Principal Human Resources Analyst
City of Sunnyvale, CA - Sunnyvale, CA

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* plus 5% City Paid Employee PERS contribution and excellent benefit package, including 2.0% at 60 CalPERS Plan.

* This classification has been designated as confidential. In addition to the base pay indicated above, individuals in this classification receive a 3.5% confidential premium.

Please note: Typical placement is made at 85% of the salary range control point.


Under general direction, coordinates and performs difficult and responsible professional level human resources duties associated with department administration; develops and monitors the department budget and performance measures; provides management level support to division managers; develops, plans, manages, and coordinates assigned program responsibilities; conducts research, analysis and preparation of reports; supervises professional, paraprofessional and/or clerical staff; and, performs other related duties as assigned.


The Principal Human Resources Analyst is a management level classification in the professional human resources analyst series. Incumbents perform complex program analysis and administration, conduct research, and may supervise and train assigned staff. This classification is distinguished from the lower level classification of Senior Human Resources Analyst in that the former is responsible for independently performing the most complex research and program administration activities at a management level. This classification is distinguished from the higher level classification of Human Resources Manager in that the latter is a division manager classification with responsibility for the overall performance of the program and work unit.

Essential Job Functions:

(May include, but are not limited to, the following)
  • Assist the Department Director with the administration and maintenance of employee relations issues; conduct research and analysis in preparation of labor negotiations; prepare reports and recommendations for bargaining unit or Association contract revisions. Develop and coordinate employment survey data compilation for bargaining units, associations, or classifications within the City.
  • Develops and monitors the department budget; coordinating with all division managers to ensure that data is accurate and makes adjustments as necessary working with the Finance Department staff. Monitors expenditures; approves invoices and purchases.
  • Responsible for development, coordination and updates to department website and intranet.
  • Responsible for the coordination of Citywide projects that impact the Human Resources Department to include computer and software updates, telephone system updates, office equipment, etc.
  • Develop, implement and have program responsibilities for Citywide projects and programs; may include volunteer services.
  • Responsible for the Intergovernmental Relations activities to include legislative analysis and recommendations; preparation of correspondence; providing advice and updates to divisions.
  • Policy development based upon research and analysis of data related to the proposed policy.
  • Coordinate and assist with special events and activities supported by the Department; Employee Recognition; Employee Giving Campaign; Employee Appreciation; Health and Wellness Fair.
  • Provides information concerning human resources policies, procedures, and memoranda of understanding to City staff, other agencies, and the public.
  • Manages assigned program areas; plans and coordinates major research or administrative projects; compiles and analyzes data pertaining to personnel program policies and issues; evaluates alternatives and makes recommendations for action; recommends and develops new and revised policies and procedures; prepares reports and recommendations for City staff, Council and advisory bodies.
  • Stays current on local, state and federal legislation affecting public sector labor law.
  • Conducts and responds to surveys.
  • Assists in the development and implementation of department and Citywide goals, objectives, policies and procedures; educates employees and managers on policies and legal compliance; analyzes and recommends strategies to improve effectiveness of operation.
  • Plans, develops, coordinates and presents training sessions related to area of assignment.
  • Represents the Human Resources Department in interdepartmental, interagency and public meetings.
  • May supervise, train and evaluate professional, paraprofessional and/or clerical staff assigned to perform employee relations and employee development related functions; may provide direction to contractors.
  • May represent the City in labor and management issues; may conduct preparatory research on contract and bargaining matters for labor negotiations, including surveying prevailing wages, benefits and working conditions, and analyzing labor proposals.
  • May assist with the coordination of the Citywide new employee orientation program.

