MacEwan University is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. We encourage Indigenous people, persons living with a disability, sexual and gender minorities, women, and members of all minority groups to apply and self-identify. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


Director, Employee Compensation, Wellness & Development
Human Resources

MacEwan University inspires students with a powerful combination of academic excellence and personal learning experiences – ours is a connected culture that focuses on learner-centered teaching, and on providing opportunities for students to grow and achieve.

The university provides a transformative education in a creative, collaborative and supportive learning environment. 19,000 full- and part-time students are enrolled in more than 65 programs: four-year undergraduate degrees, applied degrees, university transfer programs and one- and two-year diploma and certificates. Additional offerings include university preparation, English as an Additional Language, professional and personal development courses and workshops, corporate training and the Conservatory of Music.


MacEwan has created this critical new position to lead the compensation, wellness, benefits, pension, and employee development programs for MacEwan University.  Reporting to the Associate Vice President, Human Resources, the director is a key member of the HR leadership team and develops and executes a strategic and operational plan for the function within the overall context of the Institutional Strategic Plan.  Leading a team of experienced professionals, the director ensures that key stakeholder needs are identified, programs are benchmarked against appropriate external organizations, and that creative and impactful solutions are implemented.  The director proactively partners with groups across the university on areas of integration or interdependency to develop mutually beneficial programs for employees.  In addition, the incumbent will be required to participate in Government of Alberta stakeholder consultation on Total Rewards-related topics and see any legislated changes that impact MacEwan University through to successful implementation. 

Skills Required

Proven Leadership
– a strategic thinker with the ability to communicate effectively at all levels of the organization, the director engages and motivates the team to continuously improve quality of work and service to internal and external clients.   
Results Focus – the director uses qualitative and quantitative data to make decisions and track progress against goals and takes care to measure how results are achieved as much as the results themselves.  
Stakeholder Engagement – the incumbent establishes credibility and builds relationships quickly with internal and external stakeholders while seeking to understand the unique needs of the faculties and departments within the University. 
Project Management – The director clearly defines accountabilities, collaborates with others, clarifies measures of success, and plans and executes project deliverables on time, on budget, within defined scope, and with the right level of quality.  New initiatives are moved into ongoing operations seamlessly. 
Change Management – The incumbent ensures that affected groups are identified and the impact of the change upon them is well understood.  Leadership involvement, training, and communications tools are used to mitigate risks associated with change and to ease implementation.

Position Requirements

•    Demonstrated ability to develop and implement organization-wide HR programs with sustained success. 
•    Experience in unionized environments is required. 
•    Exceptional communication and change management skills.
•    Broad expertise in total rewards programs, with a focus on wellness, benefits, and pension is required.    
•    A minimum of 10 years of experience in progressively more senior HR roles, including a minimum of 5 years of experience leading cross-functional HR teams. 
•    Experience in post-secondary or a related public-sector environment is strongly preferred. 
•    Direct HR generalist and client service experience is considered an asset.   


A Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources or Commerce with a major in Human Resources is required.  An MBA or related Master’s level degree is considered an asset. 

A Certified Professional in Human Resources designation as well as related certifications are also considered an asset, such as the Certified Employee Benefits Specialist designation. 


When you become part of the MacEwan team, you will enjoy a competitive salary. Our total compensation package includes:

•    Competitive base pay
•    Generous vacation time and personal leave days
•    Local Authorities Pension Plan
•    Excellent flexible benefits package
•    Effective recognition and retention programs
•    Continuous learning culture
•    Opportunities for career growth

For general inquiries, please contact us at careers@macewan.ca.  Please be advised that only applicants who apply directly to a posting through www.macewan.ca/careers will be considered

How to Apply:   

Only applications received electronically will be considered.  To apply, go to http://www.macewan.ca/careers and select the job posting. 

Thank you for your interest in employment with MacEwan University. We will be reviewing all applications to select the candidates whose qualifications and experience most closely meet our needs. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

This position is included under the Out of Scope employee policy (D1015).

MacEwan University is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.  We encourage Indigenous people, persons living with a disability, sexual and gender minorities, women, and members of all minority groups to apply and to self-identify. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Category Full-Time Continuing
Salary Commensurate with education and experience
Closing Date February 18, 2019
Competition No. 19.01.004

Personal Information Collection Notification
Personal information is being collected to determine your qualifications for employment. This information is collected, used and protected under the authority of and in accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. It may be provided to non-HR members of a hiring and interview panel if your application advances to that stage of the hiring process. If you have any questions about these arrangements, please contact: Human Resources, University Services Centre, Rm. 10-600, 10700-104 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T5J 4S2 or phone (780) 497-5434.