Labour Relations Specialist

Iqaluit, Nunavut
Competitive salary of $75,239.54 and a Housing Settlement allowance of $22,378.25
December 18, 2018
February 16, 2019
Job Level
Employment Type
Full time
Designations Required/Preferred
  • Come and experience life in Canada's northernmost capital and finish each day knowing you have made a difference! 
  • Competitive salary plus a settlement allowance!
  • Don't miss this challenging and rewarding role for an experienced Labour Relations Specialist to advance your career!

About The City of Iqaluit

Iqaluit – Inuktitut for "many fish" – is located near the mouth of the Sylvia Grinnell River, which empties into Frobisher Bay. With a population of nearly 8000, Iqaluit is Canada’s smallest capital City. The City is currently experiencing a period of rapid development and population growth.  As the largest community in Nunavut, Iqaluit is a growing community, unique in its role as a major business, transportation, administrative, health and education centre.  Similar to other municipalities in Nunavut, Iqaluit is also a major landowner, responsible for the administration and development of municipal lands, which further creates a unique planning context.

If you love the outdoors, you will fall in love with our city for its year-round activities. Frobisher Bay is a great kite-skiing destination in the winter, as well as a snowmobilers playground. In the spring and summer, fishing, kayaking, boating and hiking are just some of the activities that can be enjoyed.

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About the Opportunity

The City of Iqaluit has an exciting opportunity for a Labour Relations Specialist to join our team in Iqaluit, Nunavut.

Under the direction of the Director of Human Resources, you will perform a range of HR duties with a focus on maintaining positive working relationships and resolving labour issues with the City of Iqaluit in accordance with legal obligations, city policies and bylaws and Collective Agreements and industry best practices.

More specifically, you will provide leadership, expert advice and training to departments. The successful candidate will also be responsible for conducting investigations, acting as a mediator to resolve disputes, responding to grievances, ensuring regulatory compliance and preparing for arbitration or other hearings as required. 

Your responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Preparing for investigations by creating forms, templates and questions
  • Investigating problems, such as violations of policies, harassment allegations, complaints and grievances
  • Resolving issues through a variety of methods including implementing discipline procedures, conflict resolution, mediation and training
  • Providing training to management and staff on respectful workplace expectations, managing staff, coaching conversations, staff engagement and productivity, Human Rights in the workplace, adherence to the collective agreement and other Labour Relations topics
  • Researching, analyzing and assessing options for conflict resolution for complex problems
  • Recommending solutions to leadership when repetition of individual problems indicates negative trends
  • Participating as part of the Collective bargaining team
  • Maintaining an information database of active and past files of grievances, investigations and employee files a assigned by the Director
  • Providing coaching to supervisors and managers on performance management techniques and tools
  • Gathering and reporting on statistics as they are related to organizational development (attendance, performance measurement, hiring, turnover, grievances etc.)
  • Conducting research on best practices, trends and legislation that affect human resources
  • Managing and undertaking special projects relating to labour relations and human resources
  • Other duties as assigned

To qualify for this role, you will have a university degree in Business with a major in Human Resources or a Labour Relations Business Degree combined with a professional designation (CHRP, CHRL and/or CHRE) and a minimum of 3 years of direct work experience.

Professional experience in a government setting and/or work experience in a unionized environment will be considered an asset for this role. 

You will also possess:

  • Demonstrated ability to provide beneficial recommendations to solve HR related issues related to regulations, laws and policies
  • Ability to adapt to and learn new software quickly
  • Data analysis skills
  • Effective communication skills with individuals at all levels of the organization
  • The ability to deal with people sensitively, tactfully, diplomatically, and professionally at all times
  • A proven ability to communicate effectively with individuals with varying levels of knowledge, skills and responsibilities
  • Ability to interpret and implement organizational policies and procedures
  • Demonstrated research, administrative and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge of change management.
  • In-depth and authorities knowledge of collective agreements and terms and conditions of employment
  • Knowledge of the behaviour sciences, group dynamics and motivational theories
  • Excellent understanding of labour relations and human rights issues

Our ideal candidate is also required to possess a broad knowledge of the theories, principles and practices in the human resources field.

Finally, the ideal candidate for this role will be excited and up to the challenge of playing an important role in the organizational development of the City by contributing to shaping the culture and climate of the workplace.

About the Opportunity

The successful incumbent will be rewarded with a  salary of $75,239.54 and a Housing Settlement allowance of $22,378.25. You will also receive a great range of employee benefits, including: 

  • NEBS – Health and Dental Benefits 50/50 split 
  • RRSP matching plan of 8% of annual salary 
  •  Employee Discounts for Aquatic Centre and recreation facilities 
  • Vacation Travel Assistance of $2,000.00 per year 
  • 3+ weeks of leave and holiday days to start (Prorated based on start date) 
  • 3 weeks lieu - in lieu of Overtime(prorated based on start date)

At The City of Iqaluit, we value the happiness of our team and host numerous social events over the year including seasonal summer BBQ's and Christmas parties, charity fundraisers, and Social Committee events. 

This is a unique opportunity to join a team of a thriving and growing city, at an exciting time. Furthermore, you will enjoy being part of a working environment that promotes personal and professional growth in an atmosphere of trust, respect, and collaboration. 

If you are looking for a role where no two days are the same, and where you can make a real difference in the lives of others, then this is the role for you. Apply today!