New job Vice-President, People, Culture and Growth in Manitoba

Vice-President, People, Culture and Growth

Company : Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Salary : Details not provided
Location : Manitoba

Full Description

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and résumé to Annette Kohut Senior Associate, Executive Search at


The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) is a national museum dedicated to the evolution, celebration and future of human rights. It is the first national museum in Canada to be built outside the National Capital Region. Located in the heart of Canada in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the CMHR rises from the Prairie earth at The Forks, which has been a meeting place for over six thousand years.

The CMHR delivers an immersive, interactive and memorable experience for visitors of every background, age and ability. Each visitor has access to a fully reinvented museum experience that reflects a design approach that sets new Canadian and world standards for inclusion and universal accessibility.

We are seeking talented individuals who are motivated to share their passion and commitment to join our team. Together, we aim to enhance the public's understanding of human rights, to promote respect for others, and to encourage reflection and dialogue.

Purpose of position

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) is centered around the idea that respect and understanding of human rights can serve as a positive force for change in the world. The Vice-President, People, Culture and Growth will support our collective efforts to build a workplace culture that is inclusive, equitable, innovative and focused on inspiring action.

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Vice-President, People, Culture and Growth is responsible for driving strategies that mobilize a healthy, dynamic and empowered workforce, while developing and implementing human resources, planning and training and development programs across the organization. They will act as a critical business partner and trusted advisor to the Chief Executive Officer while providing strategic leadership, direction and oversight for the human capital and organizational development strategies.

The incumbent will be a thoughtful communicator, critical thinker, innovator, and will bring a collaborative approach to their role.

Key responsibilities


  • Creates a culture that promotes respect, equity, inclusion and innovation, and models anti-racist and accountable behaviours.
  • Develops and executes strategies to support the CMHR’s strategic objectives and to prioritize new and emerging issues and opportunities that may impact the organization.
  • Provides mentorship and coaching using performance-driven strategies focused on growth and development.
  • Contributes to the development of the CMHR’s strategic plan and coordinates the vision for organizational design, including monitoring and reporting on progress via annual corporate and departmental plans.
  • Contributes to the development of the CMHR’s annual budget and uses sound judgment and superior financial management skills to manage financial resources, with regard to established policies and risk management strategy and protocols.
  • Creates a culture of continuous improvement and learning.

Corporate Performance and Strategic Planning

  • Provides proactive, expert and influential advice to the CEO and Executive Team in the development and implementation of corporate policies and programs that relate to all aspects of effective leadership and the employee experience.
  • Designs workplace culture, change management, professional and organizational development strategies.
  • Oversees strategic planning, evaluation and corporate performance initiatives, including government reporting and legal and regulatory compliance.
  • Serves as member of the Executive Team facilitating meaningful relationships with management, the union and other stakeholders, maintaining a smooth flow of information, ensuring workforce business continuity, and demonstrating leadership to maintain credibility, trust and support.

Human Resources Operations

  • Develops a comprehensive organizational People Strategy and leads the human resources portfolio and related strategic priorities/initiatives, within an appropriate risk management framework, that support the achievement of the CMHR’s strategic priorities.
  • Champions the identification of the desired CMHR culture and collaborates with all leaders to ensure internal and external relationships that advance the CMHR’s goals to develop and strengthen a diverse, inclusive, respectful, empowered and talented workforce.
  • Represents the CMHR on select inter-museum committees and task forces and consults with related stakeholders to seek solutions in the areas of human resources management including the efficient and effective allocation of resources, equity, diversity and inclusion, labour relations, health, safety and wellness, and compensation.
  • Develops and drives alignment and strategies around culture and engagement, talent management and retention initiatives including performance management and succession planning, organizational structure, leadership training and development, labour and employee relations, occupational health and safety, and compensation initiatives.
  • Provides guidance and counsel to ensure resolution of the organization's most complex and high-risk employee and labour relations challenges.
  • Develops and implements an annual HR business plan and budget, which incorporates an accountability framework including strategic initiatives, projects and ongoing services for the CMHR.
  • Identifies, builds and nurtures relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders.

Equity, Inclusion and Growth Initiatives

  • Oversees strategic initiatives to develop an inclusive and empowered workplace culture.
  • Monitors professional growth strategies and programs.

Required qualifications:

  • Post-secondary degree or diploma in a relevant area (e.g., human resources, public administration or related field), plus a minimum of 10 years related experience, including 5 years in a senior leadership capacity, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage strategic initiatives, leadership, organizational development, culture and change management.
  • In-depth development knowledge of HR, organizational development leading practices, policies, processes and evaluation tools.
  • Senior leadership experience within a complex, unionized and multidisciplinary institution.
  • Commitment to and demonstrated human rights principles, including respect, equity, inclusion and dignity for all.
  • Strong experience in providing guidance, mentorship, and direction to multidisciplinary teams.
  • Hands-on experience in developing, implementing and measuring effectiveness of organizational development programs and processes.
  • Broad and deep knowledge of talent management, organizational planning, employee relations, labour relations, performance management and succession planning.
  • Demonstrated understanding of business metrics, and how to translate these into relevant HR initiatives and needs.
  • Experience in organizational development, equity-building strategy, legal and compliance frameworks and reporting, change management, conflict management and workforce planning.
  • Experience working with diverse and under-represented populations and developing and nurturing community relationships.
  • Strong impact and influence – able to assume leadership, even under challenging or difficult situations, and provide direction and impact the behaviour of others in a positive way.
  • Strong communication, analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage competing or divergent perspectives.
  • Demonstrated courage, creativity, compassion and collaboration.

Desired qualifications:

  • Ability to communicate proficiently in both official languages.
  • Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation or equivalent relevant combination of education and experience.
  • Experience with strategies that develop cultural competence.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in project management.
  • Experience developing relationships and partnerships at the national and international levels.
  • Working knowledge of museums or cultural institutions or human rights institutions.


  • Work is in an office environment.
  • Frequent requirement to work beyond normal working hours, including weekends or evenings with short notice.
  • Some travel will be required.

Conditions of Employment

  • Security Screening Level – Secret Status
  • Child Abuse Registry Check

Application Procedure

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and résumé to Annette Kohut Senior Associate, Executive Search at by September 19, 2021. The cover letter must provide concrete examples that illustrate how they meet the education and experience aspects listed in the Required and Desired Qualifications . Résumés will be used as a secondary source to validate the education and experience described in the cover letter.

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) believes that a diversity of experiences and thought drives innovation and transformation. We are working towards building a workforce that is representative of the community in which we live and that we serve. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all and encourage you to identify your employment equity status in your cover letter. The information you voluntarily disclose will be kept confidential and used solely for the purpose of increasing workforce diversity.

The CMHR is committed to developing a work environment and recruitment processes that are inclusive and barrier-free. Please advise the HR representative if accommodation measures must be taken to enable you to apply and be assessed in a fair and equitable manner.

Intent / Result of process: An eligibility list of qualified candidates may be created as a result of this process. The list would have a retention schedule of six months.

If contacted about this job posting, please advise us if you require any accommodations regarding the interview process.

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