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College of the Rockies
Cranbrook, BC, Canada (on-site)
15 days ago
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College of the Rockies
Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada (on-site)
15 days ago


Located in the spectacular Kootenay Rockies of southeastern British Columbia, the College of the Rockies (“COTR”) combines an exceptional learning experience with an unparalleled lifestyle. Celebrating over 40 years of post-secondary excellence and innovation, as well as a thriving student-centric community, COTR is at the forefront of educational practices and technologies and is committed to delivering a dynamic and enriching experience in support of student learning and success.

With two campuses in Cranbrook and regional campuses in Creston, Fernie, Golden, Invermere and Kimberley, COTR has a vision to create and deliver the most personal student experience in Canada. COTR offers a wide range of programs across a broad spectrum of disciplines including arts and sciences, business management, tourism, trades, engineering, health and human services, child and youth studies, and more, with credentials ranging from one-year certificates all the way through to four-year Bachelor degrees. Non-competitive entry, a wide variety of online courses and programs, reasonable tuition and affordable living costs are part of what makes COTR “Rocky Mountain Inspired, Small College Proud”.

Twice-voted number one in Canada for overall student experience in the largest annual survey of international students in the world (International Student Barometer), the staff and faculty at COTR are passionate in their commitment to take a personal interest in discovering what motivates and excites each student.

Mission: To transform lives and enrich communities through the power of education.

Vision: To create and deliver the most personal student experience in Canada.

• Student success drives our success
• Appreciate people, land, and culture
• Listen and accelerate understanding
• Be curious and creative

To learn more, please visit COTR’s website.

This ED, Human Resources (“ED”) reports to the President and is a member of the senior team responsible for providing direction, vision, and transformational leadership in the development and implementation of a comprehensive HR program. This includes the provision of effective HR policies and practices in the areas of recruitment and retention, LR, succession planning, payroll, employee development and engagement, and institutional culture.

The ED provides guidance and leadership around the development and implementation of key HR strategies in alignment with the College’s strategic vision and academic priorities, supported by a talented HR Team. As ED, you will actively engage all members of the college community and champion a culture of open and collaborative dialogue to consistently promote a positive and supportive organizational culture across College of the Rockies multiple community campuses. This is a rare opportunity to lead the HR function across a dynamic, rapidly evolving institution, modernizing all facets of HR in a data-driven manner and collaboratively driving change across College of the Rockies operations.

Position Duties
• Participates in institution-wide planning, budget and policy development,
• Provides leadership and advice on organizational design, development and succession planning,
• Develops, implements and monitors long and short-range plans, operating and capital budgets, policies, procedures and business plans for the Division that enhance or achieve required business or operational objectives that are aligned to the strategic and integrated plans of the College,
• Manages the Divisional and other College wide HR budgets, expenditures and allocation,
• Oversees the development, maintenance and administration of all College HR policies, procedures, collective agreements and other terms and conditions of employment,
• Oversees the design, development, and monitoring of HR and LR practices throughout the College,
• Provides leadership and advice on the interpretation and administration of HR policies, procedures, collective agreements and other terms and conditions of employment, government legislation, regulations and directives related to human resource management and collective bargaining,
• Oversees the development and implementation, and/or contracts with service providers, for the provision of programs such as orientation, performance evaluation and management, team building, coaching and other leadership and employee development programs, retirement counseling and other offerings,
• Is a lead member of College and/or sectoral negotiating committees by providing advice on bargaining strategy and objectives and on the preparation of technical and comparative information in support of collective bargaining,
• Provides oversight and successful completion of HR information and systems changes/upgrades, projects and collective bargaining; ensures reporting and liaison with the Post-Secondary Employers’ Association and the Public Sector Employers’ Council, as required,
• Represents College interests in labour-management meetings and in disputes, including compensation appeals, grievance-arbitration or other disputes; facilitates the resolution of disputes, where possible. Consults with legal counsel as required,
• Fosters effective communication and the development of effective employee/relations with all of the College’s employees and with its two bargaining units and Administrators’ Association,
• Ensures the development and implementation of employee engagement surveys; works with Employee Engagement Committee members to make recommendations to College policies and practices flowing from the results of the Engagement Surveys,
• Oversees the development and implementation of employee recognition programs/events; coordinates regular reviews of recognition activities to ensure ongoing relevance and continuous improvement,
• Ensures adherence to government and College legal and regulatory requirements, policies and procedures related to HR, collective agreements and other terms and conditions of employment,
• Maintains knowledge of current developments in the various areas represented by the Department. Identifies human resource/payroll practices and resource trends that will affect the College in order to provide advice and guidance to the President or to work within the post-secondary human resource community to develop alternatives, minimize or enhance the impact or to develop common approaches,
• Undertakes regular reviews of divisional services and implements appropriate follow-up actions,
• Develops and maintains effective working relationships as a member of President’s Council will all di-visions, portfolios and regions; works closely with President’s Council on human resource planning and provides human resource support throughout the organization,
• Makes presentations and acts as a resource to the College’s Board of Governors,
• Maintains effective working relations with the Provincial Government, the Post-Secondary Employers’ Association, colleagues at other institutions, other government, public and private sector organizations, consultants, legal counsel and contractors,
• Develops the capability of the Human Resource/Payroll Department through appropriate hiring, supervision, engagement, training, job performance and development of staff,
• Leads, guides and motivates staff in maintaining performance standards and customer satisfaction levels,
• Facilitates effective team interactions; serves as a role model; acknowledges individual and team contributions; takes an active interest indirect reports and builds positive relationships within and among the team,
• Ensures that staff are familiar with the relevant health and safety regulations and receive proper instruction on safe work practices and accident prevention, and
• Participates on College of the Rockies committees and various ad hoc committees, teams and taskforces.