Position requires prolonged sitting, standing, walking, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, squatting and stooping in the performance of daily activities. The position also requires grasping, repetitive hand movement and fine coordination in using a computer keyboard. Additionally, the position requires near and far vision in reading written reports and work related documents. Acute hearing is required when providing phone and personal service. The need to lift, drag and push files, paper and documents weighing up to 25 pounds also is required. Some of these requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodations.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education and Experience
The minimum qualifications for education and experience can be met in the following way:

A Bachelor's degree from an accredited university in personnel administration, public administration or a related field, and three years of professional level human resources experience including some lead or supervisory experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Thorough knowledge of:
  • Principles, practices and techniques of human resources administration, organization and operation.
Working Knowledge of:
  • Principles and practices of employer-employee relations.
  • Applicable federal and state laws, codes and regulations related to employee relations, equal employment opportunity and labor relations.
  • Principles and practices of program and system development, administration and evaluation.
  • Research methods and statistical analysis.
  • Methods and techniques of record keeping and report preparation and writing; proper English, spelling and grammar.
  • Office practices, methods and equipment, including a computer and a variety of software applications.
Ability to:
  • Develop, coordinate and effectively manage work programs; independently develop and coordinate effective systems, programs, and procedures.
  • Develop, coordinate and manage the department budget development process and monitor budget throughout the fiscal year.
  • Coordinate and effectively facilitate employee events and activities.
  • Effectively manage volunteer services program.
  • Analyze complex human resources issues, and develop and implement appropriate responses; advise and counsel departments regarding best course of action; analyze facts and conflicting data and reach sound, logical conclusions.
  • Interpret, explain and apply applicable City policies and state and federal laws, memoranda of understanding, and codes and regulations.
  • Facilitate consensus building and discussion of sensitive issues in order to effectively resolve employment matters; gain concurrence and cooperation through discussion and persuasion.
  • Manage projects effectively.
  • Effectively organize, prioritize and follow-up on work assignments.
  • Develop and implement comprehensive work plans in a timely and competent manner.
  • Supervise, direct, train and evaluate subordinate staff.
  • Develop and implement revisions to standard operating procedures to improve effectiveness and/or comply with regulatory changes as appropriate.
  • Make sound decisions within established guidelines.
  • Maintain accurate records.
  • Follow written and oral directions.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Make public presentations.
  • Work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Observe safety principles and work in a safe manner.
Possession and continued maintenance of a valid class C California driver's license and a safe driving record, or the ability to provide alternate transportation which is approved by the appointing authority.

  • Public sector human resources experience.

Application and Selection Process:

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit a City of Sunnyvale employment application, a cover letter, and responses to the supplemental questions to the Department of Human Resources no later than 5:00 p.m. on September 3, 2013 (postmarks or faxes are not accepted). Candidates are asked to fully describe any training, education, experience or skills relevant to this position. Electronic applications may be submitted on-line through the City's employment page at or application materials may be submitted to: Department of Human Resources, 505 West Olive Avenue, Suite 200, Sunnyvale, CA 94086. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Applications will be competitively screened based on the minimum qualifications of this position. Based upon a review of the application materials, the most qualified candidates will be invited to participate in the examination process, which may consist of an oral examination and a writing exercise scheduled for the week of September 23, 2013 . (Note: The examination process may be changed as deemed necessary by the Director of Human Resources).

Those candidates that receive a passing score on the examination will be placed on an eligibility list for up to one year, in accordance with the City’s Civil Service Rules and Administrative Policies. Selection interviews for top candidates are tentatively scheduled for the week of September 30, 2013 . Any candidate that is selected by the hiring department will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, which may consist of a background history check, as well as a medical exam(s) administered by a City-selected physician(s) before hire. Prior to starting work, all newly-hired employees will be fingerprinted to check conviction history. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment; however, failure to disclose conviction history will result in refusal of employment or termination. Positions which are covered by the Department of Transportation regulations are required to submit to a pre-employment drug test and to random drug and alcohol testing.

Please note: Any successful candidate, selected by the hiring department will be required to submit proof of education (i.e. original copy of the diploma or college/university transcripts).


The information contained within this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.

The City of Sunnyvale is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of the City of Sunnyvale not to discriminate against all qualified applicants or employees on the basis of race, religion, color, sex (including gender, gender identity, and gender expression), sexual orientation (including heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality), national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, marital status, pregnancy, age, medical condition, genetic characteristics or information, and physical or mental disability. Applicants needing special accommodations for testing should submit a request to the Department of Human Resources at time of application.

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