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Senior Consultant, Employee and Labour Relations, Human Resources

Job ID: 17043

Updated: December 3, 2018

Location: Main Campus

Position Overview

Employee and Labour Relations within Human Resources is currently seeking a Full-time Regular Senior Consultant, Employee and Labour Relations.

The Senior Consultant, Employee and Labour Relations, is a member of the Employee and Labour Relations Team and reports to the Director, Employee and Labour Relations in Human Resources. This role is responsible for advising on policies, programs and initiatives associated with the different staff groups across the University. This position provides expert counsel to the University community and works collaboratively with internal Human Resources Centers of Expertise, internal and external legal counsel.

The Senior Consultant will provide expert advice in the Employee and Labour Relations area and lead the ongoing development and improvement of programs, policies and related consulting services. This position exercises considerable independent discretion and is responsible for high-quality accurate advice. Key focus of efforts will include the improvement of existing programs and processes, maintaining compliance with collective agreements, communication and education of leaders, coordinating and managing related change across the University.

The work requires expert knowledge of labour relations principles and employment legislation, regulations. The Senior Consultant must develop an in-depth knowledge of policies, programs and directives to plan and deliver strategic labour relations support to the University. The work requires experience in collective bargaining, planning and coordinating the delivery of labour relations programs/services; analyzing issues; formulating labour relations plans and strategies; preparing reports; and providing comprehensive advice to clients and management.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

Consulting and Advisory Services

  • Provide expert recommendations/solutions related to the management of support staff and ensure consistency throughout business practices and interpretation of collective agreement(s).
  • Identify and develop required policies, procedures, and documentation related to the support staff group.
  • Lead and implement program changes across the University including education and communication initiatives to the various faculties and departments.
  • Provide credible expert advice and consultation, education and support to the team as well as the extended team of Human Resources, staff, and senior leaders on group benefit plans and programs.
  • Collaborate with related University departments to maximize partnership opportunities.
  • Periodically survey industry and/or market on a national level to identify emerging trends and provide recommendations as necessary.

Relationship Management and Collaboration

  • Foster and maintain positive and effective problem solving relationships with the staff groups and union officials that reflects the University's commitment to a positive, interest-based and collaborative labour relations environment.
  • Participate in bargaining new collective agreements, negotiating letters of understanding, grievance and arbitration settlements and other complex legal agreements.
  • Maintain, negotiate develop, research and prepare bargaining agendas and collective agreements and serve on bargaining teams.
  • Work with HR Services, employees and union officials to constructively resolve conflict.

Training and Education

  • Assist with the development and maintenance of educational content and communication tools in a variety of mediums; including the facilitation of orientation and training for managers.
  • Responsible for staying abreast of related legislation and jurisprudence in order to act as an expert resource to Employee & Labour Relations, Human Resources and the University as a whole and ensure prompt and accurate service delivery.

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • University degree in Industrial Relations, Human Resources, Business or a related field.
  • Minimum 5 years' experience in labour relations including experience in interpreting, applying and administering collective agreements.
  • Demonstrated conflict management skills.
  • Experience in grievances, arbitration, collective bargaining, quasi-judicial boards including the Alberta Labour Board.
  • In-depth knowledge of labour law principles and jurisprudence.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to be a collaborative team member and a service delivery focus.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and support the implementation of new programs and policies (including project management) with ongoing evaluation.
  • Strong verbal and written skills.
  • Demonstrated group facilitation skills, and ability to help groups reach a consensus.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications.
  • Ability to work well under pressure with minimal supervision.

Application Deadline: December 17, 2018

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is classified in the Professional Career Band, Level 4 of the Management and Professional Staff Career Framework.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website .

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit .

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.


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