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City of Abbotsford
Director, Human Resources

At the City of Abbotsford our people are our greatest asset. We offer a wide range of diverse, stimulating and rewarding career opportunities that support and recognize high levels of performance. In Abbotsford, we work strongly to create a challenging yet rewarding environment to our employees to thrive. We invite you to become part of a place that has strong corporate and organizational values, rewarding career paths, challenging opportunities, and an engaging and dynamic team to work with. 

The City of Abbotsford is pleased to share that it has a rewarding opportunity for a seasoned HR/LR leader to join our team as the Director of Human Resources. Reporting to the General Manager, Innovation, Strategy and Intergovernmental Relations, the Director provides strategic leadership, direction and management to the City’s human resources function in support of its vision, mission, values and strategic plan.

The City’s HR team is a collection of engaged and driven professionals, who are passionate about the services they provide. The team is comprised of 14 people, who provide HR/LR advisory services, occupational health and safety expertise, disability management, employee wellness, employee engagement, succession and workforce planning, diversity and inclusion, people data and analytics, change management and continuous improvement support and services to the City. The position has five direct reports: Manager, Human Resources, Occupational Health and Safety Manager, Senior Human Resources Specialist, Business Solutions Manager and Change Management and Continuous Improvement Consultant.

This is a great opportunity for an experienced human resource leader with a proven track record of expertise across all facets of human resources, including complex labour relations. In addition to delivering strategic counsel and guidance across the organization’s people practices, this role is also responsible for actively participating in union relations, contract administration, policy development, recruitment, succession planning, exempt compensation and HR reporting while advancing employee wellness and engagement.

As a true Human Resources professional, you bring proven success in facilitating and supporting culture transformation through your ability to connect and build credibility at all levels of the organization. You are a seasoned leader who is confident in your knowledge of all aspects of HR practices and can provide expertise and support in all areas.  You are a confident negotiator and mediator, are adept at conflict resolution; you influence others through your exemplary written, verbal and presentation skills. A strong leader who works collaboratively with peers; you are a caring coach and mentor to your team.

You will have a degree in human resources, labour relations, business administration, law, or public administration complemented by a minimum of 10 years’ experience in progressive HR generalist roles within a unionized environment, a focus on labour relations is an asset. You will also have at least 5 years’ experience in a leadership role. A CPHR designation and municipal experience is also an asset.

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