The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is a global think tank based in Waterloo, Ontario. Founded in 2001, CIGI conducts policy research on international governance issues, including the global economy, global security and politics, and international law. A dynamic and innovative organization of leading researchers, policy practitioners and other professionals, CIGI has a unique opening for a Director of Human Resources.

The Director of Human Resources is responsible for guiding and managing the organizations Human Resources services, policies and programs.   The HR Director will have influence over the following areas: recruitment and staffing; performance management; organizational development; employment and compliance to regulatory concerns; employee orientation; policy development, employee relations; social activities; compensation and employee safety. The Director of Human Resources will plan and implement short and long-term range corporate HR objectives consistent with the corporate strategic plan and/or management objectives. 

The ideal candidate is a strategic thinker and proactive communicator with excellent organizational skills who thrives under pressure. A strong self-starter and team player with energy and creativity will flourish in this position.  The Director of Human Resources will: 

  • Build strong partnerships with leaders and managers through effective consultation on organizational strategic issues
  • Lead Human Resources core processes: performance management, compensation, recruitment, training and employee relations
  • Along with other members of the senior management team, play an integral role in the development of corporate processes, strategic plans and building a positive corporate culture
  • Anticipate and identify emerging issues, trends and problems that impact CIGI
  • Develop and implement best practice recruitment and retention practices, along with salary administration and job evaluation initiatives that will attract and retain qualified and best candidates
  • Provide leadership, direction, coaching, support and guidance to leaders on all people-related issues
  • Design and interpret HR policies and procedures ensuring both legal compliance and fairness in addressing employee issues, questions and concerns
  • Develop HR reports for distribution to senior management and the Board of Directors
  • Develop the Human Resources budget and manage costs aligned with organizational strategies
  • Maintain all related Human Resources administration systems
  • Chair and coordinate the organizations Health and Safety program ensuring that the program is in compliance with applicable legislation
  • Advise managers on organizational policy matters
  • Manage risk and ensure legal compliance pertaining to all forms of termination and conduct employee exit interviews to identify reasons for employee departures.
  • Manage a small administrative team 

What You Bring:  

  • University or college degree preferably in Business Administration, Human Resources or Organizational Development
  • Completed or working towards the CHRL designation
  • A minimum 7 years of Human Resources Generalist experience in two or more functional areas
  • Strong project management skills and ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to develop relevant HR metrics, analyzing, reporting and identifying trends
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills including, listening, coaching and training
  • In depth knowledge of current best practices and trends in HR
  • Ability to develop new HR policies, programs and initiatives based on business requirements
  • Effective influencing and negotiation skills with an ability to remain objective
  • Strong verbal/written communication skills
  • Knowledge of HR related Canadian federal and provincial employment laws and regulations
  • Ability to lead and direct a small support team
  • Have the highest degree of integrity and trustworthiness
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office software

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Interested applicants are invited to send a cover letter and resume along with salary expectations to [email protected] by 27 April 2018.  We appreciate all candidates’ applications but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

CIGI is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and accessible environment. Our goal is to attract and retain highly talented employees from diverse backgrounds, including Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.  We are committed to providing accommodation to applicants throughout the recruitment and hiring process.