Employee & Labour Relations Advisor

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Posting #:AP 23/2014
Posted:Jun 19, 2014
Employment Status:Permanent Full-Time
Faculty:Not Applicable
Department:Human Resources
Grade:Job Group M
Salary Scale:$53,397 - $82,175 per annum* (effective July 1, 2013)
Hours of Work:

Job Summary

Why Brock?
Our unique philosophy takes students beyond the pursuit of academic excellence. To achieve this philosophy we endeavour to take our employees beyond the pursuit of just a career. Brock is a place where left-brain and right-brain thinking come together. We encourage our employees to utilize their rational/analytical thinking in concert with their emotional/creative sides in order to have an engaging and rewarding career. We’re one of the fastest-growing universities in Ontario, with significant dollars committed to new construction and programs. We’re small enough to be intimate and big enough to attract world-class minds. Located at the centre of Canada's beautiful Niagara Peninsula, Brock offers an exciting work environment with strong undergraduate, graduate and interdisciplinary programs and a vigorous research culture. We are looking for qualified people who will bring their expertise and dedication in support of the University’s goals and objectives.

The Opportunity
Reporting to the Manager, Employee & Labour Relations, the incumbent will provide advice and expertise in assigned areas of responsibility, with a view to creating and maintaining constructive and principled relationships with the University’s unions (including union leadership) and non-union employees.

Duties and Responsibilities
• Acting as the first point of contact in Human Resources for employee and labour relations issues
• Conducting research and providing analysis in support of the collective bargaining process with assigned union locals (subset of nine collective agreements), and acting as a contributing member of the University’s bargaining team
• Advising supervisors, managers and Human Resources (HR) colleagues on the interpretation of relevant policies, collective agreements, legislation (e.g. Human Rights Code, Employment Standards Act, Labour Relations Act, etc.) and other terms and conditions of employment, ensuring that all relevant legislated, collective agreement and policy driven obligations of the University are met
• Coaching and advising supervisors and managers on issues related to employee performance management, ensuring compliance with applicable legislation, policies and collective agreements, and referring to HR colleagues as appropriate
• Supporting the Manager, Labour & Employee Relations in the resolution of complaints, grievances and issues related to discipline and dismissal by conducting investigations, leading grievance meetings and preparing materials for arbitration
• Utilizing a proactive problem solving approach, fostering an environment that supports constructive relationships with labour and employee groups through effective, appropriate and consistent application of relevant policies, terms and conditions of employment, collective agreements, and employment legislation


The ideal candidate will have:
• A University degree in Business Administration, Psychology, Social Sciences or a related field
• Several years of demonstrated working experience in a labour relations role & or relevant human resources experience
• In-depth knowledge of applicable employment legislation and experience managing the administration and application of collective agreements and providing policy interpretation
• Proven ability to utilize strong conflict resolution skills, including successfully resolving issues via complaint and grievance processes
• Proven ability to see the big picture, while ensuring accuracy and attention to detail
• Exceptional interpersonal skills, including effective verbal/written communication skills and adept listening skills, and exceptional facilitation, negotiation and influencing skills
• Demonstrated ability to advise and coach supervisors, managers and employees on employment-related matters
• Proven ability to establish and maintain sound working relationships with various stakeholders
• Demonstrated ability to confidently handle contentious matters with sensitivity, confidentiality, and balance
• Strong judgment, evaluation and reasoning skills, including the ability to determine appropriate solutions to various situations
• Proven ability to manage competing priorities and deadlines, utilizing excellent organizational skills to prioritize workload in a fast-paced environment with changing deadlines and the need to respond quickly to meet client needs and resolve problems
• Strong word processing, spreadsheet, database, web applications and internet search engines skills
• Third party facilitation / mediation training; Demonstrated participation as a committee member during the collective bargaining process; training in negotiations; and CHRP designation (all considered assets)


This position includes full comprehensive benefits coverage, including tuition waiver. Applicants are invited to submit a resume and cover letter, including salary expectations by applying online below. Resumes will be reviewed beginning July 4, 2014 and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

It is Brock University’s policy to give consideration to qualified internal applicants.

We appreciate all applications received; however, we will contact only those candidates selected for an interview.

Brock University is an equal opportunity employer committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes and work environment. We will accommodate the needs of the applicants under the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) throughout all stages of the recruitment and selection process. Please advise the Human Resources Department to ensure your accessibility needs are accommodated through this process. Information received relating to accommodation measure will be addressed confidentially.

*The salary range indicated is representative of all positions evaluated at this level. Actual salary is determined by examining related skills, experience, budgetary restrictions and both internal and external equity comparators.