Senior Human Resources/Health & Wellness Advisor

Toronto (City), Ontario
To be discussed in interview
November 16, 2020
November 30, 2020
Job Level
Employment Type
Full time
Designations Required/Preferred

Senior Human Resources / Health & Wellness Advisor

Location: Toronto, ON, Canada

Type: Permanent Full-Time

Group/Grade: Non-Union Non-Management

Date: November 16, 2020

Founded in 1973, the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is a leading health-care union representing 68,000 registered nurses and healthcare professionals, and more than 18,000 nursing student affiliates, working in Ontario hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, community, clinics and industry.  ONA is committed to the advancement of the social, economic and general welfare of its members, providing labour relations services that include representation of members to ensure their rights under the collective agreement are protected, and negotiating the best possible terms and conditions of employment.  ONA also advocates for the highest standards of health care for all Ontarians.  Looking to the future, ONA will continue to provide the leadership with proactive strategies to raise the awareness of the value (including economic and patient benefits) of RNs with all stakeholders.

ONA is seeking to hire a Senior Human Resources Health & Wellness Advisor on our Human Resources Team in Toronto.  Reporting to the Human Resources Director, the successful candidate will provide strategic support to the Human Resources department in areas of Disability Management, Health and Wellness, Learning Development and Performance Management for both union and non-union staff.

The successful candidate will be accountable for the following:

Safety, Health and Wellness

  • Leads the health & safety function, maintaining frameworks and process to meet all legislation, regulation and directives and proper management of Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) claims
  • Accountable for occupational and non-occupational disability management programs and supports health and wellness throughout the organization for both union and non-union employees; principle contact for third party providers, management teams and Human Resources when issues need to be escalated
  • Leads the Short-Term & Long-Term Disability Claims.  Ensures procedures are in place to provide employees with support and modified work opportunities and early return to work, as appropriate
  • Leads the Return to Work/Accommodations process
  • Works in compliance with the Ontario Human Rights Code
  • Ensures compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and of ONA’s occupational health & safety policy
  • Management member of the Joint Health & Safety Committee and contributes to the resolution of health/safety concerns in the workplace.  Will be a certified member of the JHSC.
  • Works in compliance and ensures the organization works in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)
  • Leads the grievance process for related grievances
  • Works with the Human Resources team and is accountable for benefits related processes

Learning & Leadership Development

  • Acts as a trusted advisor, coach, and consultant for management to improve their human resources leadership capability, team effectiveness, strategic insight, and organizational performance
  • Provides group facilitation support for strategic planning sessions, healthy workplace, committees, and project teams
  • Develops appropriate learning programs to address organizational and/or employee needs
  • Supports managers, subject matter experts and teams with the planning and delivery of team specific learning activities, succession planning and human resources practices
  • Provides advice on internal and external learning and organizational development issues to staff and management as requested
  • Researches and prepares proposals for externally contracted learning and development services as needed
  • Develops human resources and learning strategies for ONA initiatives/projects, succession planning and supports leadership to achieve them
  • Develops and evaluates corporate orientation

    Performance Management

  • Develops, monitors, and evaluates performance evaluation and development tools including leadership development and processes to ensure alignment to strategic goals
  • Supports managers with the implementation of individual performance improvement plans including learning development
  • Supports managers with the implementation of individual onboarding plans and probationary reviews

Special Projects

  • Conducts research regarding Human Resources issues and trends to assist with the design and implementation of policies and procedures
  • Works collaboratively with management, internal and external stakeholders on the development and implementation of key projects
  • Provides advice and guidance to leaders and oversee the consistent delivery of effective people advice, guidance, and programs
  • Recommends and implement continual enhancements to Human Resources processes to drive operational efficiency
  • Provide advice, coaching and direction to Human Resources and Business Teams to address government reporting & compliance
  • Conduct research on current and upcoming legislations related to safety, wellness, rewards and highlight any risks around potential non-compliance.

What we are looking for:

  • The successful candidate will have a post-secondary certificate or diploma in Human Resources, Business/Administration, or related field
  • Three (3) to five (5) years relevant Human Resources experience providing strategic and operational support in a team, preferably in a unionized environment
  • Demonstrated experience with health and wellness, leave-of-absence processes, WSIB claims and leading special projects
  • Previous experience as a co-chair on a health safety committee
  • Health and Safety Certification or in progress is required
  • Strong working knowledge and understanding of health & safety laws, employment laws and industry trends relating to Human Resources
  • Effective change management & project management skills
  • Demonstrated leadership providing team effectiveness
  • Experience working with Human Capital System/HRIS. Knowledge of Ultimate Software is considered an asset
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office (including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  • Detail orientated and organized with a high level of accuracy
  • Ability to work well in a team environment
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication
  • The ability to multi-task, prioritize and manage multiple deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • CHRP or CHRL considered an asset.

The successful candidate must be able to travel, possess a valid driver’s license and have access to an automobile for business use. 

All interested candidates may apply via ONA JOBS by November 30, 2020.

The Ontario Nurses’ Association is committed to employment equity within its staff.  Applications are encouraged from equity groups including individuals of Aboriginal descent, racialized individuals, individuals with disabilities, and Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered persons.  We also provide accessible employment practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (‘AODA’). If you require accommodation for a disability during any stage of the recruitment process, please notify Human Resources at

Thank you for your interest in joining us. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.