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HR Specialist 2 (#2287)


Chicago, Illinois 60661
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Metra is one of the largest and most complex commuter rail systems in North America, serving Cook, DuPage, Will, Lake, Kane, and McHenry Counties. The agency is linking communities in Northeastern Illinois by providing safe, reliable, and efficient service.

Metra’s Human Resources Department’s mission is to recruit and retain qualified employees in a diverse workforce; treat all employees fairly; facilitate training and professional development for career growth; effectively manage and administer compensation; negotiate and administer flexible benefit programs that provide quality and value; administer medical leaves and related services; promote wellness; provide confidential and efficient records administration; ensure that Metra’s policies and procedures comply with all laws governing employment, benefits and other ancillary services; and foster an environment of trust and mutual respect with employees as well as internal and external partners. Human Resources is staffed with 30 employees.

Reporting to the Director, Client Services, the Human Resources Specialist 2 performs a variety of administrative and professional HR duties in support of the HR-Client Services team. Duties include: participating in general and college campus recruitment, employment outreach, onboarding, data analysis, client support, vendor payment, and employee engagement.

Candidates can expect salary offers that range from the minimum to the mid-point of the salary range. Metra provides full pay ranges so candidate can consider their growth potential.

Metra is a railroad employer subject to the provisions of the Railroad Retirement Tax Act, not the Social Security Administration.


  1. Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management, Business Administration, Industrial Psychology, or a directly related field or, in lieu of specified degree, any combination of education and experience may be substituted for the required degree that equals four (4) years in human resources.
  2. In addition, must have a minimum of four (4) years of directly related human resources experience.
  3. Good knowledge of human resources principles, policies, and practices.
  4. Good knowledge of applicable federal and state laws, regulations, and guidelines.
  5. Good knowledge of HR data and HRIS applications.
  6. Good research, analytical, and organizational skills.
  7. Good verbal and written communications skills.
  8. Good interpersonal and customer service skills.
  9. Intermediate skill using applicant tracking and data management systems.
  10. Intermediate skill using MS Office suite.
  11. Ability to work both independently and in a team orientated collaborative environment.
  12. Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and meet deadlines.
  13. Ability to exercise discretion and good judgment in handling sensitive and confidential information.
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