Director, Human Resources

CIFAR is a Canadian-based, global charitable organization that convenes extraordinary minds to address science and humanity’s most important questions. 

By supporting long-term interdisciplinary collaboration, CIFAR provides researchers with an unparalleled environment of trust, transparency and knowledge sharing. Our time-tested model inspires new directions of inquiry, accelerates discovery and yields breakthroughs across borders and academic disciplines. Through knowledge mobilization, we are catalysts for change in industry, government, and society. CIFAR’s community of fellows includes 19 Nobel laureates and 400 researchers from 22 countries. In 2017, the Government of Canada appointed CIFAR to develop and lead the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence (AI) Strategy.

Reporting to the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, the Director, Human Resources will champion CIFAR’s culture of collaboration, creativity and excellence, leading a broad range of day to day Human Resources functions to foster employee engagement and productivity and support the organization’s growth initiatives. 

The Director of Human Resources has overall responsibility for talent acquisition, management, and retention; employee relations; payroll; compensation and performance management; employee and leadership training, and development; succession planning; and health and safety training and compliance. 

As a trusted business partner and integral member of the Leadership team, the Director Human Resources will provide HR guidance, advice and support to CIFAR management and lead the development and administration of best practices HR polices, procedures, programs and tools  aligned with CIFAR’s overall strategic objectives and priorities.    

In addition to  an undergraduate degree in Psychology or related field,  and Certified Human Resources Professional designation (CHRP/CHRL), the successful candidate will have a minimum of ten years of progressive career experience providing broad functional human resources leadership, preferably gained within a similarly complex multi-stakeholder Not-For-Profit research based organization. The ideal candidate will be an exceptional communicator and relationship builder  with a strong commitment to teamwork and track record of success leading organizations to high levels of employee engagement through enthusiasm, collaboration, and open dialogue. 

For confidential consideration, applicants should apply  to Judy Munro, Senior Managing Director, Robert Half Executive Search at

CIFAR is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, upon request, accommodation will be provided by both Robert Half Executive Search and CIFAR throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.