Human Resources Generalist

Barrie, Ontario
Salary Range $74,510.80 to $83,428.80 Annually (35 Hours/Week) + Benefits
March 12, 2019
March 28, 2019
Job Level
Employment Type
Full time
Designations Required/Preferred

Are you a dynamic, results oriented individual looking to join an organization committed to service delivery excellence? Then we would like to hear from you. As an employee at the health unit you will be treated fairly and with dignity and respect. The health unit provides a positive work environment where you are engaged, can freely exchange ideas, communicate openly, be innovative and are encouraged to practice work-life balance.

 Our non-temporary, full- and part-time employees enjoy:

  • Three weeks of vacation, pro-rated from your date of hire
  • 13 paid holidays per year
  • Up to seven days paid family-related leave in recognition of our employees’ responsibilities to both their children and parents
  • 100% employer paid benefits
  • A defined benefit pension plan through OMERS
  • A generous sick leave program
  • In order for employees to attend to individual and family needs the majority of positions at the Health Unit have flexible work hours involving flexible start and end times along with the ability to take up to a 2 hour meal break.
  • A seven-hour day, up to 35 hours per week, normally working straight days with compensating time off programs after 35 hours of work per week
  • An anytime/anywhere, flexible work environment that supports work-life balance and reduces our carbon footprint. We offer voluntary work from home opportunities, access to work email and voicemail from home, and the convenience of touching down in any one of our eight office locations that is convenient to your individual work day.
  • A supplemental employment benefit (SEB) is provided for Pregnancy, Paternal and Compassionate leaves of absence equivalent to the difference between seventy five (75%) of regular weekly earnings and the sum of the weekly Employment Insurance (EI) benefits up to one year.
  • A prepaid leave plan is available to employees wishing to spread four (4) years' salary over a five (5) year period to enable them to take a one (1) year leave of absence following the four (4) years of salary deferral.

    At the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, we are champions of health for all. Our staff works with individuals and families, agencies and communities in Simcoe Muskoka to promote and protect health, and to prevent disease and injury.

    The health unit is governed by the Board of Health and is funded municipally and provincially. Guided by our strategic plan and our core values, we work with you toward achieving an important vision – to see the people who live, work and play in Simcoe Muskoka leading healthy, fulfilling and productive lives.

    Public health activities are also guided by the Ontario Public Health Standards.

    Overview of the Position:

    Reporting to the Human Resources (HR) Manager, the HR Generalists provide HR services in three main areas each of which have their own assigned portfolios: Recruitment; Pension and Benefits; and HR Strategy Initiatives and Projects. This position will initially be for the HR Strategy Initiatives and Projects portfolio. To ensure the Health Unit has adequate HR coverage with cross-trained professional HR staff, HR Generalists rotate on either an annual or biennial basis among the three main areas of HR. This ensures as a true HR Generalist, you will be able to offer your internal customers complete HR expertise rather than a specialty in a specific area of HR. The Health Unit has approximately 400 staff, of which 1/3 are unionized with ONA.

    As an HR Generalist you will be assigned a portfolio where you will provide expertise, support and consultation in all areas of human resources management including but not limited to: Recruitment, Employee Relations, Collective Agreement administration, WSIB, Return to Work Coordination, Management training, Orientation and On Boarding, Policy Administration, HR Strategy Initiatives, Sick Leave/LTD, Employee Wellness, Reward and Recognition, Performance Management, Salary and Benefits Administration, Health and Safety, Attendance Management, Retirement Planning, OMERS pension plan, HRIS, Job Evaluation, and general human resources consultation.


  • Lead HR specific assigned area program planning, development, implementation and evaluation based on HR Strategy, staff input, interdisciplinary & stakeholder consultation as well as current HR research;
  • Provide HR expertise, support and consultation to Directors, Managers, Supervisors and staff, in the interpretation and application/implementation of Agency HR Policies & Procedures, ONA Collective Agreement and employment legislation;
  • Provides and/or recommends appropriate tools, techniques, systems, practices, policies;
  • Provide general HR support;
  • Contribute to Agency management, promotion & development;
  • Contribute to team and agency effectiveness.

    Specific knowledge, skills, abilities:

  • Advanced skills and experience in managing and administering HR-specific programs;
  • Advanced interpersonal communications skills including coaching, counseling, and the ability to collaborate and negotiate with internal and external contacts;
  • Advanced oral communications skills;
  • Advanced knowledge of current HR legislation, Employment Standards Act, Labour Relations Act, pay equity legislation, Canada Pension Plan, Employment Insurance, Agency Policy and Procedures, ONA Collective Agreement;
  • Intermediate written communication skills including attention to detail and accuracy of information to draft policies and procedures and to communicate effectively via email and correspondence;
  • Intermediate knowledge and experience to apply fair and equitable judgment in key areas of responsibilities;
  • Intermediate skills and ability to handle multiple tasks, prioritize work and meet deadlines;
  • Intermediate organizational and time management skills;
  • Intermediate understanding of business processes and change management;
  • Intermediate skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook;
  • Intermediate knowledge of HR-related software;
  • Basic Access skills.

Minimum Education Requirements:

Graduate of post-secondary education (3 years) degree or diploma from a recognized Canadian University or College AND a CHRL (Certified Human Resources Leader) professional designation from the Human Resources Professionals Association (Ontario).

Related Experience:

Minimum 5 - 7 year’s recent and relevant experience in human resources.

Preference will be given to candidates with Public Sector experience

If interested in applying for this position, forward résumé with cover letter to Human Resources at referencing posting # 19-09 in the subject line.

Due to the large volume of applications we receive, and to ensure your application is given due consideration, we kindly request all applications for this position include both an up-to-date resume, and a detailed cover letter including specific examples of how you meet the required qualifications and skills for this position.  The cover letter is to clearly identify:

  1. How your education meets the educational requirements listed.
  2. How your experience meets the experience requirements listed.
  3. How your experience meets each of the required knowledge, skills and abilities listed.
  4. How your education and/or experience meet each of the listed assets, which are considered preferences.

Applicants who fail to satisfactorily provide the information requested above in their cover letter will be deemed to not meet the minimum job requirements listed in this job posting.  Accordingly, their application will not be considered in this competition.


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