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Faculty & Staff Relations Officer

Contract Type: 

Faculty & Staff Relations
Competition No.  -        A103134738
Closing Date  -        Will remain open until filled.

Reporting to the Director, Faculty and Staff Relations, the Faculty and Staff Relations Officer is responsible for providing strategic advice and support to University administrators (Senior Executive Team, Deans, Chairs, Directors, and others) on issues relating to the conduct and employment of staff.  The incumbent is a member of a professional team of Faculty and Staff Relations Officers and Special Advisors operating within the Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic).

The position provides guidance on the interpretation, application, and administration of collective agreements and provides support in the negotiation of collective agreements between the University and its staff associations.  The incumbent is responsible for managing and resolving various kinds of disputes.  Additionally, the incumbent plays a key role in maintaining collaborative relations with the Association of Academic Staff University of Alberta (AASUA), Non-Academic Staff Association (NASA), and Graduate Student’s Association (GSA).

The Faculty and Staff Relations Officer works collaboratively with other members of the Faculty and Staff Relations team, Human Resource Services, senior administrators, internal and external legal counsel, and other human resource professionals.

 Specific responsibilities include:

    Provides advice and assistance to University administrators on the consistent interpretation, application, and administration of assigned staff agreements (AASUA, NASA, and GSA)
    Identifies emerging trends and developments within the post-secondary education sector through regular contact with labour relations personnel at comparable institutions, and ongoing liaison with organizations such as the Canadian Association of University Business Officers: Faculty Bargaining Services
    Researches, reviews, and recommends changes to the language of academic staff agreements and/or their application in the lead-up to negotiations
    Participates in formulating negotiating strategy and bargaining proposals for AASUA, GSA, and NASA negotiations
    Provides timely, strategic advice on disputes and settlement options to the Director, Faculty and Staff Relations, the Provost, and other administrators
    Serves as the primary case manager in reviewing, fact finding, and resolving formal complaints against academic staff members in accordance with the academic staff agreements and University policy
    Coordinates the appointment of facilitators, mediators, and investigators as required
    Drafts settlement agreements, grievance responses, and other correspondence for review and approval by the Director, Faculty Relations, Provost, or other senior administrators
    Manages the review, fact finding, and resolution of grievances initiated by AASUA or the University under the academic staff agreements
    Identifies opportunities for the resolution of emerging disputes through consultation with Deans and Department Chairs, other administrators, AASUA, Human Resource Services, the Office of Safe Disclosure, and the Information and Privacy Office

 The ideal candidate will possess:

    A related University degree (e.g. human resources, business or law) with a specialization in labour relations; equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered
    A minimum 8 years of progressively responsible experience in human resources with a minimum 5 years of hands-on labour relations experience
    Several years of experience in a post-secondary environment preferred
    Proven ability to build and maintain collaborative working relationships
    Demonstrated negotiation and dispute resolution skills
    Proven ability to analyze and present complex information succinctly and clearly, both verbally and in writing
    Ability to deal with highly confidential matters with sensitivity, tact and discretion
    Strong organizational and time management skills, with the ability to manage multiple demands and priorities

 To explore this opportunity further, please submit your cover letter and resume.

In accordance with the Management and Professional Staff (excluded), this full time continuing position offers a comprehensive benefits package found at: http://www.hrs.ualberta.ca and annual salary range of $69,627 to $116,043.

 A review of applications will begin on January 29, 2018, but the competition will remain open until filled.  We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those under consideration for the role will be contacted.
How to Apply

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Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.

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