Assistant Vice-President Human Resources

Ryerson University is a distinctly urban university with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. It is guided by a bold Academic Plan, an ambitious research agenda, and a Master Plan to revitalize the campus and surrounding neighbourhood and reshape the downtown core of Toronto. Ryerson has a mission to serve societal need and a long-standing commitment to engaging its community. It is the most applied-to university in Ontario relative to available spaces and its reputation with business and community leaders continues to rise. It is clearly a university on the move.

Reporting to the Vice-President, Administration and Operations the Assistant Vice-President, Human Resources (AVP HR) is a key member of, and contributor to, Ryerson’s administration leadership team.  The Assistant Vice-President Human Resources develops, implements and maintains human resources strategies, programs, policies and services that support the strategic direction, the values and the priorities of the University.  The AVP HR, in partnership with appropriate stakeholders, provides 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 efficient client focused service and will be responsible for providing counsel to Ryerson leadership, fostering a positive labour relations climate, diversity through talent management practices and nurturing a healthy, learning-enriched and high-performance work culture throughout the University.

The AVP HR will guide innovative organizational change and service delivery, in collaboration with a team of talented senior administrators, managers and staff across the following functional units: Consulting & Labour Relations, Consulting & Strategic Projects, Organization and Employee Effectiveness, Operations & Technology, Pensions & Benefits, Total Compensation and Workplace Wellbeing and the HR Administration & Finance. 

The ideal candidate is a strategic minded leader who embodies what Ryerson is known for: innovation and entrepreneurship, leadership and best practices, nimbleness and responsiveness, and equity, diversity and inclusion. Cultural fluency and experience working with diverse constituencies is a requirement for this role. You must have successful human resource leadership experience within a large and complex organizations where you have led organizational change management and implemented transformational HR programs. Inspiring people management skills, building strong collaborative relationships and communicating with ease with various groups are also required. The AVP HR must possess an undergraduate degree, with a graduate degree considered an asset, along 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 with significant labour relations exposure.

Ryerson University welcomes those who would contribute to the further diversification of its staff, its faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply but applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

To explore this significant human resources leadership position at Ryerson University further, please contact Jane Griffith or Amanda Bugatto at or submit your resume and related information in confidence online at

Ryerson University is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, upon request, accommodation will be provided by both Odgers Berndtson and Ryerson University throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.