Senior Director, People & Culture - Take a Hike Foundation

Mar 08, 2024
Vancouver, British Columbia

Take a Hike has a strong workplace culture that prioritizes kind and open communication. Human Resources Management skills are important, but cultural fit is paramount. The way we speak to each other, to donors and to partners is the same across the board. We are an agile and flexible group of cause driven, passionate, and dynamic individuals driven by supporting youth development, mental health, the outdoors, and education. We embrace humour and work collaboratively to reach success. Take a Hike cares about and supports its employees while also challenging them to grow and develop with the company. We trust and respect each other and have a shared commitment to personal, professional and community success.

Take a Hike is proud to offer generous benefits that include:

  • 100% employer paid benefits including extended health and dental.
  • Disability and Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Plan
  • Health Spending Account
  • RRSP Matching program
  • Generous vacation time
  • Professional development budget and training opportunities
  • Flexible work schedule in a hybrid work environment
Does being part of this type of culture excite you? This just might be the opportunity for you!


Take a Hike empowers youth who experience vulnerability to change the trajectory of their lives with a full-time mental health and emotional well-being program embedded in an alternate education classroom. Take a Hike engages youth with intentional, continuous clinical counselling, experiential land-based learning, and community. Our public school district partners provide high quality education, and together, we empower youth with the skills and resilience they need to graduate high school, build healthy relationships, and achieve success – however they define it. For more information on the program, please visit 


Reporting to the CEO and working collaboratively with the Senior Leadership Team and the Board of Directors, the Senior Director, People & Culture plans and implements the organization’s human resources strategies and frameworks that support the direction and goals of Take a Hike. This includes advancing approaches to reconciliation, decolonization, anti-racism, and breaking down barriers faced by equity-seeking groups. Take a Hike has tripled its workforce in the last five years and plans to continue growing in 2 BC and beyond – we're looking for someone who can help us maintain culture and program fidelity and design the organization for growth. This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced human resource professional with a proven track record of expertise across all facets of human resources grounded in a lens of equity, diversity, and inclusion. KEY

  • Develop and execute Take a Hike’s people and culture strategy
  • Act as the People & Culture Business Partner to the Senior Leadership team by providing strategic advice on complex org issues and collaborating on key strategic decisions, opportunities and challenges
  • Act as the senior sponsor for the organization’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) work
  • Lead talent management, employee and workplace practices that contribute to an exceptionally engaged and high functioning workforce
  • Design and implement innovative employee programs that include competency-based talent management, coaching and leadership training
  • Ensure people and organizational policies, procedures and practices are compliant and consistent across the organization
  • Lead the growing People & Culture team which currently consists of a People & Culture Advisor and a contract Recruiter
  • Support the board of directors’ HR & Governance Committee

Key Competencies:
  • Strong leadership, strategic thinking, analytical and organizational skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to develop trust quickly both internally and externally to Take a Hike
  • Strong abilities in leading organizational development/design and change
  • Exceptional written communication skills, including the ability to write policies, reports, and other HR related documents
  • Strong problem solving, influencing and negotiating skills
  • Superior knowledge of relevant provincial and labour law legislation particularly regarding performance management, contract review, employee agreements and Occupational Health and Safety Experience:
  • 15 years’ of relevant leadership experience including providing strategic advice and guidance across the organization’s people practices, with the ability to contribute to the organizational culture and program fidelity
  • Exposure to the non-profit sector or fast-growth organizations is an asset
  • CPHR designation considered an asset

This is a full-time position with an immediate start date (July 1, 2024, at the latest). The successful candidate will be paid an annual salary of $140,000 to $150,000, commensurate with experience, based on a 37.5-hour work week. This hybrid position is based in our office located in Vancouver, BC with two days a week in the office required.


If this position is of interest to you, please submit your cover letter and resume to Applications will be evaluated, and interviews conducted, on a rolling basis and you are encouraged to apply early.

Take a Hike values the diversity of the people it hires and serves. Diversity at Take a Hike means fostering a workplace in which individual differences are recognized, appreciated, respected, and responded to in ways that fully develop and utilize each person’s talents and strengths. Individuals who identify as LGBTQIA+, Indigenous, Black or other racialized Canadians, or candidates with lived experience in mental health are encouraged to consider this opportunity. Our commitment to reconciliation can be found on our website here.

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