Labour And Staff Relations Partner

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Labour and Staff Relations Partner

Laurentian University

Human Resources and Organizational Development Department

Sudbury, Ontario  

Reference # MG-16620

Located in Greater Sudbury, the central hub for health care, government, education, financial and business services, mining, as well as retail for northern Ontario, Laurentian University offers an outstanding life and career experience at the heart of a welcoming community. What’s more, it provides the opportunity to pursue a balanced lifestyle while enjoying all the amenities of a mid-size city. Short commutes, hundreds of lakes, waterways and nature trails, a myriad of recreational, artistic, cultural and entertainment opportunities, all combine to make this an idyllic setting to grow and thrive.

Offered on the university’s beautiful campus as well as remotely, Laurentian's broad range of programs has garnered top distinction by leading in graduate employment outcomes for more than a decade. This is your opportunity to join a team in a supportive, bilingual environment and contribute to students’ success, as well as your own. The University’s diverse community and its focused efforts on its tricultural mandate which embraces francophone and Indigenous cultures, deeply enrich the experience you can expect.

Now, on behalf of Laurentian University, we are seeking a Labour and Staff Relations Partner to join the Human Resources and Organizational Development Department. Reporting to the Director, Faculty and Staff Relationships, this position will serve in the capacity of trusted consultant and subject matter expert through the delivery of advisory services to leaders across the University. The incumbent will provide reliable, responsive, and professional advice on matters involving the University’s collective agreements, policies and procedures, and relevant jurisprudence related to the post-secondary sector.

As a member of the broader team within Human Resources and Organizational Development, this Labour and Staff Relations Partner will engage and collaborate regularly on labour and employee relations issues integrated with portfolios and accountabilities of other specialists within the team. The position will receive and handle complaints through the grievance process and continue to support files through the mediation and arbitration processes. The incumbent will also partner with leaders and specialists in other areas of the university to provide labour expertise and guidance as it pertains to projects and initiatives.


  • Develop and deliver workshops and/or training to stakeholders on the administration of collective agreements and best practices in labour and employee relations.
  • Foster a collaborative relationship with University leaders and provide strategic advice and guidance to ensure continued compliance with relevant policy, collective agreements and terms and conditions. Work closely with labour partners to understand, prevent and resolve issues and develop a proactive and constructive relationship.
  • Manage grievance files from start to finish including liaising with stakeholders and labour partners, preparing formal responses, and attending mediation/arbitration hearings.
  • Develop recommendations and solutions to prevent and manage labour relations issues and facilitate issue resolution process.
  • Provide assistance to stakeholders on the interpretation and application of collective agreements, relevant policies, arbitration decisions, and applicable legislation.
  • Help ensure all legislated, collective agreement and policy driven obligations of the University are met.
  • Provide assistance in the preparation of bargaining mandates and strategic planning through research and data analysis. Participate in labour negotiations as needed.




  • A Bachelor's degree in business administration, commerce, human resources, psychology, or related field and/or equivalent combination of experience and education.
  • A Master’s degree in Labour Relations, Business Administration or L.L.B/J.D. is preferable.
  • A CHRP/CHRL designation is an asset.


  • Five years experience within human resources and/or labour relations coupled with proven knowledge of applicable employment legislation.
  • Experience assessing and interpreting collective agreement language and providing effective guidance to stakeholders.
  • Experience handling contentious matters with sensitivity, confidentiality, and balance.


  • Ability to work fluently (orally and in writing) in both official languages, French and English, is a requirement for this role.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills, including adept listening skills.
  • Exceptional facilitation and negotiation skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills to prioritize workload in a fast-paced environment with changing deadlines and the need to respond quickly to meet departmental/employee needs and resolve problems.
  • Third party facilitation / mediation training is an asset.
  • Alternative dispute resolution training is an asset.

How To Apply  

To express interest in this opportunity please apply online by clicking the "Apply Now" button below.

For more information about this exciting opportunity please contact Mark Gillis, Senior Consultant, at or Natalie Lagace, Recruitment Specialist, at If you require accommodation to participate in the recruitment process, please let Mark or Natalie know.

Laurentian University is an inclusive and welcoming community and encourages applications from members of equity-seeking communities including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions. Laurentian University is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier free experience to applicants with accessibility needs. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those short-listed will be contacted.

Effective May 1, 2022 the  Policy and Program on COVID-19 Vaccination  are placed in abeyance. This means the Policy and Program on COVID-19 Vaccination are paused at this time; however, they are not cancelled and could be reinstated at a future date if public health conditions warrant it, or through guidance from federal, provincial, or local public health authorities. The evolution of the virus and the course of the disease activity are difficult to predict, and it may be necessary to reinstate the Policy in full or in part, on short notice. When the Policy and Program on COVID-19 Vaccination are paused, persons entering Laurentian’s campus will no longer be required to provide proof of vaccination in order to attend campus.


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