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Director, Labour and Employee Relations

Job ID:
Job Type:
Regular Full Time
Open Positions:
Posting Date:
July 30, 2020
Closing Date:
September 25, 2020
Union Affiliation:
Human Resources
Job Reports To:
Associate Vice-President, Human Resources

Salary (Grade: NM5)

Hiring salary range

Position Purpose

The Director performs several functions; the incumbent will be a strategist, consultant, trusted advisor, coach, and one of the leaders within the Human Resources Team.

Accountable for the development, implementation, and evaluation of organizational frameworks, policies, plans, and programs that relate to labour relations and strategic business partnerships affecting human resources at the University of Ottawa. As a change agent within the Human Resources team, brings best practices in labour relations, as well as an innovative, collaborative, and strategic approach, to all labour relations initiatives. Acts as the chief negotiator on the University’s most important labour relations files and as a strategic partner who provides advice and expertise to all faculties and services in order to ensure consistency and efficiency in resolving complex labour relations matters while ensuring adherence to collective agreements and all relevant legislation.

Leads in building partnerships and collaborates with department leaders to develop and implement strategies that support people and organizational needs while influencing and driving change. Works with leaders to manage change, grow their teams, and foster the right environment to create an engaging culture.

Leads initiatives within employee and staff relations, Human Resources’ business partners, Academic Affairs, the Human Rights Office, the Legal Counsel Office, and the Access to Information and Privacy Office, in order to align strategic directions that foster a strong work environment, and ensuring that best practices are employed. Effectively leverages these partnerships for the purpose of resolving conflict at all levels.

In collaboration with all sectors of Human Resources, and through the direction of a group of Human Resources business partners, develops innovative strategies and continuous improvement initiatives to meet key strategic objectives and global university priorities, and ensures their execution.

Essential Qualifications

Graduate degree, preferably in industrial relations, or an advanced degree in a related field, or an acceptable equivalent combination of education and experience
A graduate or undergraduate degree in common law or civil law is an asset
Minimum ten (10) years of experience in a leadership position related to labour relations and employment law
Minimum ten (10) years of experience as a chief negotiator in collective bargaining, plus extensive experience in interpreting and advising on collective agreements, coupled with experience in managing grievance and arbitration processes
Familiarity with, and respect for, collegial organizational cultures is critical, as is the demonstrated ability to lead in an inclusive, collaborative, and consensus-building style
Proven ability to provide innovative solutions to complex business problems or challenging issues, and to follow through by facilitating or leading the implementation of these solutions
Experience in coaching and developing teams and individuals to achieve their career goals and in building and maintaining a high performing, highly engaged team
Exceptional communication skills that feature clear and concise language in order to influence, negotiate, and build and maintain strong partnerships with stakeholders, including executive leaders
Experience in working at the negotiating table with complex costing methodologies, such as pension and benefits issues
Knowledge of strategic and tactical problem-solving approaches and an ability to convert strategic objectives into tangible action plans and results
Experience in strategic planning and project management
Experience in mediation and facilitation
Exceptional ability to influence others
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
Strong relationship-building and listening skills
Ability to work well under pressure to meet strict deadlines
Proven focus on proactively meeting customer requirements
Awareness of, and sensitivity to, diversity
Bilingualism – French and English (written and spoken) is essential

Key Competencies

Key competencies required at the University of Ottawa:
Planning: Organize in time a series of actions or events in order to achieve an objective or a project. Plan and organize own work and priorities in regular daily activities.
Initiative: Demonstrate creativity and initiative to suggest improvements and encourage positive results. Be proactive and self-starting. Show availability and willingness to go above and beyond expectations whenever possible.
Service Excellence: Reflect a positive attitude, demonstrate competence and professionalism, treat members of the community with respect, exercise care, devote full attention and find solutions. (Visit the section "Useful links" on the home page to read the detailed definition).
Teamwork and Cooperation: Cooperate and work well with other members of the team to reach common goal. Accept and give constructive feedback. Adjust own behaviour to reach team goals.


All qualified candidates are invited to apply; however, preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. The University of Ottawa is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and racialized persons. If you are invited to continue the selection process, please notify us of any particular adaptive measures you might require.

This position is excluded from all union accreditation units. All applications will be considered equally. Priority will be given to employees who have an entitlement as defined by their collective agreement or university policies. This posting may appear simultaneously on external websites. Schedule with an average of 35hrs/week. Requirements related to skills and experience are determined by the University of Ottawa, and all positions are subject to relevant laws, collective agreements, and regulations. Please note that we will only communicate with candidates who are chosen for a preselection test or for an interview. Remember to upload a copy of your diploma(s) or a certificate of merit as well as a current version of your CV into the My documents section of your career profile (please include the job ID number, i.e. J0000-0000, in the title of your document).