Faculty Relations Consultant
Since 1878, Western University has been committed to serving our communities through the pursuit of academic excellence and by providing students, faculty, and community members with life-long opportunities for intellectual, social, and cultural growth. We seek excellent students, faculty, and staff to join us in what has become known as the "Western Experience" - an opportunity to contribute to a better world through the development of new knowledge, new abilities, new connections, and new ways to make a difference.
The mission of the Office of Faculty Relations (OFR) is to maximize the University’s ability to achieve excellence in teaching, research and service by providing quality advice and support on employment matters in a manner that facilitates positive relationships with and among faculty, librarians, archivists, their representatives, university administrators, and the community.
The Faculty Relations Consultant (FRC) supports Western's and the OFR's missions by providing expert, informed advice to academic and administrative leaders within the Faculties on matters relating to the employment of faculty, librarians and archivists. Using highly evolved problem-solving skills, conflict management and negotiation skills, the FRC facilitates the resolution of labour and employment issues with employees, leaders and unions/association representatives.
Utilizing appropriate learning design and delivery pedagogy the FRC collaborates with leaders and partners to design and deliver programs, resources and tools that enhance leadership and administrative skill relating to faculty employment. The FRC reviews and approves faculty actions and ensures efficient and effective business process in supporting the administration of, and compliance with, collective agreements and policy.
- Undergraduate degree in Law or Human Resources, with additional formal education related to labour relations
- Graduate degree in Industrial Relations preferred
- Canadian Human Resources Professional Designation (CHRP) preferred
- 5 years’ experience as a human resources or labour relations consultant with experience in negotiation and grievance management in a large unionized organization
- Experience in an academic or professional environment preferred
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- Knowledge of current legislation and jurisprudence applicable in employer/employee and unionized relationships
- Knowledge of best practices in human resources management, including recruitment and retention, training and development, performance management, disability management, organizational development, change management, conflict resolution, and labour relations
- Excellent interpersonal skills which exhibit diplomacy and tact and which support the development of positive relationships even in an environment of stress and/or conflict
- Excellent demonstrated communications skills (verbal and written, individual and group) which support persuasive advocacy and clarity of message in a comprehensive and concise manner
- Strict adherence to the principles of confidentiality
- Ability to apply the required knowledge and understanding of human resources practice in an academic environment to effectively support and advise a variety of stakeholders, with varying levels of knowledge and skill
- Proven strong judgment, negotiation and problem solving skills with a consultative and collaborative approach to addressing issues and opportunities
- Ability to think and act strategically and to understand and manage the issues in the context of the mission, vision, values and objectives of the Office of Faculty Relations and the wider University
- Strong organizational skills including, but not limited to file management, timeline management, and team leadership and support
- Expertise in policy development, investigation/research and report preparation for multiple audiences
- Intermediate computer skills with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
- Ability to be proactive and take initiative with a strong record of teamwork with the motivation and ability to work independently with little supervision
- Ability to take on leadership roles and manage high functioning teams including, but not limited to: Joint Committee, OFR Project Teams, ALSC Steering Group and other committees as required
- Possesses a demonstrated reputation for resourcefulness with a strong sense of accountability and initiative
- Familiarity with collective agreements, letters and memoranda of understanding, conditions of appointment, policies and procedures for the client groups serviced by the Office of Faculty Relations preferred
- Knowledge of the University, its structure, academic programs and regulations preferred
Interested applicants are asked to visit: https://recruit.uwo.ca to apply online to job reference #21002, by midnight on December 21, 2020.
The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.
Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 519-661-2194.