Associate Vice-President (Human Resources)

The University of Manitoba (U of M) invites nominations, applications, and expressions of interest for the position of Associate Vice-President (Human Resources) (AVP HR).

U of M is seeking a dynamic, strategic, and accomplished HR leader who will bring energy and new direction to an area that is critically important to the University’s future. Reporting to the Vice-President (Administration), the AVP HR acts as the chief human resources officer for the University, providing leadership and strategic direction in the areas of labour relations and HR planning, development, and administration. They will support the University’s needs through policy development and direct service delivery to the Faculties and divisions, and will be responsible for providing guidance and counsel to University leadership, fostering a positive labour relations climate, and nurturing a healthy, learning-enriched and high-performance work culture throughout the University.

The AVP HR will oversee a diverse and challenging portfolio, guiding transformative organizational change, and work in collaboration with a team of talented senior administrators, managers and staff across the following functional units: Compensation and Benefits, Pension, HR Client Services, HR Systems, Learning and Organizational Development, Change Management and Project Services, and Staff Relations.

The University is interested in an individual who is an accomplished, collaborative, HR leader with expertise in employee relations, who has led organizational change management and implemented transformational HR programs in complex settings. The appointment calls for an outstanding communicator and effective negotiator – an influencer and champion of HR’s potential in contributing to the success of the University and its core activities. The AVP HR must possess an undergraduate degree with relevant professional credentials, combined with extensive experience at a senior HR level within a post-secondary institution or a complex, diversified private or public organization.

Recognized as Western Canada’s first university, and located in the City of Winnipeg, the University of Manitoba is a place where students come to learn and be inspired. The University, home to approximately 30,000 students, 5,000 academic faculty, and 3,950 support staff, is the largest in the province. As Manitoba’s only medical-doctoral institution and as a member of the U15 group of Research Universities, the University dominates the Manitoba research landscape and ranks among Canada’s most research-intensive universities. Over $1.8 billion in annual economic activity in the province is attributable to the University of Manitoba, making it one of the most important contributors to the province’s prosperity.

University of Manitoba campuses are located on the original lands of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation. The University is honoured to have been chosen to host The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, which provides access for all to its innovative and progressive archive to foster reconciliation. The University of Manitoba is committed to Indigenous achievement and to making Manitoba a centre of excellence for Indigenous education and research.  

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The University of Manitoba is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from women, racialized persons, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the “Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Manitoba).”

Consideration of candidates will begin in Spring 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Nominations, applications or expressions of interest should be directed to Gerri Woodford or Krutika Hotwani at