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Associate Vice- President, Human Resources – University of Regina

THE ORGANIZATION

The University of Regina (U of R) has campuses located in Regina and Saskatoon on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 territories. These are the ancestral lands of the Cree, Saulteaux, Dakota, Nakoda, and Lakota nations and the homeland of the Métis.

A comprehensive university, the U of R traces its roots back to the creation of Regina College, a small residential high school established by the Methodist church in 1911. The College grew in size and significance becoming a campus of the University of Saskatchewan and, ultimately, an independent degree granting university – the University of Regina – in 1974.

The University of Regina community has been engaged in the development of the current strategic plan. The aim of the current Strategic Plan is to inspire bold and unconventional thinking. It is essential that the goals portrayed here respect, honour, and foster the strengths of individual units and faculties such that they are able to set their own goals that engage and align with this plan and, in turn, collectively contribute to the University’s overall success.

 

Vision Statement

The University of Regina seeks to reflect the world in which we want to live – a world that values empowered

citizens, generates high-impact scholarship, and embraces Canada’s diversity

Mission Statement

The University of Regina’s vocation is to explore unanswered questions. We provide high-quality and

accessible education, influential research, creative endeavours, and meaningful scholarly experiences in pursuit

of local and global contributions to knowledge. Investigation of and reflection upon varied intellectual pursuits

is fundamental and we engage our students in these pursuits, seeking to instill in them a lifelong quest for

knowledge and understanding

Values

Mutual Respect, Integrity, and Honesty

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Being

Community and Social Responsibility

 

The University of Regina is committed to the following 5 Areas of Focus and the specific goals related to each area. Each goal encourages the University community to work together and to break down and challenge conventional divisions between faculty and staff, departments and units, student and instructors, communities and the University.

 

Discovery

Strengthen our connections among students, faculty, and staff.

Truth and Reconciliation

Strengthen connections with our past, present, and future.

Well-being and Belonging

Strengthen connections with ourselves.

Environment and Climate Action

Strengthen connections with our environment. 

Impact and Identity

Strengthen connections with communities.

 

The U of R has10 faculties; 25 academic departments and schools; 18 research centres and institutes; three federated colleges – Campion College, First Nations University of Canada, and Luther College.  Some programs are also delivered with partners including Saskatchewan Polytechnic, regional colleges, Gabriel Dumont Institute, and Yukon University.

In 2020, the University of Regina recorded its 12th consecutive year of enrolment growth, growing by one per cent to 16,664 full-time and part-time students – a record number. U of R tuition rates are on par with the national average and the University is second among comprehensive universities in the level of student financial support – scholarships, awards, and bursaries – available as a percentage of tuition.

For more information on the University of Regina please visit: https://www.uregina.ca/profile/

 

THE OPPORTUNITY

Job Title:Associate Vice-President, Human Resources
Reports to:Vice-President, Administration
Direct Reports:7, (1) Executive Assistant, (5) Directors, (1) Coordinator
Indirect Reports:Approximately 36
Location:Regina, Saskatchewan

 

THE MANDATE

The Associate Vice-President, Human Resources [AVP,(HR]) is a key senior leadership position, reporting to the Vice-President (Administration).  An integral member of the University’s executive leadership team and senior leadership team, the AVP(HR) will participate in the development and implementation of the University’s strategic plans, policies, and procedures, and support the University of Regina’s Board in exercising the governance responsibilities.  The AVP(HR) will work collaboratively with senior leadership, management, students, faculty and staff across the university and with key external constituencies to enhance the University’s ability to achieve its people-centered-objectives and sustain a culture that sees people as the University’s greatest strength.

The position oversees a human resources portfolio that includes: equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI); human resources advisory partnerships; central operational services; total compensation; health, safety & wellness; strategic workplace initiatives; learning & development; recruitment; workplace analytics; pension & benefits; labour relations and respectful university services. Working with the HR team, the AVP(HR)provides system-wide leadership and ensures that HR services are integrated and aligned with the University of Regina Strategic Plan.  The AVP(HR) provides a key advisory role, senior level knowledge and strategic insights and governance to the executive team, senior leadership in faculties and departments and the Board of Governors.

The AVP(HR) will lead by, embody, and champion the Human Resources Departments vision and mission.

 

Vision

“We are strategic partners who lead and promote excellence in human resource management, meet the evolving human resource needs of the University and positively impact teaching, research and our community.”

Mission

We are:

  • Trusted Advisors, leading the development and facilitation of quality human resource practices and principles, as well as supporting an inclusive and diverse University campus.
  • Strategic partners, enabling all levels of the University and enhancing organization capabilities.
  • An integrated, credible and accessible source of HR related information and support, creating consistency and enabling efficiency.”

 

Reporting Relationships

Maintains frequent and complex contacts and relationship with others, including Executive team, senior leadership team, Canadian university colleagues, and HR colleagues

in the public and private sectors.

