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Director, Human Resources

| Austin

The Opportunity:

Do you crave the chance to create meaningful impact on a rapidly growing business? Do you want to be in a high pace, high energy workplace bent on revolutionizing one of the most exciting industries – travel? If so, this HR Director role is a compelling opportunity for you!

Partnering closely with select technology groups and their leadership teams you will work to align business and HR strategies to build a highly engaged culture and ensure extraordinary employee experience across the employee journey. This position plays a key role in crafting and implementing the strategy and programs in support of short-term and long-term strategic objectives with the overall outcomes of attracting, retaining, and developing the best talent for the company. This job is based in Austin, TX and reports to the Vice President, Human Resources.

What you’ll do:

  • Drive the talent agenda - Lead talent strategies including workforce and succession planning, employee development plans and performance planning, ensuring the organization’s recognition structures reward and recognize high performance and representation of HomeAway’s values in how work is accomplished. HomeAway applies User Design Thinking and Employee Experience Journey Mapping in our drive to deliver an extraordinary employee experience.
  • We will look to you to apply these methodologies along with a data driven approach to deliver world-class talent solutions for your global client groups.
  • Change- Design and execute complex change programs globally by leveraging local HR business partners within Expedia Group and applying effective change playbooks. Design and deliver aligned communications and change programs ensuring organizational effectiveness. This includes organizational assessment, design, talent, performance and culture initiatives. Drive informed decision-making by using data to identify trends and work with business leaders to determine root cause of issues; develop organizational effectiveness solutions. Identify HR trends externally and across the business groups and actively proposes programs to address these trends
  • Engagement – Ensure a Great Place to Work and have excellent engagement levels through enablement of the right culture and delivery of the engagement plans to engage and develop our talent. Coach Leadership Team on effective strategies for developing and engaging diverse talent. Champion & key influencer in Leadership & Manager Development Programs
  • Partnership – Partner with Talent, Regional HR, Rewards teams, and other COEs within HomeAway and Expedia Group on global processes. Play key project role in global projects where global initiative is incubated and scaled across Expedia Group. This will include leading and coordinating cross functional teams globally.
  • Leadership – Key player on the leadership team of select groups, identifying HR priorities that need to be built into strategy, coaching the team, including and up to SVP level talent for high performance results. Understand HomeAway business model and objectives and plays role in development of both business and HR priorities.
  • Team Management – Successfully lead a team of HR Business Partners. Will be responsible for aligning work of team to the prioritized needs of the business and HR function. Take an active role in the engagement and development of the HRBP team and create a high performing inclusive culture exhibiting HomeAway’s values.

Who you are:

  • Demonstrable senior HR expertise including talent development and recruiting experience. 8 years’ senior experience in a high tech or B2C environment.
  • Track record in partnering high-tech Engineering or Product teams.
  • Prior global change management experience is critical – including turnaround, restructure or acquisition or disposal.
  • Highly intellectual thought partner; seen as a strategic partner.
  • Strong business acumen, consulting, analysis, project management, communication, presentation, negotiation, conflict management and analytical skills.
  • Proven strategic business partnering and influencing that has developed talent across geographic boundaries.
  • Prior experience of a highly matrixed HR model and partnering with COEs.
  • Demonstrate real understanding of business and commercial drivers.
  • Resilient – can handle volume, pace and challenge in a constructive way.
  • Builds tight-knit relationships at all levels with confidence and strong influencing skills
  • Recognized formal professional qualification.
  • Experience in a talent role (or talent biased HRBP role) is preferred.
  • Coaching and facilitation skills.
  • Previous experience of operating on a leadership team is preferred.
  • Prior global experience, lead initiatives across multiple geographies and has knowledge of cultural implications and understands local/regional laws and customs.
  • Extraordinarily high level of integrity, discretion and confidentiality.
  • Courage to propose solutions others are reluctant to address focused on the best interests of the business.

What we offer:

  • Competitive health and insurance benefits.
  • Competitive salary.
  • Annual target bonus or commission.
  • Parental leave for up to 20 weeks (dependent on eligibility).
  • Paid vacation and sick time.
  • Vacation rental on a yearly basis (taxable benefit).
  • Employee Stock Purchase Program.
  • Free snacks and beverages.
  • Frequent company update talks with our leadership team.
  • Free listing on HomeAway.com.
  • Electronic, adjustable stand-up desk.
  • Discounted Metro & Rail pass.
  • Casual dress.

Why join us:

Expedia Group recognizes our success is dependent on the success of our people. We are the world's travel platform, made up of the most knowledgeable, passionate, and creative people in our business. Our brands recognize the power of travel to break down barriers and make people's lives better – that responsibility inspires us to be the place where exceptional people want to do their best work, and to provide them to tools to do so.

Whether you're applying to work in engineering or customer support, marketing or lodging supply, at Expedia Group we act as one team, working towards a common goal; to bring the world within reach. We relentlessly strive for better, but not at the cost of the customer. We act with humility and optimism, respecting ideas big and small. We value diversity and voices of all volumes. We are a global organization but keep our feet on the ground so we can act fast and stay simple. Our teams also have the chance to give back on a local level and make a difference through our corporate social responsibility program, Expedia Cares.

Our family of travel brands includes: Brand Expedia®, Hotels.com®, Expedia® Partner Solutions, Egencia®, trivago®, HomeAway®, Orbitz®, Travelocity®, Wotif®, lastminute.com.au®, ebookers®, CheapTickets®, Hotwire®, Classic Vacations®, Expedia® Media Solutions, CarRentals.com™, Expedia Local Expert®, Expedia® CruiseShipCenters®, SilverRail Technologies, Inc., ALICE and Traveldoo®.

About HomeAway:

HomeAway, a world leader in the vacation rental industry, is the place to book beach houses, cabins, and condos with more than two million places to stay in 190 countries. The site makes it easy to find and book the perfect vacation rental for any getaway, often for less than the cost of traditional hotel accommodations.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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HomeAway has six offices in the Austin area with a 16-story global headquarters under construction at the Domain set to open in 2019.

An Insider's view of HomeAway

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Some of us have been working together for 5+ years and have been there for each other during engagements, births, divorces…you name it. They have truly been my second family and my coworkers are the best part of coming to the office every day.


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What projects are you most excited about?

As a Software Engineer, I’m excited to rebuild an old JavaScript and jQuery STAB component into a new React based component. The goal is to update this component to our new tech stack so when consuming applications move to using Catalyst based applications we can ease the integration process.


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What makes someone successful on your team?

Being a successful finance person means being a strong business partner and not only understanding what is happening throughout the business but also being insatiably curious about it. It’s not enough to just know math, or know the numbers; you need to know where those numbers come from, how they get there and what's driving that result.


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How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

The Talent Acquisition team is always pitching innovative ideas at our 120-day planning sessions that directly impact the company and recruitment experience. It’s amazing to see how quickly we’re able to implement new ideas every 120 days and measure the results. We’ve seen everything from employee referral reform to self-defense classes in Austin.


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What projects are you most excited about?

I'm on a team that's investigating the integration of react-native into our existing mobile app and my focus is primarily on bridging our existing native analytics packages into the react-native side of things. This allows us to adapt and improve based on what customers do while using our product,


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What are HomeAway Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
HomeAway offers up to 20 weeks of paid parental leave (yes, dads, too!) for eligible new parents with at least 1 year of service.
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
9 paid holidays + 2 floating holidays you can take any time during the year.
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program

Additional Perks + Benefits

We were recognized by the Austin American-Statesman for having the most generous parental leave in Austin!