Director of Human Resources and Operations

Organization NameJob CategoriesPosition TypeRegion and Location(s)Career LevelSalaryAd Online SinceApplication Deadline
Canadian Association of University Teachers
  • Human Resources
  • Accounting / Finance
Full Time
  • Ontario - Ottawa Area - Ottawa
Executive (Dept. head, director)N/A2019-07-022019-07-26

About the role:

Reporting to the Executive Director, this senior managerial position provides strategic oversight to three functional areas:  Human Resources, Finance and Administration. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Develops and oversees the implementation of the Association’s HR Strategy.
  • Plans and directs the development, implementation and evolution of frameworks for HR services and programs, including policies, procedures, processes, tools, templates and systems, while ensuring compliance with applicable employment and labour relations legislation and regulations.
  • Provides specialist and expert advice to the Executive Director and members of the leadership team on HR strategic and operational plans, recruitment, compensation and other decisions, challenges, and proposed new programs, services and methods of operating.
  • Builds and maintains effective working relationships with CAUT’s staff. Provides leadership, specialist advice, direction and guidance on all facets of HR, and acts as a focal point of contact to discuss and resolve staff relations matters and other sensitive issues.
  • Acts as the lead on internal labour relations matters with the staff union.
  • Promotes a continuous learning culture by identifying and recommending career planning and training development opportunities.
  • Promotes a culture of change and leads/directs a variety of projects, requiring expertise in HR theories, principles and processes.
  • Attends Executive Committee and annual Board meetings, as required, and provides information and updates on HR activities and programs.
  • Forecasts and monitors budgets, develops reports, business cases, communiqués, and correspondence.
  • Oversees the team responsible for the financial and accounting operations of the Association.
  • Hires and manages the work of consultants and contractors.

Essential Requirements

Education & Experience

Post-Secondary degree in Human Resources Management, Labour Relations, Organizational Development or Business Administration and five (5) or more years of recent work experience as a Senior HR Leader in a unionized environment.

  • Experience developing budgets, monitoring and reporting on financial performance.
  • Proven experience in developing and coaching a team.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.


  • Knowledge of relevant employment law and labour relations considerations for associations and academic institutions.
  • In-depth knowledge of Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint

Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to function in both official languages
  • Exceptional leadership skills and demonstrated ability to mentor new and existing leaders in creating a positive work climate.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide direction on all facets of HR management, including strategic planning to help maintain and strengthen organizational culture.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated writing and presentation skills to a variety of audiences.
  • Strong business acumen and analytical mindset with the ability to lead, implement and facilitate change.
  • Strong influencing and coaching skills.

Behavioural Indicators:

  • Conciliatory approach and enthusiastic desire to contribute to the overall success of CAUT and its members.
  • Passionate about finding creative solutions to enhance the effectiveness of the leadership team.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and listening skills with a demonstrated ability to develop strong working relationships that encourage cooperation.
  • Detail-oriented with excellent organizational and time management skills, and the ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks and competing deadlines.
  • Self-starter who thrives in an environment where they can be equally successful working independently as well as collaboratively in a team environment.


Although not required, the following would be welcome additional qualifications:

  • Previous association or nonprofit experience.
  • CHRP or CHRL designation
  • Certification in any of the following: Coaching, Change Management, Organizational Development, or Conflict Resolution

Hours of work:  Normal office are from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday, though some flexibility is available. Work that falls outside normal hours during the week and on the weekend is expected.  There may be a requirement to travel within Canada to attend meetings. 


CAUT is committed to the principles of employment equity and seeks to diversity its workforce.  Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGTBQ2S, racialized people, and women are actively encouraged to apply. 


We thank all applicants for their interest in this opportunity. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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