Director HR Business Partners

Requisition ID: 33274 


Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Vancouver has a commitment to becoming a City of Reconciliation. Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities and is working towards being the greenest city in the world. Named among Canada's Top 100 Employers, BC's Top Employers, and Canada's Greenest Employers, the City of Vancouver seeks colleagues who can help shape and embody our core commitments to sustainability, decolonization, equity and outstanding quality of life for all residents.  Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.


The Director, HR Business Partnerships provides strategic HR leadership and promotes a high performance culture at the City of Vancouver. The role is responsible for developing, shaping and executing the strategic direction and overall leadership of specific divisions, and partners closely with other HR centers of expertise to deliver, implement and support a broad range of HR programs and initiatives to client groups in an integrated manner.

Key Contacts and Reporting Relationships The position reports to, and works closely with, the Chief Human Resources Officer and is a member of the Executive HR Leadership Team. The Director leads the HR Business Partners through two HRBP managers, the Compensation and Benefits team, and the HR Services Centre. The Director liaises with business units, unions, Metro Vancouver and internal/external legal counsel and other stakeholders.


  • Provides leadership and direction to teams of HR professionals within Compensation and Benefits, Human Resources Business Partnerships and the HR Service Centre,
  • Partners closely with CHRO and Director Organizational Development and Strategic Initiatives and the Director of Organizational Health and Safety effectively plan, organize and utilize HR resources to deliver an integrated, value add service to the organization,
  • Leads the development of HR strategies to support complex and varied organizational priorities,
  • Works collaboratively and cooperatively as part of the Executive HR Leadership Team, promoting teamwork across the department by understanding roles, defining deliverables, sharing information, communicating collaboratively, building consensus and being accountable,
  • Drives innovative HR solutions and creative thinking both with teams and client groups, and identifies opportunities to enhance current approaches for the purpose of continuous improvement and increased efficiency/effectiveness,
  • Ensures direct reports and respective teams identify with and operationalize the Corporate Business Plan, HR Strategy, departmental vision and direction as it relates to the performance of their objectives,

Required Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, commerce, industrial relations, or a related field,
  • Several (10+) years of related experience in a senior leadership position, including managing
  • progressively larger teams in a complex HR organization.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Ability to plan, organize, develop, influence and implement strategy,
  • Ability to lead and manage multiple teams effectively, communicate clearly, and to achieve goals,
  • Ability to understand others and work collaboratively,
  • Represents HRS by reporting and working with Council, City Leadership Team, and business units
  • Lead a number of Human Resource strategies, policies and procedures by developing, implementing,
  • monitoring, and evaluating to effect improvements and organizational effectiveness,
  • Aligns and monitors metrics for City and HRS strategies with service delivery and program development,
  • Ensures divisional policy, procedure, practice, process and system compliance with applicable legislation, collective agreements and other laws, regulations, standards and guidelines by reviewing and making recommendations for existing and forthcoming legislation, jurisprudence etc.,

Other duties/responsibilities as assigned.

  • Ability to present to, and work with, City Council, committees, City Leadership Team, and internal and external groups,
  • Ability to coach and develop others within the team and throughout the organization
  • Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships at all levels of the organization and with external stakeholders,
  • Knowledge and awareness of all HR programs and services; experience in the relevant areas of human resources, including attraction and retention, compensation, labour relations, employee relations, learning and development, performance management, employee engagement, and resource planning,
  • Change/Project Management experience and expertise,
  • Knowledge of applicable legislation, ability to develop, implement and assess strategies,
  • Ability to influence, negotiate and resolve conflict in a unionized environment,
  • Ability to provide service to the organization, including conducting needs assessments, setting quality standards and evaluating satisfaction, and excellent group facilitation skills.


All City of Vancouver employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of hire and ongoing employment.  Candidates may only be exempted from this requirement if they request and are approved for an accommodation based on a reason related to a Human Rights Code ground (such as disability). Such a request must be made during, not after, the recruitment process. 


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At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. Indigenous applicants, people of colour, all genders, LGBT2Q+ and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Accommodations will be provided upon request during the selection process. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion




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