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Human Resources Director with strong generalist exp

Augusta, GA, 30901
October 25, 2023

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Amy McGhee

*** ****** *****

Martinez, GA *****


Professional Experience

GA Department of Public Health October 2015 – December 2022

Augusta, GA

District Human Resources Director

Provide Human Resources management and services for 300+ employees in 13 counties with 15 County Health Department

Oversee and provide human resources functions including compensation, benefits, recruitment, transactions, operations and employee relations

Conduct full-cycle recruitment including posting position, screening and selection of candidates for interview, references, background check, on-boarding, and new hire orientation

Oversee benefit administration, including new hire benefit enrollment, open enrollment, qualifying event changes and employee advocacy as needed

Administer leave programs including annual and sick leave, as well as FMLA notification, eligibility, tracking and return to work

Initiate and monitor any Workers Compensation claims at the local level to be managed by the Third Party Administrator. Actively enforce and utilize Light Duty program.

Support and manage Performance Management. This includes implementation of new electronic performance reviews and use of SMART goals eff July 1, 2017

Offer guidance and recommendations to management staff regarding policy application and enforcement, including disciplinary actions and performance improvement plans

Investigate, respond to, and manage all complaints and grievances, both internal and from third parties such as EEOC. Consult with State DPH HR and legal departments as needed.

Ensure regulatory and policy compliance throughout the District, including review and revision of agency policy as needed

Complete transactional tasks in HRIS system for all new hires, terminations, leave status, and any other changes for each employee

Oversee and lead recruitment and onboarding for emergency staffing in response to COVID-19 pandemic demands. This included expedited direct, short-term hires, as well as sourcing and collaborating with multiple staffing areas to ensure staffing demands were met in a timely and efficient manner with well qualified staff

In collaboration with the District Nursing Director, provide guidance, enforcement and tracking of all employee and temporary staffing COVID-related contacts, diagnosis, and quarantine/isolation to mitigate risk of staff and client exposure

PotashCorp July 2013 – June 2015

Augusta, GA

Human Resources Specialist

Support Human Resources Manager, Corporate Human Resources and site management in all Human Resources policies, procedures, and initiatives for 150 employees, as well an average of approximately 350 contract employees

Perform staffing functions such as applicant sourcing, job postings, testing, resume screenings and selection, preliminary interviewing, and recommendations to HR Manager and/or hiring manager; perform background and reference checks as outlined for employment eligibility once candidate is selected

Conduct all orientations for new employee on boarding to deliver information about the company, its policies and employee benefits, as well as complete needed documentation for employment and benefit election; perform data entry into HRIS for payroll, benefits, and other HR purposes

Administer Health and Welfare plans including enrollments, terminations, and changes/updates; act as liaison between employees and corporate benefits, Third Party Administrators, and other providers to ensure employee needs are met and questions addressed within the constraints of the plan design/structure

Track/manage STD/LTD process and benefits for employees in coordination with TPA case management

Administer and track computer-based training programs and entry of other non-computer based training for record keeping; support internal and external auditors, as well as customers as needed for verification of training provided for both employees and contract employees

Track and maintain performance review records and corporate compensation plans for both salaried and hourly employees

Provide reporting as requested for both local and corporate HR purposes, as well as historical training data

Function in HR Manager role in her absence including addressing employee issues, counseling management/staff on laws and risk management on matters such as disciplinary action, equal employment opportunity, sexual harassment, and recommend possible changes where appropriate

Attend meetings as appropriate with various teams, including Staff, Tiger Team, Adapt, etc, as available to stay abreast of current business activities, issues, and needs

Manage electronic and physical bulletin board postings to ensure timely and meaningful communication to employees regarding site and/or company-wide information and updates

Act as company liaison and contact for public relations and community events, including charitable contributions, Chamber of Commerce Meetings, and other public events; coordinate or assist in coordination of events including PotashCorp Community Giving Day, United Way and Nutrients for Life Campaigns, Ronald McDonald House Plane Pull, ASL “Beat Feet” Walk, and Miracle Mile Walk

All-Safe Industrial Services, Inc. February 2009 – May 2013

Beech Island, SC

Human Resources Director (August 2009 – May 2013)

Plan, direct, and execute all human resources activities for two locations, supporting 175-400+ employees; also support sister company with two locations and 15 employees

Direct and lead subordinates and staff relating to employment, compensation, and employee relations; supervise and develop support team of up to 4 employees

Source, coordinate, and track the personnel and training within the organization

Administer compensation, benefits and performance management systems

Manage Workers’ Compensation Program, including on-going case management in coordination with insurance claims adjustor

Counsel and advise managers on organizational policy matters such as disciplinary action, equal employment opportunity, sexual harassment, and recommend needed changes

Perform difficult staffing duties, including dealing with understaffing, refereeing disputes, termination of employees, and administering disciplinary procedures

Represent organization at personnel-related hearings and investigations

Conduct investigations into complaints or concerns that allege violation of policy, laws, or statues and make unbiased recommendation for course of action to executive management team

Provide current and prospective employees with information about policies, job duties, working conditions, wages, opportunities for promotion and employee benefits

Identify staff vacancies in senior level positions; recruit, interview and select applicants

Serve as a liaison between management and employees by handling questions and helping resolve work-related problems

Analyze and modify compensation and benefits policies to establish competitive programs and ensure compliance with legal requirements

Maintain records and compile statistical reports concerning personnel-related data such as hires, transfers, performance appraisals, and absenteeism rates.

Manage the evaluation, classification and rating of occupations and job positions


-Successfully decreased company-wide unemployment benefits by over 13% while taxable wages during the same one year period had increased 29%

-Sourced, researched, and executed change in health insurance provider in partnership with insurance broker and identified significant cost-savings by becoming partially self-insured

-Developed new policies and procedures manual to support organizational demands and changes as a result of company growth by over 250% in a three year period

Administrative Operations Director (February 2009 – August 2009)

Oversee and manage corporate administrative and accounting operations; supervise accounting staff of six

Identify deficiencies in procedures and implement solutions for improvement

Source for new vendors to provide greater reliability and cost savings for security services, I.T. services, as well as phone and internet service providers

Source for a paperless software solution and spearhead implementation, set up, and ongoing maintenance of program

Function as internal I.T. support for basic problem solving and coordinate with I.T. service provider for issues requiring greater level of expertise

Job Shop, Inc. May 2002 – February 2009

Martinez, GA

Vice President of Operations/Recruiter

Manage operations of two branch locations for direct hire, professional level placement services

Supervise 3-4 personnel consultants; train and mentor new hires

Develop and maintain business through marketing company services and candidates via phone and customer location visits, including contract negotiations

Perform outplacement services, including workshop facilitation, one on one career assessment, and composition of professional resume for each participant

Develop recruiting strategies and resources

Recruit, interview, and screen candidates for client positions

Conduct comprehensive reference checks and employment verification of candidates

Manage all billing and collections

Monitor and track applicant flow, placements, EEO statistics, billings, and revenue

Georgia Dept. of Labor July 2000 – May 2002

Augusta, GA

Employment Services Specialist

Conduct interviews with job applicants

Provide employment assistance based on assessment of job skills, work history and education of each applicant

Recruit and screen candidates for employer job listings

Develop and maintain relationships with employers in the service delivery area

Maintain knowledge of broad base of community services and resources for referrals outside of the employment field

Develop and coordinate Topstep Program (special services for ex-offenders)

Create and maintain data base of Topstep participants and employment status


Bachelor of Arts Degree, 2008

Buena Vista University

Storm Lake, IA

Associate of Science Degree, 1990

Iowa Lakes Community College

Estherville, IA

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