HUMAN RESOURCE PROGRAMS

INTERNAL FOCUS

The Human Resources staff assist in the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements with three employee unions, as well as compensation and benefits packages for a number of non-unionized employee groups.

The Office of Human Resources coordinates a number of endeavors intended to benefit the Berks County community as a whole. These endeavors include: Blue Jeans for Babies (March of Dimes), Blood Drives, and United Way of Berks County.

EXTERNAL FOCUS

The BCIU, through the Office of Human Resources, serves as a fingerprinting site for FBI clearances required by the Pennsylvania departments of Education and Public Welfare, as well as the banking industry.

The Office also holds meetings for Berks County schools on human resources issues and has coordinated job fairs.

In addition, the Human Resources staff provides workshops on best practices and facilitates programs that assist in the proper credentialing of school personnel.

The Berks County Intermediate Unit formed a partnership with SafeSchools® in 2013 in an effort to provide districts, intermediate units and other organizations within the state of Pennsylvania an opportunity to deliver an affordable and sustainable solution that addresses the requirements of Act 126 – Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting Training as well as providing the ability to educate employees on a variety of other important school safety topics at a reduced fee based on consortium pricing.

A major endeavor intended to assist Berks County school districts is the coordination of the Guest Teacher Program. This program, which has been in place since the 1998-99 fiscal year, recruits, trains, and recertifies individuals possessing a bachelor’s degree to serve as per-diem substitutes in Berks County school districts. Currently, there are approximately 400 active participants serving the BCIU and Berks County school districts as “Guest Teachers.”