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The director of human resources plays an integral role in the development and functioning of the HR department. You will be tasked with setting the agenda, determining services, policies and programs for the company. You oversee HR operations and administration across the organization. You need to be a strong communicator, have strong leadership skills and play a key role in helping the company share organizational culture.

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about HR director jobs

One of the top reasons people get into HR, and a reason they strive to become an HR director, is because of the variety of work. There is always something new, and you have a high level of autonomy. If you are looking to take the next step in your HR career, or if you are an HR director and looking for a new challenge, contact Randstad Canada today to explore your options.

what HR director jobs entail

HR directors manage the HR function of the organization. You work in an office setting. Your days will be spent working on a computer, meeting with HR professionals and business partners, and in meetings. Some travel may be required. Expect to work longer than normal office hours. Some overtime may be required when launching new initiatives. In most cases, you report to the VP of HR or the company CEO.

average HR director salaries

HR directors in Canada are well paid. In this role, you can expect an average annual salary just shy of $100,000 per year. At the low end of the salary range, you can expect to start at $70,000 per year. At the top end of the salary range, you can make in excess of $200,000 per year. Performance bonuses, profit sharing and other incentives could increase your salary even more. Those with full cycle recruiting skills and experience have the highest earning potential.

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your day to day tasks

As HR director, you oversee the operation of all HR functions. Some tasks that will be part of your daily routine include:

  • spearheading recruiting and hiring efforts
  • developing HR strategies and plans
  • directing, monitoring and managing employee benefits and compensation
  • managing the HR budget
  • ensuring compliance with all labor laws / regulations
  • reviewing and updating company procedures
  • monitoring employee activities and administering disciplinary action 

where you can work

HR directors work for large companies, corporations or within government agencies. Therefore, positions are available in cities across Canada that are home to corporate offices and large companies. Cities with a large business presence such as in the Greater Toronto Area, Ottawa, Vancouver, Montreal and others present more opportunities.

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what you bring to the table

Some of the top skills HR directors should have include:

  • recruiting or HR experience
  • exceptional problem solving
  • leadership abilities
  • strategic planning and performance management
  • people management
  • organizational development
  • employee relations
  • benefits and compensation
  • labour relations

training and certifications

Hiring companies require all HR director candidates to possess a university degree in human resources or a related field. A master’s degree is an asset that can give you an edge over other applicants. In some instances, an exceptionally strong track record of success can be the deciding factor in who is chosen for the positon. Additional education, professional development, and certification in HR and business is also an asset for candidates.

where your career is headed

As a director of human resources, you are near the top of your industry. Over time and with the right amount of experience, you could move into a VP of human resources role. However, many HR directors stay at this level. Some move on to other organizations to take on new challenges. Some move on to start their own HR companies. Since companies are always looking for strong leaders in HR, there are ample future career opportunities, especially as HR as a business function continues to evolve.

latest HR director jobs available

  • Director, Talent Acquisition - High Volume Newmarket

    2018-12-01 Newmarket, Ontario Permanent

    One of our clients is currently looking for a creative and resourceful Director of Talent Acquisition to lead their recruitment function. You will be responsible for developing recruitment processes including attraction and retention plan. You will also lead a team of high volume recruiters that ...

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