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HR Rep - Erie, PA


Erie, PA, US, 16509-3680

Job Function:  Human Resources
Employee Type:  Reg Full Time (FT)
Requisition ID:  35004

FirstEnergy at a Glance

We are a forward-thinking electric utility powered by a diverse team of employees committed to making customers’ lives brighter, the environment better and our communities stronger.

FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) is dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, FirstEnergy includes one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, more than 24,500 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions, and a regulated generating fleet with a total capacity of 3,780 megawatts.

About the Opportunity

This is an open position with Penelec, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp.[PEN]


This position provides Human Resources (HR) support within the operating company while maintaining the highest degree of confidentiality.  The HR Representative is responsible for providing guidance and support in all aspects of HR for prospective employees, current employees, former employees, and company leadership and assisting each with following well defined practices, policies and procedures.  


This position reports to the Manager, Human Resources and is located in Erie, PA.


Responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring compliance with local, State, and Federal HR regulations and company policies.
  • Providing consulting services, guidance and advice to employees on human resources practices, policies, procedures, and matters.
  • Advising leaders in appropriate resolution of employee relations matters.
  • Conducting recruiting, job posting, interviewing, testing, hiring, onboarding, and offboarding, including maintaining staffing data to establish history and trends, and to develop staffing projections.
  • Performing reporting and analysis on various types of HR data.
  • Participating in the various complaint processes by conducting research, performing investigations, providing recommendations for resolution, compiling and articulating findings, and coordinating with Corporate Compliance and Legal departments as required.
  •  Performing HR compliance review activities.
  • Facilitating conflict resolution for employee and labor relations issues.
  • Facilitating annual open enrollment benefit meetings and other various HR meetings or training including diversity & inclusion, performance and career management, talent discussions, etc.
  • Administering employee benefit programs, including sick leave, family care leave, state and federal leave programs, disability processing, and workers’ compensation.
  • Assisting with administration of the drug and alcohol testing programs.
  • Working closely with Safety staff and supporting Medical Case Management to facilitate employees' return to work after illness or injury; assisting leadership with managing employee attendance issues.
  • Providing HR related communications and assisting with the development and maintenance of consistent best practices and continuous work process improvements.
  • Assisting the HR Manager with various HR projects, including execution of strategic initiatives that support the needs and priorities of the business
  • Engaging in outage and storm restoration activities, as needed.





  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business or related discipline and minimum 2 years relevant work experience required.  In lieu of Bachelor’s degree (preferred), minimum 4 years relevant work experience required.  Relevant work experience will include the demonstrated ability to:
    • Perform general HR related responsibilities with a foundational understanding of key HR subject matter (recruiting / onboarding, compensation / benefits administration, employee / labor relations, etc.)
    • Interpret, apply and provide guidance on HR policies and Procedures
    • Apply working knowledge of local, State, and Federal employment regulations
    • Conduct research, analyze data, make recommendations and present findings
    • Communicate effectively, both written and verbal, and tailor messages to the appropriate audience
    • Organize, prioritize and manage multiple work assignments


  • SPHR/PHR certification preferred
  • Ability to learn, grow and work across FirstEnergy and deliver results
  • Experience providing customer-focused support, both internally and externally
  • Experience in building positive relationships and working with peers cross-functionally, demonstrating teamwork and collaboration
  • Basic knowledge of Federal, State and local HR regulations
  • Familiarity with bargaining unit agreements preferred
  • Strong analytical, decision-making, teamwork and leadership skills
  • Ability to analyze business needs and generate applicable reports to meet business unit objectives
  • Ability to appropriately manage conflict and work through difficult situations as needed
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
  • Willingness to travel throughout organization and work extended hours, as required
  • Must be available to assist in outage or storm restoration support during evenings and weekends as needed







Benefits, Compensation & Workforce Diversity

At FirstEnergy, employees are key to our success. We depend on their talents to meet the challenges of our changing business environment. We are committed to rewarding individual and team efforts through our total rewards philosophy which includes competitive pay plus incentive compensation, a company-sponsored pension plan, 401(k) savings plan with matching employer contribution, a choice of medical, prescription drug, dental, vision, and life insurance programs, as well as skills development training with tuition reimbursement. Please visit our website at to learn more about all of our employee rewards programs. FirstEnergy proudly supports workforce diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. No recruiters or agencies without a previously signed contract. Unable to sponsor or transfer H-1B visas at this time.


Safety is a core value for FirstEnergy and is essential to all of our business activities. We ensure employees have the tools, information, and processes to perform their duties in a manner that assures safety for themselves, their co-workers, our customers and the public. Our goals are to provide a safe work environment, to maintain an accident-free, injury-free workplace, and to promote and maintain public safety. To meet these goals, we dedicate ourselves to achieving world-class safety standards.

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FirstEnergy Human Resources Team

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