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Strategic Initiatives Advisor

Strategic Initiatives Advisor

Requisition ID 
Job Category  
Human Resources
5630 - Assoc Provost- Human Resources
Job Status 
Temporary Appointment (Contract)
Hiring Range 
$77,049 - $96,311

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Term: 1 year contract position for replacement of a maternity leave


Reporting to the Associate Provost, Human Resources the Strategic Initiatives Advisor provides support on a wide range of human resource strategies and initiatives, and provides advice and guidance on University-wide initiatives. This position will work with various disciplines within HR, OHD, and across the University. The Strategic Initiatives Advisor will often lead initiatives, at other times be a project team member, in all cases providing the strong analytical, facilitative, and broad business perspective to the initiative.


This role is contingent on funding.


Leads the effective implementation of strategic initiatives and special projects in relation to the University’s Strategic Plan and the Excellence Canada Initiative:

  • Creates partnerships and works collaboratively with Faculties and Non Academic Units to achieve the goals of the University’s Strategic Plan and the Excellence Canada initiative
  • Establishes cross functional teams and manages resources across multiple projects
  • Collaborates with key stakeholders in the implementation of initiatives
  • Partners with stakeholder groups, including departmental/faculty leaders and human resources to ensure a holistic approach to change management
  • Conducts regular reviews of progress made towards goals and objectives
  • Facilitates the integration of Human Resources and Organizational & Human Development strategic initiatives with other university initiatives
  • Participates in the HR/OHD Management meetings in developing both the short and long term plans in accordance with the university’s strategic plan
  • Ensures delivery of timely, clear communication on strategic initiatives through news and data updates


Provides advice and support on a wide array of projects and strategic initiatives:

  • Develops and maintains partnerships that assist with the promotion and development of strategic initiatives that fall under the University’s Strategic Plan and the Excellence Canada Initiative
  • Establishes client focused solutions and continuous quality improvement
  • Analyzes and measures change management processes to ensure delivery against strategic targets
  • Integrates change management activities into project plans
  • Proactively manages all client relationships
  • Implements University wide strategic initiatives and makes recommendations for ongoing improvement
  • Partners with Human Resources and Organizational & Human Development providing client support in the areas of organizational change
  • Delivers timely, clear communication on strategic initiatives, news and updates to client groups
  • Collects and analyzes employee data, and provides reports to the Associate Provost, Human Resources
  • Elicits feedback regarding the effectiveness of strategic initiatives and change management initiatives and, where appropriate, modifies activities

Develops and maintains a positive and constructive change management climate:

  • Provides advice and guidance on the implementation of the Excellence Canada quality standards
  • Coordinates the implementation of Excellence Canada quality standards across campus
  • Assists client groups to develop and implement plans that support the goals of the University’s Strategic Plan and the Excellence Canada initiative
  • Develops effective working relationships across campus with senior management, UWSA, FAUW and CUPE 793

Represents the University of Waterloo on matters related to the Robust Employer-Employee Relationship theme:

  • Liaised externally with Excellence Canada, other universities, professional associations, government organizations and agencies
  • Develops presentations and project status reports


  • University undergraduate degree or equivalent experience combined with a designation in project management, human resource management, process improvement or change management
  • 5+ years of progressive experience in a senior advisor role with management experience an asset
  • Excellent communication, problem solving and facilitation skills
  • Experience managing projects
  • Exceptional client service orientation
  • Proven record of high integrity and sound judgment
  • Team player adaptable to a changing environment
  • Ability to develop effective working relationships and influence all levels of the organization
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure
  • Results oriented with an ability to manage confidential and sensitive information in a professional manner
  • Strong data analysis and report writing skills
  • Strong interpersonal and presentation skills