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Senior Labour Relations Advisor

Position Status: Full-Time Regular
Department: Regional Employers Services
Employee Group: Exempt
Location: 4730 Kingsway, Burnaby

Our Regional Employers Services Department is seeking a Senior Labour Relations Advisor who will provide support for collective bargaining, participate as a member of the bargaining team, and act as spokesperson at some bargaining tables. 

You are: able to multi-task, are analytic and accurate, and have some prior experience supporting collective bargaining.

The Senior Labour Relations Advisor reports to the Division Manager, Collective Bargaining and falls within our Professional / Technical, Level 3 job family.

This role:
  • Supports the Negotiators and works with municipal clients and departmental staff in all aspects of planning, coordinating, and preparing for Collective Bargaining.
  • Participates actively as a member of the bargaining team during bargaining and mediation sessions.
  • Acts as a spokesperson at some bargaining tables.
  • Maintains an accurate record of all proceedings including meeting minutes, proposals, costing and other information.
  • Prepares employer proposals, frameworks for settlement and memoranda of agreement from limited verbal instructions, guidance or handwritten notes.
  • Analyzes and interprets data relevant to collective bargaining. Ensures accuracy of data, identifies anomalies or areas requiring further investigation.  Develops detailed methodology to effectively incorporate relevant data for use during bargaining and by municipal clients for various related purposes.
  • Calculates and analyses cost items related to union and employer bargaining proposals and communicates with outside contacts to obtain other relevant information.
  • Discusses and recommends appropriate collective agreement wording and explains issues around interpretation and precedent.;
  • Makes recommendations to the Division Manager regarding benefit options and structures based on comprehensive knowledge of benefits plans and consultation with benefit carriers and experts.
  • Explains difficult concepts and information to bargaining team members; persuades bargaining teams to arrive at a consensus on controversial issues.
  • Acts as a resource to more junior staff members for advice and guidance on difficult or problem situations; may be a resource to the Metro Vancouver Board, committees, and municipal councils for presentations and questions; may provide supervision to other staff for limited or extended time periods.
  • Provides information and assistance in response to a wide variety of inquiries related to job evaluation and collective bargaining.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


To be successful, you have:
  • 5-7 years of recent, related experience supplemented by a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce, Human Resources or related discipline; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Designation as a Certified Human Resources Professional is preferred.
  • Sound knowledge of relevant legislation and Acts such as the Labour Relations Code, Employment Standards, and the Human Rights Code.
  • Ability to work under broad direction and use significant independent judgment on issues related to Collective Bargaining.
  • Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external contacts under circumstances that may be highly politicized and sensitive.
  • Superior oral and written communication skills, including the ability to effectively listen, persuade others, and support the resolution of problems.
  • Superior business writing skills and previous experience writing collective agreement or similar language.
  • Ability to effectively deal with disagreements and prevent the escalation of conflict.
  • Ability to manage and respond effectively to emotional triggers in self and others.
  • Ability to meet timelines and objectives requiring persistence to overcome obstacles.
  • Sound understanding of collective bargaining principles including research and preparation, process, development of strategies, negotiation techniques, and writing and revising collective agreement language.
  • Ability to thoroughly research, analyze, and synthesize issues relevant to Collective Bargaining. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to developing the skills required to be the spokesperson at larger bargaining tables.
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office programs including Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Valid BC Class 5 Driver’s License.

Our Vision: 
Metro Vancouver embraces collaboration and innovation in providing sustainable regional services that contribute to a livable and resilient region and a healthy natural environment for current and future generations.

Please follow this link http://www.metrovancouver.org/about/careers/ to our Careers page where you can submit your application by August 6, 2020.


Region: Lower Mainland
Professional Categories: Human Resources, Labour Relations
Posted: July 23, 2020, 9:24 am
Expires: August 6, 2020, 4:30 pm