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Strategic Business Advisor, Human Resources (req6334)

Department: People and Resources

Location: Saskatoon

Status: Term, maternity leave replacement of up to 12 months

Employment Group: Exempt

Full Time Equivalent (FTE): 1.0

Salary: The salary range, based on 1.0 FTE, is $66,500.00

  • 110,000.00 per annum. The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Salary Phase: Salary Band 3

Posted Date: 12/17/2020

Closing Date: 1/13/2021

Number of Openings: 1


As Human Resources Strategic Business Advisors (HR SBA), we partner with colleges and units across campus to support strategic people initiatives focused on in the University Plan 2025 in being the university the world needs (n?k?n?t?n man?cihitowinihk; ni manach?hitoonaan).


Our HR SBA group is part of the People and Resources portfolio, which includes human resources, finance, safety resources and enterprise procurement. Our team collectively reports to the Manager, HR Advisory services, but works closely with leadership, faculty and staff in our assigned colleges or units, as well as working with SBA colleagues across campus in support of broader People and Resources initiatives and professional development.

Our success depends on our ability to demonstrate a combination of strong university acumen, HR functional knowledge and a strategic mindset to participate in the development and implementation of people strategies for the colleges and units.

Our SBAs are assigned to support specific colleges and units. Within these assigned areas, we partner with college and unit leaders by understanding their values, culture, challenges and operational needs. We work collaboratively with our specialist groups in the People and Resources portfolio, which includes employee & labour relations, total rewards and talent management, to help achieve people stragegies and outcomes both institutionally and across the different colleges and units.

Relationships are at the heart of what we do and its critical that our SBAs are comfortable and effective in working across multiple and diverse stakeholder groups. From academics to administration, research to operations, we work with all groups in identifying, planning and implementing people practices to advance the mission of the university.

As SBAs, we regularly address complexities in the delivery of services and are required to manage emerging and unpredictable events in a sensitive and timely manner. We regularly work with leaders when implementing difficult and challenging decisions, often during periods of change. As a result, we must have well developed organizational and project management skills and may be required to work outside of the university's regular operating hours, which we balance with professional flexibility. The HR SBA role comes with opportunities to collaborate with leadership, faculty, staff and colleagues across a variety of platforms, work in support of operational and academic initiatives and further our careers through professional development and continuing education.


College/Unit Support

  • We support the implementation and delivery of integrated human resource strategies that assist colleges and units in achieving their goals, priorities, and operational objectives;
  • We support leaders by providing strategic guidance, and creative solutions which assist in the development of initiatives in areas such as talent acquisition, career engagement, problem solving, labour relations, organizational development and change management, to assist the college and unit in meeting its strategic goals;
  • We work with leaders to identify areas of specific focus in which to provide specific HR support and development.

Functional Expertise & Collaboration

  • We establish and maintain strong working relationships with a variety of constituents across campus, including college staff, central office colleagues, and service centre partners to ensure success in meeting the college's and university's strategic and operational goals;
  • We contribute to the development of the People and Resources portfolio through leading and/or participating in projects to advance the tools and supports delivered by HR to colleges and units across campus;
  • We partner with our colleagues in functional specialist groups to develop a depth of university specific skill and knowledge in areas such as labour relations, talent management, career engagement, wellness, organizational design and diversity and inclusion;
  • We ensure that exposure to risk and liability is mitigated by ensuring compliance with and providing strategic guidance related to collective agreements, labour legislation, employment law, and university and college/unit policies and procedures.


  • A relevant university degree, preferably in a human resources or related field, along with a minimum of five (5) years' experience working in human resources;
  • A Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation is considered an asset;
  • Experience working in a unionized environment is preferred.


  • A strong understanding and knowledge of several human resource disciplines through progressively responsible positions including labour relations, performance management, diversity and talent acquisition;
  • The ability to influence outcomes and provide guidance to operational decisions unique to a college or unit;
  • Excellent facilitation, conflict resolution, problem-solving and communication skills are required to provide strategic supports and guidance across portfolios and functional areas of HR;
  • Knowledge and understanding of issues (including cultural, socio-economic and other factors) affecting Indigenous peoples, in support of Indigenous engagement as a strategic priority at the university;
  • The ability to work collaboratively, build relationships with internal and external partners, and manage multiple demands to meet deadlines;
  • Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office applications. Experience and skills in working within SharePoint and OneNote is considered an asset.

NOTE: Our HR SBA team is currently working remote from campus. We anticipate that remote work will continue through the winter semester. Therefore, all HR SBAs need to have a suitable remote workspace. USask supports a flexible remote work environment, which can allow for flexibility in hours of work, to promote a strong balance in our personal and work lives. Any return to campus will follow directives as established by the university's Pandemic Response Team (PRT).

The University believes equity, diversity, and inclusion strengthen the community and enhance excellence, innovation and creativity. We are dedicated to recruiting individuals who will enrich our work and learning environments. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

We are committed to providing accommodations to those with a disability or medical necessity. If you require an accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please notify us and we will work together on the accommodation request.

The University of Saskatchewan's main campus is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis. We pay our respects to the First Nations and Métis ancestors of this place and reaffirm our relationship with one another. Together, we are uplifting Indigenization to a place of prominence at the University of Saskatchewan.