Associate Vice-President and Chief Human Resources Officer (AVP-CHRO)

University of Guelph (Guelph) is one of Canada’s top-ranked comprehensive and research-intensive universities recognized for innovation and excellence in the arts and sciences and acknowledged as a leader in the agri-food sector through the Ontario Agricultural College and veterinary sciences through the Ontario Veterinary College. The University’s campuses reside on the treaty lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit and lands that the Anishinaabe, Hodinohso:ni, Lūnaapéewak and Wendat peoples have inhabited for centuries. Known for its beautiful, safe campuses, historic buildings and welcoming, supportive culture, the University of Guelph is recognized for its academic reputation, for being student-centered, and for its strong sense of community, with a focus on sustainability and improving life.

Reporting to the Vice-President (Finance and Operations), the Associate Vice-President and Chief Human Resources Officer (AVP & CHRO) provides strategic leadership to the university on all matters pertaining to human resources. The AVP & CHRO is a valued and trusted contributor and advisor at the senior management table, supporting and advancing the university’s values-based inclusive culture, and ensuring that human resource management practices are aligned with the strategic directions and values of the university. Committed to continuous improvement and guided by the principles of fairness and equity, the AVP & CHRO values the diversity of people and ideas.

As the ideal candidate, you are dynamic and innovative, a seasoned human resources leader with proven leadership experience and understanding of the broad range of HR functions within a complex, unionized environment. You are a forward thinker, collaborative and knowledgeable in contemporary HR practices and trends and have led the introduction of new policies, systems, and processes to support recruitment, retention, engagement, professional development and performance. You are a valued strategic advisor, able to successfully build cooperative relationships with colleagues across the University of Guelph community. You have the credentials, reputation, experience and confidence to work seamlessly with the University’s senior leaders to strategically enhance the human resource function within the institution. Experience in post-secondary education is an asset.

Experience and Qualifications

The AVP & CHRO should possess:
• A post-secondary degree, ideally at the graduate level, accompanied by an industry recognized designation and/or relevant qualifications;
• Demonstrated accomplishments in a senior organizational role, with advanced leadership and team-building skills, the ability to work effectively with employees at all levels, and to effectively manage multiple projects from conception to implementation;
• Advanced knowledge and experience in implementing progressive policies, practices and procedures that emphasize the advisory, strategic and developmental roles that a high functioning HR department fulfills within an organization;
• Demonstrated experience developing and implementing strategic human resource plans for multiple constituencies;
• A minimum of ten (10) years of broad HR experience working collaboratively within a complex, unionized environment with an in-depth knowledge of collective agreement administration, dispute resolution, grievance and arbitration facilitation, and collective bargaining;
• Demonstrated skills in hiring, developing and retaining a diverse workforce, including competitive environment knowledge and the use of strategic and progressive hiring practices;
• A demonstrated understanding of applicable practices in and principles of labour and employment legislation and regulations, both provincial and federal;
• The ability to understand and leverage technology to maximize Human Resources service delivery;
• An understanding of college governance and operations, with a commitment to supporting the University of Guelph’s Vision, Mission and Values, and the ability to serve as an effective colleague as part of its senior leadership team;
• The patience, resolve and flexibility to deliver leadership by example, build consensus, diffuse escalating situations and bring about constructive resolution with all the required negotiating, consulting, listening, planning, persuading, explaining and implementing skills;
• A consistently demonstrated sense of fairness and unwavering commitment to inclusivity, diversity and equity, combined with sensitivity to the broad range of personalities, backgrounds and viewpoints;
• Experience advancing EDI across human resource initiatives, policies, processes, and practices; and
• Proven interpersonal and communication skills in speaking, writing and listening, coupled with experience handling contentious matters with sensitivity, confidentiality, and balance.

If you’re interested in this opportunity, contact Amorell Saunders N’Daw at, or Bola Moradeyo at, or submit your application online by clicking "Apply Now".

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Guelph and KBRS will provide support in the recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs. If you require accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact KBRS at:

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. Acknowledging the University’s diverse population and ensuring that every member of an inclusive campus is a valued contributor is a foundational pillar of success. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.