Human Resource Specialist- ECMC

Modified: March 16, 2017 10:20am

invites applications for the position of:

Human Resource Specialist- ECMC

#68-813 - Open Competitive (open to the public)

Salary: $58,500 - $71,500 Annually
Opening Date: February 22, 2017
Closing Date: March 22, 2017
Application fee: $20.00

***** Amended as of 3.16.17 *****
Under Minimum Qualifications A & B:
DELETE: one (1) year of administrative experience* (See Note 1.) in Human Resources or Personnel operations, employee and labor relations, compensation and benefits, recruitment, or training management development

Residence Requirements:

THERE ARE NO RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS FOR PARTICIPATION IN THIS EXAMINATION. There are three anticipated vacancies at the Erie County Medical Center.

Examples of Duties:

Human Resource Specialist- ECMC work involves the development and delivery of progressive human resources services, organization development and leadership to management and employees for achieving corporate business objectives in assigned departments/units at the Erie County Medical Center Corporation; 

Ensures compliance with and enforces adherence to all applicable federal, state, and local legal requirements, accreditation agency standards and ECMCC hiring policies and financial approval; advises appropriate personnel on needed actions for ensuring compliance;

Develops and implements a variety of strategic and tactical Human Resources initiatives in areas such as organizational design/development, change management, recruitment and selection, compensation, performance management, management/employee development, employee relations, Civil Service and interpretation and implementation of policies, laws and various standards;

Develops and implements strategies to incorporate ECMCC culture initiatives in values and patient experience standards;

Develops strategies with appropriate departmental/unit personnel and business partners for identifying potential candidates to meet organizational staffing needs;

Reviews and advises on the organizational structure by updating and/or making recommendations on job requirements;

Participates in employee relations investigations; develops recommendations for remedy and pro-active steps to avoid recurring issues;

Serves as a resource on matters regarding needs and objectives of assigned department/unit, performance management, individual development, interpretation of policies, legal, labor, civil service and compliance matters;

Participates in developing workforce staffing plans, business strategy as it relates to workforce functions and staffing needs and recruitment and retention strategies and activities;

Utilizes a human resources information system (HRIS) to extract data using queries and reports, perform analysis of data and provide recommendations based on such analysis;

Participates in the development of data and proposals for collective bargaining agreements;

Coordinates Worker’s Compensation program, sick leave and family medical leave in conjunction with Human Resources Department objectives;

Analyzes use of sick leave and Worker’s Compensation leave; recommends and develops strategies for reduce leave time;

Participates in and may organize meetings, conferences, committees, in-services, trainings, educational opportunities, professional organizations and networking events.


***** Amended as of 3.16.17 *****

{Under A&B below DELETE : one (1) year of administrative experience* (See Note 1.) in Human Resources or Personnel operations, employee and labor relations, compensation and benefits, recruitment, or training management development}

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  Candidates must meet one of the following requirements on or before the date of the written test: 

A.) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Master's Degree in Human Resource Management, Business or Public Administration or related field and three (3) years of Human Resources or Personnel experience, including one (1) year of administrative experience* (See Note 1.) in Human Resources or Personnel operations, employee and labor relations, compensation and benefits, recruitment, or training management development; or:

B.) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Human Resource Management, Business or Public Administration or related field and five (5) years of Human Resources or Personnel experience, including one (1) year of administrative experience* (See Note 1.) in Human Resources or Personnel operations, employee and labor relations, compensation and benefits, recruitment, or training management development.


NOTES: {DELETE 1. *Administrative experience is defined as the responsible planning, management and control functions of an organization or organizational unit including the development and/or approval of operating policy and procedures }2. Verifiable part-time and/or volunteer experience will be pro-rated toward meeting the experience requirements. 3. Your degree and/or college credit must have been awarded by a regionally accredited college or university or one recognized by the New York State Education Department as following acceptable educational practices. A grade of "D" or better is necessary for a course to be credited as successfully completed. If your degree and/or college credit was awarded by an educational institution outside of the United States and its territories, you must provide independent verification of equivalency. You can write to this Department for a list of acceptable companies providing this service; you must pay the required evaluation fee.

Notice to Candidates: Transcripts will now be accepted by the Department of Personnel ONLY at time of application.
All subsequent transcripts must be submitted at time of interview.


