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11 Jul 2017

Full-Time Senior Human Resources Advisor

The Ontario Nurses’ Association – Posted by Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Job Description

Vacancy ID#: 2017-25 (Re-post from May 19, 2017)

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Type: Permanent Full-time

Date: July 7, 2017

Founded in 1973, the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is a leading health-care union representing 64,000 registered nurses and health professionals and 16,000 nursing student affiliates working in Ontario hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, community, clinics and industry. ONA is committed to the advancement of the social, economic and general welfare of its members providing labour relations services that include representation of members to ensure their rights under the collective agreement are protected and negotiating the best possible terms and conditions of employment. ONA advocates for the highest standards of health care for all Ontarians. Looking to the future, ONA will continue to provide proactive strategies to raise the awareness of the value (including economic and patient benefits) of RNs with all stakeholders.

ONA is seeking to hire a Senior Human Resources (HR) Advisor. If you enjoy being on the front line of an operational and collaborative team that reports to the CEO/CAOs office, foreseeing potential issues before they occur and coming up with new and innovative ways to be both effective and engaging, then this is the role for you. You will be a proactive and tactical advisor, a coach and counsellor to employees and managers, and will be responsible for providing consulting services, representation, support and advice for HR, labour and employment related matters. Reporting to the Head of our Labour Relations/HR team, the Senior HR Advisor supports a strategic approach to partner with management and staff to implement people strategies that drive organizational results in support of HR’s and ONA’s strategic plans. The incumbent will be responsible for the full spectrum of both HR and employee relations including but not limited to health, safety and wellness, recruitment, performance management, employee and organizational development and collective agreement administration. In addition to providing support to the organization, and building upon current best practices, the Senior HR Advisor, in collaboration with HR colleagues, provides strategic HR support and leadership to ONA committees, projects, and policy/program development.

This is what else you can expect from this dynamic role:

  • Be the advisor, coach, and subject matter expert to employee teams and for management to improve their human resources leadership capability, team effectiveness, strategic insight, and organizational performance.
  • Lead, plan, develop, implement, and evaluate activities to meet long-term and short-term employee needs in support of the strategic direction of the organization.
  • Co-Chair the Joint Health & Safety Committee supporting health and wellness throughout the organization for both union and non-union employees; principle contact for third-party providers, management teams and HR when health, safety and wellness issues need to be escalated.
  • Maintain an effective health & safety framework and process including coordinating workplace inspections, occupational injury including WSIB claims management ensuring legislative compliance.
  • Lead full cycle recruitment, in collaboration with the Manager, Human Resources.
  • Build applicant sources by researching and contacting community services, colleges, employment agencies, recruiters, media, and internet sites; providing organization information, opportunities, and benefits; making presentations; maintaining rapport.
  • Collective Agreement administration, interpretation, with respect to seniority, job postings, compensation, benefits, union and management practices, and other contractual stipulations as required.
  • Produce and generate statistical information related to health, safety and wellness (i.e. cost, frequency, trending etc.).
  • Develop, implement and lead a performance management program in alignment to strategic goals.
  • Contribute to the formulation of the HR integrated agenda, priorities and objectives, and collaborate with HR colleagues to implement cross-functional initiatives by sharing knowledge and experience informally or through participation in project teams.

What we are looking for:

The successful candidate will possess –

    • Bachelor’s degree in a related field (human resources and/or labour relations, organizational behaviour, business).
  • Five (5) to seven (7) years of recent related experience in human resources, training and/or organizational development; minimum of two (2) years in a unionized environment (or an equivalent combination of education and experience satisfactory to ONA).
  • Four plus (4+) years of experience in end to end recruiting, preferably in a fast-paced, unionized/healthcare environment.
  • Subject matter expert on health and safety, claims management, performance management and employee relations.
  • Previous experience as a co-chair on a health safety committee and health and safety certification, or in progress is required.


    • CHRP or CHRL professional designation, or in progress is an asset.
    • Demonstrated experience in coaching, mentoring, problem-solving, and organizational processes.
    • Excellent consulting, communication and engagement skills, coupled with the ability to influence senior stakeholders in establishing/delivering HR actions and metrics to meet strategic objectives.
    • Strong working knowledge and understanding of health & safety laws, employment laws and industry trends relating to HR.
    • Superior administration and organizational skills in order to effectively manage multiple initiatives and projects from beginning to end.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in employee and organizational development such as process mapping, brainstorming, and strategic planning.


  • Practical understanding and application of methodologies and approaches for: organization design, leadership development, performance management, diversity, and conflict management.
  • Highly developed probing, investigative and analytical skills to identify issues, write reports and make recommendations.
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated ability in core competencies including listening, analyzing, problem solving, influencing, decision making, negotiation, and adaptability.
  • Demonstrated tact and sound professional judgment when responding to matters concerning sensitive information.    
  • Thank you for your interest in joining us. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
  • The Ontario Nurses’ Association is committed to employment equity within its staff. Applications are encouraged from equity groups including individuals of Aboriginal descent, racialized individuals, individuals with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ persons. We also provide accessible employment practicesthat are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (‘AODA’). If you require accommodation for a disability during any stage of the recruitment process, please notify Human Resources at
  • Please submit your resume to by end of day July 21, 2017. Please include the vacancy ID# 2017-25 in the subject line.
  • If you are seeking an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others as well as your own, visit our website and apply today!
  • This employee must be willing to travel across the province when needed.

Job Categories: Human Resources. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 80,000 - 100,000.

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