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Director of Human Resources

at Diocese of Austin

Posted: 4/2/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 1027100

Job Description

  • 14-Mar-2019 to 01-Jul-2019 (CST)
  • Human Resources Office
  • Austin, TX, USA
  • Full Time
  • 1

Position will remain open until filled or canceled

Ministerial Character

The Bishop is the visible principle and foundation of unity in the particular Church (the diocese) entrusted to him.  In a unique and visible way, he makes Christ's mission present and enduring as Shepherd of the Christian Community.  In order to fulfill his mission, the Bishop employs suitable, chosen collaborators (clerics, religious, or lay people).  He shares with them the apostolic mission and entrusts various responsibilities to them. 

Each position employed in the Diocese of Austin helps to extend the ministry of the Bishop in particular ways as outlined in the job description.  Therefore, the employee in this position is closely connected to and assists the Bishop in the performance of his ministry and thereby engages in ministry for the church. 

Job Summary:

The Director of Human Resources is responsible for the daily activities of the Human Resources Office and providing the diocese, schools, parishes, and Catholic Charities of Central Texas (CCCTX) with the tools, support, and guidance necessary to ensure compliance with human resources best practices and legal requirements.  The position reports to the Chancellor and operates with wide latitude for the use of independent judgment and initiative.

Essential Job Duties:

  • As an integral part of your ministry for the Church as carried out in this position, support and uphold the philosophy of Catholic ministry and the mission of the Diocese of Austin in both your professional and personal life.
  • Act as a witness to Gospel values by modeling the teachings of the Catholic Church.
  • Continuously grow in your ministry by participating in religious ceremonies, training sessions, and reflection activities as directed.
  • Manage the diocesan and CCCTX Human Resources Office and staff.
  • Provide guidance, support, solutions, tools, and training to the diocese, CCCTX, schools, and parishes for human resources issues, ensuring compliance with federal, state, and local applicable requirements and personnel policies and procedures.
  • Collaborate with the Finance Office to manage the diocesan benefit, payroll, and compensation programs.
  • Develop and administer the Human Resources Office budget.
  • Assist legal counsel in assembling information conerning any potential disputes, complaints, or petitions involving employees.
  • Use effective and appropriate supervision and management techniques to maximize employee morale and effectiveness.
  • Maintain a work schedule that maximizes availability to schools, parishes, diocesan staff, and other customers.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the structure and basic teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.
  • Knowledge of human resources records and data management systems.
  • Knowledge of and ability to use general office management practices.
  • Knowledge of and ability to effectively apply employment laws, rules, policies and procedures to personnel issues.
  • Skill in working collaboratively with others.
  • Skill in communicating effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Skill in effectively organizing, planning, and prioritizing projects, assignments, and tasks.
  • Skill in planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating HR processes, policies, and procedures.
  • Skill in attention to detail.
  • Ability to use a personal computer and associated applications for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and interacting with databases and applicant tracking sysytems.
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service and work effectively with staff, clergy, religious, and laity.
  • Ability to take a hands-on approach to administrative and compliance processes.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with various client types and business models.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to develop and effectively present material for public speaking and training purposes.
  • Ability to think critically and analytically to arrive at effective solutions to personnel issues and problems.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education and Trainings:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited American college or university or equivalent in a foreign country.


  • Three (3) years of full-time wage-earning experience in employee relations.
  • One (1) year of supervisory or management experience in an HR function.

Language Requirement:

  • English (proficient in conversing, reading, and writing).

Catholic Requirement:

  • Must be a practicing Roman Catholic in good standing.


  • Valid Texas driver's license.
  • Must maintain compliance with the Diocese of Austin Ethics and Integrity in Ministry (EIM) policies throughout the employment period.