OCAD University acknowledges the ancestral and traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishinaabe and the Huron-Wendat, who are the original owners and custodians of the land on which we live, work and create.
Close to the heart of Turtle Island—in the vibrant and diverse City of Toronto—is OCAD University, Canada’s ‘university of the imagination’. Holding a commitment to supporting diverse, inclusive, and equitable spaces, OCAD University is honoured to help build a world where people can audaciously and responsibly pursue the questions of our time, through the powerful experiential interplay of art, design, social sciences, humanities, technology, and science. At a time where human-centred leadership is paramount and where people are actively seeking work environments that encourage people to bring their whole selves, OCAD University is accepting applications and nominations for the role of Executive Director, People & Culture. This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic leader to grow their career within a vibrant institution reputed for its commitment to equity and inclusion.
Reporting to the Vice-President, Finance & Administration, and working in partnership with the President & Vice-Chancellor, the Vice-President, Academic & Provost, OCAD U’s Deans and other senior administrators, and academic units and departments across campus, the Executive Director is a member of the senior management group and is responsible for ensuring the University’s Human Resources strategy and practices align with the institution’s values and strategic direction. The incumbent is accountable for the development, implementation and evaluation of HR policies, programs and practices across the institution; provides the University’s executive team with advice and counsel on employee-related issues; and, fosters positive and constructive working relationships with all employee groups and Union/Faculty Association representatives. In addition to leading a range of HR services, including employee/labour relations, compensation & benefits, recruitment & selection, HRIS & payroll, and organizational development, the Office of People & Culture brings a deep and abiding commitment to tackling systemic issues affecting historically marginalized employees and communities; helps to build an environment that reflects OCAD U’s student population and the broader community; and, promotes a culture of respect, equity, and fairness.
The person most likely to realize success in the role brings: several years’ experience in a senior Human Resources position, preferably in higher education or the broader public sector; experience working in a unionized environment; and, experience advancing work culture and enhancing employee engagement. The incumbent will be a strategic and forward-thinking leader, someone able to balance big-picture thinking while leading the more tactical elements of the position including budgetary management, optimizing technology and systems as they relate to HR and legislation compliance. Proven success in developing and maintaining positive working relationships is sought, as is someone who works collaboratively and in consultation with colleagues. The Executive Director, People & Culture must possess: excellent verbal and written communication skills; superior familiarity with human rights legislation; and, experience designing and/or engaging in recruitment processes that lead to further attracting and retaining a vibrant, intersectional, and top performing work environment. Applicants should have a Masters degree in Labour Relations/Human Resources Management as well as a CHRL (Certified Human Resources Leader) designation, or the equivalent combination of education, professional certification, and professional work experience.