Director, Human Resources

Company: New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization
Position Title: Director, Human Resources
Location: Remote, anywhere in Canada
Type: Full Time
Salary Range: Interested candidates are asked to supply a statement that details salary expectations for the role.


The New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO) is a national not-for-profit organization with the critical mandate of advancing the establishment of a researcher-focused, agile, strategic, and sustainable Digital Research Infrastructure (DRI) ecosystem for Canadian researchers.

Established in 2019, we are working with other DRI partners and stakeholders across the country to help provide Canadian academics and scholars the digital tools, services, and infrastructure they need to support leading-edge scientific excellence, research, innovation, and advancement across all disciplines.

Our mandate is critical to all of Canada’s academic researchers, our country’s ability to remain globally competitive, and our collective ability to benefit society as a whole.


The Director of Human Resources (HR) is responsible for overseeing the overall administration, coordination, and evaluation of HR plans and programs. Reporting directly to the Vice President, Corporate Services, the Director of HR will be instrumental in building the strategic plan for the integration of other entities, organizational design, and creating a collaborative corporate culture. The Director of HR will also manage activities such as job design, benefits redesign, recruitment, employee relations, performance management, training & development, and talent management.

The Director of HR leads the implementation of people-related services, policies, and programs, including advising NDRIO Senior Management regarding all HR-related issues.


  • Enhances NDRIO’s human resources by planning, implementing, and evaluating employee relations and HR policies, programs, and practices.
  • Supports NDRIO staff by establishing a recruitment, assessment, and interviewing program; counseling managers on candidate selection; conducting and analyzing exit interviews; and recommending changes.
  • Ensures effective orientation and training programs as administered by the HR Business Partner.
  • Designs and implements change management processes as needed including during mergers/​integrations.
  • Continue to advance an inclusive, diverse, equitable organization; a pillar of NDRIO’s corporate culture.
  • Manages the compensation structure and salary structure by conducting periodic job surveys and review; scheduling and conducting job evaluations; preparing pay budgets, in consultation with the Finance team; monitoring and scheduling individual pay actions; and recommending, planning, and implementing compensation structure revisions.
  • Ensures planning, monitoring, and appraisal of employee work results by training managers to coach and discipline employees; scheduling management conferences with employees; hearing and resolving employee grievances; and counseling employees and supervisors.
  • Oversees employee benefits programs by recommending benefit programs to management; obtaining and evaluating benefit contract bids; and awarding benefit contracts, in consultation with the Vice President of Corporate Services and Senior Leadership.
  • Management and resolution of complex employee relations issues including conducts effective, thorough, and objective investigations, where necessary.
  • Ensures legal compliance by monitoring and implementing applicable HR federal and provincial requirements, conducting investigations, maintaining records, and representing NDRIO at hearings, where necessary.
  • Enforces management guidelines by preparing, updating, and recommending HR policies and procedures.
  • Cultivates professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks, and participating in professional societies.
  • Completes HR operational requirements by scheduling and assigning employees and following up on work results.
  • Foster the professional development and oversee the work deliverables of the HR Business Partner.
  • Perform cross-functional and/​or other duties consistent with the job classification, as assigned or requested.


  • College, Undergraduate and/​or Masters-level Degree in Business Administration or HR.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of senior level experience with increasing level of seniority is highly desirable.
  • Ability to quickly learn and/​or develop human resource management systems and talent management systems.
  • Strong knowledge of employee relations and Pan-Canadian labour legislation and/​or regulation.
  • Demonstrated ability to network and build effective working relationships with senior management and staff.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and supporting a high performing team. 
  • Exceptional judgment and discretion with the ability to problem solve and generate action from ambiguity; and mediate complex situations with multiple stakeholders. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing is required. Having these skills in both of Canada’s two official languages would be an asset. 
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, writing and presentation skills. 
  • Strong proficiency with computer applications, including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. 
  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to work with a culturally diverse population. 
  • Other relevant professional certifications are an asset. 

Professional Affiliations/​Memberships:

  • Human Resources qualification is required.

To apply, please send your resume and covering letter with the subject line Director, Human Resources to HR-​RH@​engagedri.​ca. Please also supply a statement that details your salary expectations for the role. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply not later than Friday, April 16th, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

NDRIO recognizes that challenges remain in achieving the full participation of equity-seeking groups (including women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minority/​racialized groups, and members of LGBTQ2+) in research careers and is committed to identifying and eliminating barriers that may exist within its own hiring process, programs, and practices.