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This position is excluded from the bargaining unit.

In accordance with the Handbook of Terms and Conditions of Employment for Management and Professional Staff (Excluded), these full-time positions offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package found at Faculty & Staff Benefits.

Ce poste est exclu de la convention collective.

Conformément au ” Handbook of Employment for Management and Professional Staff (Excluded) “, ce poste permanent offre un ensemble complet d’avantages sociaux, qui peut être consulté à l’adresse: Faculty & Staff Benefits. Le salaire sera fonction de l’expérience et des qualifications.

Location – Campus Saint-Jean and Enterprise Square. This role is eligible for the Work From Home Program and will be a hybrid with a mix of remote and in person.

Le candidat retenu doit être bilingue français-anglais car il soutiendra une communauté francophone.

Veuillez soumettre une lettre de motivation en français et un curriculum vitae en anglais.

Working for the University of Alberta

The University of Alberta acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, and respects the histories, languages and cultures of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community.

The University of Alberta is teeming with change makers, community builders, and world shapers who lead with purpose each and every day. We are home to more than 40,000 students in 200+ undergraduate and 500+ graduate programs, over 13,000 faculty and staff, 260,000 alumni worldwide and have been recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for over a decade.

Your work will have a meaningful influence on a fascinating cross section of people—from our students and stakeholders, to our renowned researchers and innovators who are quite literally curing diseases, making discoveries and generating solutions that make the world healthier, safer, stronger, and more just

About Human Resources, Health, Safety and Environment:

“Hire great people and give them freedom to be awesome.” — Andrew Mason

Thriving organizations are built on people. The Human Resources, Health Safety and Environment (HRHSE) portfolio is composed of exceptional people creating a people focused culture to support the institution’s vision.

We are committed to questioning the status quo, driving excellence, and leading with purpose. We lead with purpose in creating a workplace culture that supports the institution in strengthening its core teaching, research, community engagement, and student enrichment experience.

HRHSE is a values based portfolio; we incorporate our values of trust, accountability, relationship building and safety in everything we do. Our employees are committed to living our values and are grounded in the conviction that leadership should be demonstrated, encouraged and supported at all levels of the institution.

In HRHSE, we are made up of six teams that are responsible for providing the highest quality services to our campus community; Total Rewards, Talent Management, Organizational Development, Health, Safety and Environment, Employee and Labour Relations and HR Service Partnerships.

Join our practical, results-driven, energized, and engaged team and see firsthand how we live our values, drive change and lead with purpose!

Department Summary

At the U of A, safety is central to how we work, study, and conduct research. Our Health Safety and Environment team plays a key role in promoting and maintaining safety as a core value. Building a robust and sustainable safety culture where everyone owns their safety performance and that of others, HSE leverages its expertise to enhance the health, safety and environmental well-being of the university community.

Position Summary

We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced Human Resources Associate to join our dynamic HR Service Partnership team. Under the leadership of a Senior Human Resources Partner (SHRP), the HR Associate (HRA) will work alongside HR Partners and Shared Services to provide HR generalist services. This specific position will provide consultative services to a diverse client portfolio including the University of Alberta’s Francophone Campus Saint-Jean, on uncomplex employee/labour relations matters, support HR operations in collaboration with Shared Services, and works with the HR Centres of Excellence (CoEs) to implement HR programs and initiatives. The ideal candidate will have a strong background as an HR Generalist in HR operations. The HRA will work within a large, unionized, complex organization and will collaborate with the HR Partners, HRHSE CoEs and the Staff Service Center to support numerous programs and initiatives.


1. Human Resources Operations:

Support departments/faculties in HR Operations in collaboration with the Shared Services Centre
Analyze trends and recommend process improvements to the Senior HR Partner.
Communicate proactively with Finance and HR Partners to address emerging issues in a timely manner.
Escalate employment, benefits and payroll-related issues to Shared Services for various employee types and support staff, graduate assistants, academic teaching staff, casual appointments, and temporary appointments.
Participate in assigned projects, committees, and cohorts.

2. Talent Acquisition:

Provide advice and support for end-to-end recruitment process working with the appropriate stakeholders.
Assist in the recruitment and selection of tenure track faculty positions.
Support duty to accommodate and recall processes in collaboration with Shared Services.
Facilitate onboarding of new employees, providing necessary tools and resources.
Coordinate non-Canadian hires and support relocation processes with Shared Services

3. Job Design and Organization Development:

Create or review Job Fact Sheets/Position descriptions in consultation with HR Partners and Job Design and Evaluation (JDE) teams.
Collaborate with JDE to align job evaluations with expectations.
Make recommendations on appropriate position evaluation for casual appointments.
Provide preliminary advice on hiring policies and procedures for research project personnel.

4. Performance Development:

Support departments/faculties in complying with annual performance appraisal and probationary review processes.
Provide ongoing support and coaching to people leaders on performance development and management.
5. Learning and Development:

Support the implementation of institutional programs and initiatives to enhance organizational effectiveness and learning.
Conduct or arrange in-service training for departments/faculties under the direction of HR Partners or Senior HR Partner.
6. Employee Relations:

Provide advice on collective agreements, handbooks, policies, and procedures to employees at all levels.
Support attendance and absenteeism issues, return to work planning, accommodations, terminations, coaching, counseling, and discipline recommendations under the direction of the Senior HR Partner.
Assist with workplace disruptions and conduct research for disputes, grievances, complaints, and arbitrations.
Support the delivery of offboarding programs for voluntary and involuntary terminations.

7. Employee Wellness and Return to Work:

Assist leaders and supervisors in facilitating the return to work process for employees on leaves of absence.
Identify and address potential workplace issues to support a successful return to work.
Participate in developing and implementing return to work plans, including temporary modified duties and permanent accommodations.
Collaborate with relevant units and partners to gather required information for a successful return to work.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree, preferably with a specialization in Human Resources or a related discipline.
Minimum of 2-3 years of HR generalist experience in a unionized environment.
CHRP designation (asset).
Experience working in a large and complex organization or public sector (asset).
Knowledge of HR policies, procedures, and collective agreements.
Proficiency in HR systems, such as PeopleSoft applications (Campus Solutions and HCM) and Google Suites.
Excellent communication, interpersonal, organizational, and time management skills.
Strong analytical, decision-making, and problem-solving abilities.
Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment.
Demonstrated professionalism, results orientation, teamwork, flexibility/adaptability, and customer service skills.
Must be able to speak and write in French.
If you are a highly motivated and detail-oriented HR professional looking to contribute to the success of our organization, we encourage you to apply for this position. Join our team and be part of a collaborative and supportive HR environment.

Application Instructions:

Veuillez soumettre

une lettre de motivation en français et
un curriculum vitae en anglais

Please apply on the University of Alberta job posting.

At the University of Alberta, we are committed to creating an inclusive and accessible hiring process for all candidates. If you require accommodations to participate in the interview process, please let us know at the time of booking your interview and we will make every effort to accommodate your needs.