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Human Resources Manager

Current as of: November 26, 2018

Location/City: Edmonton

Region: Edmonton

Employer: Richardson Executive Search

Recruiter Name: Sandy Jacobson



The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation is seeking a highly motivated, mature individual with strong leadership and communication skills for the full-time position of a Human Resources Manager. Reporting to CEO, the Human Resources Manager will build, maintain and enhance the organization’s human resources by planning, implementing, and evaluating employee relations and human resources policies, programs, and practices.  This is a newly created role and will require someone to be based out of either Fort McMurray or Fort Chipewyan and will have some additional travel.  The ideal person should be diplomatic and comfortable dealing with an array of stakeholders. The Human Resources Manager will also work very closely with Chief & Council and the DLRM.


The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) is a “band” under the Indian Act, that has eight Reserves set aside for their use and enjoyment under the Indian Act: Chipewyan 201, Chipewyan 201A, Chipewyan 201B, Chipewyan 201C, Chipewyan 201D, Chipewyan 201E, Chipewyan 201F, and Chipewyan 201G. Their reserve lands are located on the south shore of Lake Athabasca, on the Athabasca Delta, and on the Athabasca River. They have a total registered population of approximately 1200 people whose members reside in Fort Chipewyan, Fort McMurray, Fort McKay and Fort Smith, NWT, as well as some scattered throughout Alberta, Canada and abroad.

The ACFN Industry Relations Corporation is in the process of changing its name to Dene Lands & Resource Management (“DLRM”). DLRM was established to create capacity for the community in order to work with Industry and government to assess the environmental impacts of industrial development on the ACFN territory.

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Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Maintains the work structure by updating job requirements and job descriptions for all positions.
  • Maintains organization staff by establishing a recruiting, testing, and interviewing program; counseling managers on candidate selection; conducting and analyzing exit interviews; recommending changes.
  • Prepares employees for assignments by establishing and conducting orientation and training programs.
  • Maintains a pay plan by conducting periodic pay surveys; scheduling and conducting job evaluations; preparing pay budgets; monitoring and scheduling individual pay actions; recommending, planning, and implementing pay structure revisions.
  • Ensures planning, monitoring, and appraisal of employee work results by training managers to coach and discipline employees; scheduling management conferences with employees; hearing and resolving employee grievances; counseling employees and supervisors.
  • Maintains employee benefits programs and informs employees of benefits by studying and assessing benefit needs and trends; recommending benefit programs to management; directing the processing of benefit claims; obtaining and evaluating benefit contract bids; awarding benefit contracts; designing and conducting educational programs on benefit programs.
  • Maintains management guidelines by preparing, updating, and recommending human resource policies and procedures.
  • Maintains historical human resource records by designing a filing and retrieval system; keeping past and current records.
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies.
  • Completes human resource operational requirements by scheduling and assigning employees; following up on work results.
  • Maintains human resource staff by recruiting, selecting, orienting, and training employees.
  • Maintains human resource staff job results by counseling and disciplining employees; planning, monitoring, and appraising job results.
  • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Human Resources, Business, or Organization Development.
  • CPHR designation an asset.
  • 7+ years of progressive leadership experience in Human Resources positions.
  • Specialized training in employment law, compensation, organizational planning, organization, development, employee relations, safety, training, and preventive labor relations, preferred.
  • Knowledge and experience in employment law, compensation, organizational planning, recruitment, organization development, employee relations, safety, employee engagement and employee development
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills.
  • Outstanding interpersonal relationship building and employee coaching skills
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and develop staff members.
  • Excellent computer skills in a Microsoft Windows environment.
  • Experience in the administration of benefits and compensation programs and other Human Resources recognition and engagement programs and processes.
  • Evidence of the ability to practice and coach organization managers in the practice of a high level of confidentiality.
  • Excellent organizational management skills.


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