Director, People, Culture & Belonging

Director, People, Culture & Belonging

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Location: Remote, Remote, Canada

Job Type: Permanent

Date: 3/31/2022

Job ID: 9P493255331

Category: Human Resources

Join a top employer and advance your career. Aplin has partnered with an Ottawa, Ontario-based company to hire a Director, People, Culture & Belonging (Bilingual/Remote).


The National Gallery of Canada is home to a rich contemporary Indigenous international art collection, as well as important collections of historical and contemporary Canadian and European Art from the 14th to 21st centuries. Founded in 1880, the National Gallery of Canada has played a key role in Canadian culture for more than a century. Through the visual arts, the Gallery nurtures interconnection across time and place and creates dynamic experiences that open hearts and minds and allow for new ways of seeing ourselves, each other, and our diverse histories. 


In 2021, through the collaborative work of the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) team, Transform Together, the Gallery’s first-ever Strategic Plan was launched. The document outlines the deep changes the National Gallery of Canada aspires to make over the coming 5 years. The 5 Strategic Pillars of the new plan underline the Gallery’s commitment to:

  • Strengthen community connections through transformative art experiences
  • Build a collection and program that inspires human connection
  • Empower, support, and build a diverse and collaborative team
  • Centre Indigenous ways of knowing and being
  • Invest in operational resilience and sustainability


The National Gallery aspires to be a place of inspiration and hope to the communities it is meant to serve and will live into these values through its Strategic Plan. 

  • Foster Belonging
  • Embrace Change
  • Learn and Evolve Together
  • Lead Boldly


Reporting to the COO & SVP, People, Culture & Belonging, the Director, People, Culture and Belonging will be a key member of the Senior Management Team.   This is an opportunity to join an organization that is on a journey of transformation where you will provide strategic direction and leadership for a wide variety of HR Programs, with the objective of empowering, supporting, and building a diverse and collaborative team.


  • Lead the ongoing evolution of their approach to talent and succession management, which includes designing programs to enable the identification, assessment, and active development of talent in support of Diversity, Equity, Justice, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEI&A) strategy and their corporate objectives
  • Drive the development of the next generation of leaders across all levels of the organization.  Facilitate talent review processes and ensure follow-up activities are delivered
  • Actively partner with business leaders to support and challenge leaders’ thinking in achieving optimal outcomes related to talent and organization effectiveness
  • Lead a team of HR/LR practitioners to develop, support, and sustain the effective delivery of HR services, policies, programs, and best practices 
  • Acts as a key resource in the interpretation and administration of collective agreements
  • Participate in, and/or takes a lead role in negotiating union contracts
  • Lead the design, delivery, and implementation of workplace change management
  • Develop a talent acquisition strategy that is routinely updated to ensure that staffing needs are met
  • Develop and/or customizes a performance management program
  • Lead the development of a culture of inclusive and collaborative teams, in which people feel both agencies and support


  • University degree with completion of a Certified HR professional designation (CHRL) and/or master’s degree in Human Resources, Industrial Relations or a related field, or an acceptable equivalent combination of education and experience at an executive level
  • Minimum of 10 years of executive leadership in human resources/labor relations management in a unionized environment
  • Demonstrated progressive experience managing HR/LR teams and handling an HR portfolio that includes a wide range of HR programs
  • Demonstrated ability to set and communicate a strategic vision, strong leadership capability
  • Demonstrated ability to operationalize HR programs focused on diversity and inclusion
  • Demonstrates an understanding that the implementation of DEI&A that encompasses empathy, compassion, intercultural communication skills, and boundary setting will need to be utilized almost daily
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to effectively influence and build strong relationships with multiple stakeholders and confidential/sensitive information
  • Proven ability to impact and influence at all levels of the organization to achieve optimal outcomes
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office suite and HRIS systems
  • Conflict resolution skills and mediation skills with a DEI&A lens
  • Strong knowledge of the Human Rights Act, Canada Labour Code, Employment Equity Act, Official Languages Act, Pay Equity, Public Servant Disclosure Protection Act, and HR standards
  • Bilingual – French/English

Job ID: 9P493255331


If you are interested in this position and meet the qualifications, apply today or send your resume in confidence directly to Mary Cyriac, Senior Consultant.  We thank all applicants; however, only those who are authorized to work in Canada or are selected for an interview will be contacted.


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