The Students’ Union (SU) is one of the leading undergraduate student associations in Canada. We are a not-for-profit organization that works to ensure that University of Calgary undergraduate students have the best possible university experience through advocacy, representation, and providing valuable on-campus services and programs. We also manage several businesses within the MacEwan Student Centre including a restaurant and bar, two concert venues, a convenience store, a used bookstore and copy centre, and the MacEwan Conference & Event Centre.

We’re in the business of student leadership, and so SU staff are all teachers in some capacity. We coach, mentor, and work alongside the elected members of our student government to help them develop skills and make good decisions for the organization. As such, the SU is a nimble and leading-edge organization that can pivot quickly to address emerging issues and trends.

The Students’ Union offers all our employees a competitive, market-driven salary. Our benefits, though, tend to exceed the market. These include:

  • Five weeks paid vacation, to start
  • Unlimited paid sick time
  • A six percent RRSP matching program
  • Full health and dental benefits plus a health spending account
  • A mission-driven culture that values work-life balance, diverse experiences, and kindness

People love working for the Students’ Union because we care about our employees and empower them to thrive and succeed. The result is a very low turnover and a long-serving staff who are passionate about what they do. If you’re tired of being treated like a cog in a machine and want to do something that matters without sacrificing your home life, the Students’ Union might just be the right fit for you.


Reporting to the General Manager, the Human Resources (HR) Specialist provides leadership, guidance, and expertise in all areas of HR management. This generalist position is responsible for both transactional and strategic level issues, which include recruitment, performance management, compensation and benefits, training, employee relations, organizational effectiveness, and health and safety.


Organizational Design

  • Develop and implement strategies to optimize structure, processes, and people to support the Students’ Union goals.
  • Introduce new ways of thinking, working together, and learning to stimulate organizational innovation and growth.

HR Administration

  • Oversee the development and/or implementation of consistent HR policies and practices such as:  code of conduct, recruiting, new employee orientations, personnel record keeping, job analysis, DEI, harassment, hours of work, overtime, holidays, vacation, leave of absence, rewards and recognition, performance management, benefits, compensation, and claims management.
  • Design and/or revise policies and programs to reinforce diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.
  • Ensure practices and policies remain compliant and current.
  • Project work as required.

Measurement and Reward

  • Design and/or implement performance measurement and feedback tools that support the Students’ Union strategies and values.
  • Design and/or implement reward programs that support the Students’ Union.
  • Develop and manage processes to ensure that performance and pay/reward/recognition programs are appropriately linked.
  • Coach others on how to provide candid, focused, behaviorally based feedback to employees, peers, and management.


  • Oversee the administration of the Students’ Union compensation structure to ensure compensation remains competitive and equitable both internally and externally.
  • Work closely with the senior management team to ensure they have the necessary tools to be accountable for payroll.

Employee Relations

  • Provide counseling to all employees and management team and resolve conflicts within the context of the Students’ Union strategy.
  • Act as an internal consultant providing HR generalist expertise to management on related issues such as discipline, termination and severance, retirement, performance coaching, salary, and incentive programs.
  • Review and assess the environment to identify important employee morale issues.
  • Utilize information technology to communicate HR processes and services.

Continuous Learning and Development

  • Develop an education and training plan for the Students’ Union by conducting a training needs analysis and selecting the most appropriate and cost-effective program.
  • Develop and facilitate training sessions where applicable.
  • Track and measure the effectiveness of all training initiatives.
  • Assess environment for new or non-traditional ways to improve personal, team, and organizational effectiveness.


  • University degree with a specialization in Human Resources complimented with 3-5 years of generalist HR experience.
  • CHRP designation is an asset.
  • Excellent communication skills both oral and written.
  • Negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
  • Familiarity with organization and process design.
  • Strong change management facilitation skills.
  • Knowledge of current HR practices and system applications.
  • Hands-on experience designing or implementing anti-racism and DEI training programs.
  • Understanding of financial statements.

For more information, check out the position description.

Interested? Please send a cover letter and resume to resumes@su.ucalgary.ca.