Human Resources Manager

Human Resources Manager

Cunningham Swan LLP, one of southeastern Ontario’s leading full-service law firms for over 120 years, is searching for a Human Resources Manager.  Located in the heart of downtown Kingston, we enjoy a high volume of interesting and quality work and a reputation for excellence.  Our firm is collegial and supportive, and our community is ideal for raising a family, enjoying beautiful Lake Ontario and the Thousand Islands, and achieving a balance between work and the other pleasures in life.

Reporting to the Director of Operations, this role is responsible for the effective management of all HR functions for the firm and its 70+ people, including recruitment, payroll, benefits, performance management, training and development, employee communications and special projects. 


  • Develop, coordinate and deliver proactive human resources programs, to ensure compliance with relevant legislation and organizational policies and procedures in order to reduce related corporate risks.
  • Build strong relationships with the Managing Partners, Partners and all employees utilizing proactive, cooperative and collaborative problem-solving approaches.
  • Develop a good understanding of the business and the ways in which good HR practices can support the business.  
  • Maintain and enhance an effective recruitment strategy to attract qualified and talented lawyers, law clerks and administrative staff.
  • Manage full-cycle recruitment including attending interviews, processing employment contracts and conducting employee on-boarding.
  • Manage payroll and benefit systems.  Communicate benefit programs to employees, support employees with processing of claims, work with benefits consultant to obtain and evaluate benefit contract bids. 
  • Liaising with educational institutions for recruitment of co-op students and intern students
  • Communicate and encourage training and development opportunities to ensure a competent workforce.
  • Managing the off-boarding process for both voluntary and involuntary terminations.
  • Oversee performance management processes and programs.
  • Ensure employee records are maintained and up to date.
  • Additional responsibilities and projects as required.


  • University degree or college diploma with a focus on Human Resources is required.
  • CHRP or CHRL designation is required.
  • Minimum of 5 years work experience in a similar role is required, ideally in a professional services firm. 
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal, communication, organizational, problem-solving and decision-making skills. 
  • Ability to influence others, resolve conflict and play a leadership role in change initiatives by exercising tact, diplomacy and respect for others.  
  • Experience in building and sustaining an inclusive and equitable working environment 
  • Ability to exercise judgement and discretion in dealing with sensitive and confidential matters.  
  • Highly motivated with a proven aptitude to tackle various projects, strong prioritization and re-prioritization skills.
  • Excellent MS Office skills, particularly Excel.  Experience with Payworks an asset.  

We offer a competitive salary package with excellent benefits, including a pension plan and Health Care Spending Account.  Still not convinced? Check out what our current staff and lawyers have to say about life at Cunningham Swan:

Cunningham Swan is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome and encourage applications from people living with disabilities and those from diverse backgrounds.  

Inquiries should be directed, in confidence, to [email protected]. The closing date for applications is May 31st, 2024.

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