Chief Human Resources Officer

Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario is seeking a Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO). Mohawk has been providing a quality higher education experience to students in Hamilton, Ontario and the surrounding area since 1967. The college educates and serves more than 32,500 full-time, part-time and apprenticeship students at three main campuses in Hamilton, multiple City School by Mohawk learning hubs across the city, and at the College’s Aviation Facility at the Hamilton International Airport. Mohawk is among the leading colleges in Canada for applied research. It has been named one of Hamilton-Niagara’s Top Employers for 6 consecutive years and one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for five years in a row.   Mohawk is also home to the country’s largest net zero institutional building. Mohawk’s dynamic faculty teach 180 programs in specialties including healthcare, technology, business and skilled trades as well as a vast array of other subjects. More than 125,000 students have graduated from Mohawk since it was founded.  

The Chief Human Resources Officer provides strategic and operational leadership and direction to the College’s human resources management functions. While ensuring compliance with collective agreements and related legislation, the CHRO is tasked with creating a culture of employee engagement and fostering a positive student learning environment. Reporting to the Vice-President, Corporate Services, the CHRO is an integral member of Mohawk’s Senior Leadership Team, acting as a strategic HR advisor across the College and as a role model of Mohawk’s values. Accountable for ensuring HR strategy and service are aligned with the College’s strategic objectives and supportive of the academic mission, the CHRO provides leadership and expert advice on a wide range of human resources issues and leads the full range of HR functions and services, including organizational effectiveness, faculty and staff relations, consulting services, recruitment and retention, human resource information systems and compensation and job evaluation.

As the ideal candidate, you are a visionary leader with strong technical knowledge of the full breadth of human resources functional areas and related legislative frameworks. You bring experience in transformational change and have a reputation for conducting yourself with tact and diplomacy while creating a work environment characterized by respect, inclusiveness, continuous learning and productivity. You are a respected and trusted decision-maker with demonstrated success as a people manager. Your ability to engage and motivate your team positions you as an empathic and highly collegial leader. Your excellent analytical, tactical and communication skills make you a capable negotiator, problem-solver and collaborator with the capacity to influence others and achieve institutional goals. Your former colleagues would describe you as an excellent coach, mentor and counsellor.

You possess a strong understanding of the importance of creating a healthy work environment so that all employees can meaningfully contribute to positive learning spaces for Mohawk’s students.

You bring at minimum 10 years of related work experience that demonstrates your leadership and management skills through progressively senior HR roles in multi-contract, unionized environments (preferably within a post-secondary institution or comparable environment). You possess a degree in business, human resources or a related field, professional designation in human resources management (CHRP or similar), or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  


Mohawk College is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ+ persons and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas at Mohawk.


IIf you are interested in this opportunity, please submit your application by clicking the 'Apply Now' button below. For more information, contact Nick Little (nlittle@kbrs.ca), Katherine Frank (kfrank@kbrs.ca), or Amorell Saunders N’Daw (asaundersndaw@kbrs.ca).  

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