Director, Corporate Services

The Institute for Work & Health is an independent, not-for-profit research organization. Our mission is to promote, protect and improve the safety and health of working people by conducting actionable research that is valued by employers, workers and policy-makers. The Institute is currently seeking a qualified person to fill the position of Director, Corporate Services.

About the position

The Institute for Work & Health has a global reputation for research excellence applied to the protection of the health of working people. As a member of the Institute’s executive team, you will be responsible for ensuring outstanding corporate service functions to support our mandate. In this role, you will oversee the administration and management of the Institute’s annual expenditures of $7 million, and will provide outstanding leadership in the administration of the Institute’s human resource policies and practices. You will have enthusiasm for, and appreciation of, the qualities of an applied research organization serving the public interest. You will bring a strategic eye to the Corporate Services portfolio, matched by excellence in disciplined administration. You thrive in a role that demands creativity and innovation.

Duties and responsibilities

The Director, Corporate Services will be responsible for:

Human resource planning, coordination and implementation

  • maintaining recruitment, retention and termination policies and procedures for Institute staff needs
  • monitoring Institute compensation standards relative to market benchmarks
  • overseeing and managing employee benefit policies and benefit provider procurement
  • overseeing the identification and description of new staff positions and coordinating the recruitment and hiring of new staff
  • monitoring employment contracts for staff
  • implementing attendance management, performance management and disability management plans as required
  • coordinating annual performance reviews of all staff and a bi-annual staff survey of working conditions
  • providing leadership in identifying and promoting skill development opportunities for all staff
  • establishing annual performance objectives and monitoring progress towards those objectives

Planning and monitoring of financial management

  • coordinating annual budget planning for all Institute programs
  • monitoring the resource needs of individual projects and recommending adjustments and re-allocations
  • monitoring the procurement of services and supplies
  • overseeing financial accountability reporting for activities supported by external grant funding

Reporting and accountability

  • overseeing administrative processes related to the collection and reporting of financial information for the purposes of internal management and external reporting and accountability
  • overseeing the collection and reporting of key performance measures for human resource processes and outcomes

Facilities management

  • planning and implementing workspace allocation decisions
  • managing facility maintenance
  • managing facility supplies and core technologies

Skills and experience

Qualified candidates for this position would be expected to demonstrate the following:

  • at least 10 years of experience in positions of progressive responsibility in corporate administration
  • educational and/or professional background in human resources and/or corporate administration (CHRL designation desirable)
  • experience in the development and administration of financial management policies and procedures
  • experience in the development and administration of human resource policies and procedures
  • knowledge of employment law
  • familiarity with policies and procedures of health research granting agencies
  • appreciation of the success factors in a high-performing applied research environment
  • well developed written and oral communication skills
  • superior people skills in motivating and mentoring talented staff
  • program measurement and evaluation skills desirable
  • graduate education in a relevant discipline desirable

Salary range

Salary will depend on qualifications and experience. Suitability for the position will be assessed at six months.

Application details

Applications will be accepted until January 15, 2021 or until the position is filled. If you are interested in this position, please submit your application, including a cover letter and your CV, by mail or email to:

M. Cicinelli
Director, Human Resources & Corporate Services
400 University Avenue, Suite 1800
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1S5

The Institute is an equal-opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates. We thank all applicants, but only those considered for the position will be contacted.

About the Institute

The Institute, guided by a Board of Directors and an international Scientific Advisory Committee, conducts research on the prevention of work-related injury and illness and the management of work disability. The Institute also has an active knowledge transfer and exchange (KTE) program, which implements interactive strategies to transfer research findings to key decision-makers.

The Institute for Work & Health is committed to excellent working conditions and a cooperative, team environment for its employees.

The Institute for Work & Health operates with the support of the Government of Ontario.

Application deadline:

This opportunity is now closed.