MRFA Labour Relations Officer

The Mount Royal Faculty Association is hiring a Labour Relations Officer (Permanent Full time) with a planned start date of December 1, 2018.

Please send cover letter and C.V. to by October 11, 2018

The Mount Royal Faculty Association (MRFA) is the union representing all academic staff at Mount Royal University. We are seeking a proactive individual to support the labour relations functions of the MRFA. The successful candidate would be a clear and respectful communicator who is diligent, solution oriented, adaptable, and collaborative. The primary functions of the Labour Relations Officer are to provide consultative and representational services to the membership with respect to confidential employment and Collective Agreement-related issues and to provide support to the Association’s Negotiating Committee. The successful applicant would act on behalf of the Association in the provision of representation for members in grievances, accommodation processes, disciplinary processes and other matters pertaining to members’ terms and conditions of employment and working environment as well as with respect to human rights and accommodations on protected grounds. The successful applicant would serve as a member of the Association’s Negotiating Committee, providing research and analysis required for the support of effective interest focused bargaining strategies.

Related Accountabilities:

  • Organize and maintain all Association records associated with member representation including with respect to historical grievances, using the Association’s document management system and grievance processing system.
  • Serve on MRFA and MRU Committees as related to member welfare and working conditions and as appointed by the Executive Board.
  • Support the efforts of the Executive Board and Association Officers in internal and external relations and policy development.

Experience and Requirements:

  • A university degree with a specialization in Human Resources, Labour Relations, an LL.B. or J.D. or related field, or an appropriate combination of work experience and professional training and/or formal credentials in labour relations and human resources.
  • Minimum 10 years working experience, including a minimum of 5 years’ experience in union-side labour relations, preferably in a post-secondary education context, including negotiation, administration and interpretation of collective agreements, grievance, mediation, arbitration
  • Knowledge of Alberta’s Post-Secondary Learning Act, Labour Relations Code and other employment and labour law in Alberta, including the Human Rights Act, Occupational Health and Safety Act, and the Personal Information Protection Act. Knowledge of Alberta’s Employment Standards Code is an asset.

Core Competencies Required:

  • Research and analytical skills for gathering/presenting information in support of collective bargaining.
  • Ability to work in a democratic environment and use parliamentary procedures.
  • Strong conflict resolution and crisis management skills.
  • Excellent relationship building skills with a variety of stakeholders.

Communication Skills Required:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills are required. The incumbent must be able to communicate courteously and effectively with faculty, MRFA staff and employees of the University. Excellent interpersonal skills are required and all interactions must be handled with tact and diplomacy.
  • Highly developed interview skills, evidencing empathic listening, problem identification and solution development.
  • MRFA and member information is confidential, which requires discretion from the incumbent.
  • The MRFA, and the University more generally, provide an environment in which all employees share in the rights and responsibilities to ensure a respectful workplace.

Salary and Benefits:

This is a full time position with a salary range from $90,000 – $100,000 based on applicable experience and education, with an additional payment in lieu of pension contributions. Benefits are provided after the three month probationary period. Paid time off includes all University holidays, December 23-January 1, and 45 days off annually, taken at the approval of the President, which shall typically be taken during the period of June 15 – August 14.

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter and C.V. to Chantelle Anderson:

We thank all applicants for their interest and advise that only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply and Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The Mount Royal Faculty Association is committed to fostering diversity, equity and inclusion and we welcome applications from those who would contribute to the further diversification of our team including but not limited to Indigenous Peoples, women, persons with disabilities and persons of any sexual or gender identity, ethnic, national or socio-economic background, religion or age.