Human Resources Manager (Vancouver, British Columbia (BC), Canada)

Requisition ID: 25514 

Company: Vancouver Public Library
Worksite:  Central Library, Human Resources


The Vancouver Public Library (VPL) is the third largest public library system in Canada, with 800 staff members offering services at 21 branches across the city. VPL values a diverse workforce which represents the vibrant community we so proudly service. Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive, and rewarding workplace.

Job Summary:  The Manager, Human Resources manages the Vancouver Public Library’s Human Resources Department, which includes recruitment; staff training and development; labour relations; collective agreement administration; occupational health & safety; compensation and benefits; payroll and disability management.  The position oversees all functions of Human Resources and is directly responsible for Labour Relations issues and strategic project implementation. The Manager, Human Resources is responsible for developing, improving and implementing policies, standards, business processes and systems to enable the Vancouver Public Library’s work units to effectively manage their human resources.

In cooperation with other Managers, the incumbent ensures efficient and effective delivery of library service at the Central Library and branches. The Manager ensures that the leadership and management of the human resources is in keeping with the mission, values and goals of the Vancouver Public Library (“VPL”).

Job Requirements:

Education and Experience:

  • Professional Human Resources designation (CPHR) combined with a university degree in Human Resources or related field.
  • Minimum of 8 years of progressive related human resources and supervisory experience in a large organization, preferably within the public sector and union environment.
  • Considerable experience working within the labour relations field.
  • Considerable experience in establishing training and development.
  • Experience in a municipal or library environment and familiarity with local government regulatory requirements would be an asset.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Excellent knowledge of Human Resources practices, including labour relations.
  • Thorough knowledge of training and development best practices.
  • Thorough knowledge of current trends and industry best practices in areas of responsibility including payroll.
  • Current knowledge of library service, administration and management would be an asset.
  • Strong commitment to serving clients; open, pragmatic and responsive to clients and community.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage the delivery of human resources services and to effectively manage multiple projects and priorities at the same time.
  • Ability to be innovative and flexible in a rapidly changing library environment, and to lead organizational change, development of staff and teamwork
  • Demonstrated level of professionalism and confidentiality with strong ethics.
  • Excellent communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent problem solving ability supplemented by strong analytical and organizational skills
  • Good working knowledge of database programs and proficient with programs including Microsoft Office and advanced complex human resources systems

Affiliation: Exempt
Employment Type: Regular Full-Time
Salary: $96,863 to $121,079 annually

Schedule: 35 hours/week

Closing date: Monday February 1, 2021 at 11:59pm

We thank all applicants for their interest. A Police Record Check is a condition of employment.  Please refer to our policy for further information.  Personal information collected is used in accordance with the BC Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.  Vancouver Public Library is committed to Employment Equity and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to further diversifying the Library

VPL Safety Protocols for Interviews:

In order to ensure the safety and well-being of staff during the pandemic we are offering the option of in-person or virtual interviews. Virtual interviews will be conducted over Zoom. Zoom interviews may be conducted from home or from the Central Library where a computer with video camera will be available.

For staff who prefer in-person interviews, we have the following safe Interviewing during the Pandemic protocols:

  • Only come to your interview if you are feeling well – if you are feeling unwell contact to reschedule
  • Expect to be asked the following questions when you are contacted for an interview and on the day of your interview:
    • Have you travelled outside of Canada or had close contact with anyone that has travelled outside Canada in the past 14 days?
    • Do you have a fever, sore throat, or difficulty breathing?
    • Have you had close contact with anyone with a respiratory illness or a confirmed or probable case of COVID 19?
  • Interviews will be scheduled in a staggered manner to minimize contact between candidates
  • Candidates should arrive only 5 minutes before their scheduled interview time to minimize time spent in waiting areas
  • Candidates and each interviewer will maintain at least two meters (six feet) of physical distance between each other
  • Only Interview rooms that can accommodate this physical distancing will be used
  • Candidates and Interviewers may choose to wear face masks as a protective measure
  • Antibacterial gel will be provided to candidates as soon as they enter the HR area
  • We will no longer be shaking hands at the introduction and conclusion of the interview
  • Where to sit will be clearly indicated and where possible chairs with hard surfaces and without arm rests will be used
  • Candidates are asked to bring only what they need to the interview including water (as a glass of water will no longer be offered)
  • High-touch areas (e.g. the hard surfaces of the chair and table) will be wiped down after each interview with disinfecting wipes

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