People Services Director

People Services Director

Full Time

Location: Oklahoma City, OK, Tulsa, OK or Allen, TX

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CEC is a privately-held engineering firm, serving both public entities and private developers. We offer extensive services, which allow us to be involved with projects from conception to design, to construction. Our focus is to eliminate aging infrastructure and drive community growth through innovative and collaborative engineering design. CEC is a Top Workplace that offers excellent benefits, professional development and growth opportunities for employees.


  • Provides servant-leadership to departments, practices, and company; embraces and models CEC values. Engages department in setting and achieving goals and objectives that contribute to CEC’s vision, purpose, and strategic plan.
  • In collaboration with Chief People Officer (CPO), plans, develops, implements, and evaluates People Services function and performance to ensure it reflects CEC’s business philosophy and values, as well as supports the objectives and desired cultural and performance standards among all team members.
  • Enhances and/or develops and implements policies and procedures to improve overall operation and effectiveness of the company.
  • Develops and implements strategies to identify talent within and outside CEC to meet staffing needs and provide resources for growth.
  • Develops progressive and proactive compensation and benefits programs to provide motivation, incentives, and rewards for effective performance.
  • Regularly assesses the competitiveness and cost-effectiveness of all programs and practices against relevant comparable companies, industries, and markets.
  • Develops and implements strategies and initiatives that foster a positive work culture and enhances team member experience. Conducts surveys, interviews, and focus groups with team members to gauge satisfaction and morale levels and identify areas of concern. Works with Practice Leaders and Department Managers to improve team member engagement and retention.
  • Proactively focuses on talent management through proper succession planning for key contributor and leadership roles, training and development programs for preparing team members for more significant responsibilities, and general development programs to enhance team member knowledge, skills, and understanding of the business.
  • Ensures all team members operate in compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws. Develops and maintains all records, reports, and logs to conform to regulations.
  • Provides technical advice, knowledge, and direction on people matters to leadership and management team, supervisors, and team members.
  • Performs various personnel functions, including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, performance management, salary and position recommendations, mentoring, and team member development. Plans and schedules work for the department, ensuring the appropriate and effective distribution of assignments and labor, space, and equipment for efficient performance of duties. Reviews and approves timesheets for accuracy and completeness.
  • Analyzes fiscal requirements of the department, including staffing, equipment, and related needs; prepares budgetary recommendations; monitors and approves expenditure of budgeted funds.
  • Maintains knowledge of trends, best practices, regulatory changes, and new technologies in human resources, talent management, and employment law; applies this knowledge to communicate changes in policy, practice, and resources to leadership team.
  • Complies with all safety policies, practices, and procedures.


  • Human resources expertise
  • Verbal and written communication proficiency
  • Excellent interpersonal and conflict resolution skills
  • Strategic thinking, analytical, and problem-solving skills
  • Business acumen
  • Service
  • Personal effectiveness/credibility
  • Ethical conduct


  • Business-related Bachelor’s degree from accredited college or university and eight to ten years’ comprehensive human resources experience. Human Resources degree preferred.
  • Human resources certification (PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP, or SHRM-SCP) preferred.
  • English language skills:  ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to respond effectively to sensitive inquiries or complaints. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, team members, potential talent, clients, and the public.
  • Mathematical skills:  ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals; ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret graphs.
  • Reasoning skills: ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
  • Proficient personal computer skills including electronic mail, record keeping, routine database activity, word processing, spreadsheet, graphics, etc. Microsoft Office preferred.
  • Organizational skills:  ability to prioritize and organize tasks; ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously; ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Remote connectivity device (e.g., smart phone, tablet, etc.) with data plan sufficient for company requirements, including multi-factor authentication, time and mileage tracking, expense reimbursement, e-mail, and virtual communications. 


  • Sedentary physical activity performing non-strenuous daily activities of an administrative nature.
  • Manual dexterity sufficient to reach/handle items, work with the fingers, and perceive attributes of objects and materials.
  • Ability to sit up to eight hours per day.
  • Ability to stand for extended periods.
  • Ability to manipulate computer mouse up to eight hours per day.
  • Ability to see clearly 20 inches or less and 20 feet or more; ability to identify and distinguish colors; ability to adjust focus.


  • Well-lighted, heated and/or air-conditioned indoor office setting with adequate ventilation
  • Moderate noise
  • Frequent interruptions


  • Fixed schedule of 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday.
  • Occasional overtime may be required.
  • Eligible to submit applications for telecommuting after 90 days and/or alternative schedule.

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CEC is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other legally protected status.