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Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

Position: Director, Human Resources

Reports to: Vice-President, Operations & Strategies

The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) changes lives by bringing people and knowledge together to reduce the harms of alcohol and other drugs on society. It is the only national organization with a legislated mandate to undertake this work at a national level. We partner with public, private and non-governmental organizations to improve the health and safety of Canadians. CCSA’s vision is for a healthier Canadian society where evidence transforms approaches to substance use.

CCSA recognizes and respects the power of the ways of knowing and Traditional Knowledge held by the First Peoples. We are committed to soliciting and incorporating Traditional Knowledge and Indigenous ways of knowing into our work.
The Director, Human Resources (HR) is accountable for providing strategic leadership and direction for the organization’s human resources. As an integral member of the Senior Leadership Team, the Director HR actively participates in all aspects of business planning and contributes to decisions on organizational direction, policies, priorities and strategic objectives.

The Director is responsible for the design, development and provision of a comprehensive HR management function that is aligned with the organization’s values, strategic objectives and operational goals. The Director HR ensures the delivery of cost effective services to enable the organization to manage its human resources. In a culture that reflects CCSA’s values, principles and practices, the Director HR contributes to employee engagement, attracts new talent, provides development and learning opportunities, and champions CCSA’s commitment to psychological health and safety for all employees.

The Director HR will combine strategic leadership and hands-on tactical implementation in the areas of total compensation, recruitment, retention and employee engagement, change management, policy design and implementation, performance leadership, coaching, training and development, employee relations, and benefits administration.


  • Develop and implement HR policies, employee relations practices, organizational development, leadership competencies, etc.
  • Define, track and report on HR metrics, including performance and risk indicators
  • Implement benefits and training programs that meet individual and organizational needs
  • Oversee and implement organizational HR-related change initiatives and programs as required
  • Develop and implement succession planning initiatives
  • Provide value-added strategic HR advice to the Senior Leadership Team
  • Lead the recruitment for CCSA staff and ensure cultural fit
  • Lead the implementation, monitoring, evaluation and development of CCSA’s HR strategies and procedures
  • Administer, evaluate results and make recommendations to the Senior Leadership Team about employee engagement surveys or pulse surveys, follow-up surveys for events, etc.
  • Oversee the HR budget as well as the professional development and legal budgets for CCSA
  • Triage all legal requests for all divisions of CCSA
  • Ensure CCSA remains compliant with all pertinent laws, including but not limited to Employment Standards Act, Ontario Human Rights Code Occupational Health and Safety Act, Official Languages Act and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)
  • Ensure all legislated training is delivered in a timely and cost effect manner (e.g., Violence and Harassment in the Workplace, AODA, etc.)
  • Develop, maintain and enhance the performance management program, including probationary period reviews, annual reviews and performance development programs
  • Responsible for ensuring internal equity and pay for performance program
  • Ensure the ongoing evaluation of new or changed job positions using Korn Ferry Hay Group, and maintain grade structure and job evaluation
  • Ensure CCSA adheres to its approved Compensation Framework
  • Lead the Joint Health and Safety Committee
  • Ensure CCSA follows best practices in maintaining a healthy and safe work environment
  • Responsible for the development and implementation of wellness initiatives, including but not limited to mental health, safety and security
  • Is the designated Official Languages Champion for CCSA
  • Is the designated Privacy Officer for CCSA
  • Develop and submit required reports, surveys, etc., including but not limited to federal departments (e.g., Official Languages, Heritage Canada, Statistics Canada), compensation surveys, etc.)
  • Chair employee committees, including Staff Charities Committee and Social Committee
  • Sit as a member of Issues of Substance (IOS) Conference Planning Committee and chair IOS Ethics Committee
  • Review and contribute to responses to Access to Information and Privacy requests


  • University degree in commerce, HR or a related discipline
  • Minimum of 15 years of progressively more senior experience in HR with a minimum of five years at a leadership level
  • Bilingual, English and French
  • Secret Security Clearance or ability to be cleared to Secret level
  • Certified management for Joint Health and Safety
  • Significant experience in managing the design, development and implementation of HR and business strategies
  • Strong knowledge of HR policies, practices, procedures and related legislation
  • A demonstrated practical- and business-focused approach to problem solving
  • Strong leadership, strategic and decision-making skills
  • Strong business acumen in support of the organization’s strategic goals
  • Creativity and knowledge of best-practice HR programs to lead the development and integration of policies, processes and programs that will be practical, competitive, appropriate and flexible, and will fit the organization in the near and long term
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to leverage resources both within and outside CCSA to achieve HR objectives
  • Interpersonal skills to build relationships, champion initiatives, influence decisions and mentor staff
  • Highly flexible and readily adaptable to changing priorities and circumstances
  • Ability to drive a respectful and collaborative culture throughout the organization


  • An HR designation such as Certified HR Professional (CHRP)

To apply for this position, please submit your application and related materials to Alain Pescador and state the title of the position in the subject line of your e-mail.

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