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10 Jul 2020

Full-Time DIRECTOR EMPLOYEE & LABOUR RELATIONS

City of Toronto – Posted by City of Toronto Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Job Description

Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America and home to a diverse population of approximately 2.8 million individuals. Consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities, the City of Toronto is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture. Human Resources is a critical function within the City’s complex multi-site, multi-division, multi-stakeholder and union and non-unionized environment. A team of approximately 33,500 employees are the driving force behind the City’s ability to provide programs and services to residents, business and visitors to this community.

The City recognizes that diversity is our strength and is committed to reflecting the diversity of the population it serves in its workforce. The City is also committed to championing equity, inclusion & reconciliation.

The Director Labour Relations is a vibrant role at the City of Toronto and is an energizing career opportunity for a seasoned labour relations leader who has a strong history of creating and sustaining a strategic, collaborative, positive and effective approach to the labour relations framework and builds relationships that support and promote inclusive, engaging and inspiring place to work and develop.

Opportunity Awaits You:

Reporting to the Chief People Officer​,​ the Director, Employee and Labour Relations​ is responsible​ for leading, strategizing, developing and elevating all aspects of the City’s employee and labour ​relations ​function including the grievance, mediation, arbitration and bargaining ​processes​.

Leading a highly effective team of labour relations practitioners, you will develop and implement the labour relations and collective bargaining strategy, framework, program and initiatives​,​and you will partner with key internal and external stakeholders to ensure the City’s mission, priorities and strategic goals are met.

Drawing on your previous experience and passion, you will promote and deliver a proactive and highly collaborative labour relations​environment where collective agreements are interpreted and consistently applied across the City. You will lead the labour relations team in negotiations, grievances, arbitrations and mediations. You have a reputation for and proven approach to building and sustaining collaborative and effective relationships with union partners.

In this key role, you will elevate the labour relations function by delivering strategic and proactive employee and labour relations guidance and support to leaders across the organization, City Council and its standing committees​,​ and you will play an important role in partnering with various stakeholders to build strong and positive relationships between the City and its union/association partners.

Your experience allows you to develop and implement employee and labour ​relations communication strategies and training initiatives to support Leader and employee awareness of collective agreement obligations and labour ​as well as ​employee ​relations​ policies, goals and objectives.

As a key member of the People & Equity Division’s leadership team​, ​you will positively contribute to creating an innovative, supportive, equitable, inclusive and learning culture within the division. You will also ensure that labour relations considerations are contemplated in all divisional programs and initiatives.

What you Bring to the Role:

An advocate for continuous improvement and innovation, you provide leadership by supporting and fostering an environment of continuous improvement and enabling managers through progressive change and performance management processes as well as sustainable innovative technological solutions. The superior communications, negotiation, and mediation skills that you bring to this role are complemented by a strong sense of personal accountability and political acuteness. You have extensive leadership experience in a large, complex, multi-divisional, unionized environment,​and you are passionate about leadership and empowering a diverse team of labour relation’s practitioners to deliver excellent results.

You also have extensive knowledge of relevant Canadian HR and Employee/Labour relations legislation and experience with negotiations, collective agreement administration, case law application, grievance handling and investigations. Your commitment to diversity, human rights, accessibility and equity is essential in this role.

You have a proactive, strategic and outcome focused approach. You understand the importance of partnering with senior leaders and key union/association stakeholders to build strong collaborative relationships in a complex and multi-union organization.

If you possess highly developed negotiation and mediation skills and utilize your strong interpersonal skills to provide guidance and support to leaders while ensuring key messages are effectively delivered, this role may be an excellent opportunity for you.

You believe it is critical to maintain a proactive and​creative approach, model decisiveness and produce high-quality work. This job requires you to be incredibly well-organized, results-oriented and able to effectively problem-solve using your critical thinking and analytical skills.

Your success has been based on moving things forward while relying on your high standards of moral and ethical conduct. You are deeply committed to equity and inclusion and have a strong record as an inclusion champion.

Finally, you have highly extensive experience leading, developing and implementing a proactive labour relations strategy, leading collective bargaining in a highly unionized multi-divisional environment, and you have successfully led a team of Labour Relations professionals.​Your experience is complimented by a post-secondary degree in Industrial Relations and/or Human Resources or a related field or you have a combination of equivalent experience and education. An achievement of your CHRL designation will be an asset.

If you meet the requirements of this role and you have a deep understanding of partnering with others,​ you will not want to miss this vibrant opportunity.

How to Apply

Please apply on the City of Toronto website, by clicking the link below: https://jobs.toronto.ca/jobsatcity/job/Toronto-DIRECTOR-EMPLOYEE-&-LABOUR-RELATIONS-ON-M5V3C6/540559517/

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 100,000 and above.

Job expires in 13 days.

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