Director, Talent Vancouver


Vancouver, British Columbia, CA

Date:  Jan 12, 2021

This senior human resources professional reports directly to the Chief Talent Officer and provides talent management and leadership in our Vancouver office. Working closely with the Managing Partner and their leadership team, the Director of Talent, Vancouver is a senior leader in the Firm’s Talent structure, and is accountable for developing talent strategies to achieve best in class employee and partner engagement in Dentons’ Vancouver office. 


Specific Accountabilities
•    Provides strategic talent-related advice to Office Managing Partner and practice group leaders in Vancouver.
•    Participates as a senior member of the national Talent team to achieve the Firm’s strategic talent goals.
•    Identifies priorities and prepares comprehensive talent-related plans to support business objectives and improve employee and partner engagement.
•    Coaches partners, practice group leaders and managers to improve engagement and collaboration in the Vancouver office.
•    Effectively manages direct reports on the Vancouver Talent team.
•    Identifies talent trends within the Vancouver legal marketplace.
•    Proactively identifies current and future talent needs in consultation with the practice group leaders and Office Managing Partner; oversees and participates in recruitment as required (including partners, students and associates);
•    Provides oversight and guidance on recruitment and retention initiatives for lawyers, business professionals and law students. 
•    Oversees and participates in complex hiring and termination decisions 
•    Oversees talent processes within the Vancouver office, including performance, promotion, compensation, and bonus decisions.
•    With strong understanding and experience of applicable employment laws, leads the prompt resolution of employee relations issues and initiate proactive measures to manage related matters; advise and assist people managers on the interpretation and administration of policies, programs and best practices.
•    Assists firm leaders in identifying and developing star talent and creates development plans to address their professional and career objectives. 
•    Coaches and supports department leaders to identify underperformers and prepare development plans to achieve the required performance levels.
•    Supports and advises senior leaders on succession planning.
•    Maintains positive working relationships with Dentons lawyers, employees and management to create a safe, supportive and inclusive environment.
•    Supports employee engagement efforts by taking into consideration feedback received through a variety of sources, including feedback from lawyers and management, employee surveys, employee meetings, and exit interviews; identify key trends and issues, and make recommendations for changes, enhancements, and solutions.
•    Promotes best in class diversity and inclusion outcomes through personal leadership, professional development and talent management processes.
•    Supports the Canada Region Partnership Application and Review Process in Vancouver.
•    Implements and manages effective onboarding and offboarding processes in Vancouver.
•    Leverages resources to achieve talent goals to maximize efficiency, minimize cost and achieve desired outcomes to the fullest.


•    10 years of human resources experience with a minimum of five in a management role. Previous working experience in a law firm is a strong asset.
•    University degree required, CHRP and/or Coaching Certification an asset. 
•    Ability to develop relationships and work effectively at all levels in a complex, matrix partnership environment.
•    Ability to work effectively independently and to contribute within a highly collaborative, virtual team environment.
•    Exceptional collaboration, leadership and business consulting skills.
•    An innovative and creative approach to solving problems.
•    Demonstrated knowledge of all functions of human resources including talent development, performance management, policy development, succession planning, compensation, and recruitment.
•    Working knowledge of business operations.
•    Superb planning and an ability to execute complex initiatives.
•    Action oriented with a strong desire to achieve results.
•    High attention to detail.





Equal Opportunity Statement

Inclusion and diversity (I&D) are fundamental to who we are at Dentons Canada and essential to the success and strength of our firm. Our forward-thinking, inclusive culture promotes and supports the professional development of our diverse talent, the leading services we offer to our clients, and positive social change. As a testament to our commitment to I&D, we are recognized as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employer’s for 10 consecutive years (2011-2020) and one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People (2020).

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