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Senior Human Resources Advisor

Closing date: 9 February 2023
Competition: 102101 (Internal/External)
Status: Regular Full-time
Section: Human Resources
Salary Scale: $79,344 to $93,382
Location: Hybrid (telework with onsite expectations in Ottawa)

This competition is open to all candidates who meet the eligibility criteria. This competition may have a hiring priority for Indigenous people, Black people, and racialized people. Candidates from these groups who wish to qualify for preferential consideration must self-identify. This initiative is in support of the Council’s employment equity goals.

About the Canada Council for the Arts

Join our team and play a role in supporting Canadian artistic creativity and cultural life. The Council for the Arts (the “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 a considerable benefits package. For more information about the Council, please visit our website at www.canadacouncil.ca.

About the role

Under the direct supervision of the Manager, Human Resources, the incumbent is responsible for coordinating and delivering front-line consultative and advisory services to support management and employees, on all matters pertaining to the interpretation and application of policies and procedures including employment legislation, collective agreements, and terms and conditions of employment.

As the Senior Human Resources Advisor, you will:

  • provide guidance and advice to immediate supervisors and employees related to, but not limited to, employee relations, labour relations, job evaluation and classification, employment equity, official languages, staffing, accommodation and conflict of interest;
  • be responsible for the development, revision and implementation of human resources policies and procedures and for various activities and initiatives;
  • and perform other related duties.

This position is located in Ottawa. The Council provides eligible employees with financial assistance to help offset specific moving expenses associated with relocation to the National Capital Region (NCR).

Requirements of the position

*Important: Please submit your resume and cover letter clearly demonstrating how you meet the following qualifications for Education and Experience. Please note that selection for further consideration will be based solely on the information provided in your resume, cover letter and in the application form.


  • An undergraduate degree in Human Resources or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and professional experience related to the responsibilities of the position
  • A Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation with the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario or the Ordre des conseillers/conseillères en ressources humaines du Québec will be considered an asset.


  • Five (5) years of experience in Human Resources including at least two (2) years in the area of labour/employee relations
  • Experience in at least one other area of Human Resources such as: job evaluation and classification, staffing, official languages or employment equity will be considered an asset


  • Solid knowledge of the principles and practices of human resources management
  • Solid knowledge of labour relations procedures
  • Knowledge of the federal Employment Equity Act, Official Language Act, Canada Labour Code, the Canadian Human Rights Act, and other relevant legislation
  • Knowledge of the operation and effective implementation of Collective Agreements
  • Knowledge of formal and informal dispute resolution methodology, procedures and techniques i.e. mediation

Skills & Competencies

  • Exemplary interpersonal and communication skills
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills in the resolution of sensitive and complex and issues
  • Ability to exercise discretion and confidentiality
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment
  • Ability to multi-task, deal with competing priorities and tight deadlines

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

In addition to filling out the application formplease submit your resume and cover letter in a single PDF to competition@canadacouncil.ca. Please address them to the attention of Chantal Riendeau, Talent Acquisition Specialist. Please ensure you submit both components of your application before the deadline indicated on the job posting.


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.

For people who are Deaf, hard of hearing, or TTY users, please use your preferred MRS (Message Relay Service) or IP service to contact us.

Employment equity

The Canada Council for the Arts is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the individuals and communities we serve. We invite applications from individuals with any combination of backgrounds, origins, identities and forms of self-expression. The Council is committed to enhancing representation of the following groups within its workforce: Indigenous people, Black people, racialized people, Deaf people, people with disabilities, women, and members of 2SLGBTQI+ and gender diverse communities.


We encourage you to include information on how you identify in the Voluntary Self-Identification section of the application form. This information is used during the recruitment process to enhance representation of historically underserved and marginalized communities, as per the Employment Equity Act and the Council’s ongoing commitment to equity. This information is also used for reporting at an aggregate level.