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Job Title:Human Resources Analyst (Open and Promotional)
Closing Date/Time:Mon. 02/27/17 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Salary:$36.09 - $52.21 Hourly
$2,887.20 - $4,176.80 Biweekly
$6,255.60 - $9,049.73 Monthly
$75,067.20 - $108,596.80 Annually
Job Type:Regular
Location:San Mateo County, California
The San Mateo County Human Resources (HR) Department is seeking innovative and customer-focused HR professionals to join a high performing staff committed to public service and to partnering with our hiring departments in recruiting and retaining a skilled workforce. If you are looking for a challenging but rewarding career, apply for this exciting opportunity and make a difference!

The HR Department promotes the spirit of partnership and creativity, anticipates and responds to the diverse needs of County departments, employees and their families, and the public. Serving as a collaborative partner and consultant, HR Analysts work closely with County management in addressing the workforce needs of their departments. The current regular and limited term vacancies are in Personnel Services, however the list created from this recruitment may be used to fill future regular and limited term vacancies in other HR divisions.

The Personnel Services Division provides innovative, responsive, fair, and consistent recruitment and selection services to County Departments, employees, and job applicants to ensure that the County employs and retains a qualified and diverse workforce that delivers essential services to the public. HR Analysts assigned to Personnel Services have countless opportunities to:
  • Collaborate with departments in developing recruitment and selection strategies.
  • Direct recruitment activities, including evaluating applicant qualifications, creating and administering effective examination processes, and providing guidance to hiring managers in the selection process.
  • Research, analyze and prepare reports on job studies and compensation surveys; and write and update classification descriptions.
  • Attend job fairs and be an active agent for promoting San Mateo County as the employer of choice.
  • Complete special projects, prepare reports, and participate in department-wide or Countywide committees and initiatives.
  • Interact with the County Board of Supervisors, the County Manager, the Civil Service Commission, labor organizations, County employees, committees and organizations responsible for the equitable administration of the County's personnel policies.
  • Act as a resource person, problem solver, and advisor to managers and supervisors on a wide range of human resource issues.
  • Conduct training on various topics.
  • Participate in Countywide committees and other responsibilities as assigned. 
We are seeking human resources professionals to fill these vacancies who are:
  • Excellent planners and organizers who can establish a course of action for accomplishing short and long term goals and efficiently juggle multiple assignments at the same time.
  • Superior communicators who excel orally and in writing.
  • Proactive individuals who are willing to take reasonable risks and are receptive to innovative changes and creative solutions.
  • Technically knowledgeable of basic human resources functions in a government setting, specifically in recruitment and testing.
  • Politically astute and able to forecast and troubleshoot potentially sensitive situations and apply appropriate strategies and solutions
  • Self-motivated with strong time management and organization skills
  • Collaborative with excellent interpersonal skills and have a keen understanding of the importance of good customer service – your ability to develop strategic partnerships is key!


Education and Experience: Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to qualify is a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in human resources administration or a closely related field AND work experience in a variety of human resources functions. Experience with government agencies is preferred.

Knowledge of: Basic research and report writing techniques; basic principles of math and statistical computations; basic principles and practices of the County operations and its administration and organization; principles and practices of organizational analysis and human resource planning.

Skills/Ability to: Communicate effectively both orally and in writing; perform mathematical calculations accurately; establish and maintain effective work relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties; learn the Federal, State and local regulations and guidelines related to assigned duties; analyze a wide variety of moderate to complex administrative and operational problems and make effective operational and procedural recommendations; prepare effective and complete staff reports and make presentations; perform the full range of the assigned duties under minimal supervision.
Open/Promotional. Anyone may apply. Current San Mateo County and San Mateo County Superior Court employees with at least six months (1040 hours) of continuous service in a classified regular, probationary, SEIU or AFSCME represented extra-help/term position prior to the final filing date will receive five points added to their final passing score on this examination.

IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the 'Apply Online' button above or below. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply. Answers to the supplemental questions must be submitted in addition to the standard San Mateo County employment application. A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for the required employment application and supplemental questionnaire.

The examination process will consist of the steps detailed in order below. Not all applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California, and applicants must participate in person, at their own expense.
  1. Initial review of application materials (weight: pass/fail). Overall presentation will be evaluated at this step and applicants submitting an incomplete application and responses to the supplemental questions, lacking relevant qualifications and/or not following instructions will be disqualified. Applicants who pass the initial review will be moved to the application screening by subject matter experts.
  2. Application screening (weight: pass/fail). Subject matter experts will be assessing relevance of applicants' training and experience to the needs of the positions being filled as well as writing skills. Assessment is based on relevant work history and background as listed on the application, responses to the supplemental questions and overall presentation. The assessors will select those applicants whose education and experience most closely match the current needs of the department. Because of this process, not all applicants are guaranteed advancement through the exam process. Applicants who pass this screening will be invited to a panel interview.
  3. Written Exam (weight: pass/fail)
  4. Panel interview (weight: 100%) which may include a pre-interview writing and/or analysis exercise. Applicants who pass the interview will be placed on an eligible list and top ranked candidates will be invited to a second interview.
All interviews will be conducted in person in San Mateo County, California. Applicants must participate at their own expense and must adhere to the dates listed below.

Recruitment Opens:
February 17, 2017
Recruitment Closes: February 27, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.
Written Test: Week of March 6, 2017
Panel Interviews: Week of March 20, 2017

The County of San Mateo will no longer require job applicants to disclose conviction history information until after the applicant successfully completes all examination phases for the recruitment.

Applicants who pass the panel interview will receive instructions by email only from HR staff to complete and submit a conviction history questionnaire online within a specified deadline of two business days. Failure to submit within deadline will disqualify you from the rest of the process.

For more information about conviction disclosure, please visit and prepare accordingly.

HR Contact: Michelle Kuka (021717)
Associate Management Analyst/Management Analyst (D181/D182)

County of San Mateo is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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