Executive Director, Human Resources


Alberta Innovates (AI) is seeking an Executive Director, Human Resources responsible to develop and execute the corporate human resource management strategies and operations to support the realization of organizational strategic priorities, ensuring services are delivered effectively and efficiently in accordance with established regulatory, legislative, quality and performance standards and within expected budgets.


Are you our next Executive Director, Human Resources? You would be a good fit for this position if you: 

  • Have strong leadership skills to guide the HR team, set strategic goals, and inspire others to achieve organizational objectives.
  • Can think strategically and are able to anticipate future trends, identify opportunities for improvement, and develop long-term strategies to address HR challenges and support organizational growth.
  • Have the ability to effectively communicate HR policies, procedures, and initiatives to employees at all levels of the organization.


We are game changers. 

Alberta Innovates is a provincially funded corporation with a mandate to deliver 21st-century solutions for the most compelling challenges facing Albertans. We do this by building on our province’s research and technology development strengths in the core sectors of health, environment, energy, food and fibre, and platforms such as artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and omics. We are working with our partners to diversify Alberta’s economy, improve our environmental performance and enhance the well-being of Albertans through research and innovation. 


Our subsidiary, InnoTech Alberta, offers a diversified range of scientific engineering and technological research and testing capabilities, and the facilities to support technology scale-up. Our multidisciplinary team has the depth of experience to work across all sectors, from energy to health to food and fibre. InnoTech Alberta offers you access to research talent, technical expertise, and unique facilities that can help accelerate technology development that serves both the private and public sector.


Intrigued? Here’s some more information about the position: 

Reporting to the Executive Vice President (Impact), the Executive Director, Human Resources will play a critical role in developing and implementing HR strategies, policies, and programs to support the organization’s missions, goals, and objectives. The successful incumbent will be accountable for (but not limited to) the following: 

  • Overseeing the development and implementation of short- and long-term corporate HR plans and strategies, establishing priorities, developing goals, performance indicators and implementation tactics, ensuring alignment with corporate strategic priorities, evaluating emerging issues and impacts to business operations and adjusting HR management activities and programs accordingly. 
    • Ensuring consistency, equity, compliance and cost effectiveness in programs developed and services delivered in the areas of workforce planning, total rewards, recruitment, employee relations, training and development, performance management, and succession planning, developing action plans, tools, processes and policies to manage service delivery, conducting program/process audits and market/best practice reviews, and identifying opportunities for improvements.
    • Ensuring HR practices, policies and procedures are in compliance with all regulatory and legislative requirements and corporate policies and practices, monitoring and evaluating implications and preparing and presenting reports and recommendations.
  • Providing guidance and counsel to leadership/senior managers on HR management activities and issues, interpreting policies and regulatory /legislative requirements, ensuring processes/requirements are understood, resolving contentious issues, providing insights and recommendations, facilitating desired outcomes, and identifying opportunities for improving processes and influencing decision-making.
  • Managing division operational, capital and staff budgets and reporting activities, identifying budget requirements, preparing forecasts, explaining variances, authorizing expenditures within budget and approved limits, and ensuring the timely submission of required internal and external reports and financial documents.
  • Developing opportunities to enhance human resource management practices and program delivery, identifying gaps and inefficiencies, conducting best practice research and analyses, preparing business cases, initiating projects and initiatives, and influencing desired outcomes.
  • Ensuring HR management and administrative processes, policies and protocols are established and monitored for adherence and effectiveness, identifying issues and potential areas of vulnerability and risk, and recommending approaches to resolve issues and improve processes, programs, and practices.
  • Developing collaborative relationships with internal stakeholders, peers, and colleagues to understand business activities and issues, gathering feedback on effectiveness of HR services delivered, collaborating on projects and initiatives, and identifying opportunities to leverage resources, removing roadblocks and influencing outcomes.
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with external stakeholders, industry colleagues, government representatives, consultants, and outside service providers to remain current on industry best practices, emerging trends and shifts in regulatory/legislative requirements, facilitating contract negotiations, and ensuring issues are resolved and quality and performance expectations are effectively managed.
  • Overseeing the management of staff activities, ensuring team and individual goals and objectives are established, monitoring productivity, work quality, deliverability of results and adherence to policies and standards, determining organizational structure/skill requirements, and managing recruitment, performance career/ skill development, training, and succession planning activities.


Educational Requirement:

  • Undergraduate Degree in Human Resources Management, Business Administration, or related field
  • Certified Human Resources Professional (CPHR)


Experience and Qualifications we are looking for:

  • Minimum 15 years human resources management experience
  • 5 to 10 years progressive management experience at a senior level


Skills Required:

  • Strong understanding of Human Resource Management concepts and processes.
  • Ability to manage key/strategic stakeholder relationships, generate respect and trust from a diverse group of stakeholders and to mediate win-win solutions.
  • Strategic planning and priority management skills.
  • Leadership and influencing skills.
  • Exceptional verbal, written, listening and interpersonal skills to convey concepts and information.
  • Facilitation and presentation skills.
  • Business management oversight and acumen and business case development skills.
  • People management, coaching, and career development skills.


Why Alberta Innovates?  

We offer our employees opportunities to work on projects that will expand their skill sets while witnessing the visible impacts of their efforts. We value the development of our employees and create opportunities for working in capacities that allow new skills to be learned. We know that the wellness of our team is the most important part of our business, so we offer a strong benefits package and generous vacation and paid time off programs to promote work-life balance.   


The final candidate will be required to undergo a security clearance. All interviewees must be able to meet the requirement specified in the Physical Demand Analysis. This document will be supplied during the interview process to the successful candidate. This competition will remain open until a successful candidate is found.