Director, Compensation, Human Resources & Equity

The Division of Human Resources & Equity (HR&E) in the University of Toronto (U of T) seeks a seasoned professional for the role of Director, Compensation. Confident and a creative problem solver, the incumbent embodies these qualities as they advance the compensation portfolio for Canada’s largest university. Reporting to the Chief Human Resources Officer, the Director is an important part of the division’s leadership team, and the most senior resource for the operation and iterative design of compensation processes at the University.

Among other responsibilities, the Director oversees a strong staff complement and leads the ongoing evaluation and implementation of the University’s compensation programs. The Director ensures compliance with regulatory and audit requirements; stays conversant on legislation and legislative changes within the public sector; and, to ensure they add value to the HR ecosystem across campus, brings direct experience in or an appreciation for complementary HR verticals (benefits, pension, payroll, talent management). As the University prepares to launch SAP SuccessFactors, the Director must be comfortable leveraging technology and should be energized by the inception of new tools. In addition, the Director must have a deep and abiding commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, and embodies these principles in the work that they do.

The ideal candidate holds a degree from a recognized university (preferably in HR) along with their CCP (Certified Compensation Professional) and/or CHRP (Certified Human Resources Professional) designation. Direct experience within a compensation portfolio is required (in areas including, but not limited to annual merit budgeting, competitive pay analysis, job evaluation, pay equity legislation, pay structure, variable pay, etc.). Given the size and scope of the University—with approximately 18,000 unionized employees within 10 unions and 23 bargaining units—experience in a comparable setting is very strongly preferred. The Director must communicate in a compelling manner—both verbally and in written form—and must be finessed in ensuring compliance while being a consummate and solutions-oriented business partner. The incumbent must exercise sound judgment, tact, and diplomacy in all interactions; and, must be experienced in managing multiple, competing, and frequently changing priorities.

Established by royal charter in 1827, the University of Toronto is consistently ranked among the world’s top universities. The University encompasses 18 Faculties and Schools, more than 100 departments, and 170 research centres and institutes. Its teaching programs are delivered on the historic St. George campus in the heart of Toronto, on campuses in Mississauga and Scarborough, and in nine fully affiliated teaching hospitals. With approximately 20,000 faculty and staff, some 90,000 students, and an annual operating budget of $2.7 billion, the University contributes $15.7 billion to the Canadian economy each year. Additional information can be found on the University’s website:

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. In accordance with the AODA Act, accommodation will be provided throughout the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities.

Consideration of candidates will commence early December 2020. Interested applicants can use the following link to submit their application (letter of interest and resume): Nominations and enquiries can be sent to