Strategic Lead, Organizational Development

Toronto (City), Ontario
Comprehensive benefits package & Pension (if applicable)
January 28, 2019
February 28, 2019
Employment Type
Full time
Designations Required/Preferred

At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. Integral to this path is the placement of equity, diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our institutional culture. Our current academic plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do.

Ryerson University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

As an employer, we are working towards a people first culture and are proud to have been selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and a Greater Toronto’s Top Employer for 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. To learn more about our work environment, colleagues, leaders, students and innovative educational environment, visit, check out @RyersonU, @RyersonHR and @RyersonEDI on Twitter, and visit our LinkedIn company page.

The Team

The Organization and Employee Effectiveness unit delivers customized organizational development interventions for effectiveness, leadership development programs and university-wide soft skills workshops and seminars. Our areas of expertise include strategic planning, change management, coaching teams and customized learning & development.

We partner with the Ryerson community to create and deliver outstanding practical and strategic organizational development solutions, programs and services.

The Opportunity

Ryerson’s environment is complex, requiring big picture, outside-the-box thinkers. We are looking for a strategic lead, organizational development who is passionate about building strategic partnerships with departments and faculties to enhance employee experiences and improve Ryerson’s organizational effectiveness. As the successful candidate, you will have extensive knowledge of organizational development models including the application of workplace restoration models.

You will build relationships with leaders throughout the University to help them see policy as frameworks for solutions, rather than as barriers. These solutions are rarely one-size-fits-all, so sound judgment and decision-making skills are essential. You will analyze the needs of the faculties in order to diagnose and address underlying issues.  You will utilize your superior communication skills and experience working in unionized environments to conduct end to end workplace resolution solutions, including workplace assessments, reports, recommendations and implementation.

This is a two-year contract opportunity.


If you are ready to contribute to a culture of innovation and transformation where equity, diversity and inclusion are at its core, please provide a resume and cover letter stating how you meet the following specific qualifications:

  • Completion of a Masters degree in Psychology, Organizational Behaviour, Anthropology, Industrial Psychology or related field. A PhD is strongly considered an asset.
  • Certificate or formal training in conflict resolution or alternate dispute resolution.
  • Minimum 10 years of progressively more responsible experience in a broad range of full-time Organizational Development work or in complex organizational cultures leading workplace restoration
  • Demonstrated experience with managing complex projects from start to finish.
  • Essential experience with conflict management, ADR, Restorative Justice, developing and delivering Conflict Management Education and conducting sharing circles.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in culture transformation within a team or work unit in a unionized environment
  • Understanding and impacts of Truth and Reconciliation and Ryerson’s commitment to indigenous community and the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Demonstrated experience working with senior level and executives with proven ability to interface and influence (without authority) directly with all levels of management.
  • Demonstrated ability to assess, design, develop, implement and evaluate learning and development strategies and methodologies based on adult learning principles and practices.

This is a two-year contract opportunity, to apply please visit our career site at

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