Director, Human Resources

Job Number: 007416

Posted: Dec. 1, 2017

Primary Location: Canada-Ontario-Toronto


Weber Shandwick is more than a leading global communications agency — we’re an Engagement Agency. We’re committed to our clients and our people. We’re creative and collaborative, and we’re constantly engaging stakeholders in new ways to build brands and reputation. We’re pushing ourselves and our clients to do our best work, and we’re having fun doing it.

Our Toronto office is currently looking for a Human Resources Director to drive employee engagement and retention for three Canadian markets – Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. The Human Resources Director will partner closely with the President of Canada, General Manager of Toronto and the Northern Region Talent Acquisition team in support of the Canadian Management Team.

Weber Shandwick attracts the industry’s best, and our people have great things to say about working here. We offer challenging assignments, promote cross-office collaboration and help build exciting careers. If you’re looking for a different type of communications agency, we’re looking for you.

Qualifications & Responsibilities:

Key responsibilities for this position include providing day-to-day human resources generalist support across all three Canadian offices. They will also serve as the HR liaison for their client groups, performance management and talent development needs, and provide value through independent, sound counsel and creative problem solving.

In addition, the Human Resources Director will identify areas of improvement and be a strong employee relations counselor, have familiarity and comfort with Canadian law, possessing the ability to interact with staff at all levels. The HR Director will report to the Weber Shandwick North/Central Region, SVP and partner with the broader Weber Shandwick HR team for Recruiting, Diversity & Inclusion, and L&D teams to facilitate initiatives.

Primary responsibilities include:
  • Performance Leadership
    • Handle employee relations situations, investigate the issues and partner with the President for Canada, General Manager for Toronto and Canadian Management Team for resolution.
    • Initiate and coordinate paperwork for all employee actions and/or changes for approvals and processing in payroll.
    • Track HR related activities and provide reports/statistics to support department goals (e.g. Compile quarterly reports and trends for region).
    • Manage and develop employee programs and initiatives. Administrate and communicate all employee benefits, and assist employees with individual needs.
    • Partner with local managers to help facilitate local training, and participate in Diversity & Inclusion initiatives.
    • Look for opportunities to innovate and continuously improve to contribution of the HR Manager to people development, employee engagement and overall business performance.
    • Work with Weber Shandwick regional recruiting lead to develop a pipeline of new hire candidates and help manage recruiting for the Canadian business.
    • Build and cultivate strong relationships with client groups by understanding business objectives and providing solutions to talent needs
    • Attract innovative talent via direct sourcing, design schools relationships, industry networking, internet/social media recruiting, employee referrals. Identify and collaborate with third party agencies as needed.
    • Facilitate best-in-class candidate experience
    • Provide insight on market compensation practices
  • Workplace Leadership
    • Develop and maintain strong relationships among client groups
    • Demonstrate poise, tact, integrity and diplomacy at all times.
    • Participate on internal local agency committees and be a presence and advocate in the office culture.
    • Multi-task priorities among the three cities and each of their office needs.
Basic Qualifications:
      • Bachelor’s degree
      • 8 – 12 years experience
      • Previous HR experience with a public relations, integrated, or interactive agency strongly preferred
Additional Qualifications:
      • Working knowledge of Provincial and Federal employment laws
      • High level of interpersonal skills to handle sensitive and confidential situations and information
      • Strong employee relations experience
      • Proven skills in verbal and written communication
      • Familiarity and comfort working with senior-level clients

Weber Shandwick is an equal opportunity employer. If selected for an interview, please advise our team if you require accommodation due to a disability during the interview and assessment process.

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T: 416-964-6444
New Business
Victoria Cacioppo
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Human Resources
Rebecca Sanders
T: 416-964-6444