The Organization

NorQuest College is the largest Community College in Alberta. Located on traditional lands referred to as Treaty 6 territory, we serve 12,573 full-time and part-time credit students, and 7,894 non-credit or continuing education students, including assessment examinations.

NorQuest has always been shaped by the people and communities we serve. Our alignment between people and place defines our capacity for social, economic, and cultural impact beyond our campus. NorQuest 2030: We are who we include will unite NorQuest with the communities we serve. We will accomplish this goal, in part, by continuing to deliver workforce-relevant education. NorQuest is an extraordinary place devoted to changing lives, fulfilling dreams, and creating belonging for everyone.

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The Opportunity

Reports to: President & CEO

Direct Reports: Director, Culture and Development; Director, People & Talent Operations; Executive Associate

Location: Edmonton, Alberta


The Vice President, People and Culture inspires and cultivates a strong culture of growth and leadership designed to attract and retain the best talent. They will have the focus, vision, and experience in providing strategic leadership and direction to all facets of people and culture in a values-driven environment that leads the way in embracing and advancing meaningful progress surrounding equity, diversity, and inclusion. This position will constantly be looking at the horizon, identifying opportunities for innovative ways to elevate strategic organizational development and human resources approaches that position NorQuest to be a purpose-driven employer of choice.

The Vice President, People & Culture will provide values-based and inspirational leadership to the People & Culture team by providing clear direction while removing barriers to success and supporting the engagement, growth, and development of the portfolio at individual and team levels. Through the work of our team, they will support the college in developing organizational culture, providing exceptional and inclusive employee experiences, and achieving organizational outcomes through proactive, collaborative and service-oriented partnership and support.

Key Accountabilities

The Vice President provides oversight of the People & Culture portfolio, ensuring alignment with NorQuest's values and purpose. This position is responsible for the ongoing development of Talent Management and Organizational Culture, leading to strong organizational outcomes and exceptional employee experiences. The Vice President, People & Culture supports NorQuest's focus on being an adaptive and inclusive organization through a people-first approach and is genuinely committed to transforming lives by creating a sense of belonging and a psychologically safe place for everyone.

This pivotal role reports to the President and CEO and works as a partner to the Executive team and senior leaders by advising on organizational policies and practices. Using an evidence-based and data-driven approach, the Vice President will support the development of metrics to support data-informed decision-making by leaders at the college. This role ensures that the Executive team is well informed and is provided with the appropriate guidance and stewardship to enable the college to make effective decisions and take necessary calculated risks to move the college forward. This person will keep a pulse on continuous development and improvement of processes, systems, data analytics, and opportunities.

The Vice President interacts with the Board of Governors, especially as it relates to supporting the Human Resource Committee in supporting the President and CEO role; and the Governance Committee as related to managing organizational risks. The position participates as a resource to the Board to provide information as required, such as: legislated changes, Occupational Health and Safety reporting, and action plans.

The Vice President, People & Culture develops and leads portfolio strategy ensuring alignment with legislation, policies, procedures, and collective agreements. This role represents the college externally and through relationships with HR leaders of other post-secondary institutions (PSIs), ensuring approaches consider the role and relationships NorQuest holds in the greater post-secondary landscape. This position will also support the college in proactively managing organizational employee and labour relations.

Candidate Profile - The successful candidate will have the following:

Education & Experience

The ideal candidate for this role will have a minimum of 10 years' experience in a senior human resource position with at least 5 years of senior management experience within a complex, multi-disciplinary and evolving organization. Experience in labour relations, including collective bargaining, and managing the administration of collective agreements within a complex union environment is desirable. Experience working in a post-secondary environment and/or a complex public sector environment is preferred. A university degree in Human Resources or equivalent (though a master's degree in a related field is an asset) and a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation is required. A combination of education and experience will be considered.

Competencies and Attributes:

  • Visionary - Provide a strategic vision of the future of HR at NorQuest, based on industry trends and the organizational mission and values, to guide NorQuesters to contribute to the overall goals and objectives effectively.
  • Culture Champion - Lead the organization to fully activate NorQuest's Grow-Lead-Contribute Touchstones, live our intentional values - our Qs - and get up every morning to advance our Purpose and Strategy.
  • EDI - Demonstrate NorQuest's commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion across the organization; identify opportunities to increase inclusion of all under-represented group members in organizational policies and practices; in partnership with the Equity Office, develop and implement the EDI vision and strategy in alignment with organizational values; keep up to date with regulatory and policy developments related to employee equity and inclusion matters and stay abreast of best practices and trends in the field to update organizational efforts.
  • Leadership - Act as a leader, coach, mentor, and positive role model with the ability to initiate, influence, motivate and delegate; demonstrate managerial courage and credibility as a leader; develop direct reports through regular coaching, career planning, and proactive performance management; and lead the development of the negotiation strategy for collective bargaining with the Faculty Association and AUPE.
  • Develop People and Advance Learning - Demonstrate authenticity, vulnerability, and humility and receive feedback openly; lead with a focus on NorQuest's current employees and future leaders; create a culture where people embrace the learnings from both successes and failures; advance our learning and leadership system; and support the organization in 3 focus areas: Advance Equity, Adapt & Innovate, and Create Brave & Safe Spaces.
  • Focus on the Future - Remain current with emerging academic, industry, and relevant external environment trends affecting our department and anticipate shifts in NorQuest's overall business strategy due to changing external factors and proactively respond.
  • Execute on Plans - Drive key business processes to optimize business performance; demonstrate sound judgment and business and financial acumen in decision-making; and empower and coach decision-making at the appropriate level.
  • Innovate & Lead Change - Question current practices and the status quo and make changes to improve processes and systems across the organization; shift the thinking about how the College will operate in the future; and support a culture of innovation which includes showing openness and building excitement around new possibilities and opportunities.
  • Connect & Collaborate - Take the initiative to seek out and build strategic partnerships and key relationships with external stakeholders; demonstrate and maintain leadership presence throughout the entire organization; build trust through demonstrated objectivity and consistency; and listen to others and exchange information proactively across teams to create cross-enterprise integration.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

NorQuest College is on a journey to become an inclusive, anti-racist, and decolonized organization. NorQuesters are trailblazers - we are curious, creative, and innovative - our lived experiences are honoured, creating accessibility and a sense of belonging for everyone.

NorQuest 2030 We Are Who We Include illustrates that NorQuest's strength and our difference comes from who is included, and along with our students, we are learning and growing to listen deeply and say what we feel.

NorQuest College is committed to being an employer of choice for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people by recognizing, respecting, and supporting Indigenous people's self-determination through the institution's work in decolonization, reconciliation, and Indigenization.

Application Instructions

If this opportunity inspires and delights you, and your expertise will shine in this role, we invite you to send your cover letter and resume.

Additional Information

Edmonton, AB, Canada
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