Manager in Human Resources (Excluded)
University of Alberta, Faculty of Extension

The University of Alberta, a Top 5 Canadian university and one of the Top 100 in the world, invites applications for the position of Human Resources Manager in the Office of the Dean, within the Faculty of Extension. 

The Faculty of Extension, located in downtown Edmonton at Enterprise Square, is an important link between the community and the University and is dedicated to life-wide learning activities that encourage and promote leadership, discovery, reflection, communication, and service.  We aspire to nurture a responsive, compassionate, fair and inclusive academic community; one that embraces diverse viewpoints and backgrounds, supports academic freedom and open inquiry, and seizes opportunity with passion and creativity. 

The Faculty of Extension encourages a culture of entrepreneurship – a blend of community-university research, continuing education programming, and English Language programming to prepare international students for the university environment.  The Faculty of Extension annually delivers over 200 courses to 4500 students, more than 15% of whom hail from outside Canada. Our students benefit from the expertise of more than 200 contractual instructors, whose real-world experience dovetails with the research performed by our 15 professoriate members. This research, principally in the areas of communication, social sciences, linguistics, community development, and non-traditional learning, has established Extension as a world leader in the Scholarship of Engagement.

The Human Resources Manager (HR Manager) is a dual report role, reporting to the Faculty of Extension's Assistant Dean, Operations and Finance, and to the Senior Human Resources Business Partner within the Human Resource Services (HRS) of the University of Alberta.  The HR Manager provides support and oversight on a number of diverse initiatives and priorities across the Faculty while ensuring compliance with University policies, procedures, and applicable Collective Agreements. 

The HR Manager is a key member of the Faculty of Extension’s leadership team.  The role provides strategic human resource leadership across the entire Faculty portfolio.  The HR Manager works closely with management involved in strategic planning, decision-making, problem-solving, and providing responsible and complex professional advice, coaching, and mentoring in the following areas:

  • Strategic human resources management
  • Succession planning, workforce planning, and organizational development and effectiveness
  • Recruitment, selection, and retention
  • Learning and development
  • Performance management
  • Employee and labour relations issues management
  • Human resources leadership and administration

 Specific responsibilities include:

  • Participating as an active member of the Faculty of Extension’s senior leadership team within the Dean’s Office, linking human resources expertise to the business planning and development processes across the Faculty
  • Providing advice, oversight, and support to all leaders across the Faculty on sound HR practice around areas including, but not limited to, HR administration and payroll, compensation processes, performance management, change & transition management, coaching/counseling, formal complaints, discipline, position disruption/layoffs, and team building for effective workplace relationships
  • Providing advice on collective agreement interpretation relating to both academic and support staff agreements
  • Developing effective working relationships with the staff associations to promote a collaborative and problem-solving approach to issues management
  • Participating and maintaining collaborative working relationships with HRS to communicate the Faculty of Extension’s needs in the development of institution-wide human resource policies, procedures, staff and collective agreements, programs, strategies and services; Leading or facilitating the implementation of University-wide human resource strategies, initiatives, and programs within the portfolio
  • Working with staff responsible for performing administrative human resource functions in the Dean's Office, Research, and other faculty program areas
  • Supervision and mentorship Faculty Human Resources Advisor

The successful candidate will possess a post-secondary degree, preferably in business administration with a specialization in human resources or a related discipline, and significant progressively responsible experience in human resources. Other equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.

Additional qualifications include:

  • A minimum of 7-10 years of relevant experience in a large, complex, unionized organization.  A CPHR designation would be an asset.
  • Leadership experience with demonstrated ability to accomplish objectives through innovative management techniques, promoting teamwork and continuous improvement
  • Sound judgment and direct human resources experience and knowledge in methods and techniques for conflict resolution, negotiation and mediation; workforce planning/staffing strategies; employee development and performance management
  • Project planning and resource management experience; specific experience managing operational and cultural change/transition in a large complex environment will receive special consideration
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication, and presentation skills; the ability to communicate effectively with multiple audiences through various means is essential
  • Strong general business acumen with the ability to effectively communicate with all functional operations areas and have a keen understanding of how the various units work and effect the larger organization
  • Ability to foster a cooperative working environment and establish and maintain effective working relationships with faculty leadership, business partners, fellow employees and professionals in related fields
  • Understanding of the principles of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; Experience in managing diversity and demonstrated sensitivity for cultural differences
  • High-level skills in problem-solving and critical thinking and ability to analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, identify and communicate consequences of proposed actions, recommend best options and implement approved solutions in support of goals
  • Ability to work effectively within the University’s organizational structure, and in compliance with administrative and financial policies
  • Budgeting, financial analysis, reporting skills and advanced general business acumen would be an asset

In accordance with the Handbook of Employment for Management and Professional Staff (Excluded), this full-time continuing position offers a comprehensive benefits package found at Faculty & Staff Benefits and annual salary range which will be commensurate with qualifications.

Please note this competition will remain open until a successful applicant is selected. Along with a Resumé, interested candidates should submit a cover letter stating qualifications and outlining how they make meaningful contributions as a Human Resources Professional. Resumés will begin being reviewed June 24, 2019; we thank all applicants however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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