Iowa Department of Administrative Services Human Resources Consultant in Des Moines, Iowa

Human Resources Consultant


Human Resources Consultant


$63,190.40 - $97,281.60 Annually


Des Moines - 50309 - Polk County, IA

Job Type



444 Judicial

Job Number



6/7/2018 4:30 PM Central

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Point of Contact

Joey Leonhardt at 515-348-4887

To Apply

For consideration all applicants must submit a cover letter, resume and a completed "Iowa Judicial Branch Application for Employment", to: Joey Leonhardt at Application and additional information for Employment can be found at:

Job Description

This is a non-merit position with the Iowa Judicial Branch. Candidates must follow the instructions in the "To Apply" section.

Positions in this class are exempt from the screening and referral requirements of the Iowa Department of Administrative Services - Human Resources Enterprise.

The Iowa Judicial Branch is looking to fill a Human Resources Consultant to assist the state. Under the direction of the Director of Human Resources in State Court Administration, the Human Resources Consultant provides support on a wide variety of district and state-wide human resource responsibilities, programs, and initiatives.


Acts as a strategic partner and serves as the human resource expert for the district(s) assigned, providing day to day consultation with judicial officers, managers and staff on human resource matters to include but not limited to; recruitment, screening, evaluation and selection of new hires; complex employee and labor relations issues; performance management, training and development, interpretation of human resource policy, local, state and federal employment laws, and interpretation, administration and adherence with collective bargaining agreements.

Direct and support the administration of timesheets, payroll, benefit enrollment and personnel file management and compliance.

Manage employee and labor relations matters for the assigned district(s) and state-wide escalations to include; grievances, investigations, arbitrations, and performance and disciplinary matters in compliance with Judicial Branch human resource policies and collective bargaining agreements.

Investigates allegations of employee misconduct, harassment, and/or discrimination; receives complaints; conducts confidential interviews; and provides written findings and recommendations to management for assigned district(s) and statewide as directed by the Director of Human Resources.

Serves as a mentor and consultant to the District Court Administrator and their leadership teams in escalated or complex matters pertaining to human resources for the assigned district(s) and statewide as directed by the Director of Human Resources.

Represents management's case in labor relations/grievances, worker's compensation and employment hearings for assigned district(s) and state wide as directed by the Director of Human Resources.

Maintains and supports effective relationships with labor union representatives; third party leave administrators, workers compensation and unemployment insurance claim administrators and works in collaboration with various state agencies to include but not limited to the Department of Administration Services, Public Employee Relations Board and the Attorney General's office.

This position oversees and consults managers and staff on local, state and federal guidelines to include but not limited to; EEOC, ADA, ADAAA, FMLA, Department of Labor, wage and hours, etc.

Directs and coordinates new employee orientation and onboarding for the assigned district(s). Recommends and leads the development and continued enhancement of new employee orientation and onboarding programs statewide as directed by the Director of Human Resources.

Oversees engagement with new hires before their start date to provide necessary information (e.g. benefits enrollment, work schedule, chain of command, etc.); monitors and provides executive summaries on retention and turnover and develops programs to enhance engagement for assigned district(s).

Consults and advises managers on policy issues and interpretations of collective bargaining agreements; while also advising covered and non-covered employees of their employment rights and entitlements.

Assists Director of Human Resources with review and initial development of job descriptions and participates in the job classification review and appeal process. May serve as Director of Human Resources designee as member of comparable worth review committee.

May participate in collective bargaining negotiations and regular union relation meetings as directed by Director of Human Resources.

Assists with planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating various programs and initiatives at both the assigned district(s) and state-wide level to include; succession planning, leadership development, employee engagement to advance and support efforts to create a great place to work.

Represents the Judicial Branch human resource department on various committees as a participant or project leader in various state-wide projects as directed by the Director of Human Resources.

Attends seminars, workshops, and meetings and stays abreast of new developments and changes in the human resource profession and aligned policies, guidelines and best practices.

May conduct office hours in various assigned locations as needed.

Performs additional duties as required.

Judicial Branch Position Number: SCA-13083-001

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Broad and general knowledge of and ability to interpret/apply pertinent laws, case law, code, rules, contracts, employment policies, collective bargaining agreements, best practices and procedures.

Experience working with collective bargaining agreements and union covered employees.

Knowledge and ability to consult on matters related to adherence of equal employment opportunity (EEOC), affirmative action (AA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA/ADAA), Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Department of Labor, wage and hours, and other human resource aligned local, state and federal laws, regulations and guidelines.

Strong verbal and written communication, analytical and problem-solving skills, ability to assist management through the exercise of sound judgment and discretion in analyzing problems and recommending appropriate action using a consultative approach.

Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with judicial officers, management, staff, administrators, and leaders from other agencies and branches of government.

Structures tasks, plans and objectives, to establish priorities, set goals, and solve problems in a quick and effective manner with minimal oversight.

Presents effectively both orally and in writing with the ability to collect, analyze and summarize complex data and ideas.

Ability to work with confidential information on a regular basis.


Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in business administration, public administration, human resources, labor or industrial relations, or a closely related field is required.

Minimum of four (4) years human resource generalist exempt level experience required; to include responsibilities within compensation/payroll, benefit administration; labor and employee relations; policy administration, training and development; performance management; talent acquisition/recruiting.

SPHR/SHRM-SCP or PHR/SHRM-CP Certification through the Society for Human Resource Management is highly preferred.


State of Iowa


444 Judicial


Iowa Judicial Branch Building1111 E Court AveDes Moines, Iowa, 50319