• Employee Relations Manager

    Job Locations US-TX-Dallas
    Requisition ID
    Human Resources
  • Overview

    Austin Industries has an outstanding opportunity for an Employee Relations Manager which can be located in Dallas at the corporate office or in La Porte at our Austin Industrial division office. 


    The Employee Relations Manager works under the direction of the Vice President of People at Austin Industries, Inc. (“Austin Industries”) and a dotted line relationship to Legal Employee Relations, to coordinate and direct employee relations programs and activities for Austin Industries and its subsidiaries and affiliates (collectively, “Austin”) to ensure that Austin is in full compliance with applicable laws and regulations.  Additionally, the position works closely with the Director of People at each subsidiary of Austin Industries (Austin Commercial, Austin Bridge & Road, and Austin Industrial) in developing, implementing, and evaluating ongoing Human Resources (“HR”) policies, practices, procedures, programs, and activities that have a positive impact on employee relations. The Employee Relations Manager also serves as an Open Door Facilitator for the Austin Open Door program. 


    • Provides consultation and guidance to supervisors and management in the performance improvement process; works with supervisors and management to address performance concerns, including, without limitation, drafting and/or reviewing of performance documentation, reviewing and providing input for performance appraisals, and assisting supervisors and management with providing performance feedback.
    • Responds to inquiries from employee-owners regarding employment-related policies, practices, procedures, and programs.
    • Identifies and resolves employee relations issues in a manner consistent with Austin’s policies, practices, procedures, and programs, as well as applicable laws and regulations.
    • As an Open Door Facilitator, manages and oversees the Austin Open Door program; assists with the implementation of the Austin Open Door program by, without limitation, ensuring that employee-owners are aware of and sign off on the Open Door policy; answers questions about Austin Open Door and assists employee-owners in identifying supervisors or managers at appropriate levels of the company to assist in resolving the employee-owner’s dispute. 
    • Investigates and responds to complaints made via the Austin Open Door hotline; may investigate and respond to employment-related complaints not raised via the Austin Open Door hotline, including, without limitation, complaints related to potential violations of Austin’s employment-related policies, practices, procedures and/or programs, potential violations of applicable labor and employment laws or regulations, and potential unethical behavior and/or misconduct related to employee-owners.
    • Documents investigative interviews and collects, protects and retains pertinent information and documentation related to investigations; drafts reports on investigations; recommends and initiates appropriate steps for resolution, including, without limitation, consistent and appropriate corrective and preventative actions as needed. 
    • Collaborates and coordinates with the Vice President of People, the applicable Director of People, the legal department, and other members of management, as applicable, throughout internal investigations.
    • Provides regular updates regarding internal investigations to the Vice President of People, the Directors of People, and the legal department.  Provides quarterly updates to company Presidents, as requested.
    • Assists with the collection of relevant information and documents related to employment-related litigation, arbitration or administrative matters (including, without, limitation, audits, investigations, complaints and/or charges before federal or state agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) or Texas Workforce Commission (“TWC”)); serves as a liaison between supervisors/management and the legal department with respect to employment-related litigation, arbitration or administrative matters; may assist the legal department in investigating and/or drafting a response to allegations raised in employment-related litigation, arbitration or administrative matters.
    • Collaborates with management and Human Resources on the development and review of supporting documentation for all involuntary separations.
    • Reviews and assesses labor and employment policies, practices, procedures, and programs for effectiveness and compliance with applicable laws and regulations; may provide input and recommendations for changes to same and may assist in revising same in coordination with the Vice President of People, the applicable Director of People and/or the legal department.
    • Ensures compliance in required time frame with respect to various HR activities, including, without limitation, providing responses in timely manner to subpoenas, claims for unemployment benefits, and appeal hearings to contest benefits requested by former employee-owners.
    • Develops and conducts various compliance and training programs as necessary.
    • Provides backup administrative support to HR as needed, particularly, with respect to special projects or when assistance is needed to meet mandatory deadlines.
    • Travels to visit customer sites and Austin offices as needed.
    • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.


    • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field required. 
    • Six years of professional Human Resources experience, including at least four years in which Employee Relations was the primary responsibility, required.  An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
    • Ability to obtain a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card for access to customer sites required.
    • PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification preferred.
    • Bilingual in Spanish preferred.


    We offer excellent benefits including medical, dental, life and disability insurance, and a matching 401K plan. We are proud to be a 100% Employee Owned Company! To learn more about Austin’s Employee Ownership history, please go to http://www.austin-ind.com/employee-ownership.html


    Austin Industries is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


    About Austin Industries

    Austin Industries and its operating companies engage in almost every type of civil, commercial and industrial construction.  Austin is owned entirely by its employees through its Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). Austin Industries has a rich history. We are one of the largest and most diversified construction firms in the nation. Austin stands on the core values of Uncompromising Integrity, Employee-ownership, Exemplary Service and Excellence in Safety.  To learn more about our history, culture and operations, visit us at www.austin-ind.com.


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