Senior Human Resources Specialist

​The Presidio Trust is seeking a Senior Human Resources Specialist. Once an Army Base, the Presidio of San Francisco is now a new kind of national park. The Human Resources team is small and highly productive – every member is highly valued.  The team services about 300 employees in professional, administrative, technical, clerical, and trades occupations. Approximately one-half of the work force is included in a bargaining unit, and the entire workforce serves under an AD pay plan. Although the Presidio Trust is a Federal agency, it is authorized under Section 103(c)(7) of the Presidio Trust Act to appoint and fix the compensation and duties and terminate employees without regard to title 5 of the United States Code or other laws related to the appointment, compensation or termination of Federal employees. The significant agency flexibilities provided by this Section are far-reaching and provide the HR professional with a work environment that is both stimulating and challenging.


Our ideal candidate is an experienced and highly productive human resources professional, capable of rendering expert management advisory service in multiple specialties – employee and labor relations, classification and position management, staffing and recruitment, compensation, etc. You are a key member of the Human Resources team, and will interact closely with various internal teams and departments of the organization, as well as the general public and stakeholders, in furthering the Trust's mission. You have excellent collaboration and communication skills, are focused and calm under pressure, and are capable of supporting and working constructively with a team of professionals.

Applications received by December 2, 2016 will receive first consideration. We are planning to hold the first round of interviews beginning the week of December 5, make a job offer by mid-December, and set a work start date in early January, 2017.



  • Research special topics, draft related memoranda, and provide verbal or written recommendations related to a wide variety of human resources issues.
  • Exercise seasoned consultative skill sufficient to resolve human resource issues that frequently are not susceptible to standard methods, procedures, or common regulatory authorities such as Title 5 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
  • Advise managers and supervisors on appropriate actions to take regarding performance and conduct issues. Interview principals, gather witness statements and other documentation in support of disciplinary or performance-based actions. Prepare recommendations for management action.
  • Serve on management's negotiating team, participate in labor negotiations over a collective bargaining agreement, and participate in consultations with the union in regard to specific issues.
  • Draft vacancy announcements for positions being advertised through print and electronic media, and assure that such announcements contain all the necessary information and appropriate language.
  • Serve as the focal point for technical guidance on implementing and administering the Presidio Trust classification and position management program, and maintain and ensure agency-wide classification accuracy and consistency. Serve as staff expert on the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Apply a mastery of compensation and leave administration principles, concepts and practices to develop and provide policy guidance on a wide range of compensation programs (pay, premium pay, leave administration). Address complex, sensitive, or controversial pay issues requiring extreme care in problem resolution. Advise on setting and adjusting pay for new and continuing employees. 
  • Provide advice on work schedules, hours of work requirements, flexibilities and premium pay entitlements associated with various work scheduling scenarios. Provide advice on employee grievances and claims involving pay and leave entitlements. Draft or revise policies, procedures, and processes for alternative work schedules, leave share, and recruitment and retention incentives.
  • Prepare agency responses to the controversion of complex Workers Compensation claims for on-the-job injuries or illnesses, including gathering of witness statements, developing the agency position, drafting the agency response, and providing tactical guidance.



  • At least 10 years of Federal service in a variety of human resources specialties, including but not limited to classification, compensation (pay and leave), and employee relations or labor relations.
  • Ability to acquire a thorough understanding of the flexibilities and implications of Section 103(c)(7) of The Presidio Trust Act.
  • Ability to define problems, identify relationships, evaluate and assess impacts, and arrive at conclusions when carrying out special studies or projects, or when drafting guidelines or advisory memoranda covering complex or highly sensitive topics.
  • Ability to articulate, interpret, and clearly explain in writing complex issues and findings using substantial analysis to provide convincing evidence or critical information.
  • Ability to rapidly and thoroughly research novel problems and issues where there are conflicting requirements, guidelines are scarce or of limited use, and case law is vague.



  • Optimistic and positive attitude with a demonstrated deep commitment to exceptional customer service.
  • Bright, confident, and enthusiastic demeanor with passion for parks; desire to work for the Presidio Trust.
  • Familiarity with the Federal Personnel and Payroll System (FPPS) and Quicktime.


Background Investigation

The Presidio Trust has identified this position as subject to an employment background investigation which shall consist of a review of applicable county, state and Federal criminal and civil records, state bankruptcy indexes and a credit report. An individual's granting of a background investigation and resulting report is voluntary. However, employment in this sensitive position is contingent upon the successful completion of an employment background investigation. The Presidio Trust may refuse to hire an individual, may rescind an offer of employment to an individual, or may review and terminate the employment of a current employee not successfully completing the background investigation.


Financial Disclosure

This position requires the completion of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) Form 278, Public Financial Disclosure Report, both as a New Entrant into the position and annually thereafter. The purpose of the financial disclosure system is to assist employees and their agencies in avoiding conflicts between official duties and private financial interests or affiliations.


About Presidio Trust Human Resources

The Presidio Trust Human Resources office is leading some exciting organizational changes. We are about to implement our first applicant tracking system, performance management systems, and online learning management system. We are leading a new first line supervisor training specifically for Presidio Trust supervisors and managers.