Professional Officer (Labour Relations)

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Part-Time Professional Officer (Labour Relations)
Saint Mary’s University Faculty Union

The Saint Mary’s University Faculty Union (SMUFU) is seeking to fill the position of Part-Time Professional Officer. SMUFU is the exclusive bargaining agent for 300 faculty members and full-time professional librarians. The successful applicant will have duties related to supporting the SMUFU membership in all labour relations matters arising from Grievance and Arbitration as outlined in the University’s Collective Agreement.

Application Deadline: September 15, 2022
Expected Start Date: October 24, 2022
Salary: Part-time, 26hr/week. Salary to be negotiated based on experience and will fall within the range of $60,000 – $65,000, plus a comprehensive benefits package.

Applicants interested in applying must be able to fulfill the following qualifications listed below. Reporting to the SMUFU Executive and in collaboration with Grievance and Arbitration Committee, the Professional Officer is responsible for:

Principal Duties

1) Supporting SMUFU members with the Grievance and Arbitration Process

• Acts as a resource person who meets with faculty members regarding all aspects of the Collective Agreement and related legislation.
• Researches and prepares grievance cases including preparation for arbitration cases and acts as an advocate for the grievor.

• Representing SMUFU members before various boards or administrative tribunals.

2) Advising members of the Grievance and Arbitration Committee and SMUFU Executive

• Providing advice and guidance to Grievance and Arbitration Committee members and SMUFU Executive members in the interpretation and application of federal, provincial and territorial labour and human rights legislation and the associated regulations, as relevant.

• Providing advice, guidance and assistance to SMUFU members during the investigation process, preparation and presentation of grievances and the gathering of related evidence at all stages.

3) Managing records, timelines and confidentiality
Responsible for managing information about grievances from the first inquiry to closure of the case.

This involves:
• Ensuring appropriate and confidential access to files as needed; processing, filing and maintaining confidential records.
• Support and assist co-chairs of Grievance & Arbitration committee with coordinating meetings and deadlines, and relevant correspondence.
• Identify, track and ensure deadlines are met with all grievance related matters.
• Minute-taking at meetings with faculty members, including members of the administration or any other relevant body or organization.
• Graduate and/or professional degree in a relevant field (contract law and labour relations). A law degree is preferred but not required if the candidate demonstrates equivalent experience.
• Relevant experience with labour unions and/or labour relations and demonstrates an understanding of labour relations in the post-secondary sector.

Desired Skills

1. Knowledge and experience in the field of labour relations, grievance, arbitration and collective bargaining processes.
2. Knowledge of post-secondary labour relations environment.
3. Familiarity with equity issues, harassment and discrimination policies in the workplace.
4. Experience working with collective agreements, acts and regulations, policies and practices which govern the employer/employee relationship.
5. Understanding and commitment to trade union and equity principles and social activism.
6. Strong interpersonal skills, excellent oral and written communication skills and a high regard for confidentiality.
7. Excellent organizational, analytical and planning skills.
8. Experience working with a diverse membership.
9. Skilled in navigating different relationships with multiple stakeholders.
10. Proficient with relevant electronic tools such as word processing, email, spreadsheets and on-line video conferencing (e.g., Zoom, Teams)

Expression of Interest
Complete applications will include a comprehensive curriculum vitae and a covering letter outlining relevant skills and experience. References will be requested only for applicants who are invited for an interview. Applications should be emailed to: with the subject line “Application for Professional Officer” no later than September 15, 2022. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted and be invited for an online interview. The anticipated starting date is October 24, 2022.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however preference will be given to qualified applicants who identify as Black, Indigenous, racialized persons/visible minorities, Deaf, persons with disabilities, and members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. Applicants are encouraged to self-identify. The following resources are available to you during the recruitment process: ASL-English interpretation, video interview, [], [AVP Diversity Excellence].

Job Deadline/Expiry Date: 09/23/2022