Employee Relations and Diversity Inclusion Director

HDR   •  

Omaha, NE

Industry: Business Services


11 - 15 years

Posted 358 days ago

Are you an empathetic individual who knows at the core of world-class organizations are values such as respect, consideration, accountability and inclusion?  Have you witnessed the power diverse thinking can bring to a team, and, its ability to accelerate unlocking the best in people?  HDR prides itself on these values and is looking for a savvy ambassador to join our global corporate Human Resources leadership team to help formulate the next chapter of human capital strategy.


In the role of Employee Relations & Diversity Inclusion Director you will be part of our corporate Human Resources leadership team providing high level guidance and direction to Human Resources Business Partners who are aligned with our business units and operating companies.  HDR employs approximately 10,000 professionals in over 200 locations between six countries around the world.  Reporting to the Chief Human Resources Officer, your role will be a blend of nurturing and the further development of existing diversity and inclusion strategies as well as serving as the senior level advisor for employee relations matters.


More specific duties include:

  • Leverage your employment law, listening, and communications skills to serve in an advisory capacity to management and staff on employee relations issues; ensuring the fair and consistent application of the HR-related policies and procedures.
  • Develop, implement and monitor programs that promote diversity and inclusion within HDR. You will work collaboratively with others throughout the organization, developing initiatives to create and foster an open and inclusive environment.
  • Use your supervisory and leadership skills to direct and manage our US HR regional business partners in the fair and consistent application and interpretation of HR-related policies and procedures. More specifically: performance management, workplace concerns, affirmative action/employment equity compliance and promotion of workplace diversity and inclusion (and assist in providing advice to our global HR business partners).
  • Provide advice and counsel to management and staff on employee relations issues, managing workplace relationships to enhance employee retention, avoid problems, resolve concerns, support the operational effectiveness throughout the organization and make sure employees are performing at their best.
  • Develop and/or oversee appropriate and effective disciplinary correspondence and reports. Advise supervisors on disciplinary action, assess risk and ensure consistency in all relevant employee actions. Make recommendations to the appropriate management for resolution.
  • Respond to EEOC, State and other governmental agencies regarding charges and audits.
  • Direct and oversee HDR’s affirmative action, employment equity and special emphasis programs as necessary to address levels of underrepresentation.
  • Maintain metrics and prepare periodic reports to assess company efforts on employee relations and diversity programs, establishing best practices and identifying programs to remove barriers that affect staff retention and advancement.
  • Effectively conduct internal investigations in an unbiased and fair manner to resolve problems or issues, by using judgment to make recommendations that are consistent with company standards, practices, policies, procedures, government regulations or laws.
  • Educate employees and managers on how to recognize, accommodate and appreciate individual differences and how these can be bridged back to assist in meeting company business plans.
  • Manage the relationship with and make referrals to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), analyzing utilization and effectiveness.
  • Objectively mediate and coach employees and management through complex, difficult and emotional situations. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned or as may be necessary.





  • Graduate of an accredited college or university with major course work in Human Resources Management, Employment Law, or closely related field.
  • 10+ years experience in employment law or human resources management, 5+ years of which must have been in a leadership role addressing employee relations issues in a large corporate environment; preferably a global environment.
  • Demonstrated experience in a leadership role of developing, leading and implementing diversity and inclusion strategies within a corporate environment. 
  • SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) or SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and other country-specific HR certifications preferred.
  • Excellent communication, leadership, and motivational skills.
  • Significant background and knowledge in employment law and other government regulation compliance relating to human resource management.
  • An ability to exercise sound judgment and discretion in establishing and maintaining good working relationships.
  • Ability to travel up to 35% of the time, sometimes with little notice.
  • Demonstrated general knowledge in the areas of wage and salary administration.