Senior Faculty & Staff Relations Advisor
As a member of a highly collaborative team, the Senior Advisor, Faculty and Staff Relations reports to the Director, Faculty & Staff Relations to provide strategic management and expertise in labour and employee relations matters to the University. A key function of this position in consultation with the Director, is the responsibility for the negotiation, administration and maintenance of collective agreements, conflict management and dispute resolution.
With a strong orientation to building relationships and delivering quality service to clients, this position provides direction and support to client departments on managing the employment relationship and provides senior level expertise on labour relations to colleagues and people in leadership positions. The Senior Advisor, Faculty and Staff Relations leads the development of policy and consultation, collective agreement interpretation and administration, and strategic grievance handling.
The Senior Advisor, Faculty and Staff Relations promotes and encourages the University's commitment to diversity, human rights, accessibility and equity and proactively identifies problematic or systemic issues through discussion with employees, unions and management, and supports the development and implementation of sound innovative and strategic solutions to employee relations issues
- Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. Minimum of seven years of related experience and 3 years in area of specialization or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Builds effective working relationships with management and between unions/management.
- Excellent communication (oral and written) skills.
- Conflict resolution and negotiations skills.
- Ability to listen effectively, articulate and advocate effectively, problem solve and reconcile complex situations and divergent perspectives, often where some level of conflict is present.
- A track record of effective leadership and participation in difficult conversations.
- Excellent organizational, research and administrative skills, ability to cope with multiple demands, manage and execute competing priorities, and meet deadlines.
- Strong orientation to relationship building and delivering quality service to clients.
- Demonstrated strong analytical skills to determine the appropriate strategy and recommendation on issues surrounding collective bargaining or collective agreement interpretation.
- Working cooperatively and productively with others to achieve results and effectively contribute to the diverse departments, work groups and the institution.
- Demonstrating an acceptable standard of personal and professional behavior in the work place, exercising courtesy, tact and diplomacy.
- Emphasizing values and long-term goals of the University rather than short-term objectives or perspectives.