Director, Human Resources

Closed @The Alberta Cancer Foundation
  • 10123 99 St NW #710, Edmonton, AB T5J 3H1 CA View on Map
  • Post Date : January 16, 2022
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  • Job ID 5049

Job Description



Every day, nearly 60 Albertans hear the words “you have cancer.” Our client, The Alberta Cancer Foundation (ACF) aims to make a difference, for every Albertan that is affected by these three words.

The Alberta Cancer Foundation (ACF) is community driven, connecting donors to meaningful things that will make a difference for Albertans facing cancer. As a provincial organization, the Foundation has a big story to tell. The ACF and its donors are here for all Albertans, no matter the type of cancer, no matter where they live, no matter the cancer stage. Early screening. Personal and financial comfort. Patient navigation help. Cutting-edge, impactful research. Improved treatment and care.

The ACF is the official fundraising partner for 17 Cancer Control Alberta cancer centres in Alberta, including the Tom Baker Cancer Centre and the new Calgary Cancer Care and the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton. By pushing the pace of progress that leads to faster diagnoses, groundbreaking research, and leading-edge treatments, they stand alongside every Albertan who hears those fateful words.

They ignite cancer research, thanks to the generosity of their donors and the bright minds within Alberta Health Services and their university partners. They help researchers speed up the pace of discovery and answers questions in new, important ways. They enhance the care at every cancer across the province, so when an Albertan must walk through any of those doors, they feel donor support, every step of the way.

ACF’s Purpose

To create more moments for Albertans facing cancer by inspiring community to give to innovation in detection, treatment, and care.

ACF Values

Compassion: To meet the needs of patients, families, donors, staff, and volunteers in a caring and compassionate manner.

Collaboration: To work and celebrate as a team and nurture partnerships that add value for Albertans.

Boldness: To be innovative in discovery and take balanced risks to continuously improve.

Responsiveness: Our work is grounded in purpose propelling us to be nimble and responsive to opportunities.

Integrity: To be truthful and accountable to each other and to our stakeholders.

Energy: To seize our purpose with energy and passion and bring a generosity of spirit to everything we do.


For more information on Alberta Cancer Foundation and to consider joining this dynamic organization, please review their website at



Reporting to the CEO, the Director, Human Resources will be the human resource expert within the organization.  As part of the senior leadership team, the successful individual will be responsible for developing a People Strategy, aligned to a new organizational strategic direction; as well as, managing all day-to-day operations related to the human resource function. This will require the successful candidate to support the organization during times of change.  Specific areas of responsibility include recruitment, performance management, employee engagement, policy design, training and development, employee relations, total rewards, managing the relationship with legal counsel on employment matters and establishing best practices.

The incumbent will be a trusted advisor and influencer within the organization and will spend significant time with the leadership team in establishing a human resource strategy and supporting organizational needs.  With a clear understanding of the business drivers and needs, the incumbent will effectively create a human resource offering that helps create a high-performance team and environment within the Foundation.



Strategic Planning and Leadership

  • Fully engage with the executive team to create and implement a People Strategy that complements the overall organizational business plan.
  • Represent the Human Resources perspective with earned credibility and with balance between strategic and operational issues.
  • Provide support, guidance, coaching, education and direction to the various levels of management on Human Resources related matters.
  • Be a role model of professional conduct pursuing excellence in execution, seeking opportunities for continuous improvement and producing creative and/or unique solutions; and
  • Demonstrate an ability to anticipate outcomes and to adjust approaches and services accordingly.



  • Talk to all levels of the organization and solicit feedback about new programs and services, seeking collaborative input in developing these new programs/services.
  • Continually assess internal service levels and seek to understand the HR related needs of the organization.
  • Share appropriate organizational information with employees in their multiple locations; and,
  • Promote interpersonal communication and successful conflict resolution.


Human Resources Services & Programs

  • Evaluate, assess, and update all existing HR programs/services as required to improve employee engagement and achieve cost savings where appropriate. This could include but is not limited to leading the creation and implementation of development programs; overseeing total compensation; and management of training, development, employee relations, employee engagement, and performance management activities.
  • Oversight of the HRIS system and payroll processes.
  • Work with the leadership team to develop a work force plan and anticipate future talent capabilities.
  • Work with the leadership team to create career path development plans.
  • Work with and foster the relationship with AHS on employment matters.


Opportunities and Challenges

  • The opportunity for the successful candidate to operate as the human resource leader in the organization; therefore, having full accountability and responsibility at a strategic level and ensuring all day-to-day operations are aligned with the growing needs of the business.
  • This individual will be a part of an organization which is undergoing a transformation and will be at the forefront of ensuring the organizations most valuable asset – their people – are thriving and aligned with the business.
  • The organization requires this individual to be adaptable and to thrive in an environment of change; and
  • The Alberta Cancer Foundation supports and delivers several events, programs, and services that require a commitment to “getting things done” which may mean long hours at times.



  • Develop a People Strategy, aligned to the organizational strategic framework.
  • Build trusting relationships with the staff and leadership team.
  • Gain a thorough understanding of the organization and its needs through conversations and learnings from all levels of staff within the organization; and
  • Kick-off a compensation review and salary planning process.
  • Enable ACF’s Strategic Business Plan through effective performance management and goal setting.
  • Identify and define a Leadership Enablement strategy and plan.



Given the pivotal role this individual will be expected to play in achieving the strategic objectives of the company and in supporting the success of the organization, it is essential that the successful candidate possess the following core competencies, experience, and attributes:



  • A University related degree or equivalent; and an ongoing commitment to professional development.
  • CHRP designation considered an asset.



  • A minimum of 10+ years of progressively complex human resources generalist experience, with a minimum of 3 years in a HR leadership role.
  • A successful track record in developing and executing employee engagement initiatives, performance management and compensation programs.
  • Experience having successfully managed the HR requirements of an organization undergoing change.
  • Has worked directly supporting senior leaders and executive team members.


Competencies and Personal Profile

  • Positive with a bias for action; focused and flexible.
  • Strategic, a forward thinker who can forecast potential HR vulnerability in the organization and drive mitigating actions.
  • Collaborative and a team focused strategic leader with the ability to coach and mentor staff and build an empowered organization.
  • An excellent communicator, able to prepare and deliver clear messages and drive change.
  • Patient and tenacious with well-developed skills that can successfully push ideas forward.
  • Leadership skills that will incite enthusiasm, motivate, create positive morale and role model standards of professionalism.
  • Able to comprehend and relate to individuals at all levels of the organization while providing coaching, support, and guidance.
  • Demonstrated initiative towards continuous improvement of self and organizational processes.
  • Strong personal belief in high standards of service.
  • An effective, accountable leader; a contributing member of the team and a passionate champion for the organization.
  • Able to quickly understand the operational environment and apply their experience and expertise to support key business initiatives.
  • Enterprising, resourceful, and entrepreneurial.
  • Can work in a fast-paced environment operating as a self-starter that is solution focused and decisive.



An excellent compensation package awaits the successful candidate.



The incumbent will be a part of a team building a hybrid working strategy. This role can be located anywhere in Alberta with preference being Edmonton or Calgary. If outside of Edmonton or Calgary, you must be willing to travel to the ACF office as needed.


How to Apply

For the opportunity to join Alberta Cancer Foundation in the role of the Director, Human Resources please email your resume to referencing Position ID# ADFP-420033.

Should you have an inquiry regarding this position, please contact Terri Davis at 587-200-0114 ext.101.

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* We thank all applicants for your submissions; however, only candidates being considered for this role will be contacted. *