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Human Resources Manager

Charleston, West Virginia, 25309, United States
October 26, 2016

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Joseph M. Armstrong

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South Charleston, WV 25309

Cell: 304-***-****



Twenty-five years of experience in Human Resource Management and Benefit Administration, with expertise in recruitment, compensation administration, employment law, performance appraisals, and development of Human Resources and Benefit policies and procedures.


Currently oversee all aspects of Human Resources for a multi-site coal mining company in WV with 700 employees.

Managed employee relations and benefit functions for large state wide coal company with 2,400 employees. Developed ADA and Affirmative Action Plans for large multi-state mining operation.

Developed Human Resource policies and procedures for start- up healthcare organization with 140 employees.

Created multi-step disciplinary process, reorganized job functions, and developed job profiles for healthcare organization.


ArcelorMittal Mining, Head of Human Resources and Legal Services, Princeton, WV, 2012-Present

Oversee day to day HR function including recruitment, on-boarding, policy development, disciplinary actions, compensation, and benefit program management.

Responsible for managing legal services, which involves assigning cases, developing answers to interrogatories, scheduling depositions, in cases involving company employees, and approval of legal fees.

Responsible for all benefit plan renewals and negotiating changes in various benefit plan designs. Manage employee development programs and develops succession plans for all areas of the business unit.

Oversee payroll and payroll tax reporting.

Manage mandatory drug and alcohol testing program.

Serve as officer of the company in the capacity of Secretary.

Alpha Natural Resources, Director of Human Resources, Charleston, WV, 2000-2012

Directed all aspects of Human Resources including policy development, hiring, discipline, and employee training.

Developed ADA, FMLA, and Affirmative Action plans. Successfully managed business unit through two HR system conversions.

Successfully worked to deter two union campaigns, one 2008 and one in 2010.

Managed conversion of various benefit plans into one standardized offering.

Managed the HR function through two mergers and successfully integrated policies, procedures, and benefits in each case.

100% success rate on all Human Rights, discrimination, and wrongful discharge cases during tenure with Alpha.

Carelink Health Plans, Charleston, WV 1995-2000

Director of Claims Administration, 1998-2000

Successfully re-organized the claims department and achieved cost savings as well as higher customer satisfaction through new found efficiencies.

Introduced new employee grievance process and developed standardized disciplinary procedures.

Manager Human Resources, 1995-1998

Created all policies and procedures from the ground up for upstart HMO.

Created succession planning tracking system to monitor development needs of high potential employees.

Developed coaching/mentoring program.

Peabody Coal Company, Charleston, WV 1987-1995

Manager Human Resources, 1992-1995

Managed all aspects of Human Resources at union mine location in southern Boone Co.

Participated in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd step grievance processes and assisted Manager of Labor Relations with preparing cases for arbitration.

Approximately 80% of labor issues at mine were resolved in steps 1 or 2.

Reviewed and updated all union and salary job descriptions.

Managed all benefits in context of union contract.

Supervisor Benefits, 1989-1992

Worked with Manager of Benefits to provide support for various initiatives related to 401(k), healthcare, disability, and life insurance coverages.

Managed changes to benefits in accordance with any union contract changes.

Employee Relations Representative, 1987-1989

Assisted the Manager of Labor Relations with preparing cases in relation to union grievances at mine locations.

Gathered facts of cases and researched past decisions in various historical cases.

Responsible for monitoring workers’ compensation claims at mine sites.

Worked with third party vendor to manage open workers’ compensation claims.

Made site visits to investigate new claims and participated in employee surveillance as needed.

Workers’ compensation costs reduced by 30% in first year positions were in place.


M.A., Career Development Counseling, 1990, WVU/Marshall College of Graduate Studies

B.A., Behavioral Psychology, 1982, West Virginia State College

References available upon request

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