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Senior Manager, Human Resources

November 25 2020
Industries Public administration
Categories HR, Training, Generalist, Recruitment, Staffing, Organizational Development, Labor Relations - Legal
Thornhill, ON

Senior Manager, Human Resources

Aurora, ON

York Region District School Board (YRDSB) is the third largest school district in Ontario, with over 124,000 students in 180 elementary schools and 33 secondary schools, and a mission "to advance student achievement and well-being through public education, which motivates learners, fosters inclusion, inspires innovation and builds community". York Region students consistently perform above average in provincial testing and the Board is one of the top achievers in the province. YRDSB attributes its success to a unique combination of students who are motivated to succeed; teachers who are skilled at helping students learn; strong educational leaders who share a common vision of excellence; and the participation of a supportive community and parents that understand the importance of quality public education.

Reporting to the Superintendent of Human Resources, you will serve as a key member of the Human Resources leadership team, providing leadership and strategic human resources advice to senior administration and mid-management staff to support organizational effectiveness and goal achievement.

The role of Senior Manager of Human Resources calls for knowledge and expertise based on experience in the areas of employee and labour relations, policy development, effective recruitment and selection, training and development, compensation and benefits administration, and Human Resource information systems. A defined philosophy of service excellence and service delivery, along with proven leadership capabilities in collective agreements, administration, bargaining and negotiations, collaborative decision making, and team building are also essential.


As Senior Manager of Human Resources, you will:

  • Oversee the Board's labour relations team and provide leadership and advice relating to all labour and employee relations functions, including grievance decisions, arbitrations, human rights, Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) proceedings, collective agreement, and employment contract interpretation.
  • Lead, support and manage all workplace investigations for the Board, including CAS, harassment, discrimination, and workplace violence.
  • Act as the Board's Spokesperson and/or the designate for the Board's Chief Negotiator, as required, for the negotiation of all collective bargaining agreements, and terms and conditions of employment for non-union groups.
  • Be responsible for the development of human resources policies and administrative procedures.
  • Provide leadership and support to the staffing and recruiting team relating to the Board's recruitment and selection strategies and operations.
  • Provide leadership and support to the compensation and benefits team relating to the implementation and development of frameworks, strategies and administration.
  • Administer terms and conditions of employment for the Principal and Vice Principal, and Management and Support Staff employee groups.
  • Support, and participate in, as required, senior administration and Board of Trustees meetings to develop, support, and present HR strategy, policy and decisions.
  • Evaluate, and improve upon, the organization's current human resource services function and performance.
  • Develop strategic staffing implementation plans and programs to identify talent within and outside the organization for positions of responsibility.
  • Provide advice and support in the development of appropriate policies and programs for effective management of the people resources of the organization, including programs for talent management, rewards, recognition and retention, performance management, succession planning, and employee on-boarding/orientation.
  • Advance the integration of diverse perspectives into the workforce, fostering inclusion and the removal of barriers.
  • Act as backup and department designate in the absence of the Superintendent of Human Resources.


  • University degree in the area of Industrial Relations, Human Resources Management, Business, or equivalent, as approved by the Board.
  • A master's level degree in Human Resources or a related discipline, a strong asset.
  • Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) professional designation.
  • More than 10 years' experience in Human Resources in a complex and highly unionized environment.
  • Human Resources experience in Ontario's Public Education Sector or Ontario Public Sector, preferred.
  • Extensive experience in contract administration, labour relations, human rights, and employment standards, and a thorough knowledge/understanding of collective bargaining agreements.
  • Training, working knowledge and extensive experience in managing workplace investigations.
  • A commitment to on-going learning and implementation of equity and inclusive education, anti-racism, anti-Black racism, human rights, anti-oppression, and social justice principles.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Highly effective interpersonal skills.
  • A high degree of flexibility.
  • A commitment to customer service.

Salary range: $118,725 - $144,310 per annum

For more information, and to apply, please visit the careers section of our website. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 11:30 p.m.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Statement

The York Region District School Board (YRDSB) believes in giving each and every applicant an equal opportunity to succeed on their own merit and we strive to hire staff that reflect and support the diverse perspectives, experiences and needs of our students and our communities. We remain committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning and work environments. We know that diversity underpins excellence, and that we all share responsibility for creating an equitable, diverse and inclusive Board-community. Therefore, in pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across the organizational hierarchy in actualizing the Board's priorities, goals and principles outlined in the Director's Action Plan.

We actively encourage applications from members of groups with historical and/or current barriers to equity, including, but not limited to:

  • First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, and all other Indigenous peoples;
  • members of groups that commonly experience discrimination due to race, ancestry, colour, religion and/or spiritual beliefs, or place of origin;
  • persons with visible and/or invisible (physical and/or mental) disabilities;
  • persons who identify as women; and
  • persons of marginalized sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.

At YRDSB, we recognize that many of these identities intersect and therefore, equity, diversity and inclusion can be complex. We value and respect the contributions that each person brings to enriching the Board and are committed to ensuring full and equal participation for all in communities that we serve.

Accessibility and Accommodation Statement

We also recognize our duty to accommodate and foster a culture of inclusion. Consistent with the principles of dignity, individualization and inclusion, we will make any appropriate accommodation based on any of the protected grounds in the Human Rights Code to support candidate participation in the hiring process. When contacted, candidates will be provided with an overview of the various elements of the hiring process, such as skills assessments, written practicum, presentation, interview, etc. We will provide accommodations during the hiring process. If an accommodation is required, please inform the Recruitment and Retention Team in advance of any part of the process. All information received relating to a candidate's required accommodation will be addressed confidentially by the Recruitment and Retention Team.

Juanita Nathan - Chair of the Board     

Louise Sirisko -  Director of Education                                                             network