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Director of Human Resources

Location: Fort Worth, TX
Job # 11729342
Date Posted: 12-12-2018
With 800+ employees, Freese and Nichols, Inc. is a growing professional consulting firm serving clients across the southern United States. With continuous improvement and sustainability in mind, Freese and Nichols plans, designs and manages major water and infrastructure projects for a variety of federal and regional clients, as well as local municipalities. In 2018 we ranked #10 in Fortune Magazine’s Top 100 Best Medium Workplaces in the United States and #1 in the Best Small and Medium Companies in Texas. We are the first engineering/architecture firm to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. We are searching for a Director of Human Resources to be located in our Fort Worth, TX office. Learn more at


Develops and implements Human Resources policies, practices and programs for the entire company. Oversees and manages all company Human Resources staff which currently consists of 11 employees. Drives Human Resources strategy and company culture in alignment with the Company’s strategic plan. Helps to secure our long-term growth by leading talent acquisition, training and career development activities. Reports to the President/CEO and is part of the executive leadership team and strategic planning committee. Makes recommendations to senior management on Human Resources issues.


Develops and implements Human Resources policies and programs for the company. Develops Human Resources practices to support these policies and programs. Analyzes the effectiveness of our Human Resources procedures and tools. Responsible for the employee handbook that reflects the current policies, procedures and programs. Provides training programs to educate managers and supervisors regarding the policies, programs and accepted practices.

Determines, recommends and implements employee relations practices necessary to establish a positive employer-employee relationship and promote a high level of employee morale. Analyzes annual employee survey to identify opportunities to improve employee engagement. Develops and oversees employee relations programs such as wellness and internal events, and acts as a partner in driving Freese and Nichols values and culture.

Identifies legal requirements and government reporting regulations affecting Human Resources function (e.g., OSHA, EEO, ERISA, Wage & Hour) and implements policies and procedures necessary for the firm to be in compliance with those requirements. Monitors exposure of the company. Approves all information submitted. Acts as primary contact with labor counsel and outside government agencies.

Protects interests of employees and the company in accordance with company Human Resources policies and governmental laws and regulations. Approves recommendations for terminations. Manages employee appeals through the firm’s complaint procedure.

Crafts talent acquisition strategies to build strong pipelines for hiring needs. Establishes and manages standard recruiting and placement practices and procedures. Ensures our hiring, onboarding and management procedures are effective. Directs a process of talent development that addresses succession planning throughout the company. Coordinates activities across division and practices.

Establishes wage and salary structure, pay policies, performance appraisal programs, employee benefit programs and services and wellness programs. Monitors for effectiveness and cost containments.

Establishes in-house management training programs that address company needs across divisions (e.g., New Employee Orientation, Leadership, Performance Appraisal, Interviewing).

Selects and coordinates use of Human Resources consultants, training specialists, labor counsel, and other outside sources.

Manages health insurance brokers and insurance carriers. Reviews and recommends changes to these carriers to senior management. 

Serves on the Freese and Nichols Retirement Planning Committee as a senior management advisor from Human Resources. 

Creates a structure to provide effective support for the organization. Acts as a partner to corporate and technical groups throughout the company. Manages the Human Resource staff. Creates and administers budget for the Human Resources function. 

Directs the preparation and maintenance of such reports as are necessary to carry out functions of department. Prepares periodic reports to top management, as necessary or requested.


Bachelor's or Master’s degree in Human Resource Management. Specialized training in organizational planning, compensation, and preventive labor relations.

Generalist background with broad knowledge of employment, compensation, organizational planning, recruiting, employee relations, and training and development. Hands-on experience with HR software (e.g. HRIS, ADP, ATS, LMS) 

Experience in developing and implementing a recruiting program for technical (STEM) staff with a high success rate. 

Excellent leadership abilities with communication and problem-solving skills.

Good understanding of current labor legislation.

From eight (8) to ten (10) years' experience gained through increasingly responsible management positions within Human Resources.

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