Job Posting 70737

Director, People & Operations
Save the Children Canada
Toronto Metro area
Toronto, Ontario
closes in 3 days (Fri, 14 May)
full time



As a member of Save the Children International, Save the Children Canada (SCC) has been committed to advancing children’s rights in Canada and around the world for over 100 years. Save the Children International is known as one of the top international NGOs in the world, with over 40,000 employees in up to 120 countries. They do whatever it takes every day and in times of crisis to ensure children have a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and are protected from harm. At the heart of all their work is their commitment to ensuring all children, with a focus on the most deprived and marginalized, achieve their rights by raising their voices to advocate and by delivering innovative and large-scale programs. This is done through local, regional, and global partnerships with communities, civil society, government bodies and international agencies.


Save the Children Canada implements programs globally and nationally. Currently, their Canadian program is focused on contributing in meaningful, tangible and sustainable ways to Canadian reconciliation with Indigenous communities. We want a reconciled Canada – a nation of equity, respect and partnership, where every child attains the right to survive, safety, protection, development and participation. Their programs are informed by their Wi-Mino-Kisikat Relationship Framework, which puts children at the center and exemplifies the principles of cultural safety needed to foster meaningful relationships with First Nations, Métis and Inuit partners. Their community-led programs currently span humanitarian response, climate change, education, and health.


Globally, SCC implements programs for children in crisis who live in many of the most fragile contexts and hardest to reach areas around the globe.  Their programs includes everything from rapid humanitarian response to longer-term development efforts. Whether in an emergency or more stable context their overarching goal is to empower girls and boys to fulfill their rights, ensuring every last child has an equal right to survive, learn and be protected. This is achieved through programs that span health, education, protection, economic empowerment, and gender equality.  


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The Director, People & Operations will lead Human Resources for the organization from Save the Children Canada’s corporate Head Office in Toronto, Ontario and will report directly to the President and Chief Executive Officer. The successful candidate will be a hands-on, strategic and creative thinker who can successfully collaborate with staff within other departments and provide strong, effective leadership. Someone who can think creatively and break down barriers within departments in order to collaborate will aid in the overall advancement of the organization. Being action and solutions oriented, able to listen effectively and look at the big picture is critical.



  • Oversight of compensation and benefit programs.
  • Recruiting and retention of qualified, diverse staff.
  • Organizational design and redesign with Save the Children Canada’s strategic goals in mind.
  • Partnering and liaising with the union.
  • Motivating and supporting current staff with wellness at the forefront.
  • Managing Human Resources operations by recruiting, selecting, training, coaching and reviewing staff contributions, completing compensation reviews and performance evaluations, resolving problems and implementing change.
  • Creating and implementing Human Resources policies and procedures, including talent mobility programs, strategic recruitment initiatives and employee wellness initiatives.
  • Developing and implementing diversity, equity and anti-racism policies.
  • Supporting management by providing Human Resources advice, counsel and decisions.
  • Communicating and enforcing organization values through policies and procedures.
  • When the time comes, assisting in creating an operating model to help phase employees back to working from the office, managing shifts in employee titles, responsibilities, etc.



Skills, Knowledge and Required Competencies

  • University degree and relevant HR professional qualifications (CHRP or CHRL designation).
  • Minimum 10-15 years of relevant experience in HR, with 3-5 years at a senior or leadership level.
  • Proven leadership acumen and track record of success and accomplishment.
  • Ability to foster an equal, diverse and inclusive workplace environment.
  • Ability to problem solve.
  • Ability to listen effectively and work well with a team.
  • Experience in a unionized environment.
  • Experience in not for profit or NGO environments and good familiarity with employment standards and practices within the sector.
  • Passion for social justice issues and causes dealt with by the organization.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively plan, design, develop and evaluate human resource related initiatives that support organization strategic goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage time effectively and work within tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrated experience in working with and administering share-based compensation programs and other incentive programs.

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