Strategic Advisor, Talent Acquisition (Project Lead)

June 17 2021
Industries Healthcare, social assistance
Categories HR, Training, Project Management, Business Analysis, Recruitment, Staffing
Ottawa, ON

Location: Ottawa, ON

Business Unit: Corporate Services | People and Culture

Reports to: Director, People Services

Type: Temporary / Full Time (approx. 1 year)

Overall job purpose:

The Strategic Advisor, Talent Acquisition (Project Lead) will lead the development of a comprehensive, culture-fit talent acquisition process. The project will include a focus on equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI), application of leading practices for attracting and selecting talent (including moving to a nation-wide search philosophy), a streamlined process ensuring formalized practices that are transparent with clear roles and responsibilities, a review of employer branding (careers page, candidate value proposition, marketing approaches), and a tool review.

We know we’ve been successful when we are…

  • Attracting diverse top talent from across Canada in alignment with the strategic objectives and culture of the Canadian Medical Association Group of Companies (CMA)
  • Fostering inclusive practices that ensure equity across all components of our talent acquisition process, both internally and externally to the organization
  • Leveraging leading-practice sourcing and selection methods
  • Applying consistency and defensibility to our processes, with clear accountabilities, expectations, and responsibilities throughout
  • Have a recognizable employer brand that speaks to our culture and values, and that catches the attention of talent across the country
  • Optimizing our applicant tracking system (ATS) so that we can provide high-integrity data, reliable administration, and efficiency in our process.

Key responsibilities:

Under the direction of the Director, People Services, the Strategic Advisor, Talent Acquisition (Project Lead) is responsible for understanding the needs and goals of the CMA with respect to its talent acquisition practice and goals, and conducting the necessary work to research, recommend, and implement the appropriate strategies to reach our project goals. Specifically, this includes:

  • Conducting research on leading practices with regards to EDI in recruitment and selection, attraction and selection methods, national search and implications of this, LEAN acquisition processes, employer branding, and applicant tracking systems
  • Reviewing current practice at the CMA with an end-goal of understanding where we are on the maturity spectrum in comparison to external, leading-practice trends
  • Designing and soliciting internal stakeholder engagement to obtain feedback on the current and future states of this practice
  • Engaging with key subject-matter experts within the CMA to understand culture, leadership, employee experience, and other factors that may inform the best recommendations for the CMA
  • Reviewing the CMA EDI strategy and ensuring best-fit strategies are imbedded into the Talent Acquisition process
  • Consolidating inputs and making recommendations on how to evolve our practice and process
  • Conducting process-mapping (including RACI), and completing process documentation to support change management and implementation of new approaches
  • In collaboration with the People and Culture team, develop and implement approved recommendations to our process
  • Articulating Applicant Tracking System (ATS) requirements, review of current ATS, and making recommendations for the future of our tool
  • In collaboration with People and Culture and Marketing and Communications, reviewing and implementing best-employer branding practices
  • Supporting leadership development and other change management activities.

Key skills and competencies:

All positions have the following core competencies:

  • Communication skills
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Political acumen
  • Member/client/stakeholder focus
  • Results oriented

In addition to the core competencies, all people manager and senior individual contributor positions have the following leadership competencies:

  • Strategic thinking
  • Leading and managing change
  • Developing others
  • Team leadership

In addition to the competencies listed above, the following skills and traits are required:

  • Demonstrated, strong project management and detail-orientation skills
  • Demonstrated, strong oral presentation skills
  • Strong written skills in English, with an ability to summarize important information in a succinct but impactful way
  • Strongly demonstrates professionalism, integrity, collaboration, accountability, and transparency


  • Completed post-secondary education in the Human Resources field, with a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation highly preferred


  • Significant experience (10+ years) in the Human Resources field, and specifically within the Talent Acquisition and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion spaces
  • Experience acting in a consultant capacity in the Human Resources field
  • Expert knowledge and significant experience conducting best-practice talent acquisition processes (attracting, screening, selecting top talent)
  • Significant experience in developing successful employer brands
  • Significant experience with evolving talent acquisition processes to ensure best-practice approach
  • Significant experience using various ATS’, including experience determining system requirements, selection, and implementation of such a tool

We thank all candidates for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

CMA is an equal opportunity employer and will reasonably accommodate people with disabilities during the recruitment, assessment and hiring process.

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