Director, People and Culture

at Ecojustice (view profile)
Location Vancouver, Canada
Date Posted January 26, 2021
Category Administration, HR & Finance
Job Type Full-Time


Director of People and Culture

Position Type:             Permanent

Status:                            Full-Time

Salary:                            $87,848 to $107,370

Date Posted:                January 26 2021

Closing Date:               February 12, 2021

Location:  This role will be worked remotely until at least Spring 2021. The ideal candidate will be able to access Ecojustice’s Vancouver office once public health orders allow

An exciting opportunity has opened up to join Ecojustice in the role of Director of People and Culture.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of People & Culture is responsible for providing leadership and oversight of all People and Culture (Human Resources) activities across Ecojustice. This includes setting the strategic direction for People and Culture in order to build a diverse and inclusive organization, with a workforce that is high performing, engaged and resilient.

In this role you will lead and manage the People and Culture team to plan, manage, execute and monitor all activities across the department, in adherence to all legal obligations and organization standards. You will also work closely with the Leadership Team to ensure a culture of excellence to support our lawyers and staff.

About Ecojustice:

Working with Ecojustice means joining a team of passionate, hard-working professionals. We strive to build a diverse, inclusive and respectful working environment, with a workforce that is reflective of modern Canada and where all employees are valued for their contributions to our mission.

Ecojustice is 100 per cent funded by individuals and organizations who share our values.  To learn more about how we are building the case for a better earth, please visit:

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Ecojustice:

Ecojustice is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment. We will prioritize applications from individuals with relevant technical skills and who have personal or lived experiences of environmental racism and injustice and/or identify as Indigenous, Black, Asian, Latinx, LGBTQ2S+, or as a member of an underrepresented community.

Salary and Benefits:

Ecojustice offers a comprehensive total compensation package, which includes:

  • Extended health and dental coverage for employees and their dependents;
  • RSP matching program;
  • Wellness spending account for every employee
  • Family friendly workplace policies, including a generous annual vacation allowance (starting at 3 weeks and increasing to 6 weeks), annual Care Days for physical wellbeing, mental wellbeing, and caring responsibilities, Winter office closure, annual paid float days, parental leave top-ups, monthly personal paid time off, and a workplace culture with an emphasis on work life balance;
  • Volunteering incentives, to enable all employees to give back to the communities and causes that they are passionate about.

About the Role:

As a member of the Ecojustice Leadership team, the Director of People and Culture is responsible for the strategic management of People and Culture (Human Resources) across the organization.

Specific responsibilities of the position include:

Strategic Leadership

  • Lead Ecojustice in developing and implementing a long term remote working strategy to ensure organizational excellence
  • Hire and work with the newly created role of Manager of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to develop and implement the strategy and framework to create a diverse, equitable and inclusive working environment
  • Ensure talent optimization by developing new initiatives, policies and programs, to complement existing practices, for both staff and volunteers. This includes talent acquisition (recruitment), compensation, performance management, employee career development, succession planning, engagement and retention programs, workplace culture initiatives, and training and leadership development activity.
  • Maintain a sustainable relationship with union officials, overseeing adherence to collective agreements, and leading on collective bargaining process
  • Maintain and update all employment related policies and procedures, and ensure compliance with contractual, legal and regulatory areas including collective agreements
  • Function as a strategic advisor to the Leadership Team on challenging employee issues, identifies situations requiring outsourced legal support
  • Measure and monitor progress of People and Culture programs at clearly defined points to ensure that they are meeting expectations

In collaboration with the Director of Finance and Operations

  • Drive and enable internal capacity across all departments and offices, by ensuring that each is adequately resourced and properly equipped with the tools, training skills and infrastructure to achieve organizational goals
  • Monitor compliance with Imagine Canada standards
  • Lead the strategic planning process
  • Participate in the development and monitoring of annual budgets

Manage People and Culture Team

  • Develop, implement and monitor annual People and Culture work plan and budget
  • Oversee the ongoing implementation and maintenance of all People and Culture related services, policies, and programs by other members of the team
  • Manage the People and Culture Team consisting of the People & Culture Advisor and the Manager of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
  • Foster a positive team culture, and building trusting, collaborative, respectful and productive internal and external relationships to deliver results and further organizational success

Note: This job may require additional responsibilities and duties as assigned by Ecojustice

About You:

Education & experience requirements

  • 7+ years’ experience in an HR Management or Leadership capacity
  • University degree - in business, finance, human resources, organizational development or a related field preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience building a culture of high employee engagement and high performance
  • Experience working in a unionized work environment
  • Demonstrated experience working in the field of DEIR to manage, influence and execute on significant multi-year strategic organizational change initiatives would be a significant asset
  • CPHR Designation would be an asset
  • Non -profit and/or environmental sector experience would be an asset

Knowledge required to perform duties

  • Subject matter expert with an excellent knowledge of People and Culture and recruitment best practices and trends
  • Knowledge and understanding of relevant provincial legislation across Canada as it relates to employment; including Employment Standards, Human Rights and Occupational Health and Safety legislation.
  • Knowledge and understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion, reconciliation and social justice theories, concepts, frameworks, strategy and evaluation.
  • Familiar with compensation best practices
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skill in developing, implementing and evaluating strategic and organizational design plans
  • A working understanding of financial management, and information systems in the not-for-profit context.

 Skills and abilities required to perform duties

  • Collaboration - Ability to work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders, support effective team processes and establish relationships within and outside of the organization
  • Integrity - Strong leadership, good judgement, solid ethics, and appropriate care and discretion in dealing with sensitive matters
  • Communication - Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written, oral, presentation)
  • Computer Literacy - Including effective working skills of MS Word, Excel, Office 365 and PowerPoint, and adaptability to remote working technology including MS Teams, Slack and GoTo meeting
  • Staff Management - Ability to effectively manage staff performance, with experience coaching management and supervisory employees with challenging people issues
  • Excellent problem solving and divergent thinking skills

Solid ability to provide conceptual and strategic leadership, including

  • Project Management - Ability to use communication, delegation, planning, technology and administration skills to effectively run major projects
  • Change Management – demonstrated experience leading people and organizations through change, including changes to business processes, systems and technology, job roles and organization structures
  • Strategic Planning - Demonstrated knowledge and skill in developing, implementing and evaluating strategic plans
  • Inclusive Leadership - An open and inclusive leadership style and a commitment to modelling inclusive behaviour and advocating for diverse perspectives

Sector experience

  • An established, national network of connections in the environmental and non-profit sectors is advantageous
  • A passion for environmental and social justice issues, with specific knowledge of environmental non-government organizations, and the Canadian non-profit sector, and a strong understanding of Ecojustice’s mandate and core activities
  • Cultivates and lives into a personal commitment to justice, diversity, equity & inclusion

Application Process:

Interested applicants should submit their cover letter and resume online at: no later than February 12, 2021.

If you have any questions about this role, please contact Cheryll Januszewski by email at

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