USJE requires a Director of Labour Relations (Excluded position)

February 5, 2018

THE PERIOD: This position is being advertised to fill an indeterminate/permanent need.

THE LOCATION: National Headquarters, USJE, Ottawa, Ontario

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS: This position is bilingual.


This position is one of three senior manager positions reporting to the National President. The Director, in collaboration with the National President, National Vice-President, National Executive and National Office staff, works at ensuring that members’ rights and interests are respected, upheld and enhanced. The Director will be responsible for planning, implementing and monitoring the organization’s representation and information management functions. The Director is responsible for the management of the labour relations and information management team which is comprised of eight staff persons.

The Director will deliver, build, maintain and manage the representation needs of the organization, both internally and externally. The Director will provide timely advice to the National President on a variety of topics and plan, prepare and ensure that educational materials, policy positions, and other materials including online communications meet with the organization’s identified needs. Other significant responsibilities of the position include:

  • Advising the National President and National Executive on the implications of significant legal decisions, Treasury Board and departmental policies, including trends and risks;
  • Making recommendations on, and disseminating the adoption of, USJE Policies & Regulations and National Triennial Convention resolutions;
  • Assessing and analyzing proposed employer policies and policy changes;
  • Conducting research, formulating policy advice, interpreting legal decisions, options and recommendations and anticipate emerging issues, trends and problems that affect the USJE membership;
  • Building relationships with key labour partners and departmental representatives
  • Working with the Public Service Alliance of Canada to coordinate representation strategies;
  • Working with various USJE committees and working groups, including the Personnel committee;
  • Collaborating and liaising with the Director of Policy and Projects on the USJE training including liaising with other training providers and the development and design of in-person and on-line training;
  • Participating in and coordinate the attendance of union participation at scheduled meeting with employer representatives;
  • Dealing with all aspects of a unionized environment including being a step in the grievance process;
  • Managing departmental exclusion requests and essential services consultations.


$105,306 to $119,086 salary dependent upon qualifications. Conditions and benefits, excluding pay rates, as negotiated between the Union of Safety and Justice Employees and UNIFOR Local 2025 will apply. There may be a requirement for some travel.


  • The successful candidate will be fully bilingual and have at a minimum a university degree, preferably a graduate degree in a related discipline, e.g. Industrial Relations, Labour Studies, Women’s Studies, Human Rights, Law or comparable qualifications, as well as:
  • At least ten years of substantial experience in union representation and some combination of experience in the related areas of advocacy, community organizing, labour education;
  • A demonstrated career progression with increasing roles of responsibility including significant experience managing staff;
  • Up-to-date and thorough knowledge of the legislation and regulations relating to labour relations;
  • Strong knowledge of and experience working within the political and operational inter-relationships within a large union organization;
  • Good knowledge of the organization and structure of the federal public sector, and the Canadian Parliamentary system;
  • Strong skills in building and working with teams and supporting their development;
  • Strong consultative skills, presence, business acumen and superb relationship development abilities consistent with previous senior leadership roles;
  • Demonstrated success in effective representation in labour relations, policy and program development;
  • Demonstrated ability to conceptualize, develop and communicate broad organizational policies and priorities;
  • Exceptionally organized with ability to multi - task and meet multiple deadlines / demands with short notice;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Understanding and demonstrated commitment to trade union and equity principles as well as social justice objectives;
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with a diverse staff including remote colleagues, and elected union members;
  • Ability to work across the political spectrum;
  • Value differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, language, ability, and socio-economic circumstance.


Applications and complete with curriculum vitae, should be submitted by 4:00 p.m., Friday, March 2nd, 2018 addressed to: National President, Union of Safety and Justice Employees, Suite 1004, 233 Gilmour Street Ottawa, Ontario K2P 0P2, Email:


Applications will be reviewed by a screening board and a decision to interview a candidate will be based on the content of the application. Any costs incurred will be the responsibility of the individual candidate. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.