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Class Code: 119G
Category: Administrative Services

Class Series Concept



Serves as senior level human resource consultant/advisor.  Independently performs professional level human resource assignments in one or more areas of the human resource function such as classification, compensation, benefits, recruitment and selection, affirmative action and equal employment opportunity, reasonable accommodation, training, organizational development, and/or labor relations.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This is the senior professional level.  Under general direction, independently provides administrative direction and counsel to clients regarding a broad range of human resource management issues which require the application of professional judgment in the analysis of complex human resource and operational relationships.  Responsibilities include resolving complex human resource issues having broad potential impact.  Issues may involve competing interests, multiple clients, conflicting rules or practices, a range of possible solutions or other elements that contribute to complexity.

Typical Work

Provides advice, interpretation and counsel to clients regarding 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 2; 

Performs related duties as required; 

May supervise or direct the work of support, technical, paraprofessional, or lower level professional staff.

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


two years of professional human resource experience.


Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New class, consolidates 2511 Human Resource Representative III, 19104 Human Resource Consultant 3; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.
Base range salary adjustment adopted 6/13/2019, effective 7/1/2019.