22-37: Senior Specialist, Human Resources

Who are we?

Credit Valley Conservation is one of Ontario’s 36 conservation authorities dedicated to protecting, restoring and enhancing our local natural environment. We care for the Credit River, its streams and tributaries from the headwaters in Orangeville to the shores of Lake Ontario in Mississauga. We are scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, environmentalists, stewards, planners, foresters, recreation experts and much more. We create connections between people and nature, knowledge and action. We inspire appreciation for the role of nature in keeping people connected, healthy and happy. We’re leaders and explorers. We are professional and we’re inspired. We know our stuff, and we work every day to make a difference.

Who are you?

You want to be part of an organization with an environmental goal. You get up every day and go to work with purpose. You accept that you may not change the world, but you’ll try to make an impact in your corner. You like to partner with skilled people across many professions. It’s as natural for you think about the outdoors as it is to think out of the box. You’re passionate, responsible and approachable. You do what’s right, not just what’s easy. You care, and it shows.

Why work for us?

We offer competitive public sector pay. We have a good employee benefits program. We’re members of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) pension fund. We have flexible work hours for many positions. We find time to have fun and celebrate successes. You’ll have free access to our parks and discounts on recreational equipment rentals. You’ll know your co-workers by name and will make fast friends. You’ll like being at work.

Summary of Functions

The Senior Human Resources Specialist will provide functional advice and support to staff and management in all areas of Human Resources including, but not limited to, recruitment, performance management and employee relations. They will identify, design and deliver learning and development strategies and programs that support and improve organizational effectiveness.

Eligibility Requirements


  • A University degree in Human Resources, Organizational Development or related discipline
  • CHRP designation


  • A minimum of 5 years related experience in Human Resources or Organizational Development
  • Experience presenting to a variety of audiences and sizes, utilizing Adult Learning techniques and a variety of media to achieve engagement
  • Specialized training and experience in Adult Learning, Learning Design, Talent Development Systems, Performance Management, Learning Needs Analysis and Change Management, Research Methods and Assessment Tools & Techniques, Performance Consulting is an asset
  • Experience using recruitment and training modules in an HRIS systems
  • Experience with applicant tracking systems is an asset
  • Experience leading key corporate programs and initiatives

Knowledge, Skills and Ability

  • Superior communications abilities with emphasis on writing, presentation skills and interpersonal communication
  • Strong computer skills including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and HRIS systems
  • Flexibility and willingness to adjust quickly to changing priorities
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality and to deal with issues in a sensitive, efficient and business-like manner
  • Knowledge of employment and labour legislation, Human Rights and AODA regulations
  • Proactive with the proven ability to work independently without prompting to meet tight deadlines
  • Ability to establish credibility and trust as well as build relationships with employees of all levels of the organization
  • Excellent teamwork, interpersonal and customer service skills including the ability to work respectfully and inclusively with diverse stakeholders
  • Positive attitude, responsive, action and results oriented
  • Skilled in Project Management with the ability to manage multiple projects
  • Highly organized and detail oriented

Summary of Major Tasks

Manage the Recruitment and Onboarding Program

  • Oversee the implementation of the recruitment program and make recommendations for changes and improvements as necessary to attract key talent
  • Provide support and guidance to leadership on salaried recruitment including coordinating the posting of competition notices, scheduling and performing interviews with department designates, reference checks, maintaining competition files and negotiating employment offers
  • In collaboration with hiring supervisors coordinate and manage the hourly recruiting process
  • Oversee, design and implement an engaging on-boarding and orientation program that supports the retention of staff
  • Monitor new employee probation periods in conjunction with the managers and supervisors and ensure new employees meet the performance targets
  • Manage the funding program and support the preparation of applications for grant and special employment funding programs. Seek out new funding sources and provide follow-up as required
  • Participate in Career Fairs as necessary

Training Development and Talent Management

  • Develop and conduct training sessions, workshops and seminars for staff and evaluate the effectiveness of training sessions and programs; determine changes to be made and initiates changes to programs to ensure appropriate skills development
  • Build and execute programs to support organizational development by providing training and coaching to managers and employees. Areas to focus include employee and leadership development, performance management and talent management
  • Plan and develop training programs and materials utilizing adult education principles, best practices and current training
  • Develop, implement and coordinate programs, policies and procedures to support talent development, including performance management, training and development.
  • Develop tools for talent/capability assessment and maintain a talent management system; review and evaluate employee qualifications; collect employee performance appraisals and review training and development objectives; maintain eligible talent pools and refer eligible candidates to hiring managers
  • Oversee training administration and coordination including, organization of training events, tracking and maintaining training and development data in collaboration with the Administrators (i.e. ensure training documents are submitted and entered into a database / spreadsheet)

Employee Relations

  • Provide a high level of support and advice to all levels of staff
  • Be a point of contact for employees and managers seeking information and assistance on Human Resources matters
  • Provide courteous, accurate and timely information in response to employee and public inquiries
  • Assist in harassment investigations
  • Provide coaching and guidance on performance management issues

Corporate Initiatives and Strategies

  • Act as the key HR representative in leading and supporting various corporate strategies, committees and initiatives

AODA (and other HR Policies)

  • Manage CVC’s AODA policies and programs which includes, training, responding to queries and updating policies and procedures in accordance to legislative requirement
  • Participate in developing new policies, procedures and programs and the ongoing review of policies to ensure compliance and relevancy. Answer employee questions about human resources policies and procedures and ensure all processes are compliant with CVC policies

Other duties and projects as appropriate to the position.

Vaccine Policy

New employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as defined by the Ministry of Health as a condition of employment and must have satisfied the full post vaccination period required to ensure vaccination efficacy. The requirement to be fully vaccinated is subject to the Ontario Human Rights Code.  If you are not fully vaccinated, a documented medical reason provided by a physician or registered nurse and time period for the medical reason may be accepted.

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