Director, People and Organization Development

Organization and Opportunity

  • A federal Crown Corporation based in downtown Vancouver, the Pacific Pilotage Authority (PPA) provides safe and efficient marine pilotage services in the coastal waters of British Columbia, including the Fraser River. PPA oversees dispatch and launch operations at stations in Vancouver, Victoria, Steveston and Prince Rupert. A progressive employer with a mandate critical to the economy of Canada. The PPA is wholly self-funded, complex, small and nimble. PPA employs a diverse workforce of approximately 100 people.
  • PPA generates revenue through collection of Pilotage service charges paid by transportation companies that access the coastal waters of British Columbia with the assistance of licensed pilots.
  • PPA is governed by a Board of Directors appointed by the Government of Canada. PPA offers a dynamic environment and competitive compensation benefits, including a defined benefit pension plan.
  • For more information about PPA, please visit
  • PPA is seeking an outstanding person to fill the newly created role of Director, People and Organization Development for at least 5 years, and ideally, beyond. The Director, People and Organization Development reports to the CEO and is a key member of the leadership team.
  • This exciting opportunity has arisen to support continued organization excellence and ongoing engagement and development of employees in a diverse, dynamic world.  

Scope and Responsibilities of Role

  • This multi-faceted role has a mandate to ensure the design implementation and consistent delivery of a robust and effective human resource management function across the organization.
  • This role has responsibility for all aspects of human resource management, including organizational design, recruitment, compensation, employee wellness and safety, employee relations, and employee development and engagement.
  • The Director serves as a subject matter expert on people management on the leadership team.
  • The Director is a key partner in labour negotiations for the organization and acts as the first point of contact by management for all staff grievances. This role also is responsible for oversight and management of the Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) process and oversight of the Public Servants’ Disclosure Protection Act.
  • The position is expected to contribute materially to the efforts of the executive team to stabilize and sustain the company during and beyond this unique time when COVID 19 is impacting PPA and communities and organizations around the world.

Candidate Profile

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, with an emphasis on operations and organizational development.
  • At least 7 years of progressive leadership experience in human resource management in complex, unionized settings.
  • Previous experience in a federal government context would be an asset.  
  • High integrity, strategic acumen, common sense and willingness to be hands-on.
  • Strong knowledge of the principles, polices, practices and services of a high-performing, progressive human resource function within an organization with geographically dispersed teams.
  • Strong knowledge of all aspects of human resource management, including: workforce planning; hiring, retention, engagement and development of employees; employment law; compensation; organizational development; employee relations; employee safety; and performance management.
  • It would be an asset to a Certified Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) in good standing with a provincial organization in Canada
  • Fluency in English is a requirement. Fluency in French and prior experience in the marine transportation industry would be assets.
  • Confident, calm, resilient, humble and collaborative.
  • Team player with excellent listening, analytical, writing, and oral communication skills.
  • Strong knowledge of HRIS and strong computer skills, including ability to work with spreadsheets.
  • Positive, strategic and proactive with superb planning and negotiating skills, the diplomacy to move in many circles, a drive for results and a knack for building relationships with, and consensus among, diverse internal and external partners
  • Ability to effectively engage and develop unionized staff, participate in labour negotiations, meet deadlines and juggle multiple projects.

How to Apply

  • All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, in confidence, January 31, 2021.
  • Please forward a cover letter and resume, in WORD format, to
  • Please quote File #14678.
  • We thank and acknowledge all applicants and will proactively contact those selected to participate in the assessment and interview process.