A medical examination may be required before appointment.



Examination date:

April 29, 2017

Applications Must Be Postmarked By:

March 22, 2017

The New York State Department of Civil Service has not prepared a test guide for this examination. However,candidates may find information in the publication "How to take a written test" helpful in preparing for this test. This publication is available on line at:


Subjects of Examination:

SUBJECTS OF EXAMINATION: A written test designed to evaluate knowledge, skills and /or abilities in the following areas: 

1. Classification system administration

These questions test for knowledge of position classification in the public sector. Questions may cover such areas as general objectives of a classification system; job audits and classification surveys; position allocation; and class specifications.

2. Administering a negotiated labor agreement

These questions test for a knowledge of labor/management issues relating to the administration of a negotiated labor agreement and the ability to interpret and apply the terms and conditions of the agreement. Questions may cover such areas as dealing with representatives of employee unions, employee grievances, disciplinary actions, arbitration, employee leave policy, performance evaluations, training, employee assistance programs, health and safety matters, layoff procedures, health insurance benefits, and salary adjustments.

3. Office record keeping

These questions test your ability to perform common office record keeping tasks. The test consists of two or more "sets" of questions, each set concerning a different problem. Typical record keeping problems might involve the organization or collation of data from several sources; scheduling; maintaining a record system using running balances; or completion of a table summarizing data using totals, subtotals, averages and percents. You should bring with you a hand-held battery- or solar-powered calculator for use on this test. You will not be permitted to use the calculator function of your cell phone.

4. Preparing written material

These questions test for the ability to present information clearly and accurately, and to organize paragraphs logically and comprehensibly. For some questions, you will be given information in two or three sentences followed by four restatements of the information. You must then choose the best version. For other questions, you will be given paragraphs with their sentences out of order. You must then choose, from four suggestions, the best order for the sentences.

5. Public personnel administration

These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices used in applying New York State, federal, and local laws, rules, and policies to situations encountered in planning and executing the personnel functions in a government agency. Questions may cover such areas as recruitment, selection, and placement; position classification; performance evaluation; and employee relations.

6. Recruitment, selection and placement

These questions test for knowledge of planning and implementing programs to hire employees for public sector titles and occupational fields. Questions may cover such areas as determining personnel needs; analyzing job content; ordering examinations; recruitment; and interviewing.

NOTICE TO CANDIDATES:  Unless otherwise noted, candidates are permitted to use quiet, hand held, solar or battery powered calculators.  Devices with typewriter keyboards, "Spell Checkers", “Personal Digital Assistants", "Address Books", "Language Translators", "Dictionaries", or any similar devices are prohibited.  You may not bring books or other reference materials.


APPLICATION FORMS: You may obtain these forms in person at the Erie County Personnel Department, Rath County Office Building, 95 Franklin St., Buffalo. Forms are also available in the libraries and at Town, Village and School District administrative offices.

Mail your application form when completed to the Erie County Department of Personnel, 95 Franklin St., Buffalo, NY 14202.

Candidates who submit incomplete applications and documentation may be disqualified. The Erie County Department of Personnel reserves the right to reject for lateness or to accept applications filed after the advertised filing period.

MILITARY STATUS: Active duty military personnel may file an application for this exam. A special military make-up examination will be conducted for any member of the armed forces of the United States who has duly filed a timely application but who was deprived of the opportunity to compete in the scheduled exam due to active military duty. Special conditions apply to these requests and may be reviewed at the Erie County Department of Personnel.

VETERANS: Disabled and non-disabled veterans as defined in Section 85, New York State Civil Service Law, will have 10 and 5 points, respectively added to their earned scores if successful in the examination. You must claim these credits when you file application but you have an option to waive them any time prior to appointment. If you have already used these credits for a permanent position in NYS, you may not claim them again.

In conformance with section 85-a of the Civil Service Law, CHILDREN OF FIREFIGHTERS AND POLICE OFFICERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY shall be entitled to receive an additional ten points in a competitive examination for original appointment in the same municipality in which his or her parent has served. If you are qualified to participate in this examination and are a child of a firefighter or police officer killed in the line of duty in this municipality, please inform this office of this matter when you submit your application for examination. A candidate claiming such credit has a minimum of two months from the application deadline to provide the necessary documentation to verify additional credit eligibility. However, no credit may be added after the eligible list has been established.

SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS: Applicants whose religious beliefs prevent their taking examinations before sundown on Saturday and physically handicapped candidates who require special examination facilities should so inform the Erie County Department of Personnel, by a separately mailed letter at the earliest possible date before the test.

MULTIPLE EXAMINATIONS SCHEDULED FOR THE SAME DAY: If you have applied to take a written test announced by either one or several local jurisdictions (county, town, city) scheduled to be held on the same test date as this written test, you must notify each of the local jurisdictions no later than two weeks before the test date, so they can make arrangements for taking all tests at one test site. **For this exam, please complete and submit an Erie County EXAMS CROSS-FILER Form with your Erie County exam application to alert Erie County Civil Service about your additional exams being held at other locations on the same day.** The Cross-Filer Form is found online at: or call (716) 858-8484. All examinations for positions in State government will be held at a State examination center. You will be advised by letter when and where to report for your examinations.

ADMISSION TO EXAMINATION: Notice to appear for the test will be conditional as review of application for minimum requirements may not be made until after the written test. Call or write this Department if you have not received your notice 3 days before the date of the test. You may not be admitted to the examination room without official notice.

RATINGS REQUIRED: Tests are rated on a scale of 100 with a passing mark at 70. Unless the announcement states otherwise, you must pass the written test and the oral test, if any. Test instructions may further divide the tests into parts and set minimum standards for each part.

TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE: If a subject of the examination, training and experience may not be rated if all passing candidates are expected to be immediately reachable for appointment. If rated, training and experience will be based on the statements in your application subject to verification. If this examination includes a qualifying written test, candidates admitted to the test will have conditional approval only. Final decision regarding the qualifications of candidates rests with the New York State Department of Civil Service.

MEDICAL EXAMINATION: You may be required to take a medical examination to determine if you are medically and physically capable of performing the duties of the position. In accordance with State Law, Governor’s Executive Order 6, and Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended the County of Erie does not discriminate against handicapped persons in access to employment, during employment, or in any of its programs and activities.

VERIFICATION OF QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates may be investigated or called for an interview to verify information contained on the application. Verifiable part-time and/or volunteer experience may be pro-rated toward meeting full-time experience requirements.

ELIGIBLE LIST: The eligible list resulting from an examination may also be used for appointment to the same title or to any other title deemed to be similar and appropriate. Eligible lists are active for a minimum of one year and a maximum of four years from the date established.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: Candidates may be subject to a thorough background investigation to determine suitability for appointment. Applicants may be required to authorize access to educational, employment, criminal history and other records check as part of such investigation. Criminal convictions or other offense are subject to evaluation and may result in disqualification. Applicant will be required to submit the necessary fees for the fingerprint processing, where required.


A $20.00 filing fee is required for this exam. The required fee must accompany your application. Send or bring check or money order made payable to Erie County Personnel Department and write the examination number(s) on your check or money order. Do not send or bring cash, as the County cannot be responsible for cash payment. As no refund will be made, you are urged to compare your qualifications carefully with the requirements for admission and file only for those examinations for which you are clearly qualified.

APPLICATION FEE WAIVER: A waiver of application fee will be allowed if you are unemployed and primarily responsible for the support of a household. In addition, a waiver of application fee will be allowed if you are determined eligible for Medicaid, or receiving Supplemental Security Income payments, or Public Assistance (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families/Family Assistance or Safety Net Assistance) or are certified Job Training Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act eligible through a State or local social service agency.

All claims for application fee waiver are subject to verification. If you can verify eligibility for application fee waiver, complete a “Request for Application Fee Waiver and Certification: form and submit it with your application by the close of business on the Application Deadline as listed on the Examination Announcement. The form is available at the Erie County Personnel Department, 95 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY (Room 604) or can be downloaded from the County’s website at Click on “County Departments and Agencies”, then “Erie County Civil Service.”

This examination is prepared and rated by the New York State Department of Civil Service,
and held in compliance with the New York State Civil Service Law
and the rules and regulations of the New York State Department of Civil Service.

Frequently Requested Information


Phone: (716) 858-8484
Erie County Civil Service Exam Line: (716) 858-8729

Edward A. Rath County Office Building
95 Franklin Street, 6th Floor
Buffalo, New York 14202