Labour Relations Officer


Labour Relations Officer

Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Posted: May 20th 2018
Deadline: June 4th, 2018
Salary: $90,889 to $117,355 per year

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board is recruiting for a Labour Relations Officer. This is a full-time position.

Reporting to the Manager, Legal Services and Labour Relations, the Labour Relations Officer is responsible for providing expertise, direction and guidance concerning all aspects of labour relations, including acting as the spokesperson for the employer in local collective bargaining, managing the grievance process, overseeing the work of the respectful workplace advisor and the implementation of the district’s respectful workplace program and providing expert advice and consultation to ensure the consistent application of policies and procedures and interpretation of collective agreements. The Labour Relations Officer acts as a main liaison between the employer and the unions to foster a productive labour relations environment.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Leading activities related to collective bargaining, including planning and preparing briefs, writing contract language, formulating positions acting as spokesperson.
  • Providing expert advice and guidance on the interpretation and implementation of collective agreements, labour and employment legislation, policies and procedures.
  • Preparing for and representing the Board in conciliation, mediations, interest arbitrations, and other proceedings.
  • Providing expert advice on labour and employment issues, including human rights issues, progressive discipline and dismissals.
  • Managing the grievance process.
  • Working with the unions to ensure maximum effectiveness in the implementation of the collective agreements, and acting as the primary staff resource to the labour-management committees established by collective agreements and by legislation.
  • Recommending, developing and revising policies and procedures related to employment and labour relations matters.
  • Developing and presenting workshops, making presentations relating to employment law and labour relations, including contract language interpretation, progressive discipline and discharge.
  • The qualified candidate will have a post-secondary degree in labour relations or a related field and 5-6 years relevant experience.
  • Experience in the education sector would be ideal.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • Possession of a law degree would be an asset but is not required.
  • A valid driver’s license and access to personal vehicle for local travel.
  • Working knowledge of relevant employment and labour relations legislation and principles of labour and employment law, including the Education Act, the Labour Relations Act, the Pay Equity Act, and the Employment Standards Act.
  • Excellent research and analytical skills
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to collaborate, negotiate, facilitate, resolve conflict and manage complex, sensitive situations.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, to foster positive relations and work effectively with all levels of the organization and the unions.
  • High degree of initiative, judgement and independent decision-making.
  • Leadership and supervisory skills.
  • Ability to confidently interpret and advise on matters concerning collective agreement terms and conditions, arbitration and court decisions, relevant acts and regulations, policies and procedures and proposed legislative and policy changes; and make recommendations to trustees, senior staff, principals, managers and personnel staff.
Additional Information

Qualified applicants can express their interest in this position by submitting a resume and covering letter on or before Monday, June 4, 2018 at 2:00 pm.

Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation in the application or interview process should send their request to . Indicate the competition position title in the subject line.

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board is committed to equity for all students and staff and to delivering the highest quality education through a qualified workforce that reflects the diversity of the students and communities it serves.

“Educating for success - inspiring learning and building citizenship.”

Contact Information
Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
133 Greenbank Road,
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
K2H 6L3

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