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Director, Talent Acquisition – Ryerson University


At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson is on a transformative path to becoming Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university . Integral to this path is the placement of equity, diversity and inclusion as fundamental to its institutional culture. Ryerson’s current academic plan outlines each as core values and as key initiatives that the University works to embed in everything that it does.

Ryerson is ranked 4th in Ontario and 10th in Canada by student enrolment. The university is composed of 44,400 undergraduate students, 2,950 graduate students, and 12,000 continuing-education students. It is home to Canada’s largest undergraduate business school, the Ted Rogers School of Management, and Canada’s third largest undergraduate engineering school, the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science, as well as the Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Communication & Design, Faculty of Community Services, and the Faculty of Science.

As an employer, Ryerson works toward a people first culture and it is proud to have been selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and one of the Greater Toronto’s Top Employers for 2015 to 2018.

Ryerson University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion thus expanding the organization’s capacity for diversity in the broadest sense.

To learn more, visit, or @RyersonU, @RyersonHR, and @RyersonECI on Twitter or on Ryerson’s LinkedIn company page.



Job Title: Director, Talent Acquisition

Reports to: Executive Director, Talent Acquisition and Strategic HR Initiatives

Two Direct Reports: Talent Acquisition Manager, Manager, Faculty Recruitment and Immigration Support Services

Functional Oversight: Indigenous HR Lead and Talent Acquisition Team

Location: Toronto, ON



In line with Ryerson’s growth as a university, Human Resources is on a path to modernize and enhance its services through the development of a robust talent acquisition strategy that will support leaders across the university in recruiting and retaining high performing talent. To support this strategy, Human Resources is currently seeking a Director of Talent Acquisition.

Ryerson’s Human Resources department is made up of human resources experts and innovators who contribute to the achievement of Ryerson University’s strategic priorities, partnering with clients to create and deliver outstanding practical and strategic human resource solutions, programs and services that enhance workplace culture, engagement and inclusion.

The Talent Acquisition team is passionate about matching people with the right opportunity. The team fills more than 400 staff positions annually and provides support to more than 100 faculty recruitments. The team works collaboratively with leaders and hiring committees cross the university’s dynamic and complex multi-union environment to ensure their resourcing requirements are met and that successful candidates will thrive.

Key Accountabilities

The Director of Talent Acquisition will develop and execute a talent acquisition strategy that is grounded in equity, diversity and inclusion that encompasses job posting optimization, branding and sourcing, and talent planning based on identified trends and best practice.

While providing inspirational leadership to the Talent Acquisition team, the Director will also:

  • Define the recruitment and sourcing strategy to support the growing needs of the university
  • Develop and implement effective recruitment programs and processes
  • Drive innovation and technology enablement
  • Partner with the Director, Talent Management to ensure an integrated talent strategy is developed that is supportive of the employee experience
  • Create and maintain strong relationships with internal and external partners
  • Act as a subject matter expert in internal and external recruiting, and
  • Consistently look for opportunities to improve outcomes and delivery of talent acquisition services across the university.




The ideal candidate will be a passionate leader who embraces change.  The Director will have experience implementing strategies to enhance equity, diversity and inclusion to address anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism in hiring and the workplace. 

The successful candidate will have the following:

  • Completion of a post-secondary degree in Business with a Human Resources specialization or a related field.
  • Experience in Talent Acquisition including the development of strategies, processes and policies that are grounded in the values of equity, diversity and inclusion. In addition to experience in a company’s employer brand, full cycle recruitment and developing metrics that help to inform and support workforce planning,
  • Experience in a Talent Acquisition leadership role in higher education or public sector organization.

Skills and Knowledge

  • Strong foundational knowledge, expertise and a deep understanding of anti-Black racism, anti-racism and equity, diversity and inclusion frameworks and how to incorporate into all aspects of talent acquisition
  • Transformational leader that can build a strong, diverse and inclusive talent acquisition strategy for the university
  • Deep expertise in recruiting in a unionized work environment and an HR designation are strong assets
  • Experience in effectively communicating with and empowering employees at all levels to explain programs/policies and resolve problems; excel at thinking strategically and acting tactically to share and implement a vision
  • Track record of partnering with customers to identify problems and develop solutions pertaining to policies, processes and procedures, with a passion for continuous improvement
  • Creative, innovative, and self-motivated, while exercising good judgment and sensitivity in decision-making
  • Expertise in using data and insights to drive decisions and continuously improve our recruitment process
  • Collaborative with HR Partners and Centers of Expertise to implement integrated results
  • Experience with Application Tracking Systems and system implementation



Ryerson encourages applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. 

Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Application deadline is Thursday, January 28, 2021.

How to Apply:

Please send your resume in Word or PDF format to: 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:
ALNA-832634 Director, Talent Acquisition – Ryerson University - ON (OTIAPPLY)

Please note that only those candidates meeting the selection criteria, established by our client, will be contacted further. Although we may not contact you directly for this particular role, all applications will be reviewed as we would like to consider you for future opportunities that may be appropriate. We encourage you to continue to visit our website at as our opportunities are updated on a regular basis.