Director, Compensation & Classification


Edmonton, Alberta

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Director, Compensation & Classification

Job Number : 36317

Closing Date: Jun 05, 2019 11:59:00 PM (MDT)

The newly created Department of Employee Services supports the 14,000 plus workforce transforming the City of Edmonton. With a special focus on competency, leadership and culture, the Department is supporting the evolution to an employee focused experience, poised to deliver extraordinary service to over 900,000 citizens. If you thrive during times of change and have a proven track record in developing, implementing and enhancing compensation and classification programs, this could be just the opportunity you have been waiting for!

Reporting to the Branch Manager, Employee Relations & Compensation, the Director, Compensation & Classification is accountable for the strategic management of the corporation's compensation strategy, including the development and maintenance of sustainable compensation practices, policies and guidelines, effective job evaluation systems and efficient salary
structures and pay plans. A total of approximately 12 full-time employees support the work of the section.

Key Accountabilities

The Director, Compensation & Classification will be responsible for the following:

Branch & Section Strategy and Alignment

* Develop, implement and maintain the compensation and classification programs including market research to determine salary budgets, salary increase guidelines and salary ranges
* Recommend, develop and oversee the job evaluation and compensation policies to establish consistent salary bands throughout the organization
* Manage the integrity of the classification systems and ensure internal equity of positions across the corporation
* Chair and/or ensure effective management and execution of classification committees to maintain internal alignment
* Remain current and abreast of trends and best practices related to compensation
* Remain current with all legal and market changes impacting compensation, as well as complying with legislation and regulations that control or impact compensation plans for the organization
* Engage in the development of strategies for the branch and translate branch strategies into the section-level strategies required to achieve the branch vision
* Establish clear lines of accountability within the section and work collaboratively across sections and branches to drive integration

Oversight and Assurance

* Ensure the prudent and effective use of financial resources in the conceptualization and delivery of the corporation, branch and section work
* Lead the budget process within the section
* Oversee the establishment and ongoing management of performance and quality assurance measures and data collection and reporting for the section

Organizational & Team Leadership

* Successfully coach, manage, mentor and motivate the Compensation & Classification section which is responsible for market analysis, salary surveys and overall classification and compensation
* Mentor and empower the team to develop the necessary subject matter expertise and strong relationships with key internal and external stakeholders
* Create an environment that encourages, values and recognizes continuous improvement and innovation
* Monitor employee engagement and ensure units are developing and implementing action plans, as necessary
* Align decisions and behaviours to the Cultural Commitments of Safe, Helpful, Accountable, Integrated and Excellent, and encourages the same in others


* Assess the existing structure of the Compensation & Classification Section to promote organizational efficiency and effectiveness, and communicate the corresponding change management processes
*Present complex and sophisticated information to a variety of executive leaders and committees including the Executive Leadership Team

First Year Deliverables

* Strategic management of the City of Edmonton’s compensation and classification strategy, including the development and maintenance of sustainable compensation practices and guidelines
* Identify opportunities for continuous improvement and innovation within the Compensation & Classification section
* Promote the business justification of strong compensation and classification systems and processes
* Establish relationships based on trust and credibility across the organization



* Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Human Resources, or other related discipline; equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered
* A Master’s Degree would be considered advantageous
* Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) designation would be an asset
* Preference will be shown to individuals who demonstrate a commitment to continuous learning


* The successful candidate will have a minimum of 10 years of experience which includes leading and managing teams within a large, complex organization. Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.
* Specific experience in the assessment, design, development and implementation of compensation and classification programs, within a large, complex and multi-union environment
* Sound knowledge and expertise in compensation and classification policies and trends combined with job evaluation and market pricing methodologies
* Demonstrated experience and / or education and training in business process improvement would be advantageous

Attributes & Competencies

* Understanding of how compensation and classification can influence transformation to an employee-focused organization
* High degree of business acumen and ability to see system-wide impacts of decisions
* Able to develop sophisticated strategies to influence within a complex environment
* Intellectually agile
* Able to balance sensible compromise with processes and outcomes
* Manages conflicting priorities well and sets a high performance level for the rest of the team
* Creates trusted spaces to enable the delivery of exceptional work
* Views public service as an honour
* Delivers exceptional customer service to diverse stakeholder groups
* Delivers on commitments and ensures the section work is aligned to the organizational goals
* Demonstrates belief in words and actions that we are all connected together in working to achieve the success of our city
* Motivated to achieve the best standard and does not take the expedient approach at the expense of outcomes; values and recognizes continuous improvement and innovation
* Exceptional people leadership skills including coaching and mentoring expertise, building organizational talent and empowering resources to achieve personal and corporate outcomes

We are an equal opportunity employer.
We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified individuals.

Up to 1 permanent full-time position
Hours of Work: 36.9 hours per week, Monday - Friday
Salary: $130,111 - $162,640 (Annually)
Talent Acquisition Consultant: DR/MZ
Classification Title: ML4 - Human Resources
Posting Date: May 10, 2019
Number of Openings (up to): 1 - Permanent Full-time
Union: Management
Department: Employee Relations and Compensation
Work Location(s): Century Place, 9th Floor, 9803 - 102A Avenue Edmonton T5J 3A3


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