Manager, Human Resources

Support Position

Closing Date: September 30, 2022

Job Term: Full Time

We are seeking an individual who is aligned with our core values and reflects our core competencies to join our Human Resources team as Manager, Human Resources. This is a full-time, permanent position.

About Havergal

Founded in 1894 and located on a beautiful 22-acre campus in midtown Toronto, Canada, Havergal College is one of Canada’s pre-eminent independent schools for girls from Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12. At the forefront of women’s education for over 125 years, Havergal offers a contemporary liberal arts education and is rooted in the Anglican tradition. Havergal’s mission is to prepare young women to make a difference. Through our outstanding academic and cocurricular programs, we nurture a culture of capability that fosters self-confidence, leadership, critical thinking and global-mindedness within our students.

At Havergal College, we believe that great schools are made up of great people. We are committed to building a diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates with a diverse range of experiences and perspectives, including women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) peoples and persons with disabilities. We welcome applicants who are inspired by our mission to prepare young women to make a difference and to take on an ever-changing world with confidence, resilience and global-mindedness.

The Position

Reporting to the Executive Director of Human Resources (ED HR), the Human Resources Manager works collaboratively with members of the HR Team in the effective implementation of the HR functions including recruitment and onboarding, retention, performance management, recognition, policy development and documentation, HR data management and reporting, employee safety and wellness, communications, and learning and development. This role requires the Manager to work with a hands-on approach with respect to the daily HR situations that may occur while maintaining to be an active participant in the development and implementation of HR goals and operating plans.

The HR Manager plays an integral role to champion HR initiatives that support Havergal’s talent strategy and enable a collaborative, engaged and high performing culture. The Manager provides management and administrative support in the delivery of various HR projects and initiatives, being a key partner in designing, documenting, communicating and implementing processes, procedures and programs to support the human resources needs of the business and the strategic initiatives of the School. The Manager must have a very high degree of interpersonal skills to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all employees, including tact and discretion to handle sensitive and confidential matters.

The HR Manager stays informed of competitive management practices and new developments, ensuring the school’s HR policies and programs are designed to attract and retain highly diverse employees while ensuring compliance with relevant laws and regulations.

Specific Accountabilities

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships and business partnerships based on trust, experience and credibility with all staff.
  • Act as a business partner, provide expertise, consultation, and coaching to managerial stakeholders related to change management, staff performance, coaching, conflict resolution and in other areas of HR including hiring and selection, onboarding and compensation and benefits.
  • Maintain a positive employee relations climate by responding to employees’ concerns and addressing issues proactively.
  • Provide guidance to people leaders and staff  on the interpretation and application of a broad range of human resource policies, procedures, practices and laws.
  • Work with the HR team in performing full cycle recruitment activities including assessing business staffing needs, screening and interviewing candidates, performing detailed reference checking and conducting employee orientation.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of quality onboarding process and program for all staff that effectively integrate them into the school’s operations and culture.
  • Provide input to the ED HR in developing and implementing employee retention plans, programs or policies. This will involve analysis of turnover statistics, conducting exit interviews, researching best practices in the education, not for profit, hospitality and other sectors.
  • Work closely with ED HR and other senior leaders to drive an integrated equity, diversity and inclusion programs aimed at creating and sustaining an inclusive work environment.
  • Undertake research, identify and analyze issues affecting policy outcome, prepare recommendations and present findings to ED HR on specific policy-related issues.
  • Support employees and people leaders in facilitating return-to-work, increasing safety awareness, reducing risks and improving safety programs including the development and/or delivery of required training and recommending effective measures to achieve injury and/or incident reduction objectives and promote employees’ health, safety and psychological wellness.
  • Serve as HR’s representative to the Joint Health and Safety Committee (JSHC).
  • Own project management and documentation for a number of HR initiatives, ensuring that projects are completed accurately, on time and on budget and reporting of results, analysis and recommendations to ED HR is completed.
  • Identify and recommend for opportunities to leverage successful programs more broadly across the school.
  • Maintain knowledge of relevant market trends and developments on employee engagement and diversity and use them to recommend and develop fresh and creative ideas to engage.
  • Develop and track HR metrics to measure the value and effectiveness of HR initiatives and programs.
  • Evaluate procedures and HR technology solutions to improve human resources data management and ensure adequate staff related data management systems are in place.
  • Work with ED HR in managing and communicating the annual performance and salary review program.
  • Assist with the development and implementation of effective training and professional development for all staff.
  • Research and review proposals from potential training vendors and select appropriate vendors and coordinate logistics.
  • Support and actively participate in addressing HR operational needs arising from changing conditions.
  • Keep abreast of Human Resources trends and changes in provincial and federal laws, regulations, accreditations and legislation that impact the organization’s human capital assets.

Qualifications, Knowledge & Experience

  • University degree in Human Resources Management or related discipline.
  • Strong HR Generalist with CHRP designation and CHRL designation an asset.
  • Minimum of 10 years of progressive HR experience across multiple HR disciplines.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of employment law and HR policy and process issues.
  • High emotional intelligence, unphased by ambiguity, with a mature and proactive results-oriented attitude.
  • Experience leading change management initiatives.
  • Experience working with HR systems and proficient in a variety of computer applications requiring use of MS Suite functions.
  • Strong judgement, problem solving and decision-making skills.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively deal with people from varied cultural and social backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated research and analytical skills.
  • Readily able to adapt to changing requirements and maintaining effectiveness in varying circumstances.

Demonstrated ability and commitment to the Core Competencies of:

  • Inclusive Excellence
  • Collaboration & Teamwork
  • Integrity & Trust
  • Learning Agility
  • Communication
  • Growth Mindset

Demonstrated ability and commitment to the Leadership Competencies of:

  • Coaching & Developing Others
  • Managerial Courage
  • Champion Change & Innovation
  • Purpose Alignment & Results

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply and express their interest to HC Careers no later than September 30, 2022.

Havergal College thanks all applicants in advance. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Havergal College is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to an inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection process, and work environment in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). We will be happy to work with applicants requesting accommodation at any stage of the hiring process. If you require accommodations, please contact Cathy LeBlanc at 416-483-3519 ext. 6526 or by email at [email protected].