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Liberty Utilities Manager, Human Resources in Columbus, Georgia

Manager, Human Resources

Columbus, GA, US, 31901

Our purpose is sustaining energy and water for life, and it is demonstrated in everything we do as a business, and as an employee team.

At Liberty, we hire passionate people who care about doing the right thing for our customers. We are entrepreneurial, creative, and outcome-focused. Here, your natural talent and achievements will flourish in an inclusive environment of teamwork, trust and continuous learning. We are always pursuing excellence to exceed our ambitions goals, rewarding both the goal outcome and how we achieve it.


Liberty Utilities is seeking a dynamic HR Manager. This position is responsible for services, support and partnership with management. This is a mid-level management position that provides advice and counsel to the Georgia leadership team on all levels of HR and Labor matters. This is a hands-on role with primary focus on implementing, driving and delivering world-class HR processes, procedures and practices resulting in a high-performance, high-quality, results-oriented workforce and work environment, exceeding company goals and customer expectations.

Expectations and demands on the HR Manager are high. The HR Manager’s success as a developer, implementer, achiever and valued adviser throughout all levels of the company is essential to our continued rapid growth, development and employee engagement. Previous expertise and hands-on experience in Labor/Union Relations is required

The HR Manager reports directly to the Regional Director, Human Resources and dotted line to the Company’s State President. There is a HR Business Partner direct report and this position is open due to a pending and well deserved retirement of the incumbent.


  • Develops, coordinates, implements, administers and exercises responsibility for all HR related functions, policies, processes, procedures and results at the local level. Ensures compliance with all HR related federal, state, local laws, requirements, policies, procedures and results reporting with extreme emphasis on full compliance with Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), the Department of Labor, worker compensation, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

  • Researches available material including the Union CBA and recommends, develops and implements management approved HR and Labor related best practices throughout the company.

  • Manages company and employee communications and feedback through such avenues as employee engagement surveys; company, department and individual meetings; suggestion programs and focus groups.

  • Keeps management team informed on significant problems jeopardizing performance, achievement of company goals and issues not adequately addressed by management.

  • Develops, implements and administers company performance management, personal/professional development programs, metrics and reporting materials needed to ensure compliance with all federal, state and local requirements, accomplishing all company goals. Conducts investigations into employee and management complaints, issues and situations, making recommendations, reporting and problem resolution as necessary.

  • Monitors and advises management in progressive discipline systems. Monitors performance improvement processes with non-performing employees. Develops, coordinates, implements and administers employee benefit and compensation programs throughout the company including pay policies, bonuses and raises. Monitors and maintains local market wage and salary structure recommendations to ensure a competitive and stable workforce. Responsible for all staffing functions within the company as determined by senior management.

  • Effectively anticipates, coordinates and maintains necessary staffing needs and levels throughout the company. Prepares and conducts professional and performance development and other HR related training for employees and management.

  • Ensures all company HRIS information is correct and current.

  • Independent judgment and decision-making abilities are necessary to apply technical skills effectively.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor Degree in Business, Human Resources, or equivalent

  • 10+ years of experience in human resources including but not limited to labor/union relations, employee relations, compensation and benefits administration, performance management, recruiting and selection processes.

  • PHR or SPHR credential preferred

  • Expertise and hands-on experience in Labor/Union Relations is required.

  • Expertise and hands-on experience in Employee Relations and Compensation & Benefits

  • Must be hands-on and able to excel in a high-speed, autonomous environment.

  • Experience in or thorough working knowledge of Talent Acquisition; Organizational Development and Employee Engagement strategies.

  • May manage support staff in related duties or provide work leadership and training to employees.

  • Valid driver's license required as frequent travel to other locations in Georgia that include Gainesville and Columbus is a regular occurrence. A valid passport is required for occasional travel to Canada.

Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. is a growing renewable energy and utility company with over $15 billion of assets across North America and internationally.

For more than 30 years, Algonquin has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to delivering clean energy and water solutions. Our rapid growth has led both our regulated utility services and renewable energy business groups into different geographies and commodities, but our purpose remains unchanged – Sustaining Energy and Water for Life.

Through our operating business (Liberty), we provide regulated electricity, water, and natural gas utility services to over 1 million customer connections, primarily in North America. And, our growing portfolio of clean, renewable wind, solar, hydro and thermal power generation facilities represent over 3 GW of renewable generation capacity in operation and under construction.

With our robust, diversified, and growing presence in communities across North America and internationally, we are continually demonstrating our “Think Global, Act Local” business model.

What we offer

Company funded Pension program

401k with Company match

Full insurance benefits (health/dental/vision/life)

Collaborative environment with a genuine flexible working policy

Share purchase/match plan

Defined Contribution savings plan

Top Talent Program

Volunteer paid days off

Employee Assistance Program

Achievement fund

We are focused on building a diverse and inclusive workforce. If you are excited about this role and are not certain you meet the all the qualification requirements, we encourage you to apply to further investigate the opportunity.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value each person’s unique background, diversity, experiences, perspectives and talents. Full participation of all employees in a safe, healthy and respectful environment is key to individual and company success. We are committed to fully utilizing the abilities of all of our employees and expect each of our employees to honor this commitment in their daily responsibilities.