The University of Saskatchewan values diversity, and Aboriginal engagement is a strategic priority.

Strategic Business Advisor


This job posting will remain active for an unspecified duration and may be used to fill future Strategic Business Advisor positions in Human Resources

Job Title:  Strategic Business Advisor, Human Resources (2 positions)

Department: Human Resources

FTE: 1.0

Status:  Permanent

Competition No.: 17201-E

Salary Information: The salary range is $66,000-$109,000 per annum (Exempt, Salary Band 3). The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Primary Purpose: The Strategic Business Advisor (SBA) is a strategic human resource (HR) partner for an assigned business unit(s).  The SBA is a value-added partner, delivering effective service to the business unit with priorities driven by unit requests and requirements.  The SBA provides HR support to and works with unit leaders to develop and implement solutions that achieve the unit’s priorities and outcomes.

Nature of Work: Reporting to the Associate Director, Integrated Client Services, Human Resources, and under the direction of a senior leader in the unit (Dean, Executive Director, or designate), the SBA partners with  unit leaders by understanding their business needs as well as their values, culture, and challenges.  The SBA influences effective integrated human resource strategies and initiatives that support the unit’s unique objectives, operational requirements, and culture.  The SBA assists unit leaders with various human resource activities while maintaining a strong connection to Central Human Resources and other SBAs on campus.  When required, the SBA proactively communicates unit requests to Central Human Resources, ensuring the necessary HR Specialist(s) is involved in addressing the requests.  The SBA supports the delivery of unit activities and processes while contributing to the strategic and operational development of HR services across the University.  The assigned business unit(s) may change periodically, it is expected that the SBA will be flexible with any change to business unit assignments.

The SBA addresses complex and sensitive employment matters with technical proficiency and exceptional client service, often during periods of change, high work volumes, and stringent deadlines. The SBA ensures the effective management and execution of HR strategies, frameworks, policies, procedures, and employee relations within the business unit. In providing various HR client services, the SBA exercises discretion and judgment in maintaining confidential information, and applies sound practices with a consistent, proactive and collaborative approach. 


  • Ensures that exposure to risk and liability is mitigated by ensuring compliance with collective agreements, labour legislation, employment law, and university and unit policies and procedures.
  • Provides HR advice and support to unit leaders, consulting appropriate resources when required, to ensure a high level of support is provided to the unit.
  • Listens to the needs of unit leaders, and partners with them in addressing and resolving requests and concerns.
  • Collaborates with Central Human Resources to offer insight and ideas for HR programs and initiatives to be introduced to the unit and/or university.
  • Assists with, or takes responsibility for, special projects within the unit as required.
  • Acts as the primary point of contact for the unit regarding generalist HR information, advice, and support.
  • Communicates and promotes unit directions as set by the business unit leaders.
  • Supports a high performance culture by developing and supporting an environment of empowerment, team building, and leadership support.
  • Identifies and addresses barriers to a diverse and inclusive work environment.
  • Supports unit employees by providing guidance and assistance with professional development opportunities and competency development in areas such as problem solving, discipline, and change management to assist the unit in meeting its strategic goals.
  • Supports the implementation and delivery of integrated human resource strategies that assist the unit in achieving its goals, priorities, and operational objectives.
  • Provides input to, and may be directly involved in, university wide HR initiatives and projects, such as collective bargaining. 
  • Proactively and strategically recruits and retains diverse and outstanding staff by supporting the full cycle of recruitment processes including assessment, orientation, and onboarding of faculty and staff.
  • Facilitates organizational and professional development activities.
  • Contributes to building a culture of exemplary human resource client services across the university.
  • Presents and conveys accurate information and data to ensure financially viable and sustainable decision-making and problem-solving.
  • Establishes and maintains positive working and problem-solving relationships with all stakeholders.
A relevant university degree, preferably in a human resources or related field, along with a minimum of five (5) years’ experience working in human resources.  A Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation is considered an asset.  Experience working in a unionized environment is preferred. Must have experience working in a diverse and inclusive environment.  A demonstrated understanding and application of human resources best practices is required. A strong understanding and knowledge of several human resource disciplines throughout progressively responsible positions including: labour relations, performance management, diversity, and recruitment.  Must possess knowledge and understanding of issues (including cultural, socio-economic and other factors) affecting Aboriginal peoples; and an awareness that Aboriginal engagement is a strategic priority at the University of Saskatchewan.  The ability to influence outcomes and provide guidance to business decisions, and excellent conflict resolution skills, problem solving skills, and communication skills including writing, verbal, and presentation are required.  The ability to work collaboratively and build relationships with internal and external partners and manage multiple demands to meet deadlines.  An equivalent combination of education and related experience may be considered.

This position is exempt from any bargaining unit.

This job posting will remain active for an unspecified duration; however, the review of applications for these two positions will begin April 24, 2017 and continue until the positions are filled.

Inquiries regarding this position can be directed to Nicole Shapka at 306-966-5635.  

Competencies:  Competencies are attributes, behaviours, manner and style of how skills and knowledge are applied to the position. The competencies below are the desired attributes which support the University of Saskatchewan’s strategic directions and people values.  For a detailed listing of the University of Saskatchewan’s competencies, visit:


Leadership / Vision

The demonstrated ability to build a shared, compelling and credible vision of the future, influencing people to ensure outcomes that support achieving the vision; a culture of leadership.

Support for Progress

The demonstrated ability to initiate, implement, and support innovation and institutional change and enhance programs and services.

Results Orientation

Focuses on results and completing objectives within the framework defined by the University’s plans and policies.

Personal Effectiveness

Demonstrates an ability to reflect, clarify and commit to what is important, take responsibility for growth and development, and contribute to positive and productive work and learning environments.


The demonstrated ability to convey information and ideas to individuals in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand, retain, and respond to the message.

Relationship Building

The demonstrated ability to develop the rapport necessary to build, maintain and/or strengthen partnerships and relationships inside and outside of the University.

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The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.