Director, Human Resources

Weber Shandwick - Chicago, IL (30+ days ago)4.0

Weber Shandwick is a leading global communications and engagement firm in 78 cities with a network extending to 129 cities around the world. The firm’s diverse team of strategists, analysts, producers, designers, developers and campaign activators has won the most prestigious awards in the world for innovative, creative approaches and impactful work. Weber Shandwick was the only public relations agency included on the Advertising Age Agency A-list in 2014 and 2015 and the only PR firm designated an A-List Agency Standout in 2017 and 2018. Weber Shandwick was honored as PRWeek’s Global Agency of the Year in 2015, 2016 and 2017, The Holmes Report’s Global Agency of the Year in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2017, and The Holmes Report’s Global Digital Agency of the Year in 2016. The firm deploys deep expertise across sectors and specialty areas, including consumer marketing, corporate reputation, healthcare, technology, public affairs, financial services, employee engagement, social impact, financial communications and crisis management, using proprietary social, digital and analytics methodologies. Weber Shandwick is part of the Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG). For more information, visit

Position Summary
The Human Resources Director partners with senior management to identify and establish both short-and long-term HR goals to support business priorities. The Director serves as a functional expert, leveraging best practices to proactively engage and elevate the organization. This position involves interacting with all levels of management in a strategic, advisory role.

• Serve as a strategic, consultative HR Partner to clients in all areas of the HR life cycle
• Identify, dissect, and diagnose complex organizational and talent issues, and provide coaching and counseling as needed
• Take initiative in identifying gaps and inefficiencies and proposing improvements to tighten and/or streamline processes
• Recommend new approaches, policies, and procedures to affect continual improvements in efficiency of the HR function and to closely align to business priorities
• Demonstrate expertise in resolving complex employee relations issues and conflict resolution
• Demonstrate a deep knowledge of the organization’s talent pool, applying talent management best practices to attract, develop, and retain world-class talent
• Partner with Legal to ensure compliance with federal and state employment laws
• Partner with Finance on issues that may have broad HR implications across the company
• Manage special projects on an ad hoc basis, and assign tasks to team/direct reports

• Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
• 8-10 years of progressive Human Resources experience
• Deep knowledge of HR best practices and demonstrated functional expertise
• Sound judgment and decision-making skills
• Strong communication and presentation skills, with the ability to influence and persuade
• Ability to manage multiple competing priorities in a fast-paced environment
• Experience managing others
• Business Acumen – understand the business; align HR initiatives to support business goals
• Talent Management Acumen – own talent and drive talent management best practices
• Proactivity – take initiative to identify opportunities for improvement; drive results
• Conflict Resolution – effectively manage complex employee relations issues
• Collaboration – build strong relationships at all levels across the organization
• Critical Thinking – ask probing questions; research and resolve issues
• Influence – present a thoughtful point-of-view with persuasion, tact, and diplomacy

Weber Shandwick is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Weber Shandwick recruits qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, ethnic or national origin, protected veteran status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status or citizenship status