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Talent Acquisition Specialist

Closing date: 1 December 2021
Competition: 140077 (Internal/External)
Status: Regular Full-time
Section: Human Resources and Organizational Development
Salary Scale: $79,344 to $93,382
Location: Ottawa

This competition is open to all candidates who meet the eligibility criteria. This competition will 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 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 direct supervision of the Manager, Human Resources Operations, the incumbent is responsible for the development of recruitment and selection strategies based on strategic and operational needs and innovative and evolving industry trends.

As the Talent Acquisition Specialist, you will:

  • be responsible for coordinating and delivering aspects of recruitment and selection activities, guiding and consulting with hiring managers about their talent needs;
  • work closely with clients and stakeholders to effectively address human resources staffing needs; recommend appropriate actions and implement solutions;
  • provide advice on the interpretation and application of the collective agreement, policies, procedures, official languages, employment equity, and Human Resources programs, as they refer to talent acquisition;
  • implement best practices in the recruitment of human resources;
  • be responsible for the development, revision, and implementation of policies and procedures in the area of expertise, reporting activities and other Human Resources initiatives;
  • effectively and efficiently collaborate with Human Resources partners to ensure managers and employees receive the care and service they require for their particular situation;
  • perform other related duties.

You may be required to travel up to ten (10) days per year and, on occasion, work irregular hours. The duties of this position require the direct supervision of (1) one employee.

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 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 or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and professional experiences related to the responsibilities of the position
  • Certified Human Resources Professional/Leader designation would be an asset


  • Five (5) years of progressively responsible Human Resources experience in areas related to this position (recruitment or other related field), preferably in a unionized environment
  • Significant experience in providing advice, guidance, and recommendations to management
  • Demonstrated experience in successfully building strong relationships with clients and stakeholders


  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of talent acquisition, preferably in a unionized environment
  • Knowledge of talent acquisition and emerging trends namely in social media recruitment, assessment procedures and concepts to ensure reliability and validity of the selection processes
  • Knowledge of the federal Employment Equity Act, Official Languages Act, Canada Labour Code, the

Canadian Human Rights Act, and other relevant legislation

  • Sound knowledge of MS Office suite, Human Resources Information Systems and research techniques

Skills & Competencies

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem- solving skills to determine and initiate appropriate actions in the resolution of sensitive, complex and competing issues
  • Ability to exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality
  • Demonstrated collaborative team-orientation
  • Ability to multi-task, deal with competing priorities and set 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 in reading comprehension and an intermediate level in writing.

Vaccination Requirements

In accordance with the Council’s vaccination status policy and procedure, all employees of the Canada Council for the Arts are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and attest to their vaccination status unless accommodated based on a medical contraindication, religion, or another prohibited ground for discrimination as defined under the Canadian Human Rights Act. This is a condition of employment and it applies to all hiring status (indeterminate/regular, temporary, and casual). Should you reach the point in the selection process where it is necessary to verify terms and conditions of employment you will then be contacted to confirm your proof of vaccination.

How to apply

Send the completed Application Form your cover letter and resume prior to the closing date by email at competition@canadacouncil.ca quoting the competition number(s) that you are applying for. If possible, please send all documents as one PDF file.

For more information, please contact us 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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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: competition@canadacouncil.ca

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