Job posting: Associate Director of Human Resources, CBRC

Position Type: Full-Time, Permanent
Annual Salary: $80,000
Schedule: 37.5 hours weekly – regular working hours are 9am-5pm in your local time zone – we offer flexibility, and occasional flexibility is required to meet the needs of an organization operating coast-to-coast.
Start Date: April 1, 2024 (exact date flexible)
Location: Remote, within Canada; Hybrid and on-site arrangements are possible in Vancouver and Toronto.
Language: Primary working language is English; French language skills are an asset (please indicate in your cover letter or resume).
Reports to: Executive Director
Application Deadline: Sunday, March 3, 2024 11:59 PM Pacific time


Community-Based Research Centre (CBRC) promotes the health of people of diverse sexualities and genders through research and intervention development. CBRC’s core pillars – community-led research, knowledge exchange, network building, and leadership development – position the organization as a thought leader, transforming ideas into actions that make a difference in our communities. CBRC was incorporated in 1999 and is a non-profit charitable organization. Our main office is located in Vancouver, British Columbia, and we also have satellite offices located in Edmonton, Toronto, and Halifax.

CBRC believes in work led by and for the community. As part of our commitment to employment equity, we encourage applications from Indigenous, Black and people of colour (IBPOC) individuals, Two-Spirit people, queer, trans and non-binary people, people living with HIV, people living with Hepatitis C, disabled people, 2SLGBTQQIA+ women, and other people with fabulous and diverse identities and experiences. CBRC acknowledges that not everyone is able to publicly disclose these identities, and we do not expect that employees will disclose this in the course of their work.

At CBRC, we recognize that some applicants have experienced barriers to traditional educational and employment opportunities. We consider various combinations of education, employment, volunteer, and lived experience and encourage applicants to highlight these experiences in their cover letter and resume.



This position will fill a new, senior role at the organization where the successful candidate will be the subject matter expert and “go-to” person for Human Resources (HR) and organizational matters. They will work closely with various internal and external stakeholders, including CBRC’s Executive Director, leadership team, team members, and Board of Directors, community members, and others to accomplish our goals.

Adopting a national mandate, expanding our mission and vision to be more inclusive of the communities we work within, and becoming a remote-first environment have demanded an evolution of CBRC’s organizational infrastructure and HR practices to meet the changing needs of the organization and its people.

One significant, high-level goal for this position involves the development and implementation of systems, practices, and policies which are human-centered, anti-oppressive, and challenge white supremacy and traditional HR approaches, while harmonizing with HR principles and legislation. We are seeking a knowledgeable HR leader with practical experience.

If you’re looking to make a big impact in how an organization treats and manages its team members, we hope you consider applying!


Primary Job Responsibilities

Approximate percentages of time spent on each activity (averaged over 1 month) are provided as an estimate only, but this may develop over time.

(50%) HR and Management Practices:

  1. Developing and executing a detailed strategic HR plan / work plan.
  2. Developing, reviewing, revising, implementing, following, and advising on CBRC’s HR practices (e.g. systems and policies) and strategies, including:
    i) Recruitment and selection (i.e. hiring)
    ii) Total compensation
    iii) Performance management and development
    iv) Orientation, on-boarding, and off-boarding
    v) More as needed and as indicated by CBRC leadership, feedback, and your recommendations

(25%) Supporting supervisors and supervisees, including:

  1. Answering and advising on HR-related questions and concerns
  2. Planning, hosting, and presenting in recurring supervisors’ meetings
  3. Employee engagement (e.g. surveys, events and other social interaction, continuous learning opportunities, recognition)
  4. Consultation with legal experts and/or HR professionals

(25%) HR administration, including:

  1. Benefits administration
  2. Employee (and other) records management
  3. Processing ROEs, issuing T4s, and ensuring compliance
  4. Use and maintenance of ADP Workforce Now HRIS, including year-end activities.
  5. Creating and updating forms and templates

While someone on the Finance team currently processes payroll, the person in this role would play a backup and support role (and would receive on-the-job training).

All of the job responsibilities involve:

  • Prioritizing equitable, human-centered HR practices.
  • Ensuring compliance with relevant legislation, including Employment Standards Acts (ESAs), Human Rights Codes, and Workers Compensation Acts of all provinces & territories in what is known colonially as Canada.
  • Consulting with various internal and external stakeholders.
  • Working on multiple projects simultaneously, and start-to-finish project management, including budget management.
  • Participating in and/or facilitating various meetings, including Operations team meetings, Directors’ meetings, all-team meetings, and more.
  • Participating in and/or facilitating anti-racism and challenging white supremacy efforts (we consider this everyone’s job at CBRC, but HR positions may be expected to take greater leadership).
  • Supporting the organization as part of the CBRC leadership team, including leading initiatives not explicitly tied to HR.


Minimum Requirements

Work Experience & Education:

Due to the senior nature of this position, we are seeking someone with at least 5-10 years of experience, which may be a combination of the following (as a general guide):

  • 2+ years of HR experience in a complex organizational environment.
  • 3+ years of experience in a similar role (such as a senior/leadership HR or organizational development position).
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in HR (equivalent experience in addition to the above requirements will be considered in lieu of formal education).


Practical Experiences:

  • Strong history of developing, practicing, and implementing equitable, human-centered practices and policies that challenge white supremacy.
  • Demonstrated cultural competency and understanding of social and other issues affecting Indigenous, Black, people of colour (IBPOC), and gender- and sexually-diverse individuals and communities.
  • Familiarity and comfort with researching, interpreting, and applying Employment Standards Acts (ESAs), Human Rights Codes, and other relevant legislation and common law throughout what is colonially known as Canada.


Other Competencies & Qualifications (assets):

  • Solid grasp of – and experience applying – diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) principles and practices.
  • Experience with project management, including budget management and adhering to timelines.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, leadership, teamwork, and sound judgment.
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience developing strategies and project plans.
  • Experience with Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS) (we use ADP Workforce Now), including processing payroll.
  • Non-profit experience and familiarity with the BC Societies Act.
  • Achievement of professional HR designation, such as CPHR or CHRP.
  • Ability and motivation for self-direction, with a commitment to working collaboratively when necessary (which is often).
  • Capacity to prioritize tasks and function under tight and/or competing deadlines.
  • Ability to interact courteously and effectively with partners from varying sectors including academic, government, and community agencies.
  • Effective critical analysis and problem-solving skills.



  • Generous vacation time, personal days, and other leave policies
  • Extended health benefits, including medical, gender-affirming care, dental, vision, and long-term disability (LTD), life coverage, accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D)
  • Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP)
  • Inclusive workplace
  • Remote work arrangements (hybrid or on-site may be possible)
  • Flexible working schedule
  • Kind and supportive team


How to apply

Please email your application to Human Resources at [email protected] and put the job you are applying for in the subject line (Associate Director of Human Resources). All applicants are required to provide a resume and a cover letter (yes, we read these!).

We request a cover letter with specific details so that you have an opportunity to showcase your background and why you are well-suited to the position, as well as for us to ensure we have all the relevant facts in our decision-making.

In your cover letter, please detail:

  • Your experiences developing HR systems and practices/policies.
  • Your experience working in a complex HR organizational environment (e.g. remote and/or national).
  • Any educational and/or experiential background you feel would help you succeed, particularly if it is outside of the HR field.



If this process presents barriers, please get in touch via email with the subject line Access: Associate Director of Human Resources or call us (604-568-7478) to leave a voicemail to discuss alternative formats for submitting your application.

The deadline to apply for this position is Sunday, March 3, 2024 11:59 PM Pacific time.

View posting on CBRC site.