Vice President Human Resources

Algonquin College

March 27, 2024
Ottawa, Canada
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Founded in 1967, Algonquin College stands as a beacon of academic excellence and innovation in Ontario. With its main campus situated in Ottawa and regional campuses in Perth and Pembroke, the institution offers a diverse range of programs including bachelor's degrees, diplomas, and certificates across various disciplines. Renowned for its commitment to applied theory and practical experience, Algonquin College boasts over 22,000 full-time students enrolled in more than 180 programs, including collaborations with universities such as Carleton University and the University of Ottawa. Its state-of-the-art facilities, strategic partnerships, and focus on hands-on learning reflect its dedication to preparing students for success in the evolving global landscape.

Reporting directly to the President and Chief Executive Officer, the Vice President, Human Resources serves as an essential member of the College’s Executive Team, providing visionary leadership and collaborative guidance in crafting a comprehensive HR strategy. With a commitment to fostering a culture defined by the College’s values of caring, integrity, learning, and respect, the new VP will oversee all facets of HR operations, including organizational design, labour and employee relations, strategic workforce planning, diversity, equity, inclusion, Indigenization, and accessibility initiatives, total compensation management, workplace culture enhancement, and change management initiatives. The VP leads a team of over 40 employees and collaborates closely with the College Employer Council to navigate the complexities of a unionized environment, supporting approximately 5,000 full and part-time staff and academic members.

As the ideal candidate, you bring the relevant credentials (Masters, CHRL etc.) designation along with a significant track record of leadership within a public sector entity, ideally within the college sector. With a commitment to the principles of fairness and equity, you thrive in a unionized environment, bringing people-centred business leadership to the forefront. You have a track record of successfully managing complex transformational change initiatives and delivering excellence in innovative and progressive human resources practices. As a leader, you foster collaborative relationships and champion a culture that values the diversity of people and ideas. This role is a hybrid position based in the National Capital Region.

To Apply

To fill this position, Algonquin College has partnered with leadership advisory firm Odgers Berndtson. The search is being co-led by Michael Williams and Joanne McMullin. Applications are encouraged immediately and should be submitted online at For more information, please email Nick Ketley at We thank all those who express an interest, however only those chosen for further development will be contacted.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Algonquin College values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. Algonquin College offers an inclusive work environment and encourages applications from all qualified individuals.

If you require accommodation during the recruitment process please inform Odgers Berndtson and every effort will be made to accommodate your needs in accordance with the Accessible Canada Act, 2019 and all applicable provincial accessibility standards.

Odgers Berndtson is deeply committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in all the work that we do. As part of our efforts to better understand our ability to reach as broad a pool of candidates as possible for our searches, our DEI team would like to encourage you to take a moment and access our Self-Declaration Form.