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Date:  May 10, 2021

Tacoma, WA, US, 98421

Job Function:  Human Resources
Requisition Number:  1400

Title:  HR Specialist

This position reports to the Human Resources Director for Par’s Pacific Northwest Region.


Summary: The HR Specialist will collaborate with all levels of the workforce to lead through influence ensuring processes are aligned and organizational goals are achieved. The successful candidate will be responsible to understand and apply principles, concepts, practices, and theories to achieve competency in assigned functional areas. The HR Specialist will be flexible, respectful, and able to effect change.


Responsibilities include:

  • Serve as first point of contact for managers and employees for all HR matters.
  • Talent Management – Ensure fair, consistent and focused recruitment practices to attract and retain an engaged, diverse and high performing team. Oversee the onboarding/off-boarding processes. Ensure applicant tracking compliance and reporting in support of organizational recruiting goals and affirmative action plan requirements.
  • Compensation Administration – Review and update job descriptions. Participate in industry salary surveys. Conduct compensation reviews and analyses for equity, job-leveling, and career path design. Work with corporate compensation team to assess and recommend compensation levels/grades for internal transfers, promotions, etc.
  • Benefits administration – Respond to employee requests for benefits information or reports of issues with insurance, 401(k) or other benefit enrollments. Elevate issues for appropriate resolution and ensure timely follow-up/incident closure.
  • Employee Relations – Provide guidance, training, and insight for employee relations actions/issues. Coach and advise supervisors on sensitive matters in order to mitigate risk. Deliver employee relations services, including counseling, coaching and conflict resolution. Advise on disciplinary action strategy and prepare supporting documents. Conduct employee/workplace investigations.
  • Labor Relations – Maintain compliance with union Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). Coordinate, attend and document all company/union meetings. Support future negotiation efforts. Research, coordinate and draft grievance responses in a timely manner. Coordinate any agreed-upon actions resulting from meetings. Maintain a positive working relationship with representatives.
  • Leave administration – Administer employee paid and unpaid absences in accordance with Family and Medical Leave Act and Washington State’s Paid Family and Medical Leave. Engage in the interactive process for reasonable accommodations and administer return to work with or without restrictions.
  • Performance Management – Coach managers and employees on performance evaluation ratings, rating calibration, goal setting and goal review. Identification of high potential employees and opportunities for development. Prepare and track succession plans for key roles. Administer and create performance improvement plans.
  • Conduct data analysis to report on HR metrics and KPIs for better organizational awareness. Facilitate and/or participate in cross-functional groups to develop key HR initiatives to improve organizational performance.
  • Develop and maintain status of compliance of all federal, state and local laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, ADA, FMLA, ADEA, FLSA, and EEO. Additionally, ensure reporting and audit support to responsible agencies.
  • Develop and deliver HR-related training programs to employees at all levels within the organization, e.g., hiring/recruitment, harassment prevention, substance abuse, leave administration, etc.
  • Administer required operational screening functionality and tracking (e.g., random drug screening, hearing conservation program, respirator fit testing, and physical clearances). Ensure timely reporting and compliance with responsible regulatory agencies.
  • Workers Compensation Administration – Assist in the design and administration of workers’ compensation procedures and program. Responsible for claims monitoring and administration. Communicates with employees, managers, insurance carriers, and medical staff on claims management and return to work requirements.
  • Coach and advise stakeholders on company policies and procedures across the organization to best ensure compliance. Interpret policies and procedures, identify gaps and draft suggested updates.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Position requires:

  • A bachelor's degree in human resource management, business administration or related degree from accredited university.
  • Three (3) to five (5) years of broad HR generalist experience.
  • Demonstrated competency in each of the primary functional areas of responsibility.
  • Thorough knowledge of federal, state and local laws governing human resource principles and practice.
  • Working knowledge of labor relations and union environments.
  • Strong proficiency in MS Office applications (e.g. Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point, etc.).
  • The ability to handle confidential and sensitive information discreetly and professionally.
  • Proven conflict resolution skills.
  • HRIS and ATS experience - SuccessFactors experience is a plus.
  • Professional certification (PHR or SHRM-CP) is strongly desirable.


The successful candidate will demonstrate the following competencies and characteristics:

  • Proven initiative, flexibility and the ability to prioritize work.
  • Analytical approach with creativity in solving problems.
  • A forward-thinking and strategic approach to HR processes and systems.
  • Ability to manage multiple activities and priorities effectively.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and insight into group dynamics to build quality working relationships across all levels of the organization.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and insight into group dynamics.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • A high tolerance for ambiguity and change.


Par Pacific Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: PARR), headquartered in Houston, Texas, owns and operates market-leading energy and infrastructure businesses. Par Pacific's strategy is to acquire and develop energy and infrastructure businesses in logistically complex markets. Par Pacific owns and operates one of the largest energy networks in Hawaii with 148,000-bpd of combined refining capacity, a logistics system supplying the major islands of the state and 91 retail locations. In the Pacific Northwest and the Rockies, Par Pacific owns and operates 60,000-bpd of combined refining capacity, related multimodal logistics systems and 33 retail locations. Par Pacific also owns 46% of Laramie Energy, LLC, a natural gas production company with operations and assets concentrated in Western Colorado. Follow this link to learn more about the value of human capital at Par Pacific Holdings, Inc.: https://esg.parpacific.com/human-capital#professional-impact


Note: Par Pacific will not accept calls from third-party recruiters. All candidates are required to apply through this web posting.


Par Pacific is an equal opportunity employer. Par Pacific prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable law.


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