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Company Name : City of Starkville
Company Location : Starkville, MS 39759
Job Position : Human Resources Generalist
Job Category : Jobs in Mississippi

Job Description :


The HR Generalist will work with and provide guidance and direction in the management of human resource functions including but not limited to personnel policy development and implementation, recruitment and selection, testing and assessment, compensation and classification, benefits, and training for all city employees.


  • Substitute for and manage the Human Resources Department in the absence of the Chief Operating Officer and the Human Resources Manager.
  • Interact with department representatives and other staff regarding human resources and payroll policies and transactions.
  • May confer with the Mayor, Board, and Department Directors to resolve management problems.
  • Serve as a resource person on employment, compensation, and benefits and gives requested information from appropriate human resources policies and procedures in response to department representatives, employees, or official inquiries.
  • Function as a strategic partner to assigned departments by providing guidance and assistance in recruitment processes to include: serving as a departmental liaison for screening applications, interviewing and evaluating applicants; ensuring interview and selection processes comply with City policy; and providing policy interpretation and guidance to hiring supervisors on recruitment methods.
  • Develop, coordinate, and conduct training programs for new employees, management, and City employees on personnel and other City policies, employee performance appraisal, employee benefits, use of the Human Resource Information System, employment laws and issues, and other human resources-related training.
  • Coordinate the administration of the City’s Disability Management and Leave Management Programs including the coordination of FMLA, ADA, Worker’s Compensation, Return to Work and Fitness for Duty policy requirements. Also, conduct/review statistical analysis of work-related injuries in order to make recommendations for reducing such injuries.
  • Oversee and coordinate the administration of examinations for promotions and entry level positions, including establishing promotional and applicant rosters and ordering and securing tests; serve as a proctor and/or grader for promotional test and entry level exams; maintain a database of test scores, to include calculations of written scores, education and experience.
  • Facilitate pre-employment criminal background check and drug screening processes; communicate results to appropriate personnel.
  • Assist in interpretation and processing of applicant psychological examinations.
  • Facilitate onboarding and retention of new employees to include periodic reviews with departmental management/supervisors.
  • Perform a variety of office assignments. Provide technical support and administration of the Kronos online employment application system, representing the City on unemployment compensation claim matters
  • Supports and assists the Human Resources Manager with the City’s annual open enrollment process.
  • Researches employment laws; provides HR training to City employees; modifies and updates training materials; attends training classes, meetings and seminars.
  • Attends meetings, seminars, and training sessions to remain knowledgeable of City and departmental operations and to promote improved job performance and communications; reads professional literature and maintains professional affiliations.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:

  • Considerable knowledge of the fundamental principles and practices of personnel administration.
  • Applicable Federal, State and local laws, rules, codes and regulations related to personnel policies and procedures.
  • Wellness, workers’ compensation and safety awareness programs.
  • Principles, practices and techniques of public Human Resources administration including: recruitment, selection, testing, training, classification, and compensation.
  • Resources to sustain current understanding of modern trends and legal issues in the field of Human Resources administration.
  • Principles and practices of public administration, operations, services and activities of a local government.

Skill and Ability to:

  • Deal with sensitive and confidential matters with discretion and to maintain confidentiality.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Evaluate existing personnel policies and procedures and make recommendations for possible revisions.
  • Handle multiple tasks simultaneously with frequent interruptions.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely orally and in writing.
  • Use tact, initiative, prudence and independent judgment within general policy, procedural and legal guidelines.
  • Prepare clear, accurate and concise reports, correspondence and other Human Resources materials.
  • Establish, maintain and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Follow Department and City policies and procedures operating with minimum supervision.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Public or Business Administration or related field from an accredited college. Equivalent combination of education and experience that would provide the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.
  • At least three (3) years of experience in professional human resources work is required.


  • Professional human resources work experience with a municipal government is highly desired.


  • Must possess a valid Driver’s License and acceptable MVR.


The work is generally performed within an office environment. Requires the ability to sit, stand, walk, see, and effectively communicate with others for extended periods of time. Must be able to handle multiple tasks or projects simultaneously, work with numerous interruptions, and adjust to changing priorities. Must demonstrate good use of judgment and demonstrate the ability to properly deal with confidential matters. Must use good interpersonal skills.

The duties listed above are intended as illustrations of the types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific job duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

The job description does not constitute an employment contract and is subject to change as the needs of the City and requirements of the job change.

Regular and consistent attendance is a condition of continuing employment.

The City of Starkville, is an EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION employer. Candidates are considered for employment with the City, without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender, pregnancy, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military status, protected veteran status or other classification protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

A drug screen is required for this position.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $50,000.00 – $60,000.00 per year


  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift


  • Bachelor’s (Required)


  • Human resources: 3 years (Required)

Work Location: One location

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