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Executive Director, Human Resources | Edmonton Police Service

The Opportunity

Reports to:


Deputy Chief


Direct Reports:


4: Director of HR Support, Labour Relations and Compensation; Director, HR Legal Services; Director, Employee and Organizational Wellness; Director i/c Employee Services
Indirect Reports:


80 Full-Time Employees
Location:Edmonton, AB




Reporting to the Deputy Chief, Corporate Services Bureau, the Human Resource Division Executive Director (ED) is responsible for providing strategic direction and effective implementation of goals and objectives; as well as leading, developing and retaining their direct reports. The ED will help lead the HR strategy and initiatives whilst overseeing the day-to-day HR operations. The ED will work collaboratively with other members of the EPS’s executive leadership group as well as external stakeholders (ex. Unions/associations and City of Edmonton HR). This position will oversee a variety of HR functions, such as labour relations, employee services, wellness, and compensation.

Reporting directly to the Executive Director are four (4) Directors with a total of approximately 80 FTE’s.

The ED is responsible for providing direct supervisory support and leadership to the Branch leaders within this division. Those include:

  1. Director of HR Support, Labour Relations and Compensation: Provides advice, training and support to the Sections/Branches related to the interpretation and application of collective agreements, performance and attendance management, conflict management and other issues. The Labour Relations group is accountable for collective bargaining, grievance management and civilian employee conduct investigations. This area works closely with the unions/associations to build strong, healthy work relationships between the EPS and its bargaining units. Also within the Branch is the Payroll and Benefits Section.
  2. Director i/c Employee Services: This Section is mainly focused on HR functions related to the sworn members of the EPS including performance management, employee transfers and reviewing the duty status of sworn members. This area works closely with the police association when addressing concerns with the sworn membership. Also within the Branch is the Civilian Recruitment section which is responsible for all postings, hiring and internal transfer of the EPS’s civilian employees.
  3. Director, HR Legal Services: This individual provides day-to-day legal advice on a variety of employment matters including discipline, terminations, application of applicable legislation, collective agreements, human rights, the duty to accommodate, workplace investigations, harassment, employment agreements, payroll and benefits matters and WCB matter. They collaborate with the various HR teams (ex. labour relations, disability management, etc.) to gather and analyse information to develop strategies for addressing complex and difficult employment matters.
  4. Director, Employee and Organizational Wellness: Provides wellness supports to all EPS employees including Employee and Family Assistance (EFAS), Reintegration, Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S), Disability Management, Physical Fitness and Chaplain Services.


Key Accountabilities

The position will include the following responsibilities:

Strategic Management

  • Providing executive and organizational strategic planning and management for the Division that directly align with the EPS’ core values and mission. This includes establishing divisional objectives, monitoring standards of performance and priorities.
  • Participate in the development of strategies for the EPS as a whole.
  • Lead and oversee the development and advancement of human resources frameworks, strategies, philosophies, and process that support the EPS.

Executive Leadership Committee

  • Provide timely, accurate and relevant advice and recommendations to the organization on new strategies, policy changes, actions, and information to support EPS goals and priorities.

Alignment and Relationship Management

  • Represent the EPS with business partners and leaders across the public sector and law enforcement communities identify opportunities for improvement and ways to work collaboratively to research and implement continuous changes within the Division.
  • Foster integration between the EPS HRD and the City of Edmonton Human Resources Branch.
  • Create, leverage, and maintain relationships within the EPS to advance strategies and initiatives.

Divisional Management

  • Leading and developing a team of approximately 80 divisional sworn and civilian employees through engagement, collaboration, and positive achievements in order to meet organizational objectives. Align resources as required.
  • Manage the performance of direct reports by setting expectations, supporting development, and providing regular feedback.
  • Oversee special employee relations matters that may have sensitive political and/or reputational aspects.
  • Providing final approval of policies and procedures for all result areas.
  • Provide guidance and high-level support and direction throughout the collective bargaining processes.

