information

  • Job ID: 59335786
  • Location:
    Tacoma, Washington, United States
  • Position Title: Senior Human Resources Analyst ( Classification and Compensation)
  • Company Name: City of Tacoma WA
  • Job Function: Human Resources
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Experience: 3-5 Years
  • Required Travel: 0-10%
  • Salary: $85,321.60 - $109,408.00 (Yearly Salary)

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