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Director, People and Culture

Windsor Essex Community Housing Corporation (CHC)
Windsor, Ontario
Competitive salary based on credentials and experience
Closing date
Jan 26, 2023

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Housing, Not-For-Profit
Job Level
AVP, Director
Employment Type
Full time
Designations Required/Preferred
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Director, People and Culture 

Department:  Human Resources   

Location:  945 McDougall Street, Windsor, ON N9A 1L9 

Start Date:  February 1, 2023 or earlier 

Pay Rate:  Competitive salary based on credentials and experience  

Reports To:  Chief Executive Officer 

Direct Report(s): Manager, Human Resources and Payroll 

About the Windsor Essex Community Housing Corporation (CHC) 

Windsor Essex CHC is home to more than 12,000 people living in nearly 4,702 low and moderate-income households. Windsor Essex CHC is an independent local housing corporation incorporated under the Ontario Business Corporations Act as a local housing corporation (LHC) through the Ontario Housing Services Act. 

The activities of CHC are governed by the corporate articles of incorporation, a shareholder's agreement and operating framework, all of which establish the mandate of CHC. The City of Windsor, as Service Manager, as sole shareholder, has indirect ownership over CHC assets. CHC manages the housing portfolio on behalf of the City and County. 

Windsor Essex CHC own and manage rental units in over 730 buildings across Windsor and the County of Essex. Our portfolio contains nearly 3.7 million square feet of residential space and is a $675M asset. CHC tenants come from many different backgrounds with a diversity in age, education, language, mental and physical disability, religion, ethnicity and race. 

The City of Windsor administers and funds 6941 units of social housing in Windsor Essex County. The legislated Service Level Standard for Rent-Geared-to-Income (RGI) housing in Windsor Essex is approximately 5,726 RGI units. Rental costs in social housing units are subsidized by government funding, providing an affordable option for people with low to moderate incomes.  Windsor Essex CHC is responsible for nearly 70% of these units, making CHC the City's largest RGI provider in Windsor and Essex county.   


Windsor Essex CHC will be recognized as a resourceful housing corporation seeking innovative opportunities to improve our service delivery. We will be a leader in creating partnerships, engaging staff and residents to solve problems and generate ideas to support our missions and values. 


CHC provides well-maintained, affordable and safe community housing in a respectful, fair manner. We are leaders in the housing sector and contribute to the development and support of strong, inclusive communities in the City of Windsor and County of Essex. 

For more information, visit:  

About this Amazing Opportunity 

Reporting to the CEO, this role is a member of the Senior Leadership Team responsible for creating and overseeing the HR strategy that strengthens the ability to attract, engage, develop and retain talent while driving a high-performance culture. The role leads and directs all HR functions including recruitment, employee onboarding and offboarding, employee retention, employee engagement, leadership and employee development, performance and talent management, learning and development, compensation and payroll, employee and labour relations, compliance, as well as policy creation.  

Your Responsibilities 

Create and oversee the HR strategy that strengthens the entire people function of the Corporation in pursuit of employee retention, engagement, and growth. 

Develop trusting partnerships within the organization to deliver HR best practices and sustainable programs while providing value-added services. 

Act as a strategic business partner to develop both short and long-term workforce plans and programs.  

Continuously look at HR programs and offerings to ensure they are meeting the strategic needs of the organizations, aligning to the strategy, and complying with legislation, the Collective Agreement, and applicable standards.  

Collaborate with the Senior Leadership team to continue to transform the organization, its strategy and change leadership initiatives. 

Advise, guide, counsel and support the Senior Leadership team on strategic employee and labour relations issues. 

Oversee the design, implementation and conduct an evaluation of HR programs and results. 

Implement top talent strategy thorough talent assessment and succession planning activities that includes talent development and career enhancement and advancement.  

Lead the internal / external recruitment and selection process including cost-effective recruitment strategies and compensation-related strategies.  

Perform collective bargaining and be an integral part of the bargaining team. 

Respond to complex disability management situations. 

Conduct internal workplace investigations. 

Aware of all legislated employment and regulation changes and ensure compliance with all relevant employment legislation, policies and procedures. 

Set HR performance metrics, provide critical reporting and KPIs. 

Develop and manage within the expense budget. 

Lead and actively be involved with the coaching, mentoring, career development, training and overall leadership of the team. 

Oversee the payroll function and ensure its ongoing adherence to standards. 

Represent WECHC at external HR roundtables, workshops and conferences and implement learned best practices. 

Other duties as assigned. 

What you Bring to the Role 

Minimum of fifteen (15) years’ experience in a senior / leadership role. 

Minimum of ten (10) years of experience in a unionized setting.  

Non-profit sector experience in the social and community housing sector will be an asset. 

Degree in Human Resources, Business or Commerce or related discipline. 

CHRL certification. 

Mediation and/or conflict resolution certificate will be good to have, but not mandatory. 

Experience creating and managing a department budget.  

Strong leadership skills, nurturing an inclusive working environment. 

Exceptional creativity and ability to create sustainable HR programs. 

Exercise significant discretion and sensitivity; use consultative relationship building skills and ability to work with diverse client groups. 

Strong client service orientation. 

Proven success as a strategic thinker who can lead, create, and implement programs with excellent execution.  

Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to deliver messages to various levels in the organization.  

Exceptional experience in collective bargaining, labour arbitration and employee relations. 

Strong analytical and organization skills. 

Proven track record of delivering results on both strategic objectives with a sense of urgency in a collaborative environment.  

Ability to maintain confidentiality, discretion and remain objective. 

Strong sense of ethical integrity and ensure adherence to employment, pension, and human rights legislation and common law practices. 

Possess excellent time management skills with the ability to effectively manage multiple and competing priorities. 

Comprehensive knowledge of all provincial-related employment legislation. 

Pension governance knowledge and experience working with Benefit Plans. 

Applying to the Role 

In order to be considered, please email your resume and cover letter to  

All applications must include the following information in the subject line: WECHC – Director, People and Culture 

Application Deadline is Thursday, January 26, 2023 

We thank all applicants for their interest in the role, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. If contacted for an interview, please inform us if you require accommodation. 

In the spirit of the Human Rights Code, we ask that resumes do not include personal data including, but not limited to age, health, marital and family status. 

As an employer committed to the principles of employment equity, we encourage applications from all persons including Black, Indigenous and people of colour, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities. We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier free experience to applicants with accessibility needs in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code (2015) and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). 

For candidates with disabilities requiring an accommodation, you may contact 

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