Director, Human Resources

CPA Canada is seeking to add a key lead position to our Human Resources department.

The Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) is the national organization that represents and supports more than 210,000 members across the country and around the world, and acts in the public interest. CPA Canada is a progressive and forward-thinking organization whose members bring a convergence of shared values, diverse business skills and exceptional talents to the accounting filed. As one of the world’s largest national accounting bodies, CPA Canada carries a strong influential voice within the global business community. Having transitioned to one unified profession, CPA Canada has embarked on a transformation agenda to address the next five years and focusing on the ability to successfully evolve to meet the economic and social needs of a changing global environment.

The Opportunity

The commitment to transformation and to deliver the brand promise is evidenced throughout CPA Canada. The organization has developed a formal plan to guide its continuing journey to build a high performance business with a constructive culture – one that promotes collaboration and emphasizes excellence, innovation and wellness.

Reporting to the Vice President, Administration, the Director, Human Resources is a strategic business partner and accountable for a comprehensive suite of HR programs and services to meet the needs of a diverse employee population working in a multi-site (Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, and Burnaby) environment.

The Director, Human Resources will lead and mentor a team of ten professionals, and develop and implement a human resources strategy that supports the overall corporate goals and business priorities/ plans. As the champion of a well-articulated human resources vision, the Director will provide strategic and operational expertise to a 400 staff organization undergoing significant change and transformation.

Scope of responsibilities and accountabilities

The Director, Human Resources, will develop and implement a human resources strategy that supports the strategic framework of CPA Canada. The identification of risks and opportunities associated with CPA Canada’s human resources is a critical element of the role, as is the recommendation/implementation of mitigating strategies. The Director is a key contributor to, and provides leadership, in the delivery of CPA Canada’s commitment to a highly constructive culture that drives organizational effectiveness. The focus is on current theories and practices in key areas such as talent acquisition and retention, performance management, total rewards and recognition, training and development, employee engagement, organizational development and design, and succession planning.

The Director leads the development and implementation of special projects to support the organization’s transformation agenda. The Director champions and supports the build of a HRMS that drives effective and efficient employee and resource decisions aligned with the organization’s strategic priorities and timelines. The Director seeks to understand employee needs, ensuring the development and implementation of people-related services, policies and programs and HR processes and metrics to ensure compliance and measurement of achievement against the organization’s business goals and plans. The Director builds the presence of both the HR agenda and the team members within the organization while maintaining the capacity and competencies of the HR team/department with a lens of excellence and continuous improvement.

The Director, Human Resources will be seen as a trusted advisor to leaders throughout the organization. He/she will forecast critical social, legislative and people trends, leading the organization in implementing strategies and programs that employees can commit to, and have an impact on CPA Canada’s business. The Director, Human Resources will be seen as an architect of talent, culture and leadership as he/she assists executives and management to deliver on their strategic objectives. The Director, Human Resources will garner credibility by building relationships of trust and respect within the organization, and provide advice and consultation to all levels of management to ensure the alignment of the human capital strategy with the business strategies. The Director, Human Resources will champion CPA Canada’s vision, mission, values and strategic direction with a sense of urgency, enthusiasm and drive for results.

The Candidate

The ideal candidate possesses the following experience, skills, knowledge and attributes:

  • Both strategic and tactical with the ability to see the bigger picture and chart future direction while also developing and implementing operational plans to achieve measurable results; builds resilience and capacity as well as demonstrates innovation and creativity.
  • Possesses exceptional interpersonal, communication and consulting skills with the ability to influence and gain the trust and respect within a sophisticated knowledge-driven professional environment.
  • Progressively more responsible years of HR leadership and strong generalist experience that includes both developing programs and delivering HR services to client groups in a multi-provincial environment.
  • Experience in an environment practicing current theories and practices with demonstrated deliverables, outcomes and measurements.
  • Experience in leading broad organizational change and providing support to assist employees in adapting to change while continuing to focus on delivering exceptional service within a framework of business accountability.
  • Possesses strong organizational and project management skills.
  • Ability to garner credibility for themselves and for the function with employees, the senior executive leadership team, and governance committees of the Board; brings an impressive blend of business acumen and human resources experience and political acuity.
  • Experience building high-performance HR teams.
  • Thrives in a challenging, complex environment; results-oriented and accountable.
  • Values-driven with the highest level of integrity.
  • University degree, preferably at the Master’s level, and a related professional designation.
  • Bilingualism is an asset.

This position is located in Toronto.

Contact Information

Amrop Knightsbridge

Should you have any questions regarding this exciting and challenging opportunity, please contact:

Meaghan MacLeod, Partner 416-928-4539

Charlotte Harris, Research Consultant 416-640-4317