Katie Babits

Dedicated Human Resources Professional
Dedicated Human Resources Professional

My work revolves around people. From building and maintaining relationships, connecting people with resources, navigating challenging situations and facing conflict head on. Strong background in career coaching, public speaking, professional development, engaging people and changing the way things have always been done. Here for challenging the status quo.


Master's in Public Administration @ Missouri State University
Aug 2010 — Aug 2012


Director of People and Culture @ World Athletics Championships Oregon22
Sep 2021 — Current

Directed all human resources functions for World Athletics Championships Oregon22, as the world & the most elite track & field athletes came to the US. Multiplied staffing efforts to scale up organization from planning to delivery mode, growing a staff from 15 to 150 in six months. Coached managers into leaders, developed staff into intensive event time roles, and provided HR guidance and support in fast-paced international event delivery model. Sourcing, recruitment, onboarding, training, conflict resolution, employee engagement, benefits, payroll, leadership and career coaching.

Event time role included supporting accreditation program, working closely with foreign dignitaries, athletes and teams, internal and global partners, and volunteers. Staffed main accreditation center while maintaining human resources functions including payroll and staff support throughout event. Assisted transport team in high volume departure period.

Senior Human Resources Analyst @ City of Phoenix
May 2020 — Jul 2021

Performed all human resources functions for 400 employees of the Facilities and Services Division of the Aviation Department of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Navigated complex employee relations issues throughout global pandemic for service staff whose job functions consisted entirely of in-person duties, collaborated with collective bargaining units to support and negotiate for staff, investigated allegations of misconduct, and guided full cycle recruitment processes. Bridged employee needs with City regulations to help assigned division operate as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Diversity and Partner Collaboration Manager @ Strategic Government Resources
Jan 2019 — Mar 2020

Brought an equity and inclusion lens to local government recruitment and professional development programs. Sourced diverse candidate pools to address client needs, developed and lead diversity and inclusion conference and training sessions. Developed and managed collaborative partnerships and consulted organizations on diversity and inclusion programs and recruitment strategies.

Human Rights and Equity Analyst @ City of Eugene
Jan 2017 — Dec 2018

Advanced equitable access to City government. Consulted on social equity and human rights with City government and external partners, reviewed and analyzed programs and promoted inclusive government. Researched, analyzed and developed recommendations on policies and programs based on human rights framework, staffed Human Rights Commission and liaised with elected officials. Tracked hate and bias activity, reported findings by coordinating community events and delivering press conferences on findings.

Human Resources Generalist @ City of Eugene
Mar 2015 — Feb 2017

Provided human resources services for 1400 staff, including recruitment and selection, employee relations, labor relations, classification and compensation, and professional development. Managed training and development program for City staff, consulting, developing and leading sessions. Recommended solutions for team building, conflict resolution and professional development. Guided full cycle recruitment processes, conducted employee relations investigations, navigated accommodation requests, and conducted classification and compensation research. Assisted management in navigating options in City policy and collective bargaining agreements on employee relations topics.

Management Analyst @ City of Veneta
Apr 2014 — Mar 2015

Performed duties for multiple program areas including human resources, risk management, communications, information technology, pool administration, and special projects. Managed city website, city newsletter, press releases, media for City events, wrote communications plan and social media policy. Managed human resources including recruitment and selection, classification and compensation, employee relations and benefits.

Employee Relations Specialist @ O'Reilly Auto Parts
Aug 2012 — Sep 2012

Managed employment decisions, conducted harassment investigations, and responded to EEOC charges of discrimination. Advised management on employment decisions, aligned decisions with collective bargaining agreements and policy, analyzed and developed policy to comply with changing employment laws. Trained new hires, acted as supervisor for eight months in transition.

Human Resources Intern @ City of Springfield
May 2011 — Aug 2012

Maintained front desk duties, data entry for HRIS, led payroll enrollment sessions, processed applications, proctored pre-employment testing, assisted with salary surveys, trained interns.

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