Job Posting 99041

Human Resources Generalist
Child Development Institute
Toronto Metro area
closes in 14 days (Fri, 8 Mar)
full time - temporary / contract  •  TBD

Who we are


Children are at the front and centre of what we do; they are the foundation of our purpose and the basis for our evidence-driven strategy. Our mission is to transform the lives of children, youth and their families by developing and delivering innovative, research-based mental health and early learning programs. At the Child Development Institute (CDI), we are passionate about helping our communities’ most vulnerable members and their caregivers. It motivates each of us to face what can be difficult situations while continuously finding the purest joy in play, in silence, in advice, and in the unbelievable strength and resilience of our young clients. Joining us now is a rewarding opportunity to be part of an organization that is built on a legacy of more than 100 years of helping children and families. 


Recognized as a leader and model for measurement-based impact, we are client-centred, family-centred, and data-informed. We are a place where professionals grounded in mental health, care, and well-being of infants, children and youth, come together in collaboration, learning and inclusion. As a multiservice organization delivering social, emotional, and behavioural counselling services, early childhood education, learning disabilities and mental health services, and family violence services, we address the whole person from when they begin their life. Every child and family that reaches out to us is unique, and we value and embrace their individuality. We deliver the tailored support and tools they need to build life-long skills, positive mental health, and resilience. With their trust in us, we guide children and families along a supportive journey. It is an often difficult path and simultaneously the most rewarding experience for providers, children and families.


Who we need


We are looking for a Human Resources Generalist for a 6-9 month contract to play a critical role focused on return-to-work and workplace accommodations in a unionized environment. As our new HR Generalist, you will also support the HR team as needed across compensation, performance management, and HR administration.


Who you are


You bring experience working across HR functions in a unionized environment, specifically supporting employees as they return to work. You can apply tact and patience in communicating across all levels of teams. You are driven to work quickly and efficiently, never losing track of the details. 


What's in it for you


Profound purpose and impact. We are a nonprofit organization that supports the most vulnerable members of our communities across a diverse range of backgrounds. This is a chance to bring your expertise and contribute to the smooth operations of our HR functions, supporting our teams so they can support their clients. 


As our HR Generalist, you will:

  • Manage employee relations. You will take ownership of processing and managing ongoing and new disability claims, return-to-work, accommodations and injury/illness reporting. You will advise and assist staff and leaders on interpretation and administration of organizational policies, procedures and programs..
  • Collaborate. You will Identify and implement training and professional development opportunities. You will work with managers to address performance issues and develop improvement plans.
  • Complete administrative tasks. You will monitor, respond, and direct incoming emails from the general HR inbox. You will maintain accurate and up-to-date employee records and generate HR reports as needed for management.
  • Participate in continuous improvement. You will contribute to process and policy implementation and adoption and assist the Human Resource department with research and development of best practices.

You have:

  • The experience. You have exposure across HR functions within mid-sized unionized environments. You have in depth knowledge of disability claims management, provincial labour legislation, human rights codes and occupation health and safety guidelines. You have exposure to working within a Collective Agreement and have the ability to effectively interpret and apply accordingly. You understand the need to exercise extreme discretion with sensitive and confidential information.
  • The integrity. You have the patience to interact with people sensitively, tactfully, diplomatically, and professionally at all times. You hold yourself and the organization you work for to the highest standards of accountability. You are detail-oriented and can balance competing priorities. You look for gaps and identify opportunities to introduce processes to increase efficiencies and build capacity.
  • The technical skills. You have proficiency with MS Office suite (i.e. Outlook, Word, Excel & PowerPoint) and have ideally worked with an HRIS.
  • The interpersonal skills. You have professional communication skills. You can build trust and influence decisions. You are a dedicated and flexible team player able to interact with team members and colleagues at all levels of the organization. You have a demonstrated ability to work in a respectful manner with groups from diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Other requirements:

  • All applicants are advised that offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a Vulnerable Sector Check.
  • Credential verifications and references are required.
  • As a condition of employment, you are required to provide updated COVID vaccinations in compliance with the CDI Mandatory Vaccination Policy.

Join us.


Fostering positive transformations in mental health for over a century, CDI is a world-class leader trusted in helping children, youth and families through a wide range of evidence-informed services to build lasting change.


At CDI, we prioritize the mental well-being and work-life balance of our teams. We acknowledge the reality of the emotionally demanding work each of us puts in every day. To that end, we strive to create a collaborative, diverse, inclusive, and equitable space where creativity flourish by offering:

  • Flexible hours in a planned program environment.
  • A focus on cross-disciplinary collaboration and knowledge sharing.
  • Ongoing paid professional development opportunities. 

If you want to be part of our vision to make a measurable lifelong impact on the mental health and well-being of children, youth and their families, join us.


Apply now


If you're excited about this role but your experience aligns differently with every requirement, we encourage you to apply. While specific qualifications are strictly required, others can be based on various experiences, backgrounds, and knowledge. We can't promise an interview, but we will consider your whole application. 


What you can expect from our interview process:

  • A virtual interview with a Talent Advisor will discuss your interest in the role and how your background aligns with this role.
  • An in-person interview with the VP Operations where you will have an opportunity to further expand on your HR experience and ask questions about the role and culture within CDI.

CDI is firmly committed to diversity within its community and welcomes applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, Indigenous People of North America and the world, persons with disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ persons, and those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. We are committed to providing equitable opportunities in employment and to providing a workplace which is free from discrimination and harassment. We are equally committed to providing an inclusive and accessible workplace. If you require accommodations, please reach out to us at 

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