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Human Resources Specialist (Vancouver)



The Justice Education Society of British Columbia (BC) is a non-profit organization with over 25 years of experience providing public legal education and justice system capacity building in Canada and overseas.  In Canada, the Society helps more than 700,000 British Columbians learn about our justice system and address their legal issues.  Internationally, JES has programs in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama and Guyana which work with national institutions to strengthen justice systems, access to justice and citizen security.  JES has offices in Canada, Guatemala, Honduras and Guyana and diverse sources of funding including donors and provincial, federal and overseas governments.  More information on JES is available at: www.justiceeducation.ca.


The Human Resources Specialist will provide guidance, coaching, consultation, support, and advice to all levels of employees in all aspects of human resources. This position will develop and implement policies, procedures, and programs regarding human resources planning, performance management, compensation, job evaluation, and employee relations. The Human Resources Specialist will also guide all initiatives with respect to recruitment, recognition, benefits, selection, orientation, retention, training, development, workplace wellness, and occupational health and safety strategies to support best practices, operational performance, and the organization’s strategic plan.

This is a new results-based position in a busy international non-profit organization. Management of a large workload within a professional team environment makes it an exciting role that allows for great achievement and success.


The Human Resources Specialist will guide the organization’s recruitment and staffing initiatives, compensation and benefits, training and development, employee relations and satisfaction, organizational development, employment law and legal compliance and occupational health and safety programs. Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Plan, develop and implement human resources policies, programs, practices, guides and forms.
  • Ensure legal compliance by monitoring and implementing applicable legal requirements.
  • Retain human resource records by designing a filing and retrieval system and keeping past and current records.
  • Lead the development and implementation of the performance management system.
  • Establish an in-house employee professional development and training system, including training needs assessment, onboarding and orientation, and cross-training.
  • Lead competitive market research to establish salary practices and classifications that help to recruit and retain staff.
  • Recommends change in benefits offered and lead the development of benefit orientations and other benefits training for employees and their families.
  • Design and lead organizational initiatives and strategies that addresses issues such as succession planning, workforce development, employee retention, organizational design, organizational culture, and change management.
  • Manage employee communication and feedback through such avenues as meetings, suggestion programs, employee satisfaction surveys, newsletters, employee focus groups, etc.
  • Cultivate professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks, and participating in professional societies.
  • Provide internal human resource advisory services, consultation and assistance in all responsibility areas including the senior leadership team.
  • Act as mediator to ensure high-quality relationships in the workplace.
  • Review and analyze HR metrics to assess gaps and opportunities and provide insights and reports including relevant research to help inform the right business decisions.
  • Perform special projects as required. 


Knowledge, skills and experience

  • Enjoy fast-paced environment and variety; known for getting things done
  • Flexible and a self-starter; able to multitask while also being highly detail oriented
  • Diplomatic and excellent people skills, with experience communicating and collaborating in a multidisciplinary, diverse and dynamic team
  • Skilled at negotiation to successfully obtain commitment to a solution or idea, while maintaining integrity and relationships
  • Coaching, consultation and mediation skills
  • Ability to deal with confidential and sensitive information and issues; maintains high levels of confidentiality and integrity
  • Ability to learn and adapt to changing conditions
  • Ability to think strategically and take a comprehensive, long-term view, critically assessing options and implications and relate decisions to strategic goals
  • 5+ years of progressive experience in all HR functions. An equivalent combination of related education and experience may be considered.
  • Knowledge and experience of recruiting, staffing, benefits, compensation, employee relations, performance management frameworks, HR compliance, organizational design, training, development, and human resource information systems
  • Knowledge of various employment laws and practices; commitment to keeping up to date and abreast of potential impacts in changes in legislation
  • Strong research skills
  • Ability to problem solve and find solutions to complex problems
  • Excellent computer skills in a Microsoft Windows and GSuite environment; confident and creative approach to using technology to improve efficiency
  • Ability to travel internationally
  • Strong Spanish language skills are required


To apply for this position, please send your cover letter and curriculum vitae to the following address: jobs@justiceeducation.ca.  Please indicate “Human Resources Specialist” in the subject line.

Deadline for reception of applications: October 23, 2019.

JES offers competitive compensation. We thank all candidates for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.





The Justice Education Society is able to provide quality programs and services with the support of over 500 volunteers each year. These volunteers vary from the province’s Chief Justice to secondary school students.

Their diverse contributions range from speaking at our programs and being on advisory committees to helping edit our materials, staging mock trials, and stuffing envelopes.

To find out more about volunteer opportunities, please Contact Us.

To volunteer with our international program, visit the international volunteer page for more details.

Volunteer Board


JES is a non–profit organization with over 25 years of experience providing public legal education and justice system capacity building in Canada and overseas. In Canada, JES helps British Columbians learn about our justice system, address their legal issues, improve legal capability and access to justice. JES works with partners around the world to deliver practical, integrated and impactful projects that promote effective and accessible justice systems which are key to sustainable development, individual security and human rights. With extensive experience in designing and implementing international projects, our work has included a range of diverse projects on justice capacity building, the rule of law, citizen security, human rights, access to justice, gender-based violence, youth justice and public legal education. JES currently has projects in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama and Guyana, and offices in British Columbia, Guatemala, Honduras and Guyana. JES has diverse sources of funding including private donors and provincial, federal and overseas governments. For more information about JES, please visit our website at www.JusticeEducation.ca.


We are seeking one Director with senior accounting and financial management background along with a CPA designation to join our Board. In addition, the new Director will become a member of the Finance Committee, which provides fiduciary oversight of all financial matters of the organization.

Candidates should be able to demonstrate an understanding of governance and director’s duties and responsibilities. Candidates should also possess high standards of ethics, proven leadership skills, be analytically minded, solutions focused and visionary. Candidates with previous board experience in the non-profit sector is highly desirable.


Board membership is for a 3-year term. Directors may be elected for up to 9 consecutive years.

The Board and Finance Committee respectively meet on average six times annually. Meetings are held in Vancouver and/or by conference call.

Interested candidates should submit their resume to Sonia Poulin at sonia.poulin@JusticeEducation.ca along with an expression of their interest in serving on the Board.

Fundraising Volunteers

The Justice Education Society is launching a major, province-wide fundraising campaign to “Sponsor Kids to Learn About the Law.”

Government funding to the Society’s Justice System Education Program is now gone. Every year, the program introduces thousands of students to the courts. Program activities include court orientations, court watching, sessions with judges and other justice system personnel and performing mock trials. This program is now at risk and we are counting on donations to sustain it.

The Society is hoping to raise $100,000 to introduce 20,000 youth to BC courts throughout the province. We are seeking sponsorship from law firms, individual lawyers, judges, businesses and the general public.

We are also seeking individuals who are interested to volunteer and help support this fundraising campaign.
Contact us at Volunteer@JusticeEducation.ca for more information.

Human Resources Specialist