Chief Human Resources Officer

Human Resources
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 17:30
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Job description: 

Reporting to the Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer, and working with the executive leadership team, the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) provides the strategic direction and leadership for the University’s Human Resource strategies and the enabling services of the Human Resources department. Responsible for building relationships in all executive portfolios, the CHRO meets regularly with representatives of strategic business units and support units, and has direct accountability for employee recruitment, learning, and professional support and development.

Providing senior-level expertise, leadership, direction, and inspiration to the Human Resources team, the CHRO ensures the effective and efficient integration of planning and operations across RRU. S/he oversees the full breadth of human resources functions and services offered at Royal Roads University, offering guidance on all HR matters that shape the experience and engagement of its many diverse communities.

Occupying a position central to the organization, the CHRO will ensure all employees are engaged and innovative as they focus their efforts on RRU’s highest priorities as directed by the executive team. Furthermore, the CHRO will ensure performance outcomes and achievements are strategically aligned with the University’s goals and assessed against measures set out by the executive team.

In addition to fostering and developing effective relationships with both internal and external community constituencies, the CHRO participates in the formulation of policies, programs, and strategic planning initiatives of key human resource functions in alignment with the mission, vision, and goals of the University.

  • A Master’s degree with 5-7 years of broad-based experience in progressively senior human resources leadership roles, ideally gained in complex environments that include a mix of unionized and non-unionized employee groups; an equivalent mix of education and experience will be considered;
  • Formal human resources designation (CPHR) is considered an asset;
  • Exemplary experience in analytical reasoning and capacity to develop recommendations that will inform and enable executive decision-making;
  • Strong business acumen and demonstrated exceptional judgment, discretion, and professional courtesy;
  • Experience as a leader in business transformation and change management initiatives;
  • Political and interpersonal savvy, with the capacity to develop and nurture a broad range of relationships with both internal and external stakeholders;
  • Ability to adapt, negotiate, and prioritize;
  • Outstanding communication and presentation skills (both written and verbal);
  • Exceptional organizational skills to manage complex, diverse responsibilities and competing priorities in a dynamic work environment;
  • Experience in labour relations, with knowledge of labour laws;
  • Highly developed emotional intelligence and empathy for all human relationship situations;
  • Technologically savvy, with an aptitude for application of computer skills;
  • Recent experience negotiating a collective agreement in a public-sector environment;
  • As an ambassador for Royal Roads University, demonstrated commitment to excellence and professionalism.
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A competitive compensation package will be provided including an attractive base salary and excellent benefits. Further details will be discussed further in a personal interview. Additional information can be found at

Contact Information

Robin Noftall or Greg Longster
Davies Park Executive Search
#880 – 609 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V7Y 1G5
Phone: (604) 688-8422