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Director, Human Resources and Organizational Development

Closing date: 18 April 2021
Competition: 102110 (Internal/External)
Status: Regular Full-time
Section: Human Resources and Organizational Development
Salary Scale: $112,300 to $132,100
Location: Ottawa

About the Canada Council for the Arts

Join our team and play a role in supporting Canadian creativity. The Canada 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 benefit package. 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 who reports to the Director/CEO, the Director, Human Resources and Organizational Development provides the corporate leadership for the development and implementation of a comprehensive suite of strategic and operational HR policies, plans, programs and initiatives to enable the Council to achieve its strategic objectives and operational goals.

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

  • direct and supervise all specialized HR functions within the Council (talent development, inclusion, labour relations, collective bargaining, compensation, pension and benefits, leave and attendance management, job evaluation and classification, employee recognition and retention, orientation, staffing, change management, performance management and professional development), as well as the numerous federal programs supported by legislation, policies or specific objectives (employment equity, official languages, disclosure of wrongdoing within the workplace, employee assistance program, informal conflict management services) that the incumbent promotes and for which they design initiatives to attain the desired goals and outcomes.
  • lead the development of the 2022-2026 Strategic HR Plan in alignment with the Canada Council’s Strategic Plan as well as a renewed diversity, inclusion and employment equity plan that supports Council’s goals and objectives in terms of inclusion, anti-racism and belonging.
  • will be the Council’s labour relations spokesperson ensuring the delivery of cost effective services to enable the Council to manage its human resources in a culture that reflects its values, principles and practices, and advances the broader concept of talent management in a business transformation context and to position the Council as an employer of choice.

While the Council’s headquarters and this position are in Ottawa, you may be required to travel up to 10 days per year and on occasion, work irregular hours. This position has three direct reports and a full team of ten to eleven (10 to 11) employees.

This position is 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 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 and in the application form.


  • 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 including strategic HR planning as well as the development of diversity, inclusion and employment equity planning
  • Five (5) years of experience in a supervisory role.


  • Knowledge and understanding of the legislative framework governing human resources and relevant trends.
  • Knowledge of human resources, payroll and finance business processes and policies.
  • Knowledge of labour relations matters.
  • Knowledge of change management theories and practices.
  • 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 lead special and /or corporate projects and initiatives
  • 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 Andrea Francis, Human Resources, prior to the closing date by email at andrea.francis@canadacouncil.ca.

For more information please contact Andrea Francis at 613-566-4414 extension 5087 or 1-800-263-5588, extension 5087 or by e-mail at andrea.francis@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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The Canada Council for the Arts is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the targeted groups (women, visible minorities, Indigenous peoples and persons with disabilities) when you apply. Please note that while Council uses other terms such as Indigenous (for Aboriginal peoples) in this posting, Council uses the terminology prescribed by legislation for the purposes of employment equity monitoring and reporting.

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

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Send the completed form to:

email: andrea.francis@canadacouncil.ca

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