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University of British Columbia - Okanagan Campus

Director, Human Resources

Canada-British Columbia-ALL


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Purpose-built for the 21st century, the University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus opened in Kelowna in 2005. UBC is one of North America’s largest public research and teaching institutions, and one of only two Canadian institutions consistently ranked among the world’s 40 best universities.

The Okanagan campus is an intimate learning community embracing bold new ways of thinking that attracts exceptional students and faculty. More than 8,300 students from throughout the Okanagan region, across Canada and 90 other countries are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs in eight faculties and schools. Here, students interact with one another and their professors on a daily basis, while becoming global citizens through interaction with their community and the world.  With $14.5  million in annual research funding, and more than 700 research projects underway, the Okanagan campus is earning a reputation as an important, respected centre of learning and research, enhancing knowledge creation and innovation in our region and internationally.

Job Description

With a focus on innovation and elevating the campus to greater heights, the University of British Columbia – Okanagan Campus (UBC-O) is seeking a new Director, Human Resources.  As a dynamic and proactive senior leader, the Director, HR will be tasked with collaboratively and confidently leading a dedicated group of HR professionals as they strive for excellence.  Reporting to both the Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Principal of UBC-O and UBC’s Vice President, Human Resources, the chosen candidate will be responsible for developing campus wide HR strategies, programs and services, and executing on all institution-wide HR strategies, including faculty and staff relations, talent management and organizational development, recruitment and retention and campus health and wellbeing. As a member of the Executive team at UBC-O, the Director, HR will need to be an enabler and thoughtful contributor to UBC’s overall organizational strategy and visioning.

A nimble and thoughtful leader who nurtures relationships by being present, engaged and multi-faceted, the Director, HR will provide excellent counsel to all academic and administrative functions on the Okanagan Campus and create strong functional linkages with Vancouver Campus HR colleagues and operations. Possessing superior leadership acumen and a truly strategic focus when implementing HR best-practices, the incumbent will optimize HR’s role as a truly effective business partner throughout UBC-O.  Success will be measured, in part, by finding synergies and empowering the HR team to achieve fluid and enlightened service delivery goals, such as the Aspire vision, while implementing strategies that produce progressive outcomes for all of UBC.

The ideal candidate will be recognized as a truly collaborative and engaging senior professional who conveys confidence that HR is attentive and service-focused. A critical thinker who has demonstrated success building solid relationships within all levels of an organization, the Director, HR will be a resilient consensus building force and one who thrives in an innovative and complex environment. With at least 10-15 years of progressively senior leadership and a depth of knowledge in labour relations, the Director, HR will bring an exceptional track record of nurturing organizational culture and exhibiting vibrant creativity that supports faculty and staff.  

To be a part of one of the world’s foremost post-secondary institutions, with the ability to foster HR innovation, visit our website and submit your CV and covering letter to Shelina Esmail and Jennifer Madden at  

PFM Executive Search / Panorama Search Partners

Suite 2020, 1055 West Hastings Street 

Vancouver, BC   V6E 2E9

Tel 604.689.9970

Contact Information

University of British Columbia - Okanagan Campuspfm@pfmsearch.com604-689-9970
Posting Date: 30-Nov-2016Human Resources Permanent, Full-Time Open 1 ASAP
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