Travel Alberta

Director, People and Culture

Oct 18, 2017
Oct 5, 2017
Travel Alberta
We are seeking an inspirational leader to champion our award-winning culture of individual empowerment, personal accountability and corporate community engagement. The Travel Alberta mandate is to provide marketing expertise and destination development support to Alberta-based tourism businesses – your mandate is to support the people behind the mandate, and truly lead through visibility, strategy and a demonstrated talent in team development.

The people at Travel Alberta are dedicated to living our brand attributes. Above all else, we are resourceful, strategic, respectful, collaborative, supportive and spirited. These attributes tell you a lot about our people, and we want you to tell us how your entrepreneurial approach to leadership will build on these strengths by elevating an already award-winning culture.

Your dedication and passion has taken your career to this point, now it is time to advance to a new level by stepping into Travel Alberta’s exciting working environment. 


Position Summary

Reporting to the Vice President, Finance and Corporate Operations, the Director, People and Culture (HR) develops, leads and executes effective and innovative people strategy and a corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy that align with organizational objectives and the needs of our valued team.

The Director of People and Culture role is equal parts strategy and execution, and you are the kind of person who is comfortable operating across a broad spectrum of activity – in short, you are energized as much by strategy as you are by hands-on work. This role is viewed as a leader across the organization who is vital to the continued success and recognition of Travel Alberta as a preferred workplace. 


This position is an integral partner in setting the strategic and tactical direction of the organization inclusive but not limited to the activities listed below:

  • You possess a deep understanding of the development, implementation and evaluation of effective corporate social responsibility programs as they relate to organizational values and objectives
  • You love people and people love you. You are proactive in getting to know the Travel Alberta team, you are demonstrably empathetic and highly approachable to anyone in a genuine and sincere manner.
  • You lead by connecting our people with the vision of Travel Alberta and developing short-term and long-term People and Culture and CSR initiatives that align with our corporate strategy and nurture the business strategy including organizational excellence 
  • You know how to qualify and quantify results as they relate to tactical, strategic and organizational goals and objectives, and you are committed to providing accurate and meaningful reporting results
  • Mentor, lead and develop a team of two through clearly communicated expectations; performance recognition; team member development; and an emphasis on developmental opportunities
  • Provide strategic (goal-based), operational (process-based) and tactical (task or procedure based) people management and engagement direction to Travel Alberta in accordance with the business strategies 
  • Assess the existing People and Culture (HR) policies, practices, strategies, programs, and initiatives to ensure strategic alignment and to find improvements and efficiencies
  • Translate legislative requirements into actions, policies and education needed to comply and deliver on business strategy, and bring a general understanding of union/ non-union environments 
  • Assess and make recommendations on competencies and organizational design 
  • Evolve performance management policy and procedure 
  • Lead the award strategy as it relates to demonstrating the Travel Alberta team commitment to organizational excellence, and as it relates to recognition programs and policy
  • Oversee and advise on matters related to compensation and classification, compliance, governance, legislation, union and non-union relations and conflict resolution

Visit the Travel Alberta Industry site to learn more about Travel Alberta, our mission, our mandate and our award-winning culture

Education and Experience

  • University degree, with Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation
  • A minimum of 10 years of leadership experience in human resources, culture and team engagement 
  • A minimum of five years of experience working with executive leaders and supporting board members; specifically, human resources governance committee members
  • Knowledge of human resources, culture and engagement theory, concepts, and best practices
  • Experience working in a unionized environment and representing an employer at collective bargaining is an asset

This position is based in Calgary, Alberta.
Employment status: Full Time
Start Date: Immediately

Closing Date: October 18, 2017

If you have the qualifications to succeed in this role, submit a cover letter, resume and your salary expectations, with the title in the subject line of your email to  

If applicable, please indicate the name of the Travel Alberta Team Member who referred you to this role. Agency candidates welcome.

We wish to express our appreciation to all applicants for their interest and advise that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Any personal information submitted will be managed with the strictest of confidentiality.