University of Alberta

Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President (Human Resources)

VP Finance & Administration

Competition No.  -    A114934405
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

Reporting jointly to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) and the Vice-President (Finance and Administration), the Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President (Human Resources) is responsible for providing strategic human resource leadership and support to the University and its 15,000 employees, through the design and delivery of a comprehensive, integrated and service-oriented program of human resources and faculty and staff relations services. As a key member of the senior administrative team, the Vice-Provost and AVP (Human Resources) is a strategic advisor to leaders across the University and accountable for ensuring that HR strategy and service is aligned with the University’s strategic objectives and supportive of the academic mission.

Responsibilities include:

  • Creating a vision and strategic direction for a comprehensive range of human resource areas, including: Staff and Faculty Relations, Talent Management, Compensation Administration, Human Resource Systems and Reporting and General Administration.
  • Providing strategic counsel on current and emerging HR and labour relations issues to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic), the Vice-President (Finance and Administration), other members of the University’s executive team, deans, other senior administrators and the Board Human Resources and Compensation Committee (BHRCC).
  • Serving as a non-voting official appointed by the President to the BHRCC.
  • Developing and maintaining collaborative, mutually supportive relations between all human resource services teams and the HR officers/representatives, clients and senior leaders within faculties and administrative units.
  • Providing leadership to the Human Resources Leadership Team (HRLT), individual HR Directors and the entire HRS portfolio while supporting staff’s work through efficient, cost-effective business policies, processes and best practices.
  • Leading key strategic human resource initiatives with institution-wide impact that align with For the Public Good.
  • Increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of HR service delivery by leading improvements to operational processes and expanding data collection and dissemination to facilitate effective decision-making.
  • Proactively developing policies and practices that remove barriers related to equity, diversity and inclusion.

The successful candidate will:

  • Minimum undergraduate degree in a related field.
  • Bring 10 or more years of significant leadership experience and understanding of the broad range of HR functions, ideally from within a post-secondary or a similarly large, complex, unionized environment.
  • Have a keen understanding of contemporary HR practices and trends, most notably in labour relations, and have led the introduction of new programs, systems and processes to support recruitment, engagement, development and performance of top talent.
  • Be a creative and strategic advisor, able to successfully build cooperative relationships and find common ground with individuals from multiple stakeholder groups.
  • Be comfortable taking a proactive approach to institutional needs and bring a commitment to removing barriers related to equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Be a team-oriented, collegial leader and problem solver whose even-keeled demeanor, strong personal values and exceptional communication skills earn the respect and set the tone for those around.
  • Experience in, or a strong understanding of, the complexities of a research-intensive university is an asset.

Along with a resume, all candidates are required to provide a cover letter stating their leadership philosophy and why they are interested in this role

In accordance with the Management and Professional Staff (excluded), this full-time continuing position offers a comprehensive benefits package found at: and annual salary range that is commensurate with qualifications. 

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.