HR Business Advisor & Team Lead

September 25 2022
Industries Public administration
Categories Generalist, HR, Training, Organizational Development
Toronto, ON

Are you a high-achieving, experienced and motivated HR trailblazer? Do you have the credibility to be a trusted HR partner to ministry executives and the confidence to challenge the status quo? Do you thrive in a fast-paced environment and have the ability to handle multiple priorities at the same time? If so, consider this opportunity to be a key player in the Strategic HR Branch with the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development (MLITSD).


  • This competition will be used to fill five (5) HR Business Advisor vacancies (2 permanent and 3 temporary - up to 18 months) and three (3) Team Lead vacancies (temporary - up to 12 months).
  • This competition may be used to fill future permanent and temporary opportunities in the branch!
  • These positions are located at the addresses listed on the job advertisement; however, alternate work arrangements may be available.

About Us:

A public service career provides, by its very nature, the opportunity to fulfill a higher ideal: serving the people of Ontario.

At the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development, you will be part of a highly committed and professional organization with a meaningful mandate to ensure safe, fair and healthy workplaces and to promote harmonious labour relations.

The Strategic Human Resources Branch (SHRB) provides strategic workforce analysis, human resources, labour relations advice, and support to ministry senior executives. SHRB also leads organizational transformation and develops/implements strategic initiatives such as leadership development, talent and succession management, organizational health and wellness, diversity and inclusion, and employee engagement and recognition.

OPS Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Anti-Racism:

We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.

We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

Visit the OPS Anti-Racism Policy < > and the OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint < > pages to learn more about the OPS commitment to advance racial equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in the public service.

We offer employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario's Human Rights Code < >. Refer to the application instructions below if you require a disability-related accommodation.

What can I expect to do in this role?

The branch is comprised of a Corporate Initiatives & Workforce Analytics Unit as well as three Strategic Business Units. The Corporate Initiatives and Workforce Analytics Unit is responsible for workforce analysis and the delivery of initiatives such as employee recognition and employee engagement. The Strategic Business Units are responsible for providing advisory services to senior executives and implementing initiatives related to learning and development, health and wellness, and diversity and inclusion.

Team Lead – Corporate Initiatives and Workforce Analytics (I10 – $81,401 – $118,313 per year)

In this position, you will focus on:

  • Leading workforce planning initiatives in support of the development of the ministry's workforce strategy, including management of FTE allocations, hiring plans, talent management and any change management strategies to support transformations and delivery of services.
  • Analyzing workforce trends and business and labour relations impacts of changes on the Ontario Public Service (OPS) workforce.
  • Using qualitative and quantitative data to monitor and evaluate outcomes of HR initiatives to proactively provide HR advice.
  • Coaching, inspiring and engaging the team to deliver on, and build, organizational capacity through effective human resources programs and initiatives such as staffing, talent management, and succession planning.

Team Lead – Strategic Business Unit (I10 – $81,401 – $118,313 per year)

In this position, you will focus on:

  • Conceptualizing strategic plans based on ministry and corporate priorities and leading related projects from inception to implementation.
  • Delivering on ministry and corporate requirements and the development of strategic products.
  • Supporting the team on client deliverables, projects and programs.
  • Working closely with the MLITSD Anti-Racism Office to develop, implement, and evaluate a broad range of integrated anti-racism inclusion initiatives.

HR Business Advisor (I09 - $75,626 - $111,441 per year)

Through an inclusive lens, you will use your expertise to provide strategic HR advice to clients on:

  • Developing and maintaining effective business partnerships with clients in order to understand and integrate their fiscal, policy and program planning and business needs, including engaging other corporate partners.
  • Assessing, developing, monitoring and evaluating overall LR/HR strategies and risk management approaches associated with ministry business plans to deliver change or transformation agendas.
  • Organizational design, staffing, compensation, labour relations and employment transition.
  • The application of human resource policies, programs and collective agreements.

You will leverage your creativity and strong oral and written communication skills to:

  • Coach clients in strategies for successful HR outcomes.
  • Develop and deliver presentations and briefings to senior executives.
  • Prepare project plans, implementation plans, briefing notes and analysis documents.
  • Design and facilitate sessions with clients and stakeholders.

You will showcase your collaboration and project management skills by:

  • Contributing to innovative solutions on complex and multi-faceted issues.
  • Developing strategic products that move the bar on various ministry and corporate initiatives.

Location: Toronto

How do I qualify?

Please note:

All candidates will be evaluated based on the below qualification criteria. Weighting of the qualifications will be dependent on the level (I09 vs I10).

Leadership and Project Management Skills:

  • You can lead the development, implementation and evaluation of various human resource programs, standards, products and services to address ministry/corporate priorities and emerging issues.
  • You demonstrate leadership skills to motivate, mentor and coach staff, with the ability to lead teams within the branch and across the ministry to deliver on a variety of time-sensitive and concurrent projects.
  • You have strong political acuity when providing expert opinions/briefings, and advice to senior management on identified and emerging issues impacting ministry goals.

Strategic Human Resource Management Expertise & Specialized Knowledge:

  • You have extensive knowledge of strategic HR management issues and best practices in several of the following areas: human capital planning, leadership development, employee engagement, health and wellness, strategic labour relations, change management, organizational design, talent management and culture change.
  • You have knowledge of diversity and inclusion, including the range of barriers faced by diverse groups, racial equity issues and organizational strategies to address them.
  • You can analyze workforce data, assess workforce planning/HR trends to make projections and support HR planning and senior management decision-making.

Consultation, Communication, and Relationship Management Skills:

  • You have consultation skills to identify client needs, consider sensitive situations, and develop appropriate strategies and advice.
  • You can clearly and concisely communicate messages both verbally and in writing by facilitating engaging conversations and developing a variety of written products.
  • You are trustworthy and can build credible, collaborative and values-based professional partnerships with team members and senior executives.
  • You have good discretion, the ability to influence and inspire people at all levels of the organization, and the confidence to attend meetings on behalf of the manager and director.

Analytical, Evaluation and Research Skills:

  • You have superior analytical, problem-solving and research skills, including the ability to interpret complicated business initiatives and identify labour relations and human resources issues and risks.
  • You have experience translating business strategies into people strategies and building big-picture plans, implementation plans, resources and tools for action.
  • You have experience identifying key performance indicators, measuring progress against them, and developing analytical reports, briefing notes and presentations for an executive audience.

Salary Range: $75,626 - $118,313 Per Year

Additional Information:

  • 3 Temporary, duration up to 12 months (with possible extension), 400 University Ave, Toronto, Toronto Region
  • 2 Permanent, 400 University Ave, Toronto, Toronto Region
  • 3 Temporary, duration up to 18 months (with possible extension), 400 University Ave, Toronto, Toronto Region


  • This competition may be used to create an eligibility list to fill upcoming opportunities.
  • The information that you provide for the purpose of this competition and the results from this competition may be used to fill other positions. These positions may be of various tenures, including short-term assignments. Your information and the results from this competition will be retained for the purpose of filling vacancies in accordance with the applicable collective agreement or policy provisions.

Please apply online, only, at, quoting Job ID 186408, by Tuesday, October 11, 2022. Please follow the instructions to submit your application. Faxes are not being accepted at this time.

If you require accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please contact us at to provide your contact information. Recruitment Services staff will contact you within 48 hours. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Ontario Public Service is an inclusive employer. Accommodation will be provided in accordance with Ontario’s Human Rights Code.

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