Director HR Operations and Labour Relations

Hamilton (City), Ontario
$68.93 - $88.37 per hour
February 1, 2019
February 15, 2019
Employment Type
Full time
Designations Required/Preferred

Director HR Operations and Labour Relations


Requisition #74838

Hamilton Health Sciences is Ontario’s most comprehensive healthcare system with five hospital sites and five specialized facilities in Hamilton and West Niagara. We operate McMaster Children’s Hospital (located within McMaster University Medical Centre, which also includes women's health and adult outpatient care), Hamilton General Hospital, Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre, St. Peter's Hospital and West Lincoln Memorial Hospital. Our 15,000 staff, physicians, researchers and volunteers serve the health needs of approximately 2.3 million residents of Hamilton, Central South and Central West Ontario, from pre-birth to end-of-life. We are both a community hospital as well as a regional centre for an array of acute care services, including: cardiac, stroke, cancer, trauma, burns, neurosciences and pediatrics. We are the largest employer in the Hamilton area. As an academic teaching hospital with more than 1,100 beds and an affiliation with McMaster University and Mohawk College, we are committed to providing exemplary health care while advancing excellence in education and health research. Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) has earned recognition as one of the world’s leading health sciences research organizations.

The Director, HR Operations and Labour Relations is responsible for the design, direction and execution of Employee and Labour Relations (ELR) strategies across Hamilton Health Sciences. The Director champions and uses influence to promote the adoption of ELR strategies, and enterprise-wide, HR led, corporate initiatives designed to strengthen organizational capability, increase engagement, and enable optimal business performance. The Director, also drives HR operational excellence while minimizing risk and financial liability to the organization and is an integral part of the HR Portfolio leadership team, partnering with leaders from other HR Centres of Excellence to deliver superior HR value to HHS.

Accountable for the delivery of a highly effective continuum of Human Resources Services, the Director is responsible to lead and develop a diverse group of high performing HR Professionals comprised of Labour Relations Specialists, HR Business Partners and Diversity & Inclusion Specialists, with accountability for:

  • Effective collective bargaining and ensuring negotiated terms of collective agreements are equitable and sustainable, operational matters involving the various bargaining units, and for adherence to employment related obligations found in legislation and under common law. The Director champions interest-based problem solving, and works with unions and leaders to create and sustain a culture of positive and collaborative labour relations.
  • Leading and positioning the HR Business Partner team as an integral resource in supporting HHS and its leaders to achieve strategic business objectives.
  • The development and implementation of an effective and efficient Human Rights Office that meets legislative standards, and promotes and embeds a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A Master’s in Business Administration, Industrial Relations or related discipline;
  • Very significant leadership experience, including progressively responsible positons of leadership within the Human Resources Management function;
  • Significant experience and demonstrated sophisticated methods in the leadership of Employee and Labour Relations, preferably within a large, multi-site, professionalized workplace;
  • Significant experience supporting Senior Management and Executive clients;
  • An extensive breadth of HR knowledge as well as exceptional business acumen and substantial experience leading a wide range of Employee Relations and Labour Relations processes;
  • Public sector experience, preferably in healthcare; and,
  • Exceptional relationship building and problem solving, along with superior communication, coaching and conflict resolution skills.


$68.93 – $88.37 hourly

Please apply via and search for Requisition# 74838

Proficiency in both Official Languages would be an asset.

Hamilton Health Sciences is an equal opportunity employer.

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