McMaster University’s Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) is unique as the only Canadian university that combines, in one Faculty, schools of medicine (including two regional campuses), nursing, rehabilitation science, and the programs of midwifery, Bachelor of Health Sciences, physician assistant and postgraduate health sciences education. With over 2500 staff members, 900 full-time and 3000 part-time faculty members the Faculty thrives on its inter-professional and collaborative approach to healthcare and learning. As part of FHS’s continued pursuit of excellence to ensure the Faculty remains at the leading edge of health sciences education, we believe in inter-professional collaboration, commitment to our communities, accountability and responsibility, innovation, excellence, integrity and respect, and optimism.
McMaster University’s Faculty of Health Sciences is seeking a seasoned Senior Human Resources Strategic Partner (HRSP) with at least eight years’ related human resource business partner or generalist experience. The incumbent will have a proven track record as a senior HR business partner, with in depth knowledge of and experience with a broad range of human resource services.
Reporting to the Associate Director, Health Sciences Human Resources, the Senior HRSP provides a full range of Human Resources management and consultative advice/counsel to designated internal client groups within the Faculty. Responsibilities include but are not limited to providing solutions and recommendations on recruitment/selection, employee and labour relations, performance management, organizational development, compensation/benefits, training and development and workforce planning. The successful incumbent will be responsible for the development and implementation of service-oriented people strategies that are in line with best practices and current trends, anticipating and meeting current and forward-looking needs of our internal clients within our Faculty while leveraging synergies with Central HR programs.
As a strategic partner, proactively contribute to the business strategy by helping leaders to identify, prioritize, and build organizational capabilities, behaviors, structures, and processes, both current and future state.
Provide coaching and guidance to department leaders on key areas such as: performance management, recruitment, terminations, diversity and inclusion, compensation, employee development, employment equity, change management, succession planning, strategic workforce planning, and team effectiveness.
Provide strategic input and support to client groups to grow bench strength; optimize organizational design through workforce and succession planning and champion change management across all levels of the Faculty
Identifies, assesses, and recommends strategies to improve HR services based on comprehensive knowledge of human resources, and research and analysis of best practices
Coach managers and employees in the successful resolution of issues and conflicts
Works in partnership with broader HR team to plan, develop, implement, and execute HR programs and projects that meet client needs, ensuring processes and activities are aligned with Faculty and Department priorities
Facilitates strategic compensation and benefits conversations, advises on decisions in partnership with the Total Rewards team, with respective client groups
Ensures the work of HR aligns with the strategic operations of the Faculty and the University
Builds strong relationships and networks across the faculty and the organization
Maintains knowledge of current best practices and trends in human resources, including relevant legislation
Skills and Qualifications:
University degree preferably in Commerce, Psychology, or related field with a focus in Human Resources/Industrial Relations
CHRL designation strongly preferred
Minimum 8 years’ HRBP or generalist experience, preferably in a large, unionized environment
Minimum 3 years’ leadership experience with HR direct reports
Experience in an academic or health care setting an asset
Deep functional knowledge and broad experience in all areas of human resources policies, practices processes, and legislation
Demonstrated ability to analyze and address complex employee and policy issues and exercise sound and experienced judgment in providing advice and guidance, often in ambiguous situations
Early adopter of process enhancements and demonstrated agility in service design, delivery, and development of programs
Strategic thinker with proven negotiation and influencing skills
Ability to build trust, follows through, ensures people feel heard, acts with integrity
Demonstrated coaching, mentoring, and change management skills
Excellent interpersonal and well-developed communication skills
Computer proficiency with high level of competence in Microsoft Office applications; knowledge and experience with PeopleSoft an asset
McMaster’s core leadership capabilities are designed to nurture employee engagement through best people practices. All leaders will demonstrate these Leadership Capabilities by: Taking a Strategic Approach; Communicating and Collaborating; Developing People; Investing in Relationships; Championing Change and Innovation; and Driving Results.
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McMaster University is located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississauga Nations and within the lands protected by the “Dish With One Spoon” wampum agreement.
The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengthens our research and teaching excellence. In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity.
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Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact:
Human Resources Service Centre at 905-525-9140 ext. 222-HR (22247), or
Faculty of Health Sciences HR Office at ext. 22207, or
School of Graduate Studies at ext. 23679
to communicate accommodation needs.