Director, Employee Compensation, Wellness & Development Human Resources (4980)

Job Posting

Director, Employee Compensation, Wellness & Development Human Resources
Organization:  MacEwan University
Province:  Alberta
Location:  Edmonton

Director, Employee Compensation, Wellness & Development

Human Resources

MacEwan University inspires students with a powerful combination of academic excellence and personal learning experiences – ours is a connected culture that focuses on learner-centered teaching, and on providing opportunities for students to grow and achieve.

The University provides a transformative education in a creative, collaborative and supportive learning environment. 19,000 full- and part-time students are enrolled in more than 65 programs: four-year undergraduate degrees, applied degrees, university transfer programs and one- and two-year diplomas and certificates. Additional offerings include university preparation, English as an Additional Language, professional and personal development courses and workshops, corporate training and the Conservatory of Music.


MacEwan has created this critical new position to lead the compensation, wellness, benefits, pension, and employee development programs for MacEwan University.  Reporting to the Associate Vice President, Human Resources, the director is a key member of the HR leadership team and develops and executes a strategic and operational plan for the function within the overall context of the Institutional Strategic Plan.  Leading a team of experienced professionals, the director ensures that key stakeholder needs are identified, programs are benchmarked against appropriate external organizations, and creative and impactful solutions are implemented.  The director proactively partners with groups across the University on areas of integration or interdependency to develop mutually beneficial programs for employees.  In addition, the incumbent will be required to participate in Government of Alberta stakeholder consultation on Total Rewards-related topics and see any legislated changes that impact MacEwan University through to successful implementation. 

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How to Apply: 

Only applications received electronically will be considered.  To apply, go to and select the job posting. 

Thank you for your interest in employment with MacEwan University. We will be reviewing all applications to select the candidates whose qualifications and experience most closely meet our needs. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

MacEwan University is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. We encourage Indigenous people, persons living with a disability, sexual and gender minorities, women, and members of all minority groups to apply and self-identify. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

This position is included under the Out of Scope employee policy (D1015).

Employment Category: Full Time Continuing        

Salary Range:  Commensurate with education and experience   

Closing Date:    February 17, 2019                    

Quote Competition No: 19.01.004

Personal Information Collection Notification (FOIP)

Applicant personal information is collected under s.33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, for the purpose of recruitment at MacEwan University. Questions concerning this collection should be directed to the: Information Management and Privacy Coordinator, MacEwan University, 10700 – 104 Avenue, Edmonton, AB  T5J 4S2; tel.: 780.497.5423.


Skills Required

Proven Leadership – a strategic thinker with the ability to communicate effectively at all levels of the organization, the director engages and motivates the team to continuously improve quality of work and service to internal and external clients.   

Results Focus – the director uses qualitative and quantitative data to make decisions and track progress against goals and takes care to measure how results are achieved as much as the results themselves.  

Stakeholder Engagement – the incumbent establishes credibility and builds relationships quickly with internal and external stakeholders while seeking to understand the unique needs of the faculties and departments within the University. 

Project Management – The director clearly defines accountabilities, collaborates with others, clarifies measures of success, and plans and executes project deliverables on time, on budget, within defined scope, and with the right level of quality.  New initiatives are moved into ongoing operations seamlessly. 

Change Management – The incumbent ensures that affected groups are identified and the impact of the change upon them is well understood.  Leadership involvement, training, and communications tools are used to mitigate risks associated with change and to ease implementation.

Position Requirements

Demonstrated ability to develop and implement organization-wide HR programs with sustained success. 
Experience in unionized environments. 
Exceptional communication and change management skills.
Broad expertise in total rewards programs, with a focus on wellness, benefits, and pension.     
A minimum of 10 years of experience in progressively more senior HR roles, including a minimum of 5 years of experience leading cross-functional HR teams. 
Experience in post-secondary or a related public-sector environment is strongly preferred. 
Direct HR generalist and client service experience is considered an asset.   


A Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources or Commerce with a major in Human Resources is required.  An MBA or related Master’s level degree is considered an asset. 

A Certified Professional in Human Resources designation as well as related certifications are also considered an asset, such as the Certified Employee Benefits Specialist designation. 


When you become part of the MacEwan team, you will enjoy a competitive salary. Our total compensation package includes:

Competitive base pay
Generous vacation time and personal leave days
Local Authorities Pension Plan
Excellent flexible benefits package
Effective recognition and retention programs
Continuous learning culture
Opportunities for career growth