Director of Human Resources

Human Resources
Nova Scotia
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Director of Human Resources

Berwick, NS
AM – 17202

Meridia Recruitment Solutions has partnered with Annapolis Valley Regional Centre for Education (AVRCE), to recruit a Director of Human Resources to join their team in Berwick, Nova Scotia.

With approximately 13,000 students and 2000 full and part-time employees, AVRCE is the public school district responsible for 40 schools located throughout Annapolis County, Kings County, Hants County, and surrounding areas. Our client delivers public education to students’ spanning 6 towns, 3 municipal regions, 3 Mi’kmaq communities and 10 historic African Nova Scotian communities. AVRCE strives to create a supportive, student-centered environment with a focus on equity, where each student succeeds, and all educational partners are respected and valued.

Role Description:
As the Director of Human Resources, you will lead a team responsible for all human resources and labour relations services. This scope includes administration of the respective collective agreement(s), collective bargaining, recruitment, training and development, performance management, and occupational health and safety. Additionally, you will provide leadership for equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives for AVRCE, as well as the development and revision of HR policies and procedures. Reporting to the Regional Executive Director of Education, you will be a key member of the senior management/leadership team, leading the strategic direction of all HR functions.

By joining AVRCE and adopting their vision of ‘working together for students’, you will have the opportunity to contribute to programs and initiatives that better the educational experience for thousands of present and future students.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Provide leadership in the development of policies with respect to HR functions such as recruitment, labour relations, employee relations, employment equity, and occupational health and safety;
  • Oversee all staffing and recruitment related-matters, working with Directors to establish staffing needs and workforce planning initiatives;
  • Contribute to the development of overall strategic positions for AVRCE with regard to the collective bargaining process;
  • Administer collective agreements including the resolution of grievances prior to arbitration;
  • Oversee, support and evaluate effective employee health supports (i.e., benefits, pension, EAP, sick leave);
  • Lead performance appraisal/growth planning process (i.e., systems, standards, monitoring, support, advice and coaching);
  • Administer Employment Equity Policy in concert with other hiring procedures and policies;
  • Oversee all staff-related policies (i.e., conflict of interest, protection of students, progressive discipline).

This position could be an ideal fit if you are a confident, experienced HR professional with proven leadership abilities in a unionized environment. You value having a voice and a seat at the leadership table where you can collaborate and advise on decisions that will have a lasting impact on the organization. You are passionate about finding innovative ways to improve processes and programs to support the growth of the staff and teachers to ensure that every student attending a public school operated by AVRCE receives the best education possible.

Your qualifications will include:

  • Post-secondary education in Human Resources, or a related discipline (an equivalent combination of education and experience may also be considered);
  • CPHR designation is considered a strong asset;
  • Minimum of ten years’ experience in increasingly senior leadership positions where there was a significant focus on human resources management and labour relations;
  • Solid understanding of human resource trends and best practices, as well as employment/human rights legislation;
  • Experience in and understanding of the public education sector will be considered an asset;
  • Demonstrated experience in labour relations, including the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements in a multi-unionized environment;
  • Strong communication, organizational and presentation skills;
  • Ability to effectively manage the investigation of highly sensitive matters/cases concerning students’ safety and health, involving external authorities/parties when needed;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), and experience using information management systems.

The Annapolis Valley Regional Centre for Education is committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace where all employees feel valued and respected. As such, candidates of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, abilities and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

To express interest in this opportunity please apply online by clicking “Apply Now” below.

For more information contact Austin McLennan, Senior Consultant, at 902-424-1103 and or Kyle Armstrong, Recruitment Specialist at 709-383-1328 and, or please apply online by clicking the “Apply Now” button below. If you require accommodation to participate in the recruitment process, please let Austin or Kyle know.

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