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Compensation & Classification Trainee

August 12, 2020 3:42 PM | ATDps Admin (Administrator)

Compensation & Classification Trainee


$34.66 - $40.50 Hourly


Seattle, WA

Job Type

Classified Civil Service, Regular, Full-Time


Seattle Department of Human Resources

Job Number



8/18/2020 4:00 PM Pacific

Position Description

The Seattle Department of Human Resources endeavors to promote an equitable and engaging work environment so employees can do their best work and make a difference for the people and communities we serve. The Department focuses on providing high quality services to all City employees and departments and works collaboratively with department leaders to align policies, practices, and programs citywide to fulfill the vision of workforce equity and excellence.

As part of this mission, the Compensation & Classification unit administers the Citywide job classification and compensation programs for approximately 12,500 regular employees and more than 1,200 job classifications. This work is based on and champions equity by identifying potential systemic inequities in position allocation and compensation, analyzing perceived and actual race, gender, and age disparities in City government.  Within this unit, we have an opportunity for a Compensation & Classification Trainee to build HR skills that are in high demand. You’ll be working with a team that wants to invest in your future by taking the time to train and develop you, allowing you to gain subject matter knowledge and expertise in a niche function within Human Resources.

Job Responsibilities

In this role, you would start by learning the fundamentals of City of Seattle Compensation & Classification, including:

  • Learning the role, value, and impact of Job Classification work in the organization
  • Reviewing and using a Position Description Questionnaire (PDQ) to determine job classification
  • Learning critical City guidelines, policies, and ordinances
  • Engaging with team members, department members, and citywide partners to solve problems
From this foundation, you would continue to build the skills you need to become a Classification Analyst by:
  • Shadowing Classification Analysts
  • Gathering pertinent information
  • Evaluating documents
  • Applying rules and guidelines
  • Analyzing situations
  • Writing focused reports and recommendations

You will feel prepared for this opportunity if you exhibit:
  • Curiosity and persistence
  • Commitment to equity
  • Attention to detail
  • Critical thinking
  • Analytical skills
  • Oral, listening, and written communication skills
  • Accountability
  • Excellence in service delivery

In addition to the skills and experience mentioned above, you will need to possess the below required qualifications (or a combination of education and/or experience and/or training which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of the class):

  • A Bachelor’s Degree Human Resource Management, Business or Public Administration, Social Sciences, or a related field

  • An Associate Degree in Human Resource Management, Business or Public Administration, Social Sciences, or a related field
  • One year of experience in professional personnel administration or a related field

  • Two years of experience in professional personnel administration or a related field
Additional Information

This position is classified as a Personnel Analyst, Trainee. 

Job offers are contingent on review of a background check of conviction and arrest records. In compliance with Seattle's Fair Chance Employment Ordinance, SMC 14.17 applicants will be provided an opportunity to explain or correct background information.

To be considered for this position, you must submit your complete application, attaching both a cover letter and a recent copy of your resume, to https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/seattle/jobs/2830609/compensation-classification-trainee no later than 4:00pm Pacific Time on Tuesday, August 18, 2020. In your 1-page cover letter, please explain your interest in this position and identify specifically how the combination of your knowledge, skills, and interests align with our business needs and will contribute to your success in this role. This position is open to all candidates who meet the minimum qualifications. The City of Seattle values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, medical condition, or pregnancy. The Seattle Department of Human Resources encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experiences. If you have questions please contact Lindsey King at Lindsey.King@seattle.gov.




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Seattle, WA 98146


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