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Reporting to the Vice President, Administration, the Director, Human Resources provides leadership to the Alberta University of the Arts (AUArts) mission with respect to the strategic direction and overall management of Human Resources policies, programs and services. The incumbent ensures that AUArts works to achieve stated goals and objectives in terms of Human Resources (HR) best practices, while remaining mindful of the University’s institutional mission, mandate, values, and goals. This individual ensures that the HR department and the University complies with all applicable federal and provincial legislation. This role manages and leads the Payroll and HR Advisors (3 FTE) team to ensure that the needs of University employees are being represented by providing timely and accurate transactional support for employee life cycle events.

  • Reports to the Vice President, Administration as a member of the leadership team with specific accountabilities for institutional Human Resources. Participates in and contributes to policy and decision-making discussions regarding AUArts’ purpose, priorities, planning, organizational and operational effectiveness, direction, and outcomes.
  • Provides leadership and strategic direction and advice to the President + CEO, Cabinet members, members of the senior leadership team and to the general University community on matters relating to current and future Human Resources issues.
  • Plans, develops, and implements effective Human Resources services, policies, procedures and guidelines for effective Human Resources services including, but not limited to recruitment and retention, employee onboard, labour and employee relations, collective bargaining, employee recognition, compensation/evaluation/classification, training and development, employee wellness, succession planning, performance management, and diversity management.
  • Provides advice, counsel and leadership to all stakeholders on human resources matters and works closely with management to implement strategies to improve team and group effectiveness. Regularly evaluates when necessary, leads changes to the organizational culture, structure and processes.
  • Ensures that the HR department and the University comply with all applicable federal and provincial laws/legislation/regulations e.g. Employment Standards Code, Human Rights Code, Alberta Labour Code, Public Service Employee Relations Act, Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, Occupational Health + Safety requirements. Responds to areas of non-compliance throughout the University.
  • Facilitates and consults on the formal handling of grievances, Human Rights complaints, and breaches of University policies and procedures. Participates in the processes where appropriate and necessary.
  • Liaises with legal counsel and senior administration in the processing of grievances and other human resource legal issues, when appropriate and necessary.
  • Interprets and administers the collective agreements in force.
  • Provides direction and manages staff within the Human Resources area of responsibility as designated by the Vice President, Administration. Provides coaching and development opportunities for HR staff. Supports the department through mentorship and guidance. Sets clear strategic and operational priorities, goals and objectives for the HR team.
  • Anticipate and identify emerging issues, trends and problems that affect organizational policies and programs.
  • Manages the HR annual budget, financial management and reporting.
  • Complies with the institutions policies, procedures and guidelines, and applicable legislation.  
  • Observe the University’s health and safety policies and perform all of the supervisor’s responsibilities as set out in the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Act 2018 revisions.  
  • Undergraduate degree in a related field or a suitably equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation 
  • Minimum ten years of progressively complex experience in human resources, and at least 5 years of experience in a senior management role. 
  • Post-secondary experience in a unionized environment with significant Labour Relations management experience, including Collective Bargaining is an asset.
  • Demonstrated management experience 
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate organizational change and to foster linkage between business objectives and human resources activities. 
  • Discretion and diplomacy, leadership, mentoring and supervisory skills. 
  • Proven negotiation skills, consensus building, and conflict resolution skills.
  • Strong research, strategic planning and analytical skills.

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