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Associate Vice-President (Human Resources)

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Job Title Associate Vice-President (Human Resources)
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The University Of Lethbridge (ULethbridge) Is One Of Canada’s Top-Ranked Universities
Founded in 1967 and located on traditional Blackfoot land, ULethbridge attracts approximately 8,800 undergraduate and graduate students from around the world to their campuses in Lethbridge and Calgary each year. They offer more than 150 undergraduate and 60 graduate programs in seven faculties and schools: Arts & Science, Education, Business, Fine Arts, Health Sciences, Graduate Studies and Liberal Education.
Spanning 5,000 acres, the Lethbridge campus, known for its signature Arthur Erickson Building, University Hall, which is nestled in the southern Alberta coulees and overlooks the Oldman River. On September 13, 2019, University of Lethbridge students, faculty, staff, alumni and community celebrated the opening of Science Commons, Canada’s most advanced facility for science education and research. The Destination Project advances research and learning opportunities for generations to come and will shape the future of the University of Lethbridge and southern Alberta.
ULethbridge’s motto Fiat Lux, meaning “let there be light”, refers to the illumination that comes from research and learning. We create, inquire and discover, and inspire our students to do the same.

ULethbridge at a Glance
• 8,263 students enrolled
• 623 students are on the Calgary campus
• 795 International Students from 90 countries.
• 584 Master’s Students and 151 Doctoral Students
• ULethbridge is one of Canada’s leading research universities
• 94.5% graduate employment rate
• 48,557 Alumni worldwide
• Average lecture class size is 34
• 150+ program options
• 71% of students come from outside Lethbridge
• 15:1 student-faculty ratio
• Approximately, 1,600 students graduate annually
• Students to faculty ratio: 14:8
• With 1,058 employees, ULethbridge is one of Lethbridge’s largest employers
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The City of Lethbridge
With approximately 100,000 residents, Lethbridge is one of Canada’s sunniest cities and the warm westerly Chinook winds give Lethbridge some of the most moderate winters in Western Canada.
Lethbridge is located just two hours south of Calgary and close to the Rocky Mountains and US border. It is a family-oriented community with a strong focus on the outdoors and recreation. The City has abundant recreational opportunities, fine restaurants and shopping, and is home to the University of Lethbridge, as well as the Lethbridge College. The City’s ever growing and vibrant arts community enriches the citizens of Lethbridge as well as visitors to the city. Arts and cultural activities are always happening, from live music to art galleries to live theatre. Commute times are short and average home prices in Lethbridge are among the lowest of all major cities in Alberta. Lethbridge offers more than 70 parks, 140 km of walking and running trails, playgrounds and sports fields throughout the city.

The Opportunity
Reporting to the Vice-President (Finance & Administration), the Associate Vice-President (Human Resources) (AVP, HR) is a member of the senior administrative team at the University and is the top level human resources position. The incumbent is accountable for developing, administering and implementing Human Resource (HR) policies and procedures, labour relations strategies and collective agreements for non-academic employee groups, recruitment strategies, benefit entitlements, and compensation programs. 

The AVP, HR will proactively build and foster positive and collaborative relations with all levels of management, associations, unions and staff labour groups within the University. In addition, consulting services are provided in the areas of employee relations, performance management and recruitment.

The AVP, HR is accountable for overseeing all operations of the Human Resources (HR) department to ensure services and programs contribute to the University mandate and in alignment with its Strategic Plan. Human Resource programs will provide an environment which attracts, retains, and motivates employees and potential employees. 

Leading an overall team of approximately 19 FTE’s. The direct reports to this role include:
· Director, HR Information Management and Transformation
· Director, Payroll, Pension & Benefits
· (2) Senior HR Consultants
· (2) HR Analysts
· (5) Payroll Specialists/Advisors
· (3) HR Services Coordinators

The AVP, HR has the following specific responsibilities:
1. Contributes and works collaboratively with the University’s senior administrative team in setting strategic priorities of the University and, at the same time, attends to the hands-on, day-to-day, operational aspects of the HR portfolio.

2. Contributes to the development of the University by directing resources to provide for long range planning and project development, maintaining an “institutional” perspective in accordance with the University’s Strategic Plan. 

3. Implements governance processes to ensure that HR management initiatives are aligned with the University’s mandate and strategic goals.

4. Builds and continues to improve the University’s HR services to all users.

5. Administers the University’s People Plan and be a champion of it.

6. Builds bridges and ensures there are clear lines of communication with University units on HR management issues.

7. Provides counselling and advice in the areas of employee relations, performance management, termination practices, contract interpretation using current labour practices and procedures outlined in employee agreements. Anticipates and addresses employee relations issues to facilitate problem intervention. Minimizes exposure to legal action in relation to HR issues. 

8. Develops, monitors, and administers compensation and salary administration programs for non-academic and academic staff to achieve internal equity and competitiveness within the market and to ensure timely implementation of all programs. Ensures compensation, salary administration job evaluation programs are established and administered meeting University requirements. 

