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Human Resources Specialist - Chicago

We continually strive for a workforce that reflects the growing diversity within the State of Illinois. A variety of employee backgrounds, perspectives, ideas and experiences are crucial to our ability to most effectively serve the public. Bilingual skills welcome

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Date:  Mar 17, 2023

Chicago, IL, US, 60634-1417

Job Requisition ID:  24429

Agency:  Department of Veterans' Affairs 

Posting ID: REQ 22429

Opening Date: 03/17/2023
Closing Date/Time:  03/31/2023 
Salary:  anticipated salary range: $4,000 - $6,500 monthly 
Job Type:  Salaried Full Time 
County:  Cook 
Number of Vacancies:  1 
Plan/BU:  Confidential Exclusion 062 


****************A RESUME IS REQUIRED FOR THIS JOB POSTING****************

Please attach a DETAILED Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV) to the MY DOCUMENTS section of your application.

You WILL NOT be considered for the position if you attach a CMS100, CMS100b or any other document that is not a Resume or CV

Position Overview

The Human Resources Specialist is located at our Illinois Veterans’ Home. This position serves under the direction of the Human Resources Director and coordinates all activities of staff assigned to the Human Resources department. In addition, the Human Resources Specialist will play a vital role in the mission of creating and maintaining a positive atmosphere within the HR section. This unique opportunity offers an exceptional benefit package to include health insurance, including eye care and dental, deferred compensation, life insurance and retirement.  If you desire to become a valued member of a hard-working and respected team and are up for a challenge or a change in your career, please take this opportunity to apply for this gratifying position. 

Job Responsibilities

  1. Serves as full-line supervisor
  2. Provides journey level work in a professional capacity performing complex, specialized duties in human resources administration activities
  3. Guides, counsels, and assists facility employees regarding group insurance, retirement system benefits, deferred compensation, upward mobility, and workers compensation benefits by conducting information and individual meetings for new and existing employees to educate and update on personnel and benefit changes as they occur
  4. Advises and assists Home managerial staff with interpretation of CMS and DVA Personnel Rules, pay plan, examinations, hiring procedures and labor contracts  
  5. Assembles payroll data i.e. overtime/dockage reports, employee authorized deductions, CMS generated increases, into report form to submit to Central Office and enters data into automated payroll system 
  6. Prepares various reports related to Agency and home activities such as OSHA, EEO, monthly/quarterly headcount, affirmative action, collective bargaining transaction reports, overtime, shift differential
  7. Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Knowledge, skill, and mental development equivalent to completion of four (4) years of college
  2. Two (2) years of professional human resources experience

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Two (2) years of experience working with the Personnel Code, Rules, Position Classification Plan, Pay Plans, Collective Bargaining Contracts, Federal Merit Standards, Equal Employment Opportunity Act and Civil Rights Act, and guidelines derived therefrom, and departmental policies, procedures, and processes
  2. Two (2) years’ experience with collective bargaining contracts and their application to various aspects of Human Resources
  3. Two (2) years’ professional HR experience, including experience with the following activities: Recruitment and Hiring, Payroll and Timekeeping, FMLA/LOA/ADA, and HR Transactions
  4. Two (2) years professional supervisory experience including utilizing the principles of progressive discipline
  5. Two (2) years’ utilizing personal computers and various electronic applications including the Microsoft Suite, Microsoft Teams, Personnel Examination and Eligibility Records System (PEERS), and IMSH
  6. Two (2) years’ experience using professional oral and written communication skills as well as writing grammatically correct correspondence and reports that contain conceptualizations, facts, and descriptive and quantitative inclusions
  7. Ability to read, assimilate and recall with a high degree of proficiency facts and figures

Conditions of Employment

  1. Requires ability to pass a background check
  2. Requires ability to pass a drug screen and pre-employment physical
  3. Requires ability to meet all agency vaccine/health-related policies and guidance
  4. Overtime is a condition of employment, and you may be required to work overtime including scheduled, unscheduled, or last-minute overtime
  5. Requires ability to become interview certified within two (2) months of employment

Work Hours:  8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
Work Location: 4250 N Oak Park Ave Chicago, IL 60634-1417 

Chicago Veterans' Home

Human Resources

Cook County 
Agency Contact:  Tammy Showers
Job Family: Administration/Management 


About the Agency:

At The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA), we are mission-focused on efforts to empower veterans and their families to thrive in the State of Illinois.  We do this by assisting veterans in navigating the system of federal, state, and local resources and benefits; providing long-term health care for eligible veterans in our Veterans’ Homes and partnering with other agencies and non-profits to help veterans address education, mental health, housing, employment, and other challenges. 

IDVA genuinely values and celebrates the differences amongst our veterans, and the agency is committed to ensuring a healthy living environment where our veteran residents know that they are appreciated, respected, and valued.  Through our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), we will continue to establish and uphold agency policies and practices conducive to eliminating all forms of exclusion including, but not limited to, racism, ageism, ableism, sexism, discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender, and religious oppression.

A career with the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs provides a rewarding and challenging opportunity for individuals. Working together, we create partnerships and experiences that engage and inspire our fellow co-workers and the veterans that we serve every day. The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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