Employment Relations Officer, Special Projects

Reporting to the Senior Advisor & Special Projects Manager, this term ERO position joins the existing Labour Relations Officers (LRO) and Administrative Staff members assigned to Labour Relations Services special projects and to Phoenix Pay System cases of members across the country.    

The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) is a national union representing some 65,000 professionals and scientists in federal, provincial and territorial public sectors across Canada.  We currently require a bilingual Employment Relations Officer (ERO) to join our Special Projects team in the Office of the Chief Labour Relations Services for a one (1) year term.

The Position:

Reporting to the Senior Advisor & Special Projects Manager, this term ERO position joins the existing Labour Relations Officers (LRO) and Administrative Staff members assigned to Labour Relations Services special projects and to Phoenix Pay System cases of members across the country.       

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. 

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.   They 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.  They 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.

The successful candidate will have experience in handling complaints and grievances, interpreting collective agreements and maintaining effective working relationships.  They 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 his/her their colleagues.  Strong communication, influencing, creative thinking, and relationship building skills are required.

The Salary: $97,350 to $121,687 (G7) with competitive terms and conditions of employment

Applications:

Applications, making reference to Competition 21/37, with a cover letter outlining the applicant’s knowledge and experience in the noted areas and a curriculum vitae, should be submitted by 4:00 p.m., November 4, 2021 by e-mail to staffingofficer@pipsc.ca

We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

PIPSC is an equal opportunity employer.  In addition, PIPSC is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities in accordance with provincial legislation.  Please let us know if you require a reasonable accommodation during any aspect of the recruitment process and we will work with you to address your needs.

We believe in maintaining a diverse and equitable workplace.  If PIPSC’s mandate resonates with you, we invite you to apply to join our team!

COVID-19:  The health and safety of our members, employees and job candidates is our first priority at PIPSC.  Until further notice, all interviews are now conducted over video calls.