Executive Officer / Superintendent Human Resources

Burlington, Ontario
September 3, 2020
November 2, 2020
Job Code 2906333
Marsha Sulewski
Job Level
Employment Type
Full time
Designations Required/Preferred


The Halton District School Board (HDSB) is one of the fastest growing school districts in Canada. Together, our 8,000+  staff serve more than 65,000 students in more than 100 schools in the communities of Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville.   We are seeking an Executive Officer / Superintendent of Human Resources (EO) to lead all aspects of the HDSB’s Human Resources department in our complex, multi-union, public sector environment. Reporting to the Director of Education, the EO is crucial to attaining the Board’s goals as set out in the multi-year plan, through expert leadership in human resources management, payroll, pensions, staffing, recruiting, labour relations, employment law, succession planning, disability and attendance management, and health and safety.  


The E.O. fosters a collaborative and an inclusive workplace that inspires and supports learning; creates safe, healthy, equitable, inclusive and engaging environments, and prepares students for success.  The incumbent has 4 direct reports and is responsible for the leadership of a team of ~55 staff. 


Responsibilities include:


Strategic and Operational Planning


  • Provides strategic human resources direction and advice to the Director of Education, the Senior Leadership Team and the Board of Trustees.


  • Holds accountability for well-designed and relevant human resources programs and processes including: Employee Relations, Labour Relations, Contract Negotiations, Staffing, Recruiting, Health and Safety, Disability and Attendance  Management, Performance Management, Succession Planning,  and Payroll Administration;


  • Introduces and supports human resources best practices;


  • In consultation with the Human Rights and Equity Adviser, fosters an environment where human rights are valued and supported throughout the organization


Human Resources Leadership


  • Establishes Human Resources departmental goals, activities, objectives and policies; hires HR Managers and supervises HR staff;


  • Designs, develops, recommends, and implements strategies to support, improve and strengthen the Human Resources Department and services;


Team Leadership


  • Maintains knowledge of employment legislation, collective agreements, policies and procedures and counsels senior administration, ensuring compliance;


  • Serves as the Chief Negotiator for negotiations with bargaining units and for handling grievances, arbitration and contract management;


  • Develops and manages Human Resources’ annual department budget;


  • Oversees employment practices, employee relations, human resources information systems management, regulation compliance, and provides relevant institution-wide opportunities for training and professional development;


  • Promotes career development opportunities to assist with retention and organizational design;


  • Models and encourages collaborative problem-solving to complex situations.




  • Proven leadership, management, interpersonal and communication skills;


  • Senior human resources management experience in a complex, multi-union, public sector environment;


  • Extensive knowledge of human rights principles, particularly as it applies to recruitment, the duty to accommodate and workplace investigations


  • CHRP, CHRL or CHRE certification or equivalent, is required;


  • A bachelor’s degree in human resources, industrial relations, business administration or equivalent or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required.


  • Related post-graduate education is an asset;


  • Business Supervisory Officer’s Certificate is an asset;



We thank all applicants for their interest in opportunities with the Halton District School Board. Contact will only be made with those who are shortlisted for an interview.



Applications, along with your resume and other supporting documents must be submitted through:



Apply to Education - www.applytoeducation.com by Friday September 11, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.



Job Category: Management & Professionals - Job Code # 2906333.



All applicants are asked to apply to job code: 2906333








We believe that every person has a right to equitable treatment and freedom from discrimination.  



The Halton District School Board recognizes the intents contained in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Ontario Human Rights Code. 



Upon request, we will make reasonable interview and employment accommodations during the selection process, based on any of the human rights protected grounds. 



Student Safety:



Ensuring the safety of our students is essential. For this reason, external applicants hired to the HDSB must provide an original copy of an acceptable criminal background check with vulnerable sector screening. 






The HDSB is committed to providing a respectful and healthy work environment.