Human Resources Manager

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP is one of Canada’s oldest law firms and one of its most progressive.  Blakes is committed to investing in our staff and professionals, continually updating our training opportunities, recognizing achievement and creating a positive work environment, all with a view to ensuring that we provide our clients with top quality legal services.

We are currently recruiting for a dynamic HR Manager who can make our firm a premier employment destination for the top talent in our industry.  Reporting to the Director of Administration, the HR Manager will provide generalist support and expertise to managers and legal support staff in the Vancouver Office.  HR expertise spans all functional areas of HR including:  recruitment, staff planning, performance management, salary administration, conflict resolution, employee relations, coaching and counselling.



  • Identifies staffing and service requirements by establishing relationships with lawyers and department managers to understand the practice group or department needs and objectives, identifying trends and recommending initiatives and solutions.
  • Maintains approved levels of staffing by reviewing and updating job requirements, initiating and participating in the recruitment process, counselling managers and lawyers on candidate selection, conducting and analyzing exit interviews and recommending changes.
  • Manages legal support staff by conducting staffing needs analysis, reviewing and re-allocating current resources, setting mandate for future recruitment, recruiting and selecting new staff members, monitoring and appraising employee work performance.  Ensures the new hire orientation process properly introduces new employees to the corporate culture.
  • Fosters a positive work environment by developing programs to enhance employee relations and offering employee support to each staff member.  Develops new ways to measure employee morale and determines methods for improving overall employee satisfaction.
  • Maintains the performance management program by counselling managers and lawyers on the planning, monitoring and appraising of employee work results.
  • Resolves lawyer/manager and employee conflicts by investigating complaints and concerns, evaluating and offering possible courses of action, providing advice, guidance and direction. Training managers to coach and provide constructive feedback to employees.
  • Maintains fairness and equity in the implementation and administration of the Firm’s HR policies and programs, including benefit and salary administration by interpreting policies, discussing and consulting with lawyers/managers on anomalies and inequities and by recommending changes.  Ensures legal compliance with applicable legislation.
  • Assists with the administration of the short-term and long-term disability program by maintaining contact with employees.
  • Contributes to team effort by performing related responsibilities and maintaining effective communication channels, contributing to the internal newsletter, organizing and coordinating staff social events and other Firm-sponsored charitable events.  Is an active member of the Social Committee, Health & Safety Committee and Wellness Committee.
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by keeping up to date on legislative changes, attending educational workshops, establishing personal networks and participating in professional associations.



  • Diploma or Certificate in Human Resources Management.
  • CHRP designation is a definite asset.
  • Advanced knowledge of the relevant employment and human rights legislation.
  • Proven working experience as an HR Manager, with a minimum 8-10 years of progressive levels of responsibility. Experience in a legal or professional services environment is preferred.
  • Proven leadership skills.  Positive, energetic, proactive self-starter who requires minimal direction. Competence to build and effectively manage interpersonal relationships at all levels of the firm.
  • People oriented and results driven. Excellent communication and organizational skills.  Innovative problem-solving talent.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills. Ability to handle employee issues in a professional, confidential and sensitive manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to improve employee morale.
  • Ability to work under pressure and juggle multiple priorities.
  • Strong technical and administrative skills with standard office systems and HRIS programs.

Qualified candidates are invited to forward their cover letters and CVs to:

Nancy Sartène
Director, Administration
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Suite 2600, 595 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC  V7X 1L3
Fax:  604-631-3309