The work involves responsibility for planning, organizing, developing, directing and evaluating Onondaga County’s personnel program and is chiefly responsible for the operation and maintenance of the human resource management information system. The work is characterized by responsibility for a personnel program involving wage and salary administration which includes maintenance of the County salary plan and its rules for administration, and employee services including employee benefit administration, employee performance evaluation, employee orientation, employee effectiveness and morale, and maintenance of the employee handbook. The work is carried out in accordance with applicable local, State, and Federal laws, rules, regulations and codes. The work of this class is limited to personnel matters only and technical matters related primarily to administration of Civil Service Law, rules and regulations are carried out by other specialized classifications. Work is performed under the general direction of the Commissioner of Personnel with wide leeway allowed for independent judgment in contributing to the Department’s mission. Direct and general supervision, as the case may be, is exercised over the work of a number of clerical and professional employees. Does related work as required.



Maintains a salary schedule for County employees, periodically resurveys prevailing salaries and recommends to the Commissioner the elimination of inequities, recruitment difficulties and employee turnovers.

Promulgates on behalf of and subject to the approval of the Commissioner, standard employment rules and regulations governing County employees, and upon approval of the Commissioner and the County Executive, acts as their agent in affecting compliance.

Formulates and, upon the. approval of the Commissioner, implements and coordinates such programs for employee evaluation and the improvement of employee effectiveness, morale, discipline, training, working conditions, benefit programs, and activities.

Submits periodically to the Commissioner such recommendations as may be appropriate regarding personnel administration with the County government and among its various units, officers and employees, including recommendations to the County Legislature regarding changes in departments’ tables of organization.


Submits to the Commissioner such reports, data and other information as may be required, or as may otherwise be appropriate from time to time regarding employee effectiveness, morale, discipline, training, working conditions, benefit programs and other employee activities falling within the jurisdiction of the office.

Advises new employees of County and Civil Service employment practices and provides necessary orientation and pre-work assignment training.

May participate as a member of the County’s negotiating team where the subject is directly related to the personnel program.

Consults with employee relations personnel and County program managers relating to negotiated agreements for purposes of providing information, understanding agreements impact upon personnel programs, and coordinating activities.

Supervises a small number of professional employees engaged in carrying out assigned aspects of the personnel program.




Thorough knowledge of principles and practices of public personnel administration including wage and salary administration, employee benefits,

employee performance appraisal, employee orientation, and employee effectiveness and morale.

Thorough knowledge of management and organizational principles and practices.

Good knowledge of principles and practices of supervision.

Good knowledge of organizational structure, functions, operations, objectives and goals of the Department of Personnel and its programs.

Good knowledge of State and Federal legislation and regulations affecting public personnel administration.

Ability to prepare detailed and/or complex correspondence to explain and support personnel and/or program decisions, policies and recommendations.


Ability to supervise in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale.

Ability to analyze information gathered for the purpose of developing recommendations and/or working decisions.

Ability to make oral presentations concerning personnel plans and programs.





One (1) year of permanent competitive class status in one of the following titles: Personnel Officer, Personnel Technician II or Personnel Technician III within the Onondaga County Department of Personnel.


Open Competitive:

A. Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a baccalaureate degree and three (3) years of full-time work experience in personnel administration, two (2) years of which must have been in a supervisory position in planning and supervising personnel programs including wage and salary administration and employee service programs; or;


B. Seven (7) years of full time work experience in personnel administration, two (2) years of which must have been in a supervisory capacity described in (A) above; or,

C. An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (A) and (B).


NOTE: Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a master's degree in Personnel Administration, or Labor Relations or Business of Public Administration with a concentration in Personnel may be substituted for one (1) year of non- supervisory experience.



7/2016 Revised