Director, Human Resources

London, Ontario
Competitive salary with full-benefits
January 12, 2021
January 26, 2021
Job Level
AVP, Director
Employment Type
Full time
Designations Required/Preferred

Who you are:

You’re an experienced Human Resources (HR) leader whose knowledge, expertise, and passion drive the strategy and daily operations of HR activities in support of Ivey’s overall vision and goals. You thrive in a dynamic and driven environment, overseeing a team that is accountable for everything from HR strategy development and execution, talent acquisition, retention and engagement, compensation and benefits, employee/labour relations, and health & safety. You work closely with the Senior Leadership team and act as a trusted consultant and strategic partner to leaders across the school. You’re adept at building genuine relationships with staff, always seeking ways to enhance and improve satisfaction and retention by recommending changes in policies, procedures and practices which directly influence the work environment and engagement of employees. You value diversity and inclusion and have demonstrated interest in advancing institutional equity goals

You are excited about the opportunity to work for Canada’s most prestigious business school, working alongside the brightest staff, students and globally-recognized faculty, as well as being a part of the broader Western University community. 

What you’ll do: 

  • Determine the direction and priorities of HR within the overall context of Ivey, determining departmental budget and allocation of funds to support the execution of strategic priorities.
  • Elicit feedback on HR programs and offerings through staff focus groups, pulse surveys, meetings etc., seeking consensus on new HR initiatives through group meetings with department leaders and the executive committee.
  • Ensure high level of service and quality in the delivery of HR products and services to the organization. 
  • Oversee Ivey’s compensation program and group benefits for professional contract staff, including direction and management of annual increases, performance appraisals, incentive programs, and assessment of the overall effectiveness, service delivery and annual review of costs of both the group benefits and group retirement savings plan.
  • Develop, coach, train, and mentor a team of human resources professionals to deliver a high level of excellence and communications best practices; provide guidance on escalated situations.
  • Oversee the development, creation, and implementation of employment branding and recruitment strategies aligned with the strategic priorities of the school, in collaboration with the Talent Development Manager. 
  • Provide counsel to leaders on talent retention and development, encouraging and supporting employee development through formal training and promotional opportunities within the organization.
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with leaders and staff to understand their business requirements in order to effectively assist them with their human resources needs.
  • Promote practices and policies contributing to an environment which supports and rewards employees and generates a high-performance culture aligned with Ivey’s values.  
  • Support leaders/staff by consulting and advising on all employee relations matters and complaints, interpreting and applying applicable provincial legislation, internal policies, best practices, and Ivey’s values. 
  • Work closely with the Director, Culture & Inclusion on supporting and executing initiatives associated with equity, diversity, and inclusion for staff.
  • Lead the selection of external vendors for human resources related requirements, such as executive search firms, consultants, benefits providers, contractors with specialized expertise and other vendors. 

What you have: 

Required Education and Experience:

  • Successful completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Organizational Development, Business; ideally combined with a Human Resources designation
  • Minimum 10 years of progressive human resources management experience as a generalist in a knowledge industry.

Skills and Abilities: 

  • Experience working in organizational environments with highly educated professional staff as well as with unionized staff; working knowledge of the application of collective agreements, grievance and arbitration procedures.
  • Thorough knowledge and application of the Employment Standards Act, Human Rights Legislation, employment law, Occupational Health and Safety Act, relevant Employment Equity law.  
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills 
  • Thorough knowledge of HR best practices, trends and developments; total compensation best practices and trends for professional staff.   
  • Specialized knowledge and a high level of judgement and decision making is required in staffing and recruitment, job evaluation, pay and benefit administration and labour relations, dispute resolution and, legal and risk mitigations strategies, and negotiation techniques.
  • Experience with selection and recruitment, performance management programs and best practices. 
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships and work collaboratively with senior administrators, leaders and staff in a high-performing environment.
  • Effective interpersonal skills along with proven ability to exercise sound judgment, tact and discretion; coach employees and leaders through difficult situations, facilitate conflict resolution, influence others in a positive manner, successfully promote sound human resources management programs and practices.
  • Effective leadership ability to oversee staff and a strong commitment to providing quality service in a high performing environment. 
  • Effective problem-solving and decision-making skills.
  • Strick adherence to confidentiality and professionalism when dealing with difficult and sensitive situations.
  • Experience in a unionized environment including interpretation of collective agreements, managing grievance and arbitration procedures and involvement with collective bargaining. 
  • Planning and project management experience, including the ability to manage multiple competing priorities.
  • A strong advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Innovative thinker and problem solver; the ability to see how all the pieces fit together and contribute to the achievement of broader institutional objectives. 
  • An open, inviting and approachable personality that allows the opportunity to build meaningful, trusting relationships.

Location: London, ON
Position Type: This is a full-time (35-hours/week) 3-year renewable contract with full benefits.
Typical Hiring Range: Based on the salary band for this role, external candidates can expect to be offered a starting salary in the range of $87,600 - $116,800. When determining salary, we consider the market, candidate experience, as well as internal equity. Once in the role, successful candidates will have the opportunity to progress through the range and beyond the hiring range of the band, through annual increases. The maximum salary for this band is approximately 25% higher than the top end of the hiring range.

Do you think you would be a good fit for the role? Are you excited about the opportunity to reach your full potential through a career at Ivey? Tell us why and submit your application today! Note: Application will close insert date.

Diversity & Accommodation:
Ivey Business School invites applications from all qualified individuals. Ivey is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace, and welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds.
Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodation for interviews or other meetings, please contact Ivey Human Resources at or by telephone at 519-661-2111 ext. 85771.

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