Executive Search: HR Director at The Boulevard Club

Toronto, ON


The Boulevard Club:

For 115 years, there has been a place on the lakeshore devoted to athletic endeavour and a sense of community that is truly unique. It all started August 11th, 1905 when the Club officially started as the Parkdale Canoe Club, setting in motion the hundred plus years of history, activity and memories. The Club moved to its current location at 1491 Lakeshore Boulevard West only a few years later. There have been four fires that devastated the Club, a Great Depression and Two World Wars. Nothing has been able to stop the Boulevard Club in its pursuit of fun, fellowship and sportsmanship.

Today, the emphasis is on family activity as The Boulevard Club continues to keep pace with the dynamic of the world around us. The Club is a modern and vibrant organization offering swimming, tennis, fitness, group lessons and private, badminton, fencing, karate, boating – power and sail, and a full range of lakefront activities including stand-up paddle boarding, rowing, dragon boating and canoeing.

Vision Statement

Our Waterfront Oasis in the City

Mission Statement

Our Members are a Community on the Waterfront.
Inspired by our History, we Foster an Active and Social Environment.

The Position:

The Boulevard Club is seeking a well-qualified, dynamic individual to oversee and manage all Human Resource activities and work cooperatively with all departments to provide an exceptional member and guest experience.

As the Human Resources Director, you will plan, direct and coordinate human resource management activities throughout the Club to maximize the strategic use of human resources. You will maintain overall HR functions such as recruitment, orientation, policies, regulatory compliance, compensation and employee benefits and staff engagement.

The Human Resources Director will be responsible for the following:


  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships – Developing and maintaining constructive and cooperative working relationships with all levels of management & employees.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems – Analyzing HR data/information and evaluating results to choose the best solution or solve a problem.
  • Staffing – Responsible for overseeing job advertising, recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, orientating (on-boarding) and promoting employees.
  • Resolving Conflicts and Applying Discipline – Handling complaints, settling dispute & conflicts of employees, terminating employees and administering the disciplinary process/procedures.
  • Developing Programs/Policies – Analyze, modify and maintain HR programs such as benefit and compensation plans. This includes analyzing salary/benefit information from external sources. Develop necessary policies/programs to align with Club goals/objectives,
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating – Providing guidance, direction and encouragement to managers/supervisors/employees that includes monitoring & maintaining a performance management system and helping identify the developmental needs of others. Includes providing a leadership role to develop/maintain a culture that enables employees to perform in accordance to Company objectives.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards – Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
  • Training and Teaching Others – Help identify the educational needs of employees, provide formal educational or training programs or classes.
  • Documenting/Recording Information – Maintain all employee records in paper or through a computer system.
  • Committee Involvement – Oversee and participate in the Health & Safety Committee and other such Club committees as may be assigned.
  • Developing Objectives/Strategies/Budget – Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them including establishing and maintaining the HR budget & input into the overall company budget.

Candidate Profile:

The Human Resources Director reports to the General Manager. Given the leading role this individual will play in achieving the strategic objectives of The Boulevard Club, it is essential that the successful candidate possess the following core competencies, experience and attributes:


  • Diploma/degree in Human Resources supplemented by 5 or more years of experience in a human resources generalist role, preferably in a club or hospitality environment.
  • CPHR Designation.
  • A record demonstrating strong customer service orientation.
  • Experience in a diverse, sensitive and ever-changing environment involving many demographics
  • Understanding of club, food & beverage environments with high levels of customer service.
  • Solid business skills are a must in office management, budgeting, information systems, sensitivity to revenue/costs in a membership-driven culture.
  • Well organized, strong analytical skills, excellent interpersonal & decision-making skills.
  • Strong people manager with maturity and confidence to provide leadership in complex situations
  • Knowledge of government regulations.
  • A self-starter and results oriented work style combined with excellent communication and interpersonal skills with all the Club’s stakeholders.

Note: This is a newly created position at the Club.


The Club will offer an attractive year-round compensation package, commensurate with experience, which will include a competitive base salary and benefits.


IMPORTANT: Interested candidates should submit resumes along with a detailed cover letter which addresses the qualifications and describes your alignment/experience with the prescribed position by Friday, March 19, 2021.

Those documents must be saved and emailed in Word or PDF format (save as “Last Name, First Name, Boulevard HR Resume” and “Last Name, First Name, Boulevard HR Cover Letter”) respectively to: execsearch@ggapartners.com.

Michael Gregory, Partner and George Pinches, Director
GGA Partners, Inc.


For more information on The Boulevard Club please visit boulevardclub.com.