Director of Human Resources at Gopher Resource in Eagan, Minnesota

Posted in Other 21 days ago.

Job Description:


Position Overview:

The Director of Human Resources is a key member of the Human Resources leadership team accountable for the development and execution of people strategies that support business objectives throughout the organization. Reporting directly to the Vice President of Human Resources, this position leads an HR team focused on driving improvements to organizational effectiveness, employee engagement, labor relations, performance management and talent management in our plants and corporate functions. The Director plays a critical role in aligning our people, processes and practices to enable optimal execution of the company's strategic objectives.

Critical Success Criteria:

  • Lead employee engagement process by partnering with senior leaders to make ongoing input, feedback and conversation part of daily work and develop action plans to improve employees' work experience at Gopher Resource as well as improve employee retention.

  • Act as a business partner to organizational leaders by developing labor and employment strategies that enable the achievement of functional business objectives.

  • Lead the execution of annual talent processes, including Organizational Talent Review, Performance Management, Salary Planning, within client groups.

  • Champion and foster company vision, values and culture by ensuring individual/team actions and behaviors are in alignment.


  • Participate in the development of the organization's people strategy and goals; identifies ways to support this strategy by leading and implementing strategic HR initiatives.

  • Acts as strategic partner to organizational leaders in support of the company's Mission, Vision and Values, while maintaining the role as a steward of the employee experience.

  • Lead, guide, develop and mentor HR staff in the execution of organizational initiatives and goals.

  • Serve as a point of escalation for complex employee and labor relations issues.

  • Partner with other HR functions including talent acquisition, compensation, benefits, and HR operations to ensure specific HR needs and processes are being met.

  • Support organizational workforce planning and development processes.

  • Oversee annual Employee Engagement Survey; communicate results to all employees in a meaningful and effective manner; analyze trend data and works with organizational leaders on the creation of action plans.

  • Lead the preparation for labor negotiations and serves as a key member of the labor negotiations committees; oversee the administration of collective bargaining agreements.

  • Assist in updating company policies, HR procedures and job descriptions.

  • Ensure compliance with employment laws and regulations, and requirements.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Human Resources, Organizational Development, Industrial Psychology or related field; Master's Degree preferred

  • 10+ years' of progressive professional Human Resources experience

  • 3+ years' experience leading Human Resources teams

  • 3+ years' experience negotiating and administering collective bargaining agreements

  • Previous work experience leading and executing talent management strategies and processes

  • Previous work experience driving employee engagement initiatives, including survey administration, internal communication campaigns, interpreting results and facilitating engagement committees

  • Broad knowledge and experience in organizational planning, organizational development, and employee engagement

  • Ability to lead senior-level meetings and counsel leaders on a variety of talent topics

  • Ability to build trust and collaborative relationships with leaders and employees at all levels

  • Knowledge of employment and labor law

  • Strong oral and written communication skills

  • Ability to collaborate and lead through influence

  • Excellent interpersonal and coaching skills

  • Excellent project management and organizational skills

Gopher Resource is an Equal Opportunity Employer.