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Human Resources Business Partner

City of Markham
Markham, Ontario
$114,800 to $135,108
Closing date
Oct 12, 2022

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Human Resources / Recruitment
Contract Type

Regular Full Time  - 3 full time vacancies
Salary Range:CA$114,800.00 To $135,108.00 Annually

The City of Markham, an award-winning municipality with more than 355,000 residents, is Canada’s high-tech capital and most diverse community, enjoying a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. Committed to being a model of public service excellence, with a workforce that is representative of the population we serve, we are looking for people who share our values and are champions of innovative practices. Diversity is one of Markham’s strategic priorities, and we strive to develop and maintain an environment that is inclusive and creates a sense of belonging for all.

We are pleased to be named one of Canada's Best Employers for 2022 and the best City employer by Forbes for the second consecutive year. The City of Markham is ranked in the top two for Government Services and 15th among the 300 employers on the list, advancing from 18th place in 2021.

Join a purpose driven team, committed to results and excellent customer service, in an inclusive and high-performing culture.

Applications are now being accepted for the above position in the People Services Department within the Office of the CAO. To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume on-line by October 12, 2022.


As part of a broad HR transformation initiative, the People Services Department at the City of Markham, is introducing a HR Business Partnering function to support leaders in the successful delivery of people management practices and capabilities. An exciting opportunity is now available to join the newly forming HRBP team, and leverage your broad knowledge of human resources to help your clients achieve their strategic goals.


As the HR Business Partner at the City of Markham, you will act as an advisor, building and maintaining trusted relationships with senior leaders (Commissioners and Directors), liaising between your assigned Commission and People Services, providing robust advice and effective human resources consulting services on the people priorities for your assigned client group.


What will you do?


Reporting to the Deputy Director of HR, you will be responsible for the effective delivery of strategic consultation and guidance in key areas including talent management, workforce and succession planning and employee relations to assigned client groups. You will enthusiastically learn your client's business inside and out and will work closely with all areas of People Services to develop and deploy effective solutions, keeping current on talent trends, business challenges and people priorities.


The HRBP provides HR advice and counsel to Commissioners and Directors in the areas of talent and HR strategy to help meet their business needs by leveraging Centres of Excellence (CoE’s) for overall strategies and guidelines and HR Services for reporting and support.


In this newly created function, you will drive adoption of the new service delivery model and direct clients to the appropriate service channels, when necessary. You will facilitate and embed performance management discipline across client group(s), ensuring consistency of approach and alignment to City-wide programs.


HR Business Partners will engage all areas of People Services to provide customized people solutions in alignment with City-wide and departmental workforce goals and priorities, proactively sharing relevant business insights from client groups. You will analyze workforce data and analytics to formulate insights and recommendations, and to integrate solutions that meet business needs. In this multifaceted role you will lead initiatives that increase trust, employee engagement, leadership effectiveness and workforce productivity; as well as lead and manage organizational effectiveness, change and workforce initiatives in concert with the Organizational Development team in alignment with departmental goals.


You will coach and develop leaders to deliver effective people management capabilities and practices. Keeping current on key talent, you will identify leadership and/or professional development needs and champion HR interventions that improve business performance through people.


Working closely with the HR Specialists, you will support Directors in workforce planning to identify talent gap and pipeline requirements to enable efficient recruitment and resourcing processes.


You will participate and represent the People Services Department in strategic business plan development and on-going Commission meetings with Commissioners and Directors.


In this role, you will champion a high-performance environment and implement a people strategy that attracts, retains, develops and motivates while identifying opportunities for continuous improvement of people systems, processes and practices, shaping and driving projects to address any gaps or risks. As a trusted business partner, you will demonstrate commitment to diversity, human rights, accessibility, equity and inclusion, recognizing and leveraging individual and team differences as sources of strength, innovation, ideas and insights. You will work equitably with persons of all races, nationalities, cultures, ages, abilities, genders, creeds, and sexual orientation, enabling them to maximize their potential and contributions.


What do you bring to the role?

  • You have strong human resources experience, working in a complex, preferably unionized, environment, in a Business Partner capacity. Post-secondary education in human resources complemented by your CHRL designation is an asset.
  • To be successful in this role, you will have functional experience working across multiple human resource disciplines, including compensation/total rewards, organizational design, talent management, employee relations, talent acquisition, performance management, paired with advanced knowledge of employment legislation and labour relations practices.
  • You bring a strong consulting approach to this role, with demonstrated experience recommending and implementing strategies to enable the successful delivery of progressive and proactive human resources programs and solutions.
  • Your experience leading and managing change, process redesign and improvement will be instrumental in this pivotal role.
  • Key to your success is demonstration of strong judgement, influencing and coaching skills, paired with a proven ability to build and nurture strong business relationships. 
  • You are strategic, flexible and solutions focused, with the ability to communicate with confidence at all organizational levels, both verbally and in writing. You actively listen and seek to understand needs with genuine curiosity.
  • You have a demonstrated ability to effectively perform in a complex, high change environment while being a positive steward for the People Services team. You are results oriented and able to effectively execute in a fast-paced environment.
  • Your strong strategic capabilities allow you to assess issues and their potential impact on the City’s operations, image and reputation.
  • You have excellent project management skills to oversee execution of complex strategies and initiatives.
  • You understand the value of and how data relates to actions and results.
  • You are well-versed in technological tools that support the human resources functions and will enthusiastically work to integrate innovation and technology wherever possible.


Does this sound like you? If so, don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity. Apply Now!


The City of Markham is committed to inclusive, accessible and barrier free employment practices and to creating a workplace that reflects and supports the diversity of the community we serve. Please let us know if you require an accommodation and we will work with you to ensure a barrier free hiring process.


The City of Markham has established a mandatory vaccination requirement for staff related to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, should you be a successful candidate for a position with the City of Markham you will be required to provide proof of 2 Health Canada approved vaccination doses upon a conditional offer of employment. Should you require accommodation in accordance with the Human Rights policy with respect to your vaccine status, you will be required to disclose that at the time of conditional offer so that an accommodation can be developed prior to your start date.

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