Human Resources Specialist

U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Seattle, WA4.2


The U.S. Bankruptcy Court seeks a dedicated and experienced human resources professional with excellent interpersonal skills and strong work ethic. The Human Resources (HR) Specialist provides service to clerk’s office staff, judicial officers, and chambers staff. The HR Specialist performs a wide variety of duties including training, benefits administration, payroll processing,
recruitment, on-boarding and orientation, performance management, and proactively managing all
elements of the employment life-cycle. This position requires a positive, self- motivated
individual who demonstrates professionalism, discretion, and exceptional customer service and
communication skills.

This position is located at the federal courthouse in Seattle and supports employees located both
in Seattle and at the divisional office in the federal
courthouse in Tacoma.

  • Manages all areas of human resources related to hiring, promotions, payroll, separations,

classification, workers compensation, personnel action processing, and within grade increases.

  • Manages full recruitment cycle, including advertising, interviewing, and orientation.
  • Facilitates and delivers training on a variety of HR related topics.
  • Oversees the court’s performance management process.
  • Advises judges, unit executive, supervisors and court staff on human resources matters,

procedures and processes.

  • Issues new employee credentials and identification cards. Assists with fingerprinting new

employees, contractors, and other agency personnel as needed.

  • Advise and educate staff in all areas of federal and judiciary benefits.
  • Manages workers compensation claims, including tracking and reporting nationally.
  • Administers and utilizes automated systems for human resources activities including payroll

processing, leave tracking, personnel projections, records management, and performance management.

  • Ensures adherence to the Guide to Judiciary Policy and Human Resources Manual, including

compliance with appropriate guidelines, policies and approved internal controls related to human
resources management.

QUALIFICATIONS * To qualify for placement at the CL-27: two years of specialized
experience including at least one year equivalent to work at the CL-25; or completion of the
requirements for a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

  • To qualify for placement at the CL-28: two years of specialized experience, including at least

one year equivalent to work at the CL-27, or completion of a master’s degree or two years of
graduate study in an accredited university in business or public administration, political science,
criminal justice, law or, other field closely related to human resources.

  • Specialized experience is defined as progressively responsible experience in at least one but

preferably two or more functional areas of human resources management and administration
(classification, staffing, training, employee relations, etc.) that provided knowledge of the
rules, regulations, terminology, etc. of the area of human resources administration.

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality, demonstrate sound judgement, and the ability to handle

highly sensitive material is essential.

  • Training and group facilitation experience.
  • Ability to communicate accurately and professionally.
  • Strong Attention to detail and organizational skills.


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Human resources experience (especially HR with federal government)
  • PHR or SHRM-CP


Employees of the United States Bankruptcy Court are entitled to similar benefits as
other federal government employees, including:

  • Ten paid holidays per year;
  • Paid annual and sick leave;
  • Subsidized medical coverage with pre-tax employee premiums;
  • Group life insurance and long term care options;
  • Flexible Benefits Program (pre-tax flexible spending for health care,

dependent care and commuter/parking costs);

  • Participation in the Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401K plan, with employer

matching up to 5%);

  • Participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System;
  • Credit for service time in other federal agencies or the military will be added to judiciary


Applicants invited to interview must travel at their own expense.

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court requires employees to follow a code of conduct which is available upon request.

Reference checks will be conducted on top candidates. A background investigation with law
enforcement agencies, including fingerprint and criminal records checks, will be conducted as a
condition of employment. Any applicant selected for a position will be hired
provisionally pending successful completion of the investigation. Unsatisfactory results
may result in termination of employment.

The Federal Financial Management Reform Act requires direct deposit of federal wages.

The Court reserves the right to modify the conditions of this job announcement, to withdraw the
announcement, or to fill the position sooner than the closing date, any of which may occur without
prior written or other notice. In the event that a position becomes vacant in a similar
classification, within a reasonable time from the original announcement, management may elect to
select a candidate from the applicants who responded to the original announcement without
posting the position.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE Applicants should complete an Application for Judicial Federal Employment, Form AO-78 Please email cover letter, resume and Form AO-78 in a single PDF.
The subject line should read: HR Specialist – Vacancy #18-08

See the Court’s Website at: WWW.WAWB.USCOURTS.GOV

Equal Opportunity Employer

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $53,084.00 to $103,441.00 /year


  • Human Resources: 2 years (Required)


  • Bachelor's (Preferred)


  • Seattle, WA (Required)


  • PHR or SHRM-CP (Preferred)

Work authorization:

  • United States (Required)