Member of standing University committees:  Academic & Administrative Benefits Committee, Non Academic Benefits Committee, Occupational Health Committee, Emergency Management Committee, Human Resources Committee of the Board of Governors, and ad hoc committees, advisory and working groups

Participant of external committees:  The Conference Board of Canada: The Council of Human Resources Executives (Western Canada), Human Resources Association of Universities in Western Canada (HRAUWC), Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO) thought leaders group, various HR committees

 

Key Accountabilities

Executive Leadership

  • Develops and executes the HR strategy for the organization and partners with the senior leadership team to execute the vision
  • Serves as a thought partner to the President and senior leadership team to provide HR advisory services
  • Provides senior level strategic direction to the Board, executive leadership team and negotiation teams in the negotiation and development of collective bargaining plans; ongoing consultation and communications with the Executive and Board of Governors
  • Ensures advisory, governance, and operational programs and plans are managed and administered in accordance with the University’s strategic and fiscal objectives and that governance structures meet fiduciary criteria as required by legislative bodies
  • Prepares strategic reports and presentations for senior management and the University’s Board of Governors; and attends and presents at Executive and Board of Governors meeting as required

Human Resource Team Leadership

  • Establishes a future vision and long-term plan for the evolution of the strategic, advisory and operational services of the HR portfolio
  • Ensures quality and responsive HR services that support the University’s research and academic mission
  • Works with leaders across the institution and EDI team to advance Indigenous faculty members’ representation, retention and engagement and to support Indigenous workplace planning strategies and staff recruitment, onboarding and retention
  • Establishes and monitors portfolio priorities and objectives, allocates necessary resources, coaches and manages staff performance, and provides training and development opportunities
  • Identifies the critical issues and risks to be mitigated in order to achieve effective implementation of people programs, policies, processes and practices

Collaboration

  • Provides strategic and system-wide input and feedback (from a central advisory, governance, and service-delivery perspective) on the design and implementation of innovative HR policies, programs, and practices that will contribute to workplace experience, quality of working life and wellbeing, and effectiveness of University of Regina staff and faculty
  • Establishes and maintains strategic partnerships across the University of Regina
  • Works collaboratively with HR Leaders and senior leadership to ensuring successful implementation of HR policies, programs and practices
  • Contributes as a member of the Human Resources leadership team to the provision of effective and progressive human resource stewardship and evolving HR professional practice management

Strategic Continuous Improvement

  • Maintains a keen awareness of the immediate and long-term needs of the University as a whole, and an appreciation of the overall context of University decision making and strategic priorities
  • Works with the HR leadership team to lead the process of regular quality assessments of portfolio team members, service delivery systems, and financial and technical resources
  • Monitors and reports on strategic performance metrics for HR objectives and utilizes information to make changes and to continuously improve HR performance
  • Consults with leaders and colleagues across the University to develop review, renew and execute pm HR action plans that enhance deliver of HR programs and services

Opportunities and Challenges

  • Provide executive insight, human resource leadership and support to the academic mission of a growing and evolving post-secondary institution that is integral to the future success of Saskatchewan
  • Enable the U of R to live and embody diversity, equity and inclusion in the institution’s culture
  • Provide exemplary executive leadership and operational guidance during times of crisis
  • Strengthen relationships among faculty, staff and administration in order to facilitate meaningful and sustainable agreements
  • Nurture human resource team development that optimizes team performance and provides succession for this role as well as for the critical team leadership roles within HR
  • Demonstrate your ability to lead within a decentralized environment

 

FIRST YEAR DELIVERABLES / MEASURES OF SUCCESS

Success in the first year will be determined by the candidate’s ability to:

  • Demonstrate an ability to be an honorable individual and establish confidence and respect among key stakeholders for their leadership impact, professional opinion, advise & guidance offered
  • Become seen as the ‘go-to’ person for key initiatives, critical decisions associated with the human resource portfolio at the U of R
  • Speak confidently, in any forum with any audience, about human resource management matters
  • Engage, encourage constructive conversations, and make impactful decisions that lead to meaningful actions and enhanced relationships with Union and Faculty Association members
  • Supported by human resource expertise, work with a proactive, ‘service’ orientation leading to a greater sense of ownership of people matters among academic and administrative leadership

 

CANDIDATE PROFILE

The successful candidate will have the following:

Education

  • Advanced University degree or equivalent experience

Experience

  • Managed a large, complex, multi-constiutent, decentralized and unionized human resources portfolio with energy and purpose.
  • Gained leadership experience working in a post-secondary or public sector entity
  • Hands on experience in planning, budgeting, and a champion of best practices in human resources leadership
  • Broad experience in HR that allows creative, practical approaches to unique issues while staying within the legislative, regulatory and / or policy frameworks

Competencies and Attributes

  • Polished, collaborative and engaging professional who conveys confidence
  • Recognizes and addresses equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging priorities through their personal behavior, as well as, effective policy and practice
  • Demonstrated ability to think critically and strategically; an organizational leader who considers the dynamics associated with diverse stakeholder perspectives / interests
  • Deep understanding of how the human resources function enables the organization to fulfill its mission, while creating an engaging, productive environment and fulfilling experience
  • Radiates a positive energy, exhibits a bias for action and willing to take initiative when appropriate engagement has been completed
  • Known as a leader who builds constructive relationships

How to Apply:

Please send your resume in Word or PDF format to: msimpson@optimumtalent.com. Copy and Paste the following job title and code and place it in the subject line of your email so we can identify the job and confirm receipt of your application:
AKIN-334563 Associate Vice- President, Human Resources – University of Regina - SK - Regina (OTIAPPLY)

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