23 days old

Director of Human Resources

MSA Professional Services
Madison, Wisconsin
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time
  • Shift
    1st Shift

MSA specializes in the sustainable development of communities. Yet, what we do is more than just a portfolio of projects. We are committed to going beyond the project – to building honest, open relationships and becoming a source of expertise and support in order to help make our communities stronger.

Founded in the 1930s as a rural land surveying business, MSA has grown into an employee-owned, multidisciplinary consulting firm employing more than 350 engineers, architects, planners, funding experts, surveyors, GIS experts, landscape architects and environmental scientists. We have 14 offices across four states (Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin) and collaborate to pioneer projects in communities throughout the United States.

MSA has earned a variety of notable industry accolades. We have been named by the Zweig Group as one of the 2017 “Best Firms to Work For” and continue to climb the Engineering News Record’s Top 500 Design Firms list, ranking No. 310 in 2018—a 17-position rise from the previous year.  MSA was also honored to be named Company of the Year for 2018 by the Wisconsin chapter of the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) Association, an award that recognizes our commitment to being a team-led, employee-focused, engaging and balanced place of work.  

Job Summary:

The Director, Human Resources provides strategic HR support to the firm’s leadership team and staff.  Also, as a key member of the firm’s leadership team, the incumbent drives the HR mission, objectives and operating priorities to create a high performance culture within the firm. Reporting to the CEO, the Director, Human Resources will lead and develop a team of HR professionals. The position can be located in either Madison, Baraboo, Dubuque, Quad Cities, Marshfield, or Beaver Dam.


  • Creates a vision for the HR function and delivers on it
  • Designs firm-wide HR Strategies to align to the firm’s mission and objectives
  • Aligns initiatives across Human Resources to ensure consistency
  • Drives diversity as a key enabler of a high-performance culture
  • Proactively identifies and develops strategic HR solutions for critical firm issues
  • Creates the architecture for a people strategy process
  • Supports, coaches and counsels leadership and staff with all facets of employment, legal, and employee relation issues
  • Develops and manages firmwide talent through the use of talent management, performance management, employee retention, career path development, corporate university, and leadership development for the MSA leadership team and staff
  • Responsible and accountable for the acquisition, development, and retention of top talent
  • Serves as primary point person for firm’s Safety program
  • Ensures the implementation of HR Initiatives across the firm ensuring stakeholder engagement, quality, timely and consistent delivery
  • Drives performance standards; ensures performance standards are achieved and maintained through coaching, counseling and employee development.
  • Ensures HR support is allocated appropriately across the firm to meet the changing needs of the firm
  • Manages a team of HR professionals


Ability to build an HR vision that aligns with the strategic direction and future of the firm

  • Excellent HR competency (including employee relations, legal, compensation, payroll, and benefits)
  • Experience leading and managing an HR Team
  • Ability to maintain objectivity in discussing issues
  • Strong interpersonal team and leadership skills
  • Ability to develop and enhance relationships with employees at all levels
  • Ability to balance and prioritize heavy workload and multiple projects/tasks
  • Presentation and facilitation skills
  • Ability to manage budgets
  • Effective persuasion and influencing skills
  • High personal standards of integrity
  • Ability to handle highly sensitive matters and maintain confidentiality
  • Problem solving ability
  • Familiarity with ESOP environments preferred (but not required)
  • Experience working for a professional services firm preferred (but not required)
  • Minimum 8+ years of HR leadership experience
  • Bachelor's Degree required, advanced degree or SPHR preferred

It takes a village to change the earth for the better. If you have the passion and skills to help design and engineer a better world, we’d love to have you on our team. At MSA, we help people live, work and play better. That goes not only for our clients and the communities we serve, but for our team members too. Join us and launch your innovative new career in a 100% employee-owned workplace that believes in flexible work schedules, honest transparency, a supportive team environment and a commitment to helping make communities stronger, together.

MSA also provides a comprehensive suite of benefits and incentives including competitive health, dental and vision insurance, paid holidays, paid time off, support of ongoing professional education, opportunities for community involvement and participation in the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).   

MSA is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity in its workforce. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected class.

Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer


Posted: 2019-07-29 Expires: 2019-08-29

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