Pend Oreille Country is located in North Eastern Washington, on the boarder of Northern Idaho and Canada, with Newport, Washington being the County seat. We are just miles from major cities such as Spokane, Washington and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. We offer rural living, fantastic recreational opportunities, and beautiful scenery! In short, Pend Oreille County is a great place to live, work, and play.

HR Manager Job Description 

Salary: $4,470.14 – $5,020.99 per month DOE. 

Eligibility for health, HRA Veba, voluntary dental, and vision coverage, PERS retirement plan options, subject to plan terms. Eligibility for company-paid benefits such as life insurance, short and long-term disability, subject to applicable waiting periods. 11 County paid holidays.

BASIC FUNCTIONS:  Plans, organizes and manages county human resources programs. Assists Elected Officials/Department Heads in recruitment, selection, onboarding, classification, compensation, employee development and employee relations.  Manages unemployment compensation claims, Labor & Industries claims, personnel records systems, safety programs, benefit administration, employee wellness programs and retirement systems.  Assists with labor relations. Designated as the County’s Americans with Disability Act (ADA) Coordinator and HIPAA Security Officer. Responsible for implementing and reviewing the County Equal Employment Opportunity Plan. This position is exempt, non-union. Works cooperatively and effectively with the public and other employees.


  1. High school graduate or equivalent.
  2. Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management or related subject and at least two years’
    experience or equivalent skillset based on a combination of education, training and experience in
    Human Resources Management.
  3. Supervisory experience required.
  4. Demonstrated ability to read and write the English language proficiently.
  5. Display excellent interpersonal relationship and conflict management skills.
  6. Advanced computer and office equipment skills.
  7. Must maintain confidentiality and exercise independent judgement.
  8. Familiarity with Federal and State laws that govern the employment relationship: FLSA, ADA, FMLA, OSHA, L&I, Employment Security and more.
  1. Advanced organizational skills, ability to plan and delegate, ability to understand and execute complex assignments and work without direct supervision.
  1. Must successfully pass a background check, a driving record check and a pre-employment physical.



  1. Plans and organizes own workload within human resources program areas; assures work is performed in a confidential, timely and efficient manner.
  1. Administers and updates the personnel policies and procedures as appropriate.
  2. Manages the process of recruiting, advertising, job posting, testing and pre-screening applicants in cooperation with Elected Officials/Department Heads.
  1. Assists employees with forms related to hiring and terminating according to state law. Also assists employees with union contacts.
  2. Understands and communicates step scale and compensation.
  3. Works with Elected Officials/Department Heads on job descriptions.
  4. Administers employee benefit programs such as FMLA, retirement, deferred compensation, disability and others.
  5. Assists employees with all Human Resource issues.
  6. Maintains confidential personnel and medical files.
  7. Compiles data and completes classification surveys as needed.
  8. Responds to all employment verifications.
  9. Investigates staff complaints and grievances.
  10. Assists with union contract negotiations.
  11. Serves on the WCIF Insurance Advisory Committee and serves as chair on the county’s Insurance Committee.
  1. Oversees the Human Resources budget and prepares weekly vouchers.
  2. Acts as the county’s American with Disabilities Coordinator addressing ADA issues.
  3. Acts as the county’s HIPAA Security Officer.
  4. Oversees the county’s safety programs.
  5. Supervises the Commissioners Program/HR Assistant.
  6. Performs other related duties as assigned by the Commissioners.

CIVIL SERVICE:  (RCW 41.14.050)

  1. Works with the Chief Civil Service Examiner to coordinate and administer Civil Service examinations.
  2. Assists the Chief Civil Services Examiner in maintaining files for Civil Service employees.
  3. Helps administer advertising campaigns assuring the most efficient use of budgeted funds.
  4. Produce appropriate correspondence.
  5. Supports Chief Civil Service Examiner in preparing claims for payment vouchers and ordering supplies as necessary.
  6. Provides direction to all applicants and/or Civil Service employees taking Civil Service written and oral examinations.
  1. Performs other duties as requested by the Chief Examiner.


Work is performed in an office setting with periods of standing, sitting and kneeling.

Requires ability to drive and attend out of town trainings/meetings. Hand eye coordination and fine manipulation skills are necessary to perform computer and office equipment work.  Requires good listening and communication skills and occasional lifting of up to 50 pounds. Regular and punctual attendance is required and because of the nature of this position, duties must be performed during regular working hours within the department, no telecommuting.