9. Coordinates recruitment activities for all continuing non-academic positions by providing resources for interviewing, advertising, reference checking, and employment contracts. Ensures professional and thorough recruitment processes will result in the hiring of high caliber employees. 

10. Responsible for the management of and participates in the negotiation of collective agreements and manuals for non-academic employee groups and participate in the negotiations for the academic employee groups. Negotiated agreements are in accordance with mandates set by the Board of Governors. 

11. Works closely with the Director, Academic Employee and Labour Relations and the Provost & Vice-President (Academic) in academic HR matters.

12. Works closely with the Vice-Provost, Equity Diversity and Inclusion in upholding the principles and promotion of equity, diversity and inclusion. Works closely with all senior administrators in ensuring fair and equal treatment of all employees, including equal access to human resources services.

13. Responsible for the oversight of the Employee Family Assistance Program (EFAP) to ensure that employees and their families receive timely professional counseling services.

14. Serves as a member of the Behavioural Incident Committee.

15. Responsible for the management and administration of the employee wellness programs, including managed care, return to work processes, Workers’ Compensation, and wellness initiatives.

16. Responsible for the management and administration of payroll and benefit programs, including the management of the payroll and benefits administrative system.

17. Develops and implements job evaluation processes, administers employee classification systems and salary structures for non-academic employees, and merit programs for all employee groups. 

18. Administers the University’s Harassment and Discrimination Policy.

19. Facilitates informed and timely decision-making in HR matters by University Senior Administration by providing progress reports, recommendations, and financial reports, as required.

20. Promotes and builds sustainability best practices wherever possible in HR operations of the University.

21. Attracts, motivates and maintains quality staff by way of performance reviews, identification of developmental and operational needs and through the provision of appropriate training programs to meet those needs. Establishes long-term work requirements and project priorities and provides guidance and assistance to subordinates in the attainment of objectives. 

22. Remains abreast of issues in human resources management through participation in a broad range of organizations/associations, through attendance at conferences and review of related literature.

Participates as a full member of Statutory Deans’ Council and the Vice-President (Finance & Administration) Council. Attends as a resource at the University’s Board of Governors’ Human Resources and Compensation Committee meetings.

A competitive compensation package will be provided, including an attractive base salary and excellent benefits. Further details will be discussed in a personal interview.
Position Qualifications
Required Qualifications
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business or other related discipline;
  • 5 to 10 years of progressive HR experience in an academic or complex business environment, or equivalent experience;
  • 5 to 10 years of experience at a senior leadership level. Demonstrated leadership skills and success in developing a vision and leading people to achieve exemplary performance and outcomes is required;
  • Ability to influence, lead and inspire others to achieve operational goals;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills;
  • Dynamic, enthusiastic team player who adapts well to change;
  • Innovative problem-solving abilities; motivated to achieve continuous improvement;
  • Ability to interact effectively with employees at all levels within the organization.

Prime Skills and Attributes

Position Qualifications:
  • Leadership Skills – A strong participative management style and an ability to be an advocate of open, honest, and consistent communication amongst people. Someone for whom “walk-the-talk” has importance in their value system, and someone who can encourage positive feedback to staff.

  • Team Player/Builder/Coach – Ability to establish and maintain effective, positive relationships both internally and externally. A professional who is approachable at all levels of the organization and who is committed to developing colleagues to their highest potential.

  • A People Person – Proven ability to work with people in a positive and motivational manner. Excellent interpersonal skills with a personable, empathetic style.

  • A Visionary – Proven ability to understand and interpret trends in a complex environment. A strategic thinker and planner who can bring out the best in people.

  • A Professional – A respected professional with excellent problem-solving skills. Will have a strong commitment to the University, its partners and stakeholders. The AVP Human Resources will have a results- oriented business approach. This person will be a role model inside and outside the organization.

  • Communication – Strong oral and written communication skills. Will establish and promote open and honest communication throughout the organization with strong presentation and public relations skills; will be an active listener and will possess a clear and concise writing style. Will be comfortable communicating internally and externally using multiple channels to communicate effectively.

This position requires a satisfactory Criminal Record Check.
Starting Salary Range (at 1.0 FTE) The University offers a competitive compensation package, including a full range of benefits.
Full Salary Range (at 1.0 FTE)
Campus Lethbridge
Employment Group Senior Administrative
Position Category Other
Posting Detail Information

Open Date 11/15/2023
Close Date 12/05/2023
Open Until Filled
Desired Start Date 01/01/2024
Position End Date (if temporary)
Special Instructions to Applicants
Employment Equity
The University of Lethbridge invites applications from all qualified candidates; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given preference.

The University of Lethbridge is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, including through all aspects of the hiring process. If you require support during the hiring process, please contact Human Resources at so that accommodations can be put in place to support you. All private information received in relation to your request for support will be kept confidential, only information required to facilitate the accommodation will be shared with the selection committee.

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Documents Needed To Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. References
  2. Letters of Recommendation
  3. Salary Expectations
  4. Additional Documents