The ED is a key role at COTR, driving the revitalization of the HR strategy and related people processes for the College. The ideal candidate should be a visionary leader, relationship builder, and change manager, able to articulate a bold direction and possessing the collaborative skills and wherewithal to make it happen. They will be known for their exceptional leadership, integrity, team building, and motivational skills, as well as their ability to ensure effective HR programs are in place. The ED should know how to integrate best practices from all facets of HR, including LR, organizational development, compensation, training and development, recruitment and retention, performance management, HR systems and reporting, payroll, and records and benefits.

Competencies and Personal Characteristics
Leadership - Achieves desired organizational results by encouraging and supporting the contribution of others; a proactive and positive team player who acts with a sense of urgency and leads by example; sets and communicates clear goals.
Accountable – Holds self and others accountable for behaviour inline with College values; focuses on results and measuring outcomes in a business focus.
Strategic – Develops/implements a plan in support of organizational strategic direction. Demonstrates an understanding of the link between job responsibilities and overall organizational goals and needs, and performs one’s job with the broader goals in mind.
Integrity and Honesty – Demonstrates a resolute commitment to and respect for the rules and core values of the organization, setting an example of professionalism and ethical propriety.
Creativity and Innovation – Develops new insights into situations; questions conventional approaches; encourages new ideas and innovations; designs and implements new, cutting edge programs/processes.
Effective Working Relationships – Treats colleagues, staff, and students with respect; resolves conflicts respectfully, in a timely manner; negotiates effectively; provides effective feedback to colleagues/employees.
Influential and Collaborative – Has an honest, open, consistent approach to working with others; possesses strong relationship/interpersonal skills, with the ability to build relationships and develop/maintain partner-ships.
Communication – Clearly presents written and verbal information and writes with clarity and purpose; communicates effectively in both positive as well as negative circumstances; listens well.
People Development – Fosters long-term learning and development of others through coaching, managing performance and mentoring; has a genuine desire to develop others and help them succeed; formally recognizes deserving staff and colleagues.
Student-Focused – Anticipates, responds, and attends to the needs of students and colleagues, and other internal and external stakeholders of the organization; keeps the student interests in the forefront.

A competitive compensation package will be provided including an attractive base salary and excellent benefits. Further details will be discussed in a personal interview.


Required Qualifications

Education & Experience:
• Masters degree with specialization in Human Resources and Labour Relations,
• 10+ years HR experience with five years in a leadership role; strong LR experience
• A combination of relevant education, skills, and experience will be considered.

Skills & Abilities:
• Ability to work independently, collaboratively within a team and multitask in a fast-paced environment,
• Excellent customer service, time management, communication, interpersonal skills, attention to detail, relationship management, critical evaluation and proven decision making and problem solving skills,
• Ability to handle sensitive and confidential issues/information in a professional manner,
• Ability to develop trust and cooperation; builds strong relationships with internal / external stakeholders,
• Provide sound direction and advice on a variety of complex HR issues,
• Excellent computer skills (MS Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) and HRIS systems,
• Sound judgment & demonstrated problem solving, consultative, persuasive & conflict resolution skills.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 67804911
  • Workplace Type: On-Site
  • Location:
    Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada
  • Company Name For Job: College of the Rockies
  • Position Title: Executive Director, Human Resources
  • Company Industry: Education / Teaching / Administration
  • Job Function: Executive Director
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: Master's Degree
  • Min Experience: Over 10 Years

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