Director, Human Resources

  • Deadline: December 24, 2020

Cape Breton University is one of Canada’s youngest and most innovative universities. Committed to pushing the boundaries of innovation and thought leadership, CBU strives to create a global academic experience and build a sustainable future for Cape Breton Island. Home to nearly 5,500 students, CBU is dedicated to excellence in teaching and learning. This excellence extends throughout the Institution’s diverse community of valued faculty and staff who relish the idea of helping to create and promote a quality environment at CBU.  Cape Breton University delivers an authentic multicultural experience to all who become part of its community. Surrounded by pristine natural landscape, vibrant culture and welcoming communities on Canada’s stunning east coast, CBU attracts students from more than 50 countries around the world.  Our people, our cultures and our strong sense of community make Cape Breton University a special place.

Reporting to the Vice-President, Finance and Operations, the Director of Human Resources is a key member of the Senior Management Team and leads CBU in promoting excellence and innovation in the delivery of human resource services for the University. As the Director of Human Resources, you will lead and oversee human resource planning and strategy development; employee and faculty relations; policy development and implementation; training, professional development, and performance management; recruitment, retention and succession planning initiatives; salary, benefit and pension administration, payroll services, compliance reporting; and occupational health and safety.  You will play a lead role in supporting the negotiation of collective agreements and in ensuring effective ongoing communications with union representatives. Accountable for ensuring that HR strategy and service is aligned with the University’s strategic objectives and supportive of the academic mission, you will work in collaborative partnership with academic and administrative leaders across the University. You will lead a talented and committed team of professionals who support CBU in all aspects of human resources management.

As the ideal candidate, you are a seasoned human resources leader with proven leadership experience and understanding of the broad range of HR functions from within a complex, unionized environment. You are conversant in contemporary HR practices and trends and have led the introduction of new policies, systems and processes to support recruitment, engagement, development and performance of talent. An exceptional communicator and highly effective negotiator, you are able to navigate collective agreement negotiations and ongoing labour relations matters with the tact and strategy needed to achieve positive outcomes.  You are a valued strategic advisor, known for your honest and reasoned approach, and your ability to successfully build cooperative relationships with individuals from a variety of backgrounds and areas. You have the credentials, reputation, experience and confidence to work seamlessly with the University’s senior leaders to strategically improve the human resource function within the university.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Andrea Forbes-Hurley at or Janet Rose at; by calling 1.866.822.6022, or submit your application online.

Cape Breton University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, our faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal 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.

Cape Breton University will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs. If you require accommodation in order to participate as a candidate in the recruitment process, please contact or communicate your needs to the recruitment professional named in the job description.