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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 119H
Category: Administrative Services

Class Series Concept



Serves as an assigned professional expert in one or more functional human resource areas; or supervises professional or other human resource staff members.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Professional expert or supervisory level.  Assignments require application of knowledge and expertise to make decisions on complicated issues.  These assignments often require proactive intervention and have wide or precedent setting impact.  Provides advice and consultation to organization management, lower level professional staff, and peers.  Handles or oversees the organization’s most sensitive, complex, or critical human resource issues.  Provides advice and guidance and/or supervises professional or other staff members.

Typical Work

Supervises staff including interviewing and making hiring recommendations, conducting training, assigning and scheduling work, acting upon leave requests, conducting performance evaluations and recommending disciplinary action;  

Provides advice, interpretation and counsel to clients regarding applicable human resource rules, regulations, policies and procedures in areas such as classification, compensation, performance management, grievance resolution, reasonable accommodation, organizational development and layoff; 

Meets with administrators, supervisors and employees to assess human resource needs; plans, develops and implements strategies to promote effective client relations and to resolve problems; 

Analyzes, proposes and drafts classifications and salary recommendations; reviews and allocates positions; 

Analyzes organizational structure of client units; develops and proposes alternative staffing configurations to enhance unit effectiveness; 

Investigates, prepares documentation and recommends position on grievances, complaints and appeals; serves as representative in a variety of appeal or adjudicative forums; 

Develops and conducts presentations, training programs and workshops regarding human resource functions, management practices, rules or procedures; 

Researches and analyzes proposed rules, laws and program elements to determine impact on unit or organizational operations; participates in planning and implementing new human resource programs, policies and procedures; 

Reviews, approves, or makes recommendations on requests for exceptions to policy; 

Participates in and/or coordinates special projects, committees or task forces; 

Performs the duties of Human Resource Consultant 3; 

Performs related duties as required.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification.  It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree with focus on business, human resources, social or organizational behavioral sciences, or related field 


three years of broad-based professional human resource experience, including facilitating organizational development or change, and advising and consulting on human resource issues.


Equivalent education/experience. 

Class Specification History

New class: Adopted 6-10-99 effective 7-1-99 (replaces: HRDS 4, PA 4, PO 4, LR Spec, AA Prog Admin, C&P Spec, HRDS 5, PO 5)
Revise class. Revises class code (formerly 19105), deletes class series concept; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007; general revision deletes core competencies, adds typical work and revises desirable qualifications; effective July 1, 2007.
Base range salary adjustment adopted 6/13/2019, effective 7/1/2019.