New Brunswick


Associate Vice President, Human Resources & Organizational Development

Founded in 1785, the University of New Brunswick (UNB) is proud to be one of the first public universities in North America and the oldest English-language university in Canada. From its main campuses in Fredericton and Saint John, UNB currently serves over 9,600 students from over 100 countries with undergraduate and graduate programs in more than 75 disciplines and continuing education in a variety of fields. With full-time and part-time undergraduate and graduate degrees in Science, Education, Arts, Business Administration, Computer Science, Nursing, Engineering, Forestry, Law and Kinesiology, as well as certificates and diplomas, UNB’s innovative programs prepare students for the real world.

In the region, UNB contributes significantly to the province with an annual economic impact of $1.2 billion on the provincial economy over the course of one year - equivalent to 4.5 per cent of the gross domestic product of New Brunswick. UNB has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for 2020, marking its seventh such award in the last eight years. In addition, UNB has also been recognized as one of Atlantic Canada’s top employers of 2020.

Reporting to the Vice President of Administration and Finance, the Associate Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development (AVP, HR & OD) is responsible for the strategic oversight of the human resources (HR) function within the university. The AVP, HR & OD leads, plans, and directs a range of HR functions and services including labour relations, insured benefits and pension administration, compensation, talent management, organizational learning and development, and HR information and analysis. The AVP, HR & OD works with the senior leadership team within the university and the Vice President of the Saint John Campus, acting as a trusted and credible human resources advisor to ensure that the HR strategy for the university is aligned with the strategic objectives and mission of the university.

The incumbent for the role will lead the human resources team through an exciting period of innovation and change. The AVP, HR & OD will work to create a strategic plan for human resources within the university and will focus on key priorities such as creating process improvement, increasing technological capabilities within the department, overseeing review of and changes to current policies and compensation frameworks, and developing a learning and development strategy for the university.

As the ideal candidate, you are an experienced senior human resources leader with a proven history of leadership within a human resources portfolio in a complex governance structure within a unionized environment, as well as experience working in multi-location organizations. You have experience leading change in organizations undergoing transformation and have proven an ability to lead a team through times of cultural change. 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’re interested in this opportunity, contact Jeff Forbes or Beth McLennan at 1.866.822.6022, or please apply online by clicking the "Apply Now" button below. If you require accommodation in order to participate as a candidate in the recruitment process, please contact accommodate@kbrs.ca or communicate your needs to the recruitment professional named in the job description.

The University of New Brunswick is committed to employment equity and fostering diversity within our community and developing an inclusive workplace that reflects the richness of the broader community that we serve. The University welcomes and encourages applications from all qualified individuals who will help us achieve our goals, including women, visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

The 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 because of a disability or for any other reason during the interview process, please contact KBRS.

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