Director, People & Culture

Position Details

  • Permanent, full-time, 9-day fortnight schedule
  • Excluded position: Salary Range: $97,000 to $113,000/per annum based on experience.
  • Application Closing Date: Until Position is Filled/ Start Date: ASAP

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Indigenous women and women of colour are strongly encouraged to apply.
Additional languages spoken an asset.

Job Summary

The Director, People & Culture will oversee and lead all key aspects of HR , seek ways to engage all staff in improving the way we do HR, foster a positive work environment, develop a strong organizational culture, and align the HR practices with the DEWC’s philosophy and objectives. The director is responsible for cultural leadership, employee engagement and wellbeing, employee relations, diversity, equity and inclusion, training and development, talent acquisition, legal compliance, compensation and benefits, and payroll. This position requires a true strategic partner who is collaborative and capable of building consensus and commitment toward shared outcomes. Reporting directly to the Executive Director, DEWC the Director will work closely with the DEWC leadership team to ensure the success of DEWC and her strategic objectives.  You will work from a feminist perspective and within an anti-oppression framework.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership and mentoring to HR staff fostering a culture of continuous learning and development
  • Oversee the implementation of programs for organization-wide capacity building around anti-racism, anti-oppression and equity
  • Support to create learning and development programs that are person-centered, value-driven, and ensure equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Develop and implement annual engagement plans and retention strategies
  • Develop and implement recruitment and onboarding practices
  • Work with supervisors/managers to assist with designing a consistent and effective supervisory and coaching practice across the organization.
  • Manage staff development opportunities and processes for the organization and staff
  • Manage and conduct offboarding, including exit interviews; analyze data and make recommendations to the Executive Director and the Board
  • Acts as a trusted advisor for employees and management on people related issues
  • Develop, implement, communicate policies and procedures and ensure that HR practices are fair and consistent and comply with relevant legislations
  • Annually review and make recommendations to ED and the board for improvement of the organization’s policies, procedures, and practices based on best practices
  • Oversee performance management process and ensure alignment with organizational goals and provides guidance on continuous improvement
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant collective agreements, employment law and applicable regulations and lead all employment law matters such as grievances, complaints
  • Oversee and provide support in leave management
  • Develop and support administering consistent and fair compensation program
  • Monitor the budget for all HR activities in partnership with the Director, Finance
  • Oversee all the department administration, including benefit programs and relationships with benefit providers.
  • Maintain and maximize implementation of DEWC’s HRIS and advance use of technology in the HR functions
  • Other responsibilities as required

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in human resources or the equivalent years of experience in human resources or related field
  • A minimum of 7 years of HR generalist experience preferable within a not-for-profit, unionized environment
  • Professional designation (CPHR) is considered an asset
  • Working knowledge of employment laws and applicable regulations
  • Ability to provide thoughtful, progressive and strategic guidance
  • Expertise in analysis, critical decision making, project management, and process improvement
  • Excellent communications skills, including proficiency in developing and delivering presentations
  • Demonstrated ability to anticipate and solve practical problems
  • Ability to identify, influence, and collaborate with key stakeholders to achieved desired organizational outcomes
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and HRIS preferably ADP
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationships and work in a respectful, collaborative, and cooperative manner with co-workers, staff, and centre members
  • Must have a strong working knowledge and analysis of the issues impacting women in the DTES, including gender-based violence, mental health, substance use and housing
  • Candidate must work from strong feminist analysis and within an anti-oppression framework
  • Ability to work within a busy, chaotic environment and with a diverse community of women
  • A First Aid certificate is required
  • Candidate must undergo a criminal record check
  • Salary position that requires some work outside of normal business hours to undertake position responsibilities, meet deadlines, and ensure delivery of high-quality programs and services

Reports to: Executive Director