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HR Disability-Leave Management Analyst II

Company: County of Sonoma
Location: Santa Rosa
Posted on: November 20, 2022

Job Description:


$87,805.14 - $106,735.32 Annually


Santa Rosa, CA

Job Type



Human Resources Department (HRD)

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Position Information
Human Resources HR Disability-Leave Management Analyst Wanted!Bring your passion for human resources/risk & disability management to our collaborative team. Starting salary up to $51.14/hourly ($106,735/annually) and a cash allowance of $600/month*
The Human Resources Department is seeking to fill one (1) full-time vacancy as an HR Disability-Leave Management Analyst. This vacancy may be filled at either the I or II level. Note: If you are interested in applying at the I level, you will need to apply to the separate, concurrent recruitment being conducted for that classification.

Working at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our communities. You can also look forward to flexible work arrangements and excellent benefits* including:

  • A hybrid telework schedule that meets the needs of our staff, department operations, and the communities we serve
  • County paid 100% premium contribution for the majority of employee-only and employee + family health plan options
  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance of up to $1,700 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment*Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can be found in the Salary Resolution (SalRes) and our Employee Benefits Directory.

    What the Position Offers

    Variety: This is an excellent career choice for a Disability Management/HR professional wanting to engage in the full range of disability management and return-to-work functions in the public sector arena. In support of 28 county departments with 800 different job classifications from engineers, computer programmers, and nurses to road crews, social workers, and everything in between, our Disability Management (DM) unit provides a high level of guidance to departments and employees in the area of leave management, returning employees to work, workplace accommodation activities, and legal compliance through active case management of on-the-job injuries (occupational/workers' compensation) and non-work related medical, military, and other extended leaves.

    Collaboration: The HR Disability-Leave Management Analyst is a liaison between employees, County departments, the County's workers' compensation third-party administrator, defense counsel, medical providers, and other stakeholders on a variety of disability and leave related efforts and initiatives. This position manages both occupational and non-occupational leaves, advises County departments on leave issues and protections, and solves complex problems through research, analysis, and collaboration.

    Key Responsibilities include:
    • Advising County management on absence management, leave administration, and compliance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations, as well as applicable County of Sonoma policies (Family and Medical Leave Act, Americans with Disabilities Act and amendments, California Fair Employment and Housing Act, California Family Rights Act, California Pregnancy Disability Leave, California Healthy Families Act, etc.)
    • Working with departments to reduce lost work time through pro-active leave management and return to work opportunities
    • Reducing County liability and leave costs, and promote employee retention by training, leading, assisting and advising department management through the interactive process for reasonable accommodation
    • Administering the County's return-to-work programs, including temporary transitional duty assignments and fitness for duty evaluations
    • Working with departments to ensure employees are aware of their rights and benefits throughout the leave process
    • Training department management and supervisors on disability management programs, policies, entitlements, and statutes
    • Monitoring, drafting, tracking, and reviewing case communications and documentation throughout the process to ensure clear and accurate communication
    • Completing project work including analysis, recommendation and implementation of related policy and procedure updates, Disability Management program initiatives, and compliance with legal/statutory changesWhat You Bring

      Our ideal candidate for this position will be a high performing professional with broad-based skills, who has the ability to work and think independently as well as collaboratively, and will possess:
      • Experience with disability management programs including application of federal and state leave laws (specifically in California) in a work setting, workers' compensation, and light duty assignments
      • Excellent written and oral communication skills
      • The ability to develop and deliver effective training
      • Experience in liaison and advisory roles, and the ability remain supportive, diplomatic, and calm in emotionally charged situations
      • Strong critical thinking skills and the ability to foresee the ripple effects of day-to-day decisions
      • The ability to analyze and use sound judgment to make decisions in light of ambiguous factors
      • The aptitude to research information, analyze findings, provide recommendations, and apply legal statues, policies and County practices to case management activities and recommendations
      • Robust interpersonal skills and creativity to successfully resolve issues with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders, to include employees, departments, other human resources units, union representatives, vendors, and other agencies
      • The ability to thrive in an organization that maintains a fast pace, coupled with a challenging workload and competing prioritiesAbout The Department

        The Human Resources Department has 65 positions and is responsible for managing and administering a variety of programs and services through its' three program areas. Human Resource Services, Employee Benefits, and Risk Services. The Human Resource Services program area is responsible for workforce development, employee and labor relations, recruitment and classification, employee recognition and commissions, and the human resources information system. The Employee Benefits program area is responsible for employee and retiree benefits administration. The Risk Services program area is responsible for, liability and insurance, workers compensation, disability management, and safety.

