Director of Human Resources

Membertou, NS
Search # EM-0004


Founded by an Act of Parliament in 1999, Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey (MK) is one of Canada’s leading First Nation self-governance educational organizations. MK facilitates the jurisdiction of education in twelve of the thirteen First Nation communities in Nova Scotia. Leading the effective and efficient management of programs and resources, MK promotes and builds capacity while striving for excellence within our First Nation education system. In addition, MK serves to reinforce the importance of maintaining and revitalizing the Mi’kmaw language. Working with communities at every level, MK is focused on the best interests of all Mi’kmaq students in Nova Scotia delivering on initiatives that exemplify the pride, respect, and spirit of the community.

On behalf of Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey (MK), we are seeking a Director, Human Resources to join their passionate Senior Management Team at their head office in Membertou, Nova Scotia.

Reporting to the Executive Director and the Personnel Committee and working collaboratively with the Senior Management Team, the Director, Human Resources is responsible for the efficient and effective implementation and management of all aspects of the Human Resources. Focused on best practice, engagement, and empowering others, the Director is the steward and ambassador of MK’s organizational culture, incorporating and embodying these values in everything they do. The Director will contribute to the success of the organization by developing, implementing and executing short and long term HR strategies, plans, policies and programs to support the strategic objectives and continued growth. This leader will implement and lead improved HR strategies around full cycle recruitment, performance management, employee relations, workforce planning, training and professional development, job evaluation and classification, compensation and benefits, exit interviews, and disability management. Supporting the organization’s mandate, the Director provides counsel on risk mitigation and ensures compliance with applicable Occupational Health and Safety, Employment Equity, and Labour Standards legislation. With a dedication to excellence, the incumbent will be a driving force for action initiating new ideas and leading positive change to ensure the organization’s success, now and in the future.

As a natural and hands-on leader, you are an accomplished HR generalist with 5-10 years of progressive management experience and comprehensive knowledge of HR processes and systems. As the ideal candidate, you are a trusted advisor, influencer and skilled communicator. Proactive, future focused and resourceful, you are skilled in examining and re-engineering HR systems, developing policy, and building and implementing transformation initiatives. Building and managing relationships effectively, you are able to gain the confidence of internal and external stakeholders quickly. You build on that confidence by following through on commitments and seeking input along the way. Impartial, fair and possessing strong analytical skills, you have the ability to evaluate alternatives and develop recommendations for solutions to complex issues. As a natural coach and mentor, you understand how to engage and further develop others while offering a safe and confidential learning environment. Empathetic and a strong listener, you view conflict resolution as an opportunity to enhance understanding, be creative, and develop win-win solutions. A university degree in Business Administration or Human Resource Management is required and/or CPHR Certification would be considered an asset. Previous experience in working with First Nations organizations is also an asset however, candidates demonstrating an openness to building their cultural competency and knowledge of Mi’kmaw communities are invited to apply.

For more information contact Erin Miller, Consultant at 902-424-1105 and to express interest in this opportunity, please apply online:

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