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Putnam County

Personnel Department

DEPUTY PERSONNEL OFFICER

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS: This is an administrative and technical position involving responsibility for planning, initiating and directing a comprehensive personnel program for County employees.  The Deputy Personnel Officer is responsible for assisting in the administering and enforcing the provisions of the New York State Civil Service Law as they relate to the County departments, towns, villages, public libraries, school districts and special districts. Additionally, the incumbent assists in the County's labor relations, retirement and health insurance programs. The work is performed under the supervision of the Personnel Officer with wide leeway allowed for the exercise of independent judgment in implementing the general personnel policies and objectives of the department. General supervision is exercised over the work of all department employees. Does related work as required.

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES: (Illustrative only)

  • Directs various professional, technical and clerical personnel in performing the following: position classification, specification writing, recruitment, payroll certification, eligible lists creation and maintenance, salary surveys;
  • Interprets and applies Civil Service Law in formulation of policy and procedures; Meets with departmental representatives on the application of Civil Service Law and Rules and conducts formal an informal salary and classification hearings with employees;
  • Assists in coordinating the employee benefit programs such as retirement, health insurance and other benefits;
  • Makes special studies and recommendations on the development of programs, the impact of proposed decisions, organization changes, and legislation affecting personnel and labor relations activities;
  • Assists in the initiation and improvement of public personnel administration in the towns, villages, school districts, public libraries and special districts in Putnam County;
  • Assists in developing in-service training courses for County departments;
  • Administers provisions of labor agreements between the County and its employees;
  • Participates in the negotiation and enforcement of employee-employer contracts and agreements;
  • Assists in developing the annual department budget and regulates all departmental expenditures;
  • Represents the County on personnel matters with the public, government officials and professional groups.

Typical Work Activities are intended only as illustrations of possible types of work that might be appropriately assigned to an incumbent of this title. Work activities that do not appear above are not excluded as appropriate work assignments, as long as they can be reasonably understood to be within the logical limits of the job.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS: Comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of public personnel administration including wage and salary administration, position classification, job evaluation, employee benefits, employee performance appraisal, employee orientation and employee effectiveness and morale; thorough knowledge of the New York State Civil Service Law and the Putnam County Rules for Classified Civil Service; thorough knowledge of the organization and functions of local governments of New York State, particularly of County government; thorough knowledge of State and Federal legislation and regulations affecting public personnel administration; thorough knowledge of the general principles and practices used in modern labor relations; thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of supervision; ability to plan, direct and review a personnel program; ability to carry out and make special studies relating to civil service and personnel activities; ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with employees and department heads at all levels of County government; ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; ability to analyze and resolve complex problems; integrity; good judgment; resourcefulness; creativity; tact; courtesy; initiative.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:    Either

  1. Master’s degree in industrial or labor relations, public administration, legal studies, social sciences, human resources, personnel, business administration, or a closely related field and five (5) years of professional experience in public personnel/human resources administration; or
  2. Bachelor’s degree in industrial or labor relations, public administration, legal studies, social sciences, human resources, personnel, business administration, or a closely related field and seven (7) years of professional experience in public personnel/human resources administration; or
  3. Master’s degree and seven (7) years of professional experience in public personnel/human resources administration; or
  4. Bachelor’s degree and nine (9) years of professional experience in public personnel/human resources administration; or
  5. An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits above.

PLEASE NOTE: Your degree must have been awarded by a college or university accredited by a regional, national, or specialized agency recognized as an accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education/U.S. Secretary of Education.

 

6/20; 8/22

Competitive Class

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Mission Statement

Our mission is to administer, in a fair and equitable manner, the provisions of New York State Civil Service Law and Putnam County Civil Service Rules with respect to the offices and employments in the classified service of Putnam County and the civil divisions therein, which include the towns, villages, school districts, libraries and special districts.

It is Putnam County Personnel Department’s responsibility to ensure Putnam County taxpayers of a public workforce qualified for their jobs pursuant to the principles of selection according to merit and fitness as set forth in Article 5, §6 of the New York State Constitution.

  • Paul Eldridge

    Personnel Officer

Putnam County Office Building

40 Gleneida Avenue
Carmel, New York 10512

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