Senior Advisor, Employee Relations

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Job ID: J1121-0915
Classification: SEN-10
Job Type: Indeterminate (Permanent) Full-Time
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Minimum Salary: 95554/Year
Maximum Salary: 120904/Year
Closing Date: December 7, 2021

About the Senate

The Senate plays a unique role in shaping our country's democracy. As members of the upper house of Parliament, senators examine legislation, study public policy, champion causes and conduct interparliamentary diplomacy.

As a workplace, the Senate is composed of dynamic people representing our nation's diverse talents, backgrounds and perspectives. Build and advance your career by joining a team of dedicated professionals who are committed to excellence in support of senators and the institution.

How will you contribute?

We are looking for a dynamic, self-motivated professional with a proven track record in employee relations within a unionized environment. If you enjoy leading Human Resources projects and initiatives, working on the front lines resolving labour or employee relations issues in an operational setting, and providing strategic advice on complex and sensitive files to senior executives, you will be the ideal candidate for this position.

Reporting to the Director of People, Culture and Inclusion, this role leads the employee relations programs and is responsible for the supervision of this team. This position is also accountable for managing and providing expert advice and guidance on labour and employee relations programs and matters to the Senate Administration management team, employees as well as senators and their staff. This includes interpreting and administrating collective agreements, terms and conditions of employment and related legislation/policies impacting organizational effectiveness in the areas of performance management, absenteeism and disability management, discipline, grievances, harassment prevention, conflict resolution and accommodation.

Open to

The general public to staff one (1) indeterminate, full-time position in the Human Resources Directorate. This selection process may be used to staff other similar positions.

You must enclose with your application a curriculum vitae and a letter of motivation explaining how you meet the prerequisites listed below.


• Successful completion of a university education in a field related to the position (labour or industrial relations, law, business administration, political science, etc.) or have an equivalent combination of education, training and experience;
• A minimum of eight (8) years’ experience working with employees at all levels, including management as well as union representatives, in the areas of performance management, absenteeism and disability management, discipline, grievances, harassment prevention, conflict resolution or accommodation;
• A minimum of three (3) years’ experience leading employees to help teams reach their objectives;
• Significant experience in leading the collective bargaining process for the employer including participation to meetings with internal stakeholders and external legal expertise representing the Senate at the bargaining table, conducting research on litigation topics, securing the employer’s mandate and developing relevant documentation (employer’s proposals, updates, brief, etc.);
• Experience conducting analysis and providing strategic advice and recommendations on complex cases to senior management;
• Experience in leading human resources related projects and/or initiatives;
• In-depth knowledge of labour relations trends as well as legislation, policies and practices;
• Excellent judgement, interpersonal, organization and communication (written and verbal) skills in both official languages;
• Ability to think and act tactically and strategically under tight timelines;
• Excellent ability to design and write reports, briefing notes and documents;
• Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with key stakeholders, including at the executive level;
• Ability to develop and apply concrete measures to put into action various strategies;
• Ability to anticipate needs and mobilize necessary resources while demonstrating tact and a high level of discretion;
• Experience in leading a disability management program and/or supporting the management of harassment and