Lead, Organizational Development

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Lead, Organizational Development  

Algoma University

Location: Brampton, ON or Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Department: People & Culture (P&C)

Reference # MG-18078

About Algoma University

Since its establishment in 1965 as Algoma University College in Sault Ste. Marie, Algoma University has increasingly assumed a national leadership role in supporting the university sector’s response to Truth, Healing and Reconciliation. Algoma’s Special Mission  is guided by the 7 Grandfather Teachings and  Honouring Commitments, and is twofold in nature:

a.       to be a teaching-oriented university that provides programs in liberal arts and sciences and professional programs, primarily at the undergraduate level, with a focus on the needs of Northern Ontario; and to

b.       cultivate cross-cultural learning between Indigenous communities and other communities in keeping with the history of Algoma University and its geographic site.

With campuses located in Sault Ste. Marie, Brampton and Timmins, the tri-campus model that has emerged at Algoma University leverages the unique strengths, opportunities and broader community needs of each geographic location. Through this model, Algoma provides students with rich experiential learning experiences and research opportunities across liberal arts, sciences, and professional disciplines.

Algoma University is committed to being a welcoming, inclusive, safe, and respectful learning community; one that values the opportunities to learn from and with students, staff, and visitors from all parts of the world. Currently, Algoma University is home to over 5,000 students representing over 50 different countries, more than 430 full-time and part-time faculty and over 150 support staff and administrative personnel.

Lead, Organizational Development

The Lead, Organizational Development will report to and work alongside the Manager, Organizational Development in analyzing complex climate and culture issues, designing, developing and implementing strategies to support institutional goals, and promoting an inclusive environment. The Lead assesses development needs,   and designs, creates and delivers comprehensive training programs, including individualized coaching, and department/area-specific and general curricula. The Lead will conduct fact-findings to identify climate and culture barriers, and build partnerships with key members of the Algoma University community, such as the Department of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, to create culturally responsive and inclusive practices and processes.

The Lead, Organizational Development coaches, consults and partners with leaders in the development of learning experiences that are customized to develop capacity to meet departmental and institutional needs. The Lead understands the importance of ongoing investment in people and actively works to support exceptional employee experiences that achieve results aligned with Algoma’s strategies and commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, decolonization, and Indigenization.

Key Responsibilities

  • Partner and collaborate with leaders to recommend, create, and execute dynamic learning initiatives that meet the changing needs of the institution.
  • Develop growth plans and programs by conducting assessments of various organizational aspects including, but not limited to, systems, processes, programs, and policies through data analytics, surveys and interviews with key members of the Algoma University community.
  • Formulate recommendations and present action plans based on identified gaps and opportunities.
  • Establish a comprehensive method of tracking required training and maintaining metrics to monitor individual and departmental compliance.
  • Effectively apply methodologies, analytics and tools to understand, analyze and create solutions addressing complex institutional problems.
  • Guide business leaders concerning people matters involving organizational effectiveness, training, change management, and other related matters.
  • Track and evaluate the efficacy of all programs initiated by the Organizational Development team.
  • Create development programs/initiatives that meet the professional goals of individual employees, while supporting the organization’s overall objectives.
  • Implement a system for tracking and evaluating the effectiveness of professional development programs.
  • Ensure all organizational programs and initiatives align with regulatory compliance and Algoma University’s strategic directions, and its values and commitments, including goals related to equity, diversity, inclusion, Indigenization and decolonization.
  • Manage custom learning requests and institutional development.
  • Consult with managers and leaders to assess performance issues, and design and deliver learning solutions and interventions that address the department’s needs.
  • Design, execute and manage a comprehensive performance appraisal program directed at managers across the institution.
  • Assist managers with their annual goal-setting exercises, ensuring complete coverage of all eligible (administrative) employees.
  • Position performance conversations as an ongoing and essential part of employee growth, development, and progress within Algoma University.
  • Collaborate with the Labour Relations team in supporting managers in addressing performance issues
  • Design, execute and maintain a Talent Management program, including building a skill and competency inventory.
  • Alongside the Specialist, People & Culture Systems, builds a data analytics platform that aids in measuring and enhancing performance for all People & Culture portfolios.

Lead, Organizational Development Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree in Business Administration, Human Resources, or a related discipline, and a minimum of three (3) years of experience in increasingly responsible positions in the field of People & Culture, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience is required.
  • A minimum of two (2) years of experience in adult education and/or organizational development, or other related discipline, is required.
  • Formal training or certification in organizational development or coaching is required.
  • Certified Training & Development Professional (CTDP), Certified Talent Management
  • Professional (CTMP) or any recognized relevant certifications are an asset.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and application of inclusion, diversity, and equity concepts is required.
  • Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP ) designation is considered an asset.
  • Experience working with Indigenous communities, with demonstrated knowledge of Indigenous ways of knowing, understanding, and being is considered an asset.
  • Experience working with learning management and Human Resources Information systems.
  • Sound understanding of people management, change management, leadership development, and employee engagement.
  • Demonstrated experience using a consultative and collaborative approach in building relationships.
  • Critical thinking, conflict management, and project management skills.
  • Ability to maintain privileged and confidential information.
  • Ability to balance competing priorities and prioritize activities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent use of technology for collaboration.

 How To Apply


To express interest in this opportunity please apply online by clicking the "Apply Now" button below.  

For more information about this exciting opportunity please contact Mark Gillis, Partner, at mgillis@kbrs.ca or Natalie Lagace, Recruitment Specialist, at nlagace@kbrs.ca. If you require accommodation to participate in the recruitment process, please let Mark know.

Algoma University is strongly committed to fostering diversity and inclusivity within our community and is an equal opportunity employer. The university invites and encourages applications from all qualified candidates from equity-seeking groups, (Indigenous peoples, racialized persons, women, persons with disabilities, and 2SLGBTQQIPA+ persons) who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, upon request, accommodation will be provided by Algoma University throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.

Algoma University will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs. If you require accommodation in order to participate as a candidate in the recruitment process, please contact accommodate@kbrs.ca or Mark Gillis, Partner, at mgillis@kbrs.ca or Natalie Lagace, Recruitment Specialist, at nlagace@kbrs.ca.

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