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Director, Human Resources and Organizational Development

Closing date: 3 January, 2018
Competition: 2110 (Internal/External)
Status: Regular Full-time
Salary Scale: $106,900 to $125,700
Location: Ottawa

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About the Canada Council for the Arts

Join our team and play a role in supporting Canadian creativity. The Canada Council (Council) is a dynamic, highly-respected federal Crown corporation with a mandate to foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and production of works in, the arts for the benefit of all Canadians.  We offer competitive salaries and benefits package. 

The Council is in the midst of the most profound transformation since it was created over 60 years ago. This transformation is reflected in the Council’s Strategic Plan (2016-2020). The Strategic Plan is being pursued in the context of a progressive doubling of the Council’s budget during the same timeframe combined with a 14% increase in its workforce. While the Council’s original mandate and fundamental principles remain unchanged, the current transformation will profoundly change how it delivers its mandate and help it become a more relevant organization, more in sync with the digital age. In parallel, the Council’s Human Resources Program is transforming from a discipline-based, transactional program to one that is strategic, flexible, technology-focused and performance-based.

The Council is launching a search for Director, Human Resources and Organizational Development. The human resources function has played a key role in the launch of the Council’s New Funding Model. The Director will build on this success and provide human resources and change management executive leadership to successfully implement the Council’s Strategic Plan and associated Four-Year Strategic Human Resources Plan.

For more information about the Canada Council for the Arts, please visit our website at www.canadacouncil.ca.

About the role

Under the supervision of the Chief of Staff and Corporate Secretary to the Director/CEO, the Director, Human Resources and Organizational Development provides strategic leadership for planning, developing, managing and delivering human resources strategies, policies and programs in support of the Council’s operations and priorities.

As the Director, Human Resources and Organizational Development, you will:

  • Provide effective stewardship of the Council’s human resources program to ensure that human resources management is integrated into the Council’s strategic and operational objectives and management approaches, processes and practices
  • Provide authoritative strategic advice to the Director/CEO and Executive Management Committee on a broad range of workplace issues
  • Lead the Council’s collective bargaining team and maintain strong linkages and partnerships with bargaining agents
  • Provide leadership by enabling the establishment and reinforcement of a corporate culture that promotes a positive, productive work environment including strong internal communications
  • Direct the development and implementation of a talent management program
  • Represent the Council’s interests in a variety of fora
  • Contribute to overall Council management through an active participation within the Executive Management group

While the Council’s headquarters and this position are located in Ottawa, you may be required to travel up to 10 days per year and on occasion, work irregular hours. This position oversees the management of 8-10 employees.

Basic requirements of the position


  • An undergraduate degree in human resources, industrial relations or related to the responsibilities of the position.
  • Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation or in progress would be an asset.


  • Ten (10) years of experience directly related to the responsibilities of this position.
  • Five (5) years of experience in a supervisory role.


  • Knowledge and understanding of the legislative framework governing human resources and relevant trends.
  • Knowledge of change management theories.
  • Understanding of issues relevant to federal crown corporations.
  • Extensive knowledge in organizational development and project management.

Skills & Competencies

  • Leadership competencies characterized by a collaborative and flexible approach, and recognized for integrity.
  • Excellent ability to communicate verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to plan, analyze, negotiate and resolve problems.
  • Ability to motivate and engage the work team to achieve the vision and objectives of the Council.
  • Ability to work with different stakeholders with diverging views and competing priorities.
  • Ability to implement programs and policies.
  • Demonstrated ability to make informed decisions based on objectivity.
  • Ability to build and reach consensus with various stakeholders.

Bilingual Requirements

  • This position requires the use of both official languages. The requirements in the second official language are: an advanced level in oral and reading comprehension and an intermediate level in writing.

How to apply

Send the complete Application Form quoting the competition number listed above and a copy of your resume to the attention of Mylène Mougeot prior to the closing date by email at competition@canadacouncil.ca.

For more information please contact Camille Therriault-Power at 613-859-5981 or by e-mail at competition@canadacouncil.ca.

We thank all applicants for their interest; only those selected for an interview and/or a written exam will be contacted.


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We value diversity in our workforce and encourage candidates to self-identify as members of the following designated groups:  women, visible minorities, Indigenous peoples and persons with disabilities.

We are committed to providing a workplace that is inclusive and accessible to all.  Should you require accommodation  during the staffing process, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our Human Resources team.

Application Form

PDF Application Form [PDF, 149 KB] 

Send the completed form to:

email: competition@canadacouncil.ca

Human Resources, The Canada Council for the Arts,
150 Elgin Street, P.O. Box 1047,
Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 5V8.