About ORION:

ORION is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to empowering Ontario researchers, educators, and innovators. We foster a community of more than two million users at more than a hundred universities, college, hospitals, research institutions, as well as most of Ontario’s school boards. We enable ground-breaking discoveries and cutting-edge education by connecting institutions and regions through our network, facilitating collaboration, and providing our community with the digital tools and expert support they need to make the world a better place.

As Ontario’s backbone of innovation, ORION has a unique mandate that bridges public and private sector interests through its operation of Ontario’s advanced research, education, and innovation network. ORION is dedicated exclusively to supporting and enhancing the collaboration and innovation capabilities of Ontario’s researchers, educators, scientists, innovators, and learners. This means working with a broad range of people and groups in universities, colleges, research labs and institutes, hospitals and health research facilities, innovation support organizations, school boards, government, and private companies, as well as having to understand and manage a diversity of viewpoints, positions, and interests.

Position Summary:

The Human Resources Manager is accountable for managing and leading ORION’s human resource processes and activities as well as developing and implementing HR strategies and initiatives aligned with the overall business strategy.

Primary Responsibilities:

The Human Resources Manager will be responsible for the following:

  • Participating in the development and implementation of HR programs and policies to align with the corporate values
  • Developing and updating HR policies and practices to ensure compliance with applicable legislation
  • Acting as primary point of HR contact to all managers and employees in the areas of employee relations, change management, performance management, employee engagement, and best practices
  • Developing, analyzing, and presenting HR related metrics to management
  • Managing full-cycle recruitment including attending interviews, processing employment contracts, and conducting employee on-boarding
  • Liaising with educational institutions for recruitment of co-op students and intern students
  • Managing employee records and ensuring compliance
  • Supporting managers in the performance management process
  • Assisting the leadership team in developing employee engagement initiatives and retention strategies, including employee development plans
  • Managing the off-boarding process for both voluntary and involuntary terminations
  • Participating in creating HR process workflows and seeking opportunities to utilize technology to streamline processes
  • Administer health and wellness plans including enrollment, changes, terminations, and policy renewals
  • Overseeing the maintenance of the compensation framework, ensuring ongoing market competitiveness

Additional related duties and responsibilities as assigned by CFO.


The successful candidate will have the following education, skills, and abilities:

  • University degree or college diploma in Human Resources or related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • 6+ years of progressive experience in an HR role
  • Strong working knowledge of Ontario employment legislation and requirements
  • In-depth knowledge of web-based tools, sites, and techniques specific to recruiting and/or HRIS systems
  • Strong organization skills and attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal, influence, oral, and written communication skills coupled with demonstrated presentations skills
  • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Relevant experience in publicly funded not-for-profit organizations or equivalent combination of skills and experience is desirable


  • Flexible work-from-home policy
  • Comprehensive benefits package
  • Career training and development
  • Generous holidays/vacation days
  • Many other perks

Reports to: CFO

Job status: Full-time/Permanent

Location: Toronto

Work model: Hybrid

Please send resumes to jobs@orion.on.ca with the subject line: Human Resources Manager

Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.