Director, Human Resources


Director, Human Resources

Peterborough County
Location: Peterborough, Ontario
Posted: December 26th 2018
Deadline: February 24th, 2019

Located a 90-minute drive northeast of Toronto, Peterborough County is an upper tier municipality of more than 57,000 residents distributed over a 4,000 square kilometre area, comprised of eight townships and bounded by the counties of Haliburton, Hastings and Northumberland and the City of Kawartha Lakes. The southern half of Peterborough County is agricultural, with several small urban communities. The northern half consists of lakes, rivers and diverse landscape - popular for seasonal recreational use. Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park, Lang Pioneer Village Museum, and the Kawartha Lakes are major tourist attractions in the County for cottaging, marine sports, fishing and many other outdoor activities. The Trent-Severn Waterway makes its way through many lakes in the Kawarthas; cottages dot the shorelines and the region swells with tourists, cottagers, fishers and adventure seekers all year round.

With an annual budget of $75 million, Peterborough County directly provides services such as public works, emergency medical services and land use planning. The County also funds, and county representatives participate in the governance of, several other services such as social services and housing, public health, long-term care, regional economic development, and Provincial Offences Court. More information is available at


Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), the Director, Human Resources will be responsible for the strategic leadership, development and day-to-day administration of the human resources department and corporate human resources portfolio. Areas of accountability will include employee and labour relations, recruitment, organizational development, staff training and development, compensation, client services to operating departments and health and safety. Key responsibilities will include developing and implementing HR programs and policies and strategy aligned with corporate goals and direction; providing HR services in support of departments and advice and recommendations to county council; negotiating collective agreements and fostering effective relationships with unions; and being an active partner with the CAO and leadership team in building organizational capacity and a workplace culture that is high-performing, collaborative, accountable and values-driven.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Leading the design and delivery of corporate human resources and employee services that are forward-thinking and client-focused, specifically staff training and organizational development, policy and program development, labour and employee relations, recruitment and orientation, compensation development and salary/benefits administration, health and safety, and WSIA administration.
  • Developing and recommending, in consultation with the Chief Administrative Officer and leadership team, human resources strategies that advance council’s priorities, corporate strategic vision, direction and workplace culture.
  • Developing, recommending and implementing corporate human resource policies, products and programs; making use of leadership team and/or cross-functional teams for consultation where beneficial; developing effective education and communication strategies to ensure understanding of policies and programs; advising on and monitoring the interpretation and application of policies, procedures and collective agreements throughout the corporation and designing and streamlining human resources business processes to enhance efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Providing strategic direction to labour relations, recommending corporate strategies for collective bargaining, leading negotiations, facilitating labour and management meetings and coordinating grievance and dispute resolution processes where required. Fosters amicable relations with unions and employee groups.
  • Directing and providing client-focused human resources generalist services to line departments including recruitment and staffing, policy and collective agreement interpretation and application, human resources planning, advice on problem-solving and dispute resolution, and other HR generalist services; institutes mechanism to ensure corporate consistency and collaboration where human resource decisions and needs may impact other departments and/or the corporation as a whole.
  • Developing effective attraction/retention strategies for the county. Providing strategic leadership in compensation development, employee recognition, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities (AODA) and managerial competence. Tracking recruitment and retention; promoting the county as an employer of choice and undertaking outreach where beneficial to ensure a sustainable, diverse and high-performance workforce; ensuring effective orientation of new hires; formulating exit strategies where beneficial.
  • Leading and directing pay equity compliance, job evaluation, pension and benefits, market surveys, incentive programs; overseeing the payroll function, in collaboration with finance where necessary, to ensure efficient and timely administration of payroll and benefits and associated reporting requirements.
  • Assessing training, organizational development and change management needs in consultation with the leadership team; developing and recommending mechanisms to meet identified needs including organizational reviews, corporate training, performance development, career pathing, succession planning, and mentoring programs; overseeing the training, talent management and organizational development function.
  • Championing the corporation’s health and safety programs and fostering a commitment to safety and wellness throughout the corporation’s workplaces and workforce; administering corporate compliance with the WSIA and modified work programs where necessary.
  • Monitoring best practices and trends within the municipal and human resources field, proposed amendments to employment legislation and regulations, researching and assessing the benefits/implications to the county; and making recommendations on new programs or policy revisions to ensure employer obligations are met and HR practices are contemporary and strategic.
  • Responding to enquiries from, and/or liaising or consulting with SMT, line departments, unions, cross-functional teams, labour law counsel, elected and appointed officials, service suppliers, other governments, agencies and organizations, etc., with respect to corporate human resources issues and/or the provision of human resource services.
  • Preparing reports, making recommendations and presentations, providing advice and counsel and attending leadership team, council and committee and/or other meetings, as required.
  • Assessing human resources programs, services and staffing needs, making recommendations on staff complement, organizational design changes and/or other service delivery mechanisms within the human resources department; recruiting and hiring department staff and/or retaining external resources where beneficial.
  • Providing leadership to human resources staff including performance planning and review, training and development, team building, coaching, mentoring, problem-solving, dispute resolution, discipline, safety, and promotion, transfer, termination decisions; oversees and administers contracts with external resources where applicable.
  • Overseeing the preparation and recommendation of the annual budget for the human resources department; monitoring authorization of purchases; formulating terms of reference and evaluative criteria for major studies and projects, training initiatives, administering approved contracts; providing input into the corporate annual budget process on matters related to human resources issues and programs such as negotiations contingencies and benefits cost changes.
  • Undertaking representative duties as Director, Human Resources with affiliated organizations and inter-municipally, providing testimony at grievance settlement hearings, arbitrations, with court, tribunal and/or other judicial proceedings.
  • Acting as a member of the county emergency operations control group as the public inquiry officer; participating in emergency training and mock disasters and responding to emergency situations.
  • Working collaboratively with county townships, which from time to time may include providing HR consulting services and guidance as requested and approved.

