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Human Resources Manager

Job Type: 
HR / Benefits / Payroll
Organization: 
City of Chestermere
Job Description : 

As a member of the Corporate Services team, this position provides functional supervision and operational management of the Human Resources and Safety functions in support of the municipality’s overall operations and development.

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Strategic Human Resources, e.g., compensation management including compensation strategies like total rewards; performance management and development including revision of job descriptions, annual performance review strategies; attraction and retention strategies including management of recognition program; workforce planning including strategic succession planning; organization training and development including identification of skills and training gaps, skills development, facilitation and coordination of training sessions; organization development and effectiveness; coordination and champion of corporate culture; coaching and mentoring; best practices
  • Human resources, e.g., payroll, benefits, policy development and interpretation; dismissal; employee relations; investigations
  • Health and safety, e.g., Health and Safety Management System, workplace audits, policy and procedure, emergency preparedness

This position provides senior professional, business, operational and supervisory expertise in the attainment of annual goals and initiatives within the broader framework of the City/Department’s annual and 4 year Strategic and Business Plans and associated legislation and regulations.

Key Result Areas:

People leadership

The Human Resources Manager builds cohesive interdependent teams that work to achieve their respective departmental objectives and, in collaboration with other departments, the overall vision of the City of Chestermere within the context of the Strategic Initiatives contained within the rolling 4 year Strategic Plan.

Main responsibilities:

  • Provide functional leadership, supervision, and consultation to subordinate staff within the Human Resources and Safety team, ensuring that staff are given appropriate latitude for creativity within the bounds of accountability, e.g., recruitment, selection, compensation and retention, staff scheduling, performance management, evaluation and development, mentoring and coaching.
  • Provide staff with opportunities for training, career development, and execute a succession planning strategy.
  • Build a cohesive team, e.g., provide opportunities so that team members know of and value each other’s expertise and skills, foster an environment where staff assume responsibility for each other’s professional development and growth, provide opportunities for staff to work across programs to optimize the use of resources and achieve results, encourage a passion for their work and a sense of team.
  • Represent the Corporate Services team and act as a model the desired values, attitudes, skills and behaviors that contribute to a safe, ethical work environment and healthy team functioning, often in the role of a champion of change.

Corporate Services team

The Corporate Services team represents the values and beliefs of the City of Chestermere, both internally and externally, and networks effectively with stakeholders, the community, other professionals and service providers. Corporate Services team members build leaders throughout the organization and the community.

Main responsibilities:

  • Demonstrate the City values.
  • Represent Corporate Services and the greater good of the City by providing input into the development and implementation of Corporate Services priorities regarding trends and concerns affecting staff, gaps in service, and opportunities for new services and partnerships.
  • Ensure a safe and healthy work environment for staff, visitors, the community and stakeholders, e.g., participate in workplace safety initiatives, participate in formal and informal worksite safety and environment inspections and audits, ensure compliance and accountability with the City’s Health and Safety Management System, ensure staff are trained and aware of the guidelines and standards for each program, mandatory training requirements are met, and renewal of required certification occurs.
  • Responsible for using confidential information appropriately, and maintaining the confidentiality and security of all information related to the City.

Financial and administrative

The Human Resources Manager is responsible for monitoring and reporting the financial and operational activities of the Corporate Services department aligned to its Business Plan, and for exploring potential partnerships, efficiencies and funding sources that might serve to enhance the services offered by the municipality.

Main responsibilities:

  • Manage the identification and development of mitigation plans regarding potential financial, operational, safety and environmental risks, ensure that policies and procedures are adhered to within own area of responsibility.
  • Manage the development, monitoring and reporting of budgets and participate in the annual Corporate Services budget process, e.g., ensure that all expenditures are tracked, all activities are within operational budgets, ensure any potential budget difficulties are communicated to the Director, and corrected in a timely manner.
  • Develop, recommend and administer the annual staff salary program.
  • Participate in the exploration of forward – thinking partnership and funding opportunities, cost and operating efficiencies.

