Employment Relations Officer - Competition 19/28 - Internal & External

Employment Relations Officer

Competition 19/28

Internal & External

The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) is a national union representing some 61,000 professionals and scientists in federal, provincial and territorial public sectors across Canada.  We currently require an Employment Relations Officer (ERO) at our Edmonton Regional Office. 

The Position:

Employment Relations Officers are at the core of the services our Institute provides to its members.  They are strong advocates for our members in their dealings with employers.  EROs are called upon to advise and represent members in a variety of formal and informal labour relations processes including in grievances and other complaint resolution processes, in mediation, at arbitration hearings and before various tribunals such as in the context of staffing, occupational health and safety and worker’s compensation matters. 

EROs negotiate agreements and settlements on a full range of labour relations matters.  They research, analyse and interpret jurisprudence, legislation, regulations, employer policies, benefits provisions and collective agreements. 

EROs collaborate with their colleagues and other specialists and may be required to provide advice to the organization and to develop Institute positions on Institute-wide or group-wide issues, including in support of the collective bargaining process.  They participate in the coaching, training and development of Institute Stewards.  EROs may also participate in and represent the Institute on public service wide labour management committees, national working groups and other national, regional and local committees.

In short, our Employment Relations Officers perform meaningful and challenging jobs in support of our individual public sector employee members and groups as well as their collective interests.

The Candidate:

The successful candidate will have a university degree in industrial or labour relations, in law, or in a related discipline with three to five years of progressive and related experience in labour relations or an equivalent combination of education and experience.   He or she will have a thorough knowledge of the authorities governing employer/employee relations in the federal public service and other jurisdictions where Institute members are employed.  He or she will have strong representational and advocacy skills, a demonstrated ability and experience in representing members at grievance and adjudication/arbitration hearings as well as in union-management consultation meetings.

Successful candidate will have experience in handing complaints and grievances, interpreting collective agreements and maintaining effective working relationships.  He or she will have the ability to counsel members on their employment rights and responsibilities; to conduct interviews, meetings and information sessions; to prepare briefs, arguments, reports and correspondence; and to resolve problems.

Finally, the successful candidate will be able to manage his/her cases with a lot of autonomy while also collaborating, providing expertise and drawing on the expertise of their colleagues.  They require strong communication, influencing, creative thinking, and relationship building skills.

The Salary: $91,291 to $114,113 (G7) with competitive terms and conditions of employment


Applications, making reference to Competition 19/28, with a cover letter and curriculum vitae, should be submitted by 4:00 p.m., May 20, 2019 by e-mail to staffingofficer@pipsc.ca

We thank you for your interest in these positions; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.