Desired Qualifications and Experience

  • University degree in human resources or industrial relations or a related discipline. Post-graduate studies in management and/or public administration would be beneficial.
  • Eligible for or holder of the CHRP or SHRP designation(s) from the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) is preferred.
  • Significant executive-level human resources experience with a broad portfolio in a public and/or private sector environment, including successful experience in a multi-union workplace. Municipal experience is beneficial.
  • Computer literacy in an MS Office environment; fundamental understanding and/or experience with Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS).
  • Class G driver’s licence and reliable vehicle to use on corporate business.

Key Performance Competencies

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, teambuilding, problem-solving, client service, supervisory and managerial skills, negotiation, facilitation and coaching, and project and time management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to think and act strategically in a political, community and client-service environment; to anticipate and plan for change, and align human resources programs/services with council’s strategic priorities and corporate goals and objectives.
  • Excellent leadership role model. Ability to inspire trust and to act with integrity, objectivity and discretion. Ability to foster amicable relationships with unions and employee groups, to create enthusiastic staff teams, and build strong work relationships and partnerships. Ability to foster a workplace culture committed to teamwork, high-performance and accountability, and that welcomes and adapts to change.
  • Thorough working knowledge of contemporary human resources practices, employment legislation, human rights and labour relations principles, collective bargaining and dispute resolution processes, compensation and payroll practices, organizational development and change management techniques; good knowledge of municipal functions and responsibilities, organizational structures, the legislative framework and current issues affecting local government in Ontario.
Additional Information

Applications are being collected by Feldman Daxon Partners.

To express interest, please contact and/or forward your cover letter and resume (confidentially) to:
Patrick Rowan, Partner
Feldman Daxon Partners
45 St. Clair Avenue West, Suite 700,
Toronto, Ontario M4V 1K9
Phone.: 416-515-7600 x 254

Accommodation Needs and Protection of Privacy

Feldman Daxon Partners and our clients are committed to inclusion and diversity and we encourage applications from all qualified individuals. Accommodations are available for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. Prior to any interview or meeting, please make your needs known by contacting us and informing us of your needs. Personal information collected on behalf of our municipal clients in relation to the recruitment process is collected under the authority outlined in the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and used solely to determine eligibility for employment with our clients only.

Contact Information
Peterborough County
Peterborough, Ontario, Canada

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