Human Resources Business Partner (Avondale - 03/2019)

Algonquin Avondale , AZ 85392

Posted 2 weeks ago

Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp is a North American diversified generation, transmission and distribution utility with $10+ billion of total assets. (APUC) delivers continuing growth through an expanding pipeline of renewable energy development projects, organic growth within its regulated distribution and transmission businesses, and the pursuit of accretive acquisitions.

The distribution business group (Liberty Utilities) provides rate regulated water, electricity and natural gas utility services to over 750,000+ customers in the United States. The transmission business group invests in rate regulated electric transmission and natural gas pipeline systems in the United States and Canada.

The generation business group (Liberty Power, formerly known as Algonquin Power) owns a portfolio of regulated and long term contracted North American based wind, solar, hydroelectric and thermal powered generating facilities representing more than 1.5+ GW of installed capacity.

Our vision is to be the utility company most admired by customers, communities and investors for our people, passion and performance.


Under the leadership of the Manager, Human Resources, performs professional HR duties in support in the West Region, primarily Arizona and Texas. Provides recruiting, onboarding, maintains employee records, administer policies and programs, assist with training and compensation projects. Acts as an employee champion and change agent. Formulates partnerships across the organization to deliver value-added HR services to management and employees that reflects the business objectives. The majority of time is spent at the Avondale office. This position requires occasional travel throughout Arizona and Texas as well as Canada.

Essential Functions:

This information is intended to be descriptive of the key responsibilities of the position. The following examples do not identify all duties performed by any single incumbent.

Recruiting, Selection, Hiring and Orientation:

  • Assist manager with internal and external employment opportunity postings and advertisements.

  • Supports the supervisors/managers in the functions of communicating, interviewing, and selection of candidates.

  • Arranges for pre-employment background and drug & alcohol screenings.

  • Conducts new employee orientations and processes all new hire documentation for HRIS system.


  • Maintains and updates the HRIS for Company employees as needed.

  • Maintains required legal postings for Arizona and Texas.

  • Provides periodic reports as requested/required.

  • Assists managers/supervisors on job description to include periodic updates.

  • Designs and revises HR forms as needed.

  • Process employee terminations to include preparing employee separation notices, related documentation, and conducts exit interviews.

  • Creates the annual holiday schedules, as approved, and distributes accordingly.

  • Administers salary administration program to ensure compliance and internal equity.

Administration of Policies and Programs:

  • Provides day-to-day administration of leaves of absence, to include short/long term disability.

  • Coordinates performance management processes, compensation programs and supporting correspondence for supervisors and managers.

  • Assists EHS with workers' compensation as needed or required.


  • Serves as first point of contact for employees.

  • Liaison between the employees, Corporate and third parties.


  • Manages and resolves employee relations issues. Conducts effective, thorough and objective investigations.

  • Maintains in-depth knowledge of legal requirements in Human Resources.

  • Drafts and distributes general communication announcements to employees.

  • Completes special and/or research projects.

  • Complies with all safety policies, practices and procedures. Reports all unsafe activities to EHS and HR Manager.

  • Perform all other duties as assigned.


  • Must have at least five (5) years of experience in professional Human Resources generalist work including records, recruiting, communications/training, policy and program development/interpretation, employee relations and knowledge of worker's compensation.

  • Possess a Bachelor's Degree in Human Resources or related field. Note: ten (10) years of experience may substitute for a degree.

  • A Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification or SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) is required.

  • Must have thorough knowledge of Federal and state employment law and regulations.

  • Possess details organizational skills.

  • Ability to work in a fast pace, changing environment with changing demands. Ability to be flexible with changing priorities.

  • Be proficient with internet and standard PC software applications (e.g., spreadsheets, word processing and email) and other computer-based tools. Experience in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

  • Maintain effective written and verbal communication skills to communicate in English with internal and external customers under normal and adverse conditions.

  • Possess effective interpersonal skills and ability to work with people at all levels of the organization. Maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work, including strong internal and external customer service orientation. Handle sensitive and confidential personal and Company information appropriately.

  • Must possess a valid state driver's license with an acceptable driving record.

  • Be able to travel for business.

  • Be able to exercise independent judgment, discretion, professionalism and tact in all areas of work including matters of a sensitive and/or confidential manner.

  • Must be able to work independently and responsibly with minimal supervision as well as function in a team environment.

  • Possess good teamwork, knowledge of Company benefits, policies and procedures and applicable government laws and regulations.

  • Be able to handle a heavy workload while maintaining a high level of accuracy.

  • Be able to follow Company policies, practices and procedures and directions from Company management.

  • Be able to work weekends, holiday and overtime as necessary.

  • Must have or be able to obtain a passport.

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 honour this commitment in their daily responsibilities.

As part of our commitment, we work to ensure our application process is accessible to all candidates. If you require special assistance or accommodation during the hiring process, please notify the Talent Acquisition consultant.

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