Senior Human Resources Business Partner

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Senior Human Resources Business Partner

Laurentian University

Human Resources and Organizational Development Department

Sudbury, Ontario  

Reference # MG-17873

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.

Under the general direction of the Associate Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational development and the direct supervision of the Director, Faculty and Staff Relationships, the Senior Human Resources Business Partner will serve in the capacity of trusted consultant and subject matter expert through the delivery of advisory services to senior leaders across the University. The incumbent will provide reliable, responsive, and professional advice on human resources matters involving the University's which would include human resources best practices, the interpretation of collective agreements, policies and procedures, and relevant jurisprudence related to the post-secondary sector.

UAs a member of the broader team within Human Resources and Organizational Development, this Senior Human Resources Business Partner will engage and collaborate regularly on Human Resources issues integrated with portfolios and accountabilities of other specialists within the team and provide guidance on how to problem solve more complex legislative or contractual matters. The position will support management on various Human Resources matters including disputes resolutions through the grievance/mediation/arbitration which would be deemed in many cases more complex in nature. The incumbent will also partner with leaders and specialists in other areas of the university to provide Human Resources expertise and guidance as it pertains to projects, initiatives, and investigations.


  • Develop and deliver workshops and/or training to stakeholders on the administration of collective agreements and best practices in Human Resources.
  • 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 management and labour partners to understand, prevent and resolve issues and develop a proactive and constructive relationship.
  • Oversee, support    and conduct investigations related to employment matters in conjunction with management.
  • Manage more complex 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 Human Resources best practice and 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 to seven 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 diplomacy.


  • Bilingualism is required.     
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills, including adept listening skills.
  • Exceptional facilitation and negotiation skills.
  • Sound problem solving skills based on continuous improvement methodology.
  • 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, Partner, 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.


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