Human Resources Manager accountabilities

  • Provide senior municipal, operations, supervisory, and professional expertise and advice in the implementation, monitoring, and continuous improvement of:
    • Strategic Human Resources, e.g., compensation management including compensation strategies like total rewards; performance management and development including revision of job descriptions, annual performance review strategies; attraction and retention strategies including management of recognition program; workforce planning including strategic succession planning; organization training and development including identification of skills and training gaps, skills development, facilitation and coordination of training sessions; organization development and effectiveness; coordination and champion of corporate culture; coaching and mentoring; best practices
    • Human Resources e.g., payroll, benefits, policy development and interpretation; dismissal; employee relations; investigations
    • Health and safety, e.g., Health and Safety Management System, workplace audits, policy and procedure, emergency preparedness, training, investigations
  • Participate in the assessment of the current and future needs of the City, gathering input and feedback, utilizing evaluation tools, analyzing and reporting statistical and evaluative data for overall planning and program development purposes.
  • Network and facilitate partnerships with local, regional, provincial and federal subject matter experts and service providers, e.g., peers in other municipalities, consultants, interest groups, maintain an awareness of best practices and opportunities.
  • Represent Corporate Services internally as a subject matter expert and champion of capacity building and excellence in human resources and safety e.g., undertake and provide recommendations to the Director of Corporate Services, CAO and Council.
  • Manage the enhancement and implementation of City and Department Policies and Procedures within legislative and regulatory requirements and best practices, e.g., Alberta Employment Standards Act, Alberta Human Rights, FOIP, health and safety.
  • Represent the City on a variety of professional associations and organizations, e.g., Human Resources Institute of Alberta, Strategic Capability Network.
  • Participate in sensitive negotiations, contracts and agreements with service providers and partners.
  • Provide highly responsible and complex support to the Director, Corporate Services on sensitive issues.
  • Participate as a member of the Chestermere Emergency Response team in preparing and enabling the community to respond in the event of a local disaster or regional disaster.

Please note: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the incumbent of this job.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and activities required of this position.

Required education and experience:

  • University degree in Human Resources Management or a related discipline.
  • 8 years of related and progressive managerial experience, including financial and budgetary experience.

Required knowledge, skills, and attributes:

  • Required certifications and/or documentation
  • Certified Human Resource Professional (CHRP) designation is required.
  • Clear Criminal Record Check deemed satisfactory by the City.
  • Valid Class 5 Alberta Driver’s License and a Driver’s Abstract deemed satisfactory by the City.
  • Maintain valid Standard First Aid CPR C and AED certifications.

Expected skills and attributes

  • Analytical and creative thinking skills as a member of the Corporate Services team, e.g., analytical skills with the ability to solve problems, make decisions, negotiate and deal effectively with people.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of governance issues, e.g., policy interpretation.
  • Communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively in written and oral form, e.g., maintain ongoing communication to anticipate and prevent potential problems, develop and maintain positive and effective working relationships with staff, the public, and other stakeholders.
  • Proven supervisory capability, e.g., ability to motivate staff towards constant improvement and encourage staff to make recommendations, coaching, mentoring, performance management and development.
  • Ability to act as an advocate, balancing the needs of staff and citizens with the needs of the City.
  • Business acumen, including budget management skills, contract management skills and the ability to make effective decisions that are well-informed and that reflect the input gathered from stakeholders.
  • Strong work ethic and highly motivated, e.g., ability to work in a fast paced environment and respond to action requests and competing deadlines in a timely matter.
  • Proficiency with MS Office, e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and applicable accounting software.

Preferred skills and attributes

  • Working knowledge of best practice managerial methods, techniques and practices.
  • Previous experience in a municipal environment is an asset.

Working Conditions:

  • Normal office conditions.
  • Long periods of sitting, reading and concentration.
  • Regularly attending evening Council, Committee and community meetings.
  • May encounter unpleasant interactions with various stakeholders.
  • Stress associated with risk management, and the responsibility for the well - being, safety and environmental protection for City staff, and champion of corporate culture.
Closing Date: 
March 1, 2018
Application Return: 

The City appreciates receiving resumes from all qualified individuals, however only those applicants who are short-listed for an interview will be contacted.

Interested candidates are encouraged to submit their cover letter and resume referencing Job Competition Human Resources Manager 2018.  This competition will remain open until filled.

City of Chestermere

105 Marina Road, Chestermere, Alberta, T1X 1V7

Attention:  Human Resources Department

Email:  jobs@chestermere.ca

Fax:  (403) 207-7080