Director, Talent Planning & Development

About Our Client:

George Brown College of Applied Arts and Technology is a public, fully accredited college of applied arts and technology with three full campuses in downtown Toronto. George Brown offers a wide variety of programs in art and design, business, community services, early childhood education, construction and engineering technologies, health sciences, hospitality and culinary arts, preparatory studies, as well as specialized programs and services for recent immigrants and international students. The college offers 35 diploma programs, 31 advanced diploma programs as well as eight degree programs.


Position Scope:

Reporting to the Vice President, Human Resources and Public Safety and Security, the Director, Talent Planning and Development is a strategic partner, influencer, thought leader, and an agent of change for the HR Department and for the George Brown College (GBC) community. The Director is responsible for designing and leading an integrated talent strategy that delivers against the College’s talent needs now and for the future. The Director will provide strategic direction and thought leadership in the creation and execution of organization-wide talent strategies and programs in the areas of talent acquisition, employee orientation / onboarding, succession and workforce planning, performance management, and employee learning, development, and engagement. This role will directly impact the College’s ability to assess, attract, motivate, develop, and retain top talent, thereby enabling the College to deliver on its objective of ensuring student success.



  • Serves as a subject matter expert and builds a Centre of Expertise related to all areas of talent planning and development.
  • Designs and integrates a talent framework for identifying and nurturing top talent and key roles based on organizational priorities to ensure exceptional people performance.
  • Leads the talent review process within the College, including follow up with College leaders on the creation and execution of development plans and plans to mitigate resource or performance gaps.
  • Creates and oversees the management of a comprehensive talent acquisition strategy grounded in equity, diversity, and inclusion and free of bias, including anti-Black racism and anti-Indigenous racism.
  • Champions the College’s equity, diversity and inclusion philosophy and practice in all talent programs and processes, in support of a diverse and inclusive culture and workforce.
  • Identifies organizational capability gaps, analyzes people-related data and leading trends, and partners with various stakeholders across the College to identify talent needs, uncover potential, manage performance, and develop future leaders.
  • Leads effective and efficient people change management practices, efforts, and communications at both the organizational and local level, ensuring that new or revised programs, initiatives, processes, and systems are well supported in their communication, adoption, and implementation.
  • Participates as a member of the HR/PSS Leadership Team in determining and executing on strategic plans for the College overall.
  • Partners and collaborates with relevant stakeholders in setting direction, planning, configuring, and implementing efficient and effective technology-related solutions in support of the Talent Planning and Development function.
  • Develops and sustains strong, collaborative partnerships with stakeholder groups both inside and outside the College to proactively identify, resolve and coordinate efforts in relation to strategic talent management programs and initiatives, and to act as a Centre of Expertise providing coaching, advice and guidance as required.
  • Drives a continuous improvement mindset and practice to ensure all new and current programs and practices are designed, and regularly reviewed and streamlined for maximum efficiency and effectiveness in alignment with the strategic goals of Vision 2030 and with a continued lens on modernization and digitization.
  • Interprets, administers, and ensures compliance with employment legislation and provisions of collective agreements, and College HR policies and procedures.
  • Prepares and manages the business plan and budget for the Talent Planning and Development team.
  • Acts as a senior leader within the HR and Public Safety and Security department by building strong relationships with the VP and colleagues, and by actively participating and leading by example in the delivery of all aspects of the department’s and the College’s mandate.
  • Other related duties as assigned.


Required Skills and Knowledge:

  • Leads collaboratively by partnering with others internally and externally to engage multiple stakeholders, foster alignment, gain consensus and influence outcomes.
  • Demonstrates superior communication in articulating direction and the reasons for it, in problem solving to resolve issues and in managing crisis situations.
  • Knowledge of financial management and experience in managing budgets to make decisions on how to wisely use resources.
  • Shows thorough understanding and interpretation of related legislation and regulations in the areas of human rights, labour relations and employment standards.
  • Strong analytical, coordination, change management and project management skills with ability to prioritize changing and conflicting demands, meet deadlines, and stay productive under pressure.
  • Demonstrated leadership in delivering excellent service to others as this is key in supporting the success of students and the College.
  • Effective ability to interact with others and deal with situations in ways that respect diverse backgrounds, experience, and styles.
  • Flexibility in adapting to change and in participating in consultative decision-making processes.


Education and Experience:

  • Degree or diploma from a recognized post-secondary institution in Human Resources Management, or a related field is required.
  • Post-graduate program or Master’s Degree in Industrial Psychology, Organization Development, Human Resources, or related field would be an asset.
  • Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation or an equivalent is an asset.
  • Minimum nine years’ relevant experience in key areas of talent management in a leadership role. Experience in a unionized environment would be an asset.
  • Functional expertise in talent acquisition, onboarding, workforce and succession planning, employee and leadership development, performance management and employee engagement initiatives required.
  • Ability to build strong relationships and establish trust; with a focus on building a High-Performance Culture and Service-Focused Leadership.
  • Experience providing leadership, coaching, guidance, advice, and support to all levels of management and employees on human resources issues.


Application Instructions: 

To apply, please send a resume to Allison Dwyer at [email protected]

Summit Search Group is a fair and equitable search firm. We welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the recruitment and selection process.

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Toronto, ON


Competitive compensation package + benefits


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Director, Talent Planning & Development

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