Director, Human Resources

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Position Details: 
Full-time, Permanent (Out-of Scope)
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Administration Services

We are looking for an executive team member to lead change in the area of Human Resources. Saskatoon Public Library has embarked on ambitious five year plan for rejuvenation and growth. We are embracing an ever changing and evolving environment that is committed to helping the community and changing lives. The Director, Human Resources will be called on to provide leadership to support and develop staff in responding and adapting to organizational and environmental change.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Director of Libraries & CEO, the Director, Human Resources, guided by Saskatoon Public Library’s Vision, Mission, Values, Goals, and Objectives, provides, analyzes and executes human resource expertise.  The Director, Human Resources serves as chief human resources advisor to the Director of Libraries & CEO, Executive Team, and Management.  The Director, Human Resources leads the following primary functions:  Employee and Labour Relations, Performance Management, Recruitment and Retention, Disability Management, Diversity and Cultural Awareness, Classification, Change Management, Wellness, and Human Resource policy, planning, research, and analysis. 


Key Accountabilities

Leadership and Organizational Planning:

  • As a member of the executive team, participate in the development of strategic plans.
  • Lead in the identification, development, and implementation of strategic human resource strategies for Saskatoon Public Library (SPL) that will support the goals and objectives and meet the long-term human resource needs of SPL and its staff.
  • Actively participate in the executive team.   Work collaboratively with other members to provide solutions to achieve strategic goals and objectives.
  • Attend SPL Board Meetings to respond to inquiries and to provide reports and recommendations in areas of expertise as required.
  • Participate in the development of SPL’s operating and capital budgets.
  • Advise and assist the CEO and Director of Libraries, Directors, in resolving human resource issues, interpreting the Collective Agreement, SPL policies and procedures, and employment law.
  • Provide expertise on organizational development and transformative workplace culture.
  • Develop policy and planning recommendations for human resources and oversee there implementation as required by the CEO and Director of Libraries.
  • Serve as SPL’s Human Resource expert and sit on committees, attend meetings, and represent SPL to external organizations such as legal counsel, Human Rights, Worker’s Compensation, Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety, and CUPE Local 2669.
  • Foster and maintain positive working relationships with the CEO and Director of Libraries, executive team, SPL staff, City of Saskatoon staff and managers (Human Resources, City Solicitors, etc.) and the Union. 
  • Develop and maintain mutually beneficial external relationships to share best practices.
  • Keep current in the human resources field through continuing education, attendance at conferences and workshops, participation in professional associations and networks.
  • Continually monitor areas of responsibility for opportunities for improvement and innovation and work proactively to implement these.  Identify new trends and make recommendations to the CEO and Director of Libraries and the senior leadership team.
  • Lead by example and exhibit a high level of personal, professional, and organizational integrity.

Human Resources Team:

  • Lead staff in their area of responsibility in achieving strategic planning targets.
  • Lead the human resource work unit in monitoring, analyzing, and reviewing operational processes and systems to ensure they are executed with excellence and seek out innovative and efficient ways of improving the quality of services to customers and maximize efficiency.
  • Maintain an awareness of emerging trends in human resource management.
  • Develop and administer the annual budget for human resources. 
  • Accountable for the fiscal soundness and cost effectiveness of human resource operations.
  • Ensure effective leadership of human resource work unit including staff selection; strategies and objectives; work priorities; training and development and performance management and planning.  Provide consistent communication and feedback, coaching, mentoring and motivation for all human resources staff.
  • Work with direct reports and the executive team to develop a learning culture within SPL and one that embraces change and innovation.
  • Create a team environment which fosters and develops effective working relationships and high performance.  Proactively address any morale, collaboration, and productivity issues.
  • Act as a change agent to positively encourage others and manage change.
  • Develop and oversee various human resource programs such as performance management.

Employee and Labour Relations:

  • Interpret and administer the Collective Agreement.  Act as a resource during legal proceedings such as grievances, appeals, and arbitrations; participate in collective bargaining; provide advice, support, and training regarding the interpretation of the Collective Agreement and labour legislation interpretation and application.
  • Ensure compliance with human resource related legislative, regulatory, and judicial mandates, regulations, and professional standards related to the human resource area.
  • Oversee or conduct investigations regarding employee concerns, complaints, and other issues.
  • Coordinate and participate with the CEO and Director of Libraries in regular Labour/Management meetings with the Union to address issues.
  • Ensure that human resource concerns are resolved and communicate information to employees as required.
  • Develop and maintain human resource systems and records to meet statutory requirements; provide internal controls to safeguard employee files and records and ensure they are current, accurate, and complete.
  • Guide the CEO and Director of Libraries on contentious or complex employee and labour relations issues including terminations.

Recruitment and Retention:

  • Oversee the delivery of employee orientation, career development, education, and training.  Coordinate training plans and initiatives and ensure timely and consistent delivery of staff development.
  • Ensure job descriptions for all positions are current and accurately reflect assigned duties and that all new and changed job descriptions are reviewed and rated through the joint job evaluation plan.
  • Coordinate the recruitment of executive personnel.
  • Develop, coordinate, and analyze the results of staff engagement surveys and propose responsive actions to improve the workplace environment and increase staff engagement.

Health, Wellness, and Disability Management:

  • Ensure appropriate application and management of SPL’s Respectful Workplace and Violence in the Workplace programs.
  • Provide ongoing consultation and support to the senior leadership team in the establishment and implementation of a disability management program.  Collaborate with all departments and branches to ensure that this is accepted and incorporated in their workplace.
  • Oversee the accommodation and return to work requirements and maintain confidentiality.
  • Ensure staff at all levels are aware of the Employee and Family Assistance Program and that it is managed appropriately within the parameters of the program.
  • Remain current in the field of prohibited areas and discrimination, including the area of mental wellness.
  • Ability to function effectively in a technology rich environment.

Education and Experience:

  • University degree in Business, Human Resources or suitable equivalent.
  • Eight to ten years’ progressive management and leadership experience in a public sector, unionized environment.


  • Professional Human Resource Designation through IPMA, CPHR or other acceptable professional human resources related designation.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Proven knowledge of various legislation and regulations such as the Saskatchewan Employment Act, Saskatchewan Human Rights Code, the Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and The Worker’s Compensation Act.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience with proven managerial skills and excellent people skills including management, negotiation, and coaching.
  • Superior planning, analytical, and problem-solving skills.
  • Must demonstrate a high degree of professionalism, diplomacy, sound judgment, and maintain confidentiality.
  • Demonstrate a substantial degree of ethics and integrity.
  • Ability to make sound decisions and provide advice, direction, and assistance to the CEO and Director of Libraries, executive team, staff, and other stakeholders.
  • Ability to manage staff collaboratively, utilizing effective team building skills, coaching, mentoring, communication, and management techniques including superior conflict management and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to discuss human resources issues in a language suitable to the audience.
  • Ability to research, analyze, and integrate subject matter and generate recommendations.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with a variety of groups or individuals.
  • Ability to interpret and to keep abreast of changes in the human resources field.
  •  Ability to understand Board and administrative direction and incorporate into operational policies and procedures.
  • Ability to formulate policy recommendations and to develop, analyze, and improve procedures.


  • A current, acceptable Criminal Record Check is required.
  • A current, acceptable Vulnerable Sector Search is required.
Hours of Work: 
36.25 hours per week.
Pay Grade 10: $ 108,203.76 - $127,140.00 per annum. (2016 rates)
All applications must be received online by January 30, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. **Interviews will be scheduled for February 23 and 24th, 2017. **

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