        The Civil Service title for this position is Risk Management Analyst II.
        Minimum Qualifications
        Any combination of course work, training, and/or work experience which clearly demonstrates possession of the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, this would include the following:

        Education: Academic course work in public administration, business administration, accounting, law, economics, safety, industrial engineering, risk management, and/or other related courses. A bachelor's degree related to one of these fields is highly desirable.

        Experience: Two years of professional level experience working with occupational safety and health programs, workers' compensation, disability management, employee benefit and insurance, liability, casualty insurance, or loss control programs, preferably with a public agency and/or in a risk management program. This should include substantial experience directly related to area of assignment.

        License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including necessary special endorsements, as required by the State of California to perform the essential job functions of the position.
        Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
        Considerable knowledge of: principles and practices, legal statutes, civil procedures, and administrative regulations relating to occupational health and safety, workers' compensation, disability management, liability, employee benefits and insurance, or other related programs, and related non-monetary compensation; claims adjusting, investigation, and administrative techniques necessary to carry management of claims from initial report to settlement or closure;

        Working knowledge of: medical and technical terminology used in individual injury cases; operations and functions of County government including budget methods, program analysis, employee relations, and group dynamics; written and oral communications including language mechanics, syntax and English composition; research methodology, report writing, basic statistics, and actuarial principles and appropriate applications; modern office methods and procedures; computer applications related to work, including methods of graphical presentation; management of electronic database systems; and principles and methods of supervision and training.

        Ability to: use judgment and discretion to integrate technical knowledge with interpersonal and communication skills dealing with the public, County management personnel, employees, attorneys, medical providers, and others in a manner consistent with the policies, practices, and procedures of the organization; research, understand, interpret, and apply specific rules, laws, ordinances, and policies to applicable risk management areas such as disability, safety, liability, and benefits; plan and organize research and statistical reports relating to various aspects of risk management, budget, general management matters, accident causation, safety conditions or benefits; evaluate results and recommend corrective measures using principles of inductive and deductive reasoning; and where applicable, effectively present conclusions before advisory and policy bodies; organize, develop, and prepare claims for assignment to counsel, trial and pretrial conferences; prepare informational materials, brochures, and newsletters to relate complex regulations and data to employees and officials; organize and develop effective programs for the reduction of occupational hazards and accident prevention; facilitate consensus and negotiate resolution of complex problems involving a variety of claimants, individuals, employee groups, consultants, carriers and service providers; analyze situations and adopt effective courses of action working independently and with either oral or written direction.
        Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying
        • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
        • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. Be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
        • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
        • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.Please visit Getting a Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the hiring process, including the application process, examination steps, and department selection process.

          Responses to supplemental questions will be used in assessing minimum qualifications. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for a thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses that state "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient.
          The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

          An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (weight 100%). Each application and supplemental questionnaire will be thoroughly evaluated for satisfaction of minimum qualifications and relevance of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities that relate to this position. Candidates possessing the most appropriate job-related qualifications will be placed on an employment list and referred to the department for selection interviews.


          A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

          Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer is contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.

          HOW TO APPLY

          Applications are accepted online at Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

          The County of Sonoma values diversity and is dedicated to creating a workplace environment that provides individuals with a sense of belonging. We are committed to having a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. The County is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer where all aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance, and business need.

          HR Analyst: AK
          HR Technician: KK

Keywords: County of Sonoma, Santa Rosa , HR Disability-Leave Management Analyst II, Executive , Santa Rosa, California

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