Financial Stewardship

  • Ensure the prudent and effective use of financial resources in the planning of work within the Division
  • Development and oversight the Branch and Divisional budgets
  • Monitor and manage any budgetary risks and develop mitigation strategies

Decision Making

  • Decisions regarding the prioritization of internal programs, resources, and initiatives based upon data and analysis of value for investment across a number of criteria. This will include making recommendations regarding initiatives to start and stop doing in the interests of having the greatest impact.
  • Pursuit of strategic partnerships and relationships aimed at furthering advancements in the way the EPS provides HR services for both sworn and civilian members.
  • Decisions around change management implements and how to create organizational buy-in for success of new programs/changes.
  • Working in conjunction with the Supt. i/c Training, Dev & Recruiting to deal with complex and divergent human resources issues and how they impact the EPS.

Problem Solving

  • Ensuring that HR programs are implemented for members, while at the same time ensuring that it is being done so equitability and inclusively.
  • Providing comprehensive and required information to the Edmonton Police Commission in responds to annual policing reports, trends being seen in policing.
  • Resource and budget allocations to respond to changes that are required from current policing trends, budgets, organizational need or else where.
  • Conduct ongoing needs analysis to determine if current HR programs are successful. Analysis reports may impact changes or elimination of programs.
  • Ensuring that the right change management plans and actions are in place to ensure optimal effect and success.

First Year Deliverables / Measures of Success

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

  • Develop a wellness strategy for the EPS to reduce the growing number of employees on who are off work and on position management, which is an internal budget used to fund the employee who is off work. This strategy will include proactive and reactive measures as required.
  • Use of technology and innovation to modernize works flows and data management within HRD and to provide EPS executives with real-time access to general HRD data to assist in decision making.
  • Improve customer service for internal stakeholders.


Candidate Profile

The successful candidate will have the following:


  • A Bachelor’s Degree in human resources, business, management, or related area. Master’s degree would be an asset.
  • A minimum of 10 years’ progressively complex experience in human resources, and minimum of 5 years’ experience in a senior management role leading large teams in an organization of significant size, diversity, complexity, and public profile.


Technical/Professional Accreditation:

  • Leadership & Management Certification from a recognized program.
  • Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation would be an asset.



  • Previous experience managing within policing or the public sector preferred.
  • Previous experience in a unionized environment preferred.
  • A labour relations background is an asset.


Competencies and Attributes:

  • Proven experience in assessing, developing, articulating and implementing strategic HR plans, policy development, project and program management.
  • Leadership skills, including demonstrated ability and comfort with decision making responsibilities.
  • Ability to manage diverse human, financial and physical resources in a changing and multifaceted environment with diverse, complex and sensitive issues.
  • Ability to identify risks as well as to anticipate and respond to emerging problems, issues and opportunities that is aligned with the strategic and operational priorities of the organization.
  • Possesses a demonstrated ability to manage change and create innovative solutions for complex and diverse issues using strategic thinking, taking into account long-term goals assessing options and implications.
  • Possesses exceptional communication skills and interpersonal skills, with the ability to translate complex HR matters into practical solutions and liaise with diverse audiences, collaborating effectively with all levels of the organization.
  • Has the ability to build solid relationships with public agencies, committees and other partners, fostering a climate of cooperation.
  • Is comfortable with coaching and teaching, and the ability to inspire and build confidence in others.


Equal Opportunity

The Edmonton Police Service is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion and recognizes that a diverse team benefits and enriches their work and is essential to operational excellence. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals and encourage women, members of racialized communities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity to confidentially self-identify at time of application. In accordance with provincial legislation, accommodation will be provided by Gallagher and the Edmonton Police Service throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.


Security Clearance

As part of your pre-hire screening you will be required to complete an Enhanced Security Clearance. Should you accept employment with the Edmonton Police Service you acknowledge and agree to participate in future Enhanced Security Re-Clearances at scheduled intervals or in any other circumstances, exigent or otherwise, as required by Human Resources Division.

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:
AOPI-432081 Executive Director, Human Resources | Edmonton Police Service - AB - Edmonton and Area (OTIAPPLY)

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