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Head, Total Rewards

York Region

Toronto, ON

    York Region is Canada’s fastest growing area, with a population that is expected to grow to 1.79 million by the year 2041. This is an exciting time to join the Region of York – it is a time of organizational change and renewal, with a focus on ensuring maximum value and services for employees and the rapidly growing communities they serve.  York Region is a leader in their field for innovative technologies and programs with a strong focus on excellence in the services provided to the nine cities and towns they represent. They value employees’ contributions and support opportunities for growth and development. They provide progressive programs and benefits, nurturing employee satisfaction and community involvement. York Region is not only a great place to live, it’s a great place to work. In 2020, York Region was recognized as one of Greater Toronto’s Top Employers, a Top Employer for Young People in Canada, one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and one of Canada’s Greenest Employers.

    Reporting to the Executive Director, Human Resources, the Head, Total Rewards is responsible for setting the strategic direction and leading the implementation of compensation, benefits, pension, and wellness programs for the Region. You will evaluate the effectiveness of existing policies, guidelines, and procedures, and recommend improvements which are cost effective and consistent with market trends, best practices and the Region’s objectives. You will provide strategic oversight to the job evaluation and pay equity process, as well as the annual pay for performance program and salary review processes to ensure alignment with budget allocations. You will participate in the review and revisions of collective agreement language, oversee the pension plan administration, and manage the Region’s benefit plan which includes resolving issues arising from plan design changes, negotiating with benefit carriers renewal rates and recommending program changes. The Head, Total Rewards will provide direction to the development and implementation of a comprehensive approach to health and wellness from primary prevention to early intervention and treatment, all while championing workforce resiliency and psychological health and safety in the workplace initiatives. You will foster positive relationships with internal and external stakeholders, manage staff in a hybrid work setting, and present reports to Senior Management, Council, and committees as required.

    The ideal candidate will come with a University Degree in Human Resources or related field, and a valid Compensation Professional Accreditation (CCP) designation or equivalent. A minimum of eight (8) years of progressive Human Resources experience in compensation and benefits, including three (3) years’ of direct supervisory experience. You have demonstrated experience with leading the design and implementation of compensation structures, policies, and governance, including experience working with job evaluation and pay equity in a unionized environment. Experience with managing benefit and retirement programs including plan design, vendor negotiations, renewals, financial analysis, and communications. Comprehensive knowledge of collective agreement administration and interpretation, labour relations principles and practices, and relevant

    employment legislation.

    York Region is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with the Accessible Canada Act, 2019 and all applicable provincial accessibility standards, upon request, accommodation will be provided by both Odgers Berndtson and York Region throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.

    To explore this opportunity further, please contact Diana Rucchin at Odgers Berndtson at or submit your resume and letter of interest online to by July 18th , 2022.


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