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Associate Director, Employee and Academic Labour Relations, Human Resources

Job ID: 17492

Updated: February 14, 2019

Location: Main Campus

Position Overview

Employee and Academic Labour Relations within Human Resources is currently seeking a Full-time Regular Associate Director.

The Employee and Academic Labour Relations team is responsible for the strategic management of the terms and conditions of employment for academic and non-academic staff. The team provides expert advice on complex human resource matters and promotes a productive labour relations environment by providing expert advice to Senior Leadership, managers and human resource professionals across all faculties and departments. The Employee & Academic Labour Relations team leads and/or supports collective bargaining, manages dispute resolution, delivers collective agreement education and supports the development of policies and processes affecting academic and non-academic staff.

Reporting to the Senior Director, Employee and Academic Labour Relations, the Associate Director of Employee and Academic Labour Relations ensures that services and advice offered by the Employee and Academic Labour Relations teams are supportive of the strategic goals of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) and Associate Vice-President (Human Resources). They will focus on standardizing academic and employee labour relations processes, delivering consistent and reliable advice with respect to collective agreement interpretation, ensuring ongoing training of HR Partners and Advisors, and continually increasing employee and academic labour relations expertise within the post-secondary environment.

Position Description

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

  • Act as a labour relations and employment and labour law subject matter expert within the Employee and Academic Labour Relations centre of expertise
  • Manage academic and support staff labour arbitrations and liaise with external legal counsel
  • Facilitate and report on consultations with TUCFA and AUPE on all third-party or contracting out initiatives
  • Collaborate with Legal Services on Human Rights complaints and other litigation involving university employees
  • Advise on Management and Professional Staff (MaPS) terminations and other complex employee and academic staff terminations
  • In collaboration with the Manager, ELR and Manager, ALR, develop necessary training for the Employee and Academic Labour Relations teams
  • Develop relevant labour relations training for Human Resources Partners and Advisors
  • Support the Manager, Academic Labour Relations and the Manager, Employee & Labour Relations to develop close partnerships with the Deans, Senior Leadership Team, HR Functional Leaders, TUCFA, AUPE, the Postdoctoral Fellow Association of Calgary, and the Graduate Student Association
  • Provide leadership to specialized/expert staff in multiple roles through the Manager, ELR and the Manager, LR including hiring, delegation of work, performance management and disciplinary action up to and including termination
  • Works in Collaboration with the Senior Director to:
    • Ensure a consistent labour relations strategy across portfolios (academic and non-academic) through analysis of current agreements and practices
    • Oversee and advise ELR and ALR consultants to ensure authoritative advice to management and senior management on various labour relations and human resources management issues, including the interpretation and application of the collective agreements, policies and procedures, and pertinent legislation.
    • Track and analyze labour relations activities and statistics, formulate reports and recommend strategic plans to the Associate Vice-President (HR) for the ELR and ALR teams.
    • Develop protocol and bargaining strategy for all collective agreement negotiations.  Provide support to university negotiators by the research and development of bargaining proposals, and assists with the execution and implementation of post bargaining activities.
    • Develop and maintain policies and operating standards to enable  effective and consistent LR practice across the organization

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Experience in an academic environment is required
  • A University degree in Law or a related field
  • A minimum of 5-10 years of progressively responsible labour relations experience, including experience in a management/leadership role
  • Ability to work well under pressure with minimal supervision, and cope with a heavy workload
  • Proven experience partnering with leaders to provide effective and practical advice in light of operational interests
  • Proven experience conducting investigations and proposing and managing remedial action
  • Proven experience managing grievance procedures and managing settlements
  • Proven experience in supporting collective bargaining
  • Autonomous, self-starter with an ability to manage competing demands in a fast-paced environment and to meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to foster and maintain relationships with senior leadership, operational managers, as well as union representatives
  • Demonstrated communication, interpersonal, organizational and negotiation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team

Application Deadline:  March 15, 2019

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 Management Career Band, Level 3 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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