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Posted on: April 14, 2021
Deadline: April 27, 2021
Grade: N/A
Campus: SGW


This is a 5-year full-time contract position (renewable).


Reporting to the Executive Director, Employee and Labour Relations, the incumbent provides professional and functional guidance in defining the University's approach to the management of its human resources in support of the University's mission and culture. This includes the development of bargaining mandates, the negotiation of collective agreements, the training of Administrators, Department Chairs and supervisors, in matters related to Labour Relations and Human Resources Management, advising management on disciplinary or other issues related to Human Resources management, and liaison with the Office of General Counsel to ensure appropriate preparation and presentation of any case referred to arbitration or to an administrative tribunal, such as the Commission des relations du travail or the Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST), integration of human resources strategy into policy and planning frameworks, and the provision of high level support and services to the University community.

Primary responsibilities

  • Propose changes to the collective agreements, analyse, develop and recommend the financial mandate (which has a significant effect on the operating and ancillary budgets), prepare formal mandate documents for the senior management and the Board of Governors, and brief senior management on the status of negotiations.
  • • Act as a spokesperson in collective Agreement negotiations.
  • • Investigate grievances, advise Administrators, recommend settlement as appropriate, negotiate settlements within approved mandate, prepare grievance replies, draw up agreements for signature.
  • Provide authoritative advice to senior management on specific labour relations' issues; provide counsel and guidance to management on the handling of a variety of labour relations issues, including the interpretation and application of the collective agreements and personnel policies and procedures.
  • Make recommendations on cases to proceed to arbitration/labour commission or settlement to be negotiated; prepare files for hearings Liaise with the Office of General Counsel to ensure appropriate preparation and presentation of any case referred to arbitration or to an administrative tribunal.
  • Prepare arbitrations or cases before administrative tribunals and attend arbitration hearings.
  • Work with union representatives to develop creative problem solving initiatives.
  • Conduct information sessions for faculties/departments/units on a variety of labour relations issues; draft and review special communiqués for distribution to the University community;
  • Supervise and provide guidance to professional staff; train and support staff development.
  • Prepare policy papers and recommendation to the Associate V.P. Human Resources.
  • Participate in the development, co-ordination and implementation of University personnel policies and procedures and their dissemination to the University community.
  • Support disciplinary meetings; assist in administrative re-organizations; assist in termination meetings.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Relations or Law or in a field related to the primary responsibilities and over eight (8) years of relevant experience in an advisory capacity in the labour relations field, with experience at a negotiating table as a spokesperson. The eight years’ experience could be compensated by exceptionally formative experience in a similar position.
  • Certified Human resources professional (CHRP) or Certified Industrial Relations Counsellor (CIRC) or Institut de médiation et d’arbitrage du Québec (IMAQ) or member of Barreau du Quebec are assets.
  • Very good spoken and written French and English (level 5).
  • Intermediate knowledge of MS office suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and proven ability to work in a team environment using a collaborative approach.
  • Excellent organizational skills and a demonstrated ability to multi task in order to bring objectives and goals to a successful completion within stipulated deadlines.
  • Critical thinker with ability to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Very good analytical and mathematical skills in order to provide accurate costing scenarios.
  • Ability to deal with problems, and solving conflicts at a senior management level.


$95,878 - $111,201 per annum



Interested applicants must submit a curriculum vitae with a covering letter by April 27, 2021. Please click on the How to Apply button below for further instructions.

IMPORTANT: The language and computer skills of short-listed candidates will be tested.

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