Director, Human Resources

Competition No.: 2021-195
Duration: Regular Full Time
Salary: $, plus competitive benefits
Last Updated: 7/13/21 9:38 AM


As the third largest City in British Columbia, the City of Burnaby is committed to creating and sustaining the best quality of life for our entire community.  As a City, we provide facilities and services that support a safe, connected, inclusive, healthy and dynamic community.  With this in mind, comes great responsibility – we seek likeminded individuals who are passionate about the community, work with integrity and respect, and are innovative when it comes to the work and services Burnaby provides to our citizens. If you want to make a difference, then this is the job for you!

The City of Burnaby has an exciting opportunity to lead, manage and coach a team of highly dedicated Human Resource professionals! Reporting to the City Manager, the Director of Human Resources is part of the City’s core executive team and performs a key role in supporting the on-going development and implementation of the City’s vibrant strategic plan, encompassing all critical facets of human resources, such as staffing, employee engagement, learning and development, organization design and change management, compensation and benefits, employee and labour relations, collective bargaining and health and safety.  This crucial position advises and collaborates with senior staff on human resource strategic matters to ensure the department is delivering the best possible people practices and employee engagement at the City. Additionally, the role directs the development, implementation and transformation of essential policies and practices which support corporate strategic objectives, and a harmonious application for the City’s most valuable resources, its employees!   

The ideal candidate will have a Degree or post graduate studies in Business Administration, Human Resources (e.g. Industrial Relations) or a related field, supplemented by ten (10) years of senior level HR management experience or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience in a complex unionized environment.  Chartered Professional Human Resources (CPHR) Designation preferred! The role requires proven expertise of human resource functional areas, organizational, leadership, planning and communication skills, strong negotiation as well as mediation and facilitation skills. This role requires adeptness in:

  • thinking strategically and setting a vision for the department;
  • employing exceptional conflict resolution and consensus building skills;
  • developing strong relationships, working collaboratively and establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with executive and senior managers, employees, unions, elected officials and a variety of outside individuals and agencies;
  • understanding and researching, analyzing, interpreting and providing guidance on intricate topics related to the role;
  • establishing priorities, setting goals and managing a variety of highly competing deadlines within tight time constraints;
  • fostering the development of leading management practices which focus on continuous improvement;
  • developing comprehensive solutions to business problems based on outstanding strategic and analytical problem solving;
  • anticipating trends and creating innovative and flexible plans and strategies;
  • preparing and delivering clear and concise communications to a wide range of people;
  • and of course, continually acting as a model of integrity.

Does this sound like you? If so, let us know! We ask that you please submit your application no later than Friday, August 6th, 2021

Copies of relevant professional certificates or degrees will be required at the time of the interview. We thank all candidates for applying, but only those short listed will be contacted.

Please contact Human Resources at 604-294-7303 if you do not receive a confirmation email within one hour of submitting your application online.


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