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Classification and Compensation Specialist

Boston, Massachusetts, United States


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Classification and Compensation Specialist

  • 497291
  • Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Exec Off & Office of Court Mgt
  • Human resources
  • Full-time
  • Closing at: Jun 15 2023 at 23:55 EDT

Title: Classification and Compensation Specialist

Pay Grade: Grade 18

Starting Pay: $80,071.49

Departmental Mission Statement: The Human Resources Department partners with management to create and maintain a talented, qualified workforce by recruiting a diverse applicant pool, by facilitating the fair merit-based selection for appointment of the most qualified candidates, by developing appropriate workforce training, by fostering positive management-employee relations, by promptly addressing workplace issues, and by developing performance-based measures to ensure the continued excellence of the workforce. The Human Resources Department will use best practices to ensure that this collaborative effort advances the mission of the Trial Court.

Notes: This position will remain open until filled. Preference will be given to candidates that apply within the first 14 days.

This full-time position is a confidential, non-union position assigned to the Trial Court Human Resources Department

Position Summary: Working within the Human Resources Department of the Office of Court Management, the Classification and Compensation Specialist is responsible for supporting the Trial Court’s growing needs to provide the Trial Court with classification and compensation structures that advance talent management, total rewards and recognition, and deliver best practices that are critical to maintaining a high performing organization. Under the direction of the Assistant Chief Human Resources Officer for Operations, this position is responsible for conducting reviews of salary and compensation structures; compiling and analyzing compensation information to ensure appropriate job classifications and pay equity. The Classification and Compensation Specialist regularly collaborates with all Operations staff on other projects including workforce planning, position management, performance management, career development, reclassification requests, and employee retention and succession planning. This position works closely with other units of the Human Resources Department including Talent Acquisition, Benefits and Onboarding, and Labor Relations.

Supervision Received: Reports to the Assistant Chief Human Resources Officer and Deputy of HR Operations , and receives general supervision in performing duties that require independent judgment and initiative.


In consultation with Trial Court appointing authorities, assists in the development and review of Trial Court positions, job competencies, job descriptions, classification levels, and compensation rates;

Supports the Trial Court’s commitment to the Massachusetts Pay Equity Law through regular analysis of Trial Court positions for maintaining pay equity;

Reviews requests for job analysis and recommends classification levels for current positions in the Trial Court using an eight factor based classification tool;

Prepares and presents summary reports of job analysis and compensation analysis information;

Benchmarks jobs against survey data and other market information to determine competitive compensation ranges for positions as necessary;

Provides data and cost analyses for the Labor Relations unit for use in employee negotiations and collective bargaining agreements;

Prepares and maintains job descriptions for positions in the organization; ensures descriptions accurately reflect the work performed by court employees;

Interviews and surveys employees and managers to gather and document job, organizational, and occupational information including duties, responsibilities, knowledge, and skills required by each job;

Assesses jobs and their respective duties to determine classification as exempt or nonexempt and appropriate salary range;

Gathers focus group data to collect employee feedback on specific issues or topics related to talent acquisition and total rewards;

Assists in the communication of methods and implementation of best practices for compensating, engaging, evaluating, and retaining employees;

Participates in periodic job analysis studies in various court divisions and offices on position related issues that address staffing needs and maintain internal equity;

Assists the Talent Acquisition unit in the development of Trial Court behavioral based interview question bank to assist appointing authorities in order to facilitate best practices in candidate selection;

Supports training sessions in the areas of compensation and classification;

Provides interpretation of personnel policies and procedures to managers and employees;

Participates in other HR projects as they develop;

Performs other related duties as needed.

Job Competencies: All applicants must be able, through the interview process, to prove efficiency in the following areas:

Ethics and Values Communicates and demonstrates the ethics and values of the Human Resources Department and the Trial Court.

Mission Understands, upholds, and communicates the Trial Court and Human Resources Department missions.

Applied Knowledge Demonstrates proficient understanding of compensation, classification, and talent management while administering organizational policies such as personnel policies and procedures in a unionized employee environment.

Problem Solving Accurately assesses problems compensation and classification issues in the Trial Court, recommends, and facilitates appropriate solutions.

Customer Service Conducts oneself in a courteous and professional manner towards both Trial Court employees and the public.

Collaboration Works with others cooperatively, demonstrating a willingness to be a team player, and contributing to a work environment that focuses on shared departmental goals.

Commitment to Diversity Promotes an environment of diversity through understanding, respect, and positive communication with persons of varied racial, ethnic, economic, and cultural backgrounds.

Continuous Learning Demonstrates a commitment to continuously improving himself or herself through professional development.

Minimum Requirements: These are the minimum requirements necessary to apply for the position of Classification and Compensation Specialist:

A bachelor's degree from an accredited educational institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and 3 (three) years of experience administering compensation and classification systems for a medium to large organization (ideally in a union environment); or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Demonstrated ability conducting salary and job analysis, benchmarking of positions, and pay equity evaluations;

Ability to use data to diagnose problems and drive enhancements and efficiencies in departmental operations;

Excellent professional writing skills and the ability to draft job descriptions, interview questions, and formulate organizational policy.

Demonstrated knowledge and experience with MS Office, particularly Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Access, is required.

Ability to understand and administer policies and procedures of the Human Resources Department and the Massachusetts Trial Court;

Demonstrated ability to initiate action, complete assignments and to handle multiple assignments simultaneously;

Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work professionally with persons at all levels, including judges, and to maintain effective working relationships;

Ability to adapt quickly to changing circumstances and develop workarounds for issues that require timely resolution;

Ability to handle sensitive matters on a confidential basis;

Ability to maintain accurate records;

Ability to communicate very clearly and effectively in oral and written form;

Ability to work independently and with an attention to detail; and

Ability to travel within the Commonwealth as necessary.


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