Human Resources Generalist and EDI Specialist

Neil Squire Society is a Canadian national not-for-profit organization that empowers Canadians with disabilities through the use of computer-based assistive technologies, research and development, and various employment programs. We are currently hiring for the newly developed position of Human Resources Generalist based out of our head office in Burnaby.

Job Summary

Reporting to the Director of Finance and dotted-line reporting to the National Operations Manager, the Human Resources Generalist and EDI Specialist will oversee all aspects of human resources activities including recruitment, employment, personnel records, job evaluation, benefits administration, and employee training and development. As an Equity Specialist, this role will be a change-maker and build upon this new role in collaboration with leadership, staff, community partners, stakeholders, and external consultants, and become our GBA+ Ambassador.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Create an internal EDI committee drawing across every region.
  • Establish ongoing analysis and feedback mechanisms on efficacy on EDI initiatives
  • Facilitate the recruitment process by posting jobs, identifying candidates, setting up interviews, conducting reference checks, and issuing employment contracts based on the current employment standards.
  • Aggregate all policies and procedures, including our Human Resources manual, and ensure consistency with EDI.
  • Collect disaggregated data for all groups to identify any systemic barriers within our policies and processes.
  • Establish new staff onboarding policies and training materials.
  • Develop staff library on new staff web portal that incorporates EDI learning initiatives, workshops on EDI.
  • Study our infrastructure with critical questions, such as:
    • Are there members of underrepresented groups in senior leadership roles?
    • Are there members of underrepresented groups acting as mentors for staff and clients?
    • Are there people of diverse intersecting identities in these same roles?
    • How is key messaging reinforced by tangible actions?
    • What are our public accountability and transparency measures and are they adequate?
  • Participate in committees including health and safety and social consciousness.
  • Plan and implement OHS policies and programs.
  • Administer worker’s compensation programs including periodic reporting, annual filing, and reporting injury.
  • Liaise with our legal counsel and prepare employee offer letters for hiring managers.
  • Work on employee engagement initiatives to enhance and promote the organization’s values and culture.
  • Facilitate employee orientations and update records of new staff.
  • Manage employee relations including answering staff queries relating to HR and EDI.
  • Develop HR metrics and KPI’s including EDI-related metrics.
  • Assist with processing semi-monthly payroll and benefits, and annual HR budget.
  • Assist with administering group benefits and liaise with the benefits provider.
  • Maintain and centralize staff HR files and do other general administrative related tasks.
  • Ensure compliance with federal and provincial employment laws and regulations, and recommend best practices.
  • Stay up to date with the latest HR and EDI trends and best practices.
  • Ensure confidentiality of the organization and employees’ information.
  • Perform analytics and special ad hoc projects as assigned.
  • Occasional overtime maybe required.

Experience, Education and Other Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, or related field.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of human resources experience, preferably in the non-profit sector.
  • Strong understanding of the employment law and standards.
  • Strong understanding of EDI, intersectionality, and cultural safety. No formal EDI credentials are necessary. Both formal and informal experience leading EDI change is preferred but not necessary. Lived experience will also be given weight. Change management experience is an asset. However, more importantly we are looking for someone who is willing to learn and grow into the EDI Specialist role and external training may be provided.
  • Excellent communications is imperative as this position will work closely with the senior management, regional managers and legal counsel.
  • Ability to listen, acknowledge and navigate difficult and sensitive topics.
  • A criminal record check must be completed prior to commencing work and may be required each year thereafter.
  • Adaptive to ongoing change, flexible, creative and able to deal effectively with transition.
  • Strong administration, computer and technical skills including MS Office.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure.
  • Must be fully apprised of confidentiality and privacy rules and legislation and not breach policies as per our contract (policies will be provided at hiring).

Compensation package:

  • Competitive salary based on education and experience.
  • Eligible for extended health and dental benefits after three months.
  • Three weeks of paid vacation per year.

Please submit your application (cover letter and resume) along with your salary expectation to While we thank everyone for applying for this position, only those most suitable for the position will be contacted for an interview.