Managing Director, Human Resources

Consistently ranked amongst the top 20 public universities and the best 40 public and private universities in the world, The University of British Columbia (UBC) is a global centre for research and teaching. UBC’s spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo since 1915. With two main campuses (Vancouver and Okanagan) located on the traditional territories of the Musqueam Coast Salish and Okanagan peoples, UBC’s entrepreneurial perspective encourages students, staff and faculty to challenge convention, lead discovery and explore new ways of learning. Bold thinking is given a place to define ideas that change the world at UBC.

An incredible opportunity exists for a senior transformational Human Resources professional to help evolve the organizational design, structure and services of the Central Human Resources Portfolio at UBC. The Managing Director leads a professional HR team, focused on advisory services, employee and labour relations (including collective bargaining), HR professional standards and an internal recruitment agency function. UBC is engaged in a multi-year journey to transform its academic and administrative support processes and system environments for the entire UBC community including the implementation of a new Human Capital Management system through Workday. A time of renewal, reporting directly to the Vice-President of Human Resources, the Managing Director will be tasked with collaboratively and confidently leading the transformation towards excellence in HR partnerships, services and standards through phases of transformation of processes and transition towards a new service delivery model and leverage the investment in Workday.

The ideal candidate possesses superior leadership acumen and a truly strategic focus when implementing HR best practices. Focused on optimizing HR’s role as a true partner throughout the organization, the Managing Director is a champion of recognizing efficiencies and evolving service delivery models. The Managing Director is seen as a polished, collaborative and engaging professional who conveys confidence that HR is attentive and service-focused. The Managing Director will be critical thinker who brings a customer service orientation with proven ability in transforming the effectiveness and efficiencies of shared service delivery within an organization. With at least 10 -15 years of progressively senior leadership of central advisory services and governance of employee and labour relations in a large, complex unionized environment, the Managing Director will bring a solid track record of organizational transformation and vibrant creativity. Experience in a university environment would be an asset.