Human Resources Director

Human Resources · Toronto, Ontario
Department Human Resources
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Executive

SvN is a dynamic professional services firm comprised of over 90 talented architects, planners, urban designers and landscape architects. The practice is growing quickly and the Principals see the addition of an HR Director to the Leadership Team as critical to the ongoing and future success of the company.

As SvN’s first Human Resources Director, you will help define the role and build an HR team. You will provide leadership in support of SvN’s mission, vision, values and strategic goals. You and your team will be responsible for managing all aspects of our human resources systems, processes and policies. You will provide leadership in building an even stronger culture and enhance our employee engagement and performance management strategies.

If you enjoy working in a fast-paced, creative environment with young professionals and are looking for an opportunity to become part of an energetic leadership team, we invite you to apply today.

About the Role

The HR Director will have overall HR responsibility for a 90+ growing integrated planning and design firm. Core responsibilities will include all aspects of recruitment, on-boarding, payroll, employee relations, compensation guidance, benefits administration, workforce development, performance management guidance, employee recognition, record keeping and administration. You will support the firm in achieving our business strategy and enhance employee engagement. You will provide strategic and operational HR Management support to the leadership team, as well as our employees. 


  • Hire and manage an HR Coordinator;
  • Support the firm’s leadership team in order to continue to attract and retain highly motivated, engaged, and talented professionals;
  • Manage HR programs to ensure consistent application of all people practices and procedures;
  • Drive integrated talent, performance and compensation management practices;
  • Support organizational change and lead communications;
  • Act as an advisor to the firm while managing and assuming ownership of complex and sensitive HR matters;
  • Manage full cycle recruitment and co-op program for the firm;
  • Champion special projects and other responsibilities as required.

Qualifications / Core Areas of Expertise

  • University degree in human resources, business administration, or related field
  • Minimum of 10+ years HR generalist experience, with an emphasis on recruitment, retention strategy, talent development and employee relations
  • Demonstrated ability to manage others
  • Solid understanding of HR employment law and regulations
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  • A passion for working in a fast-paced design culture
  • Previous HR experience in a professional services environment, preferably an architectural, interior design or engineering environment, is a plus
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Office is required

Our core values

  • Be Human - Respect is universal. Be thoughtful at all times. We are all connected.
  • Listen First – Listen without dogma, because any idea could form part of a great solution. Seek to understand the context as a starting place.
  • Think Critically - Where there are no ready-made solutions, test the limits of what is possible.
  • Consider EVERYTHING – Even meanwhile spaces are meaningful places.
  • DYFB - Give everything you have.
  • Finish Strong - The last minute is as important as the first. Finish strong.

About SVN

SvN Architects + Planners is a studio based in Downtown Toronto that has intentionally assembled a preeminent team of over 90 planners, urban designers, landscape architects and architects to develop design solutions for the critical urban issues of our time.

SvN was formed in 2015 through the amalgamation of the work (and brands) of planningAlliance and regionalArchitects, assuring continuity of an ‘integrated’ planning and design practice founded in 1978. Since its inception, SvN’s primary foci have remained policy and design around the primary issues facing our rapidly changing urban and regional environments- in our present day milieu, our work is uniquely focused on housing and mobility.


SvN offers comprehensive planning, approvals and development management to governments, landowners, transit authorities and non-governmental organizations. We work in towns, cities and regions experiencing rapid growth, transitioning social structures and changing economies, at home and internationally.

Our experience working from the gathering of constraint information and formation of vision, to the formation of concept, development of “framework” (policy or design), through to construction, allows us to provide a unique suite of services. We work at nearly every scale and from project conception through completion, anticipating at all stages the challenges that come with complex development.

We take an integrated approach to planning that is not limited to managing a good, policy-oriented process, but one that is rigorous, creative, respectful and comprehensive. We deliver work that results in pragmatic and forward-thinking community design with a goal to re-set the relationship between buildings, landscape and infrastructure.

Compensation and Benefits

SvN offers a competitive salary, full health benefits, a generous professional development allowance and a group retirement savings plan with a matching component. Our bright, airy suite of offices is at 110 Adelaide Street East, near the St. Lawrence market in downtown Toronto, although working from home would be required at this point.

While we thank all applicants for their interest, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please.

As an employer committed to employment equity, SvN encourages applications from members of equity-seeking communities including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions. We encourage members of equity-seeking groups to self-identify within their cover letter in their application.

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  • Location
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Department
    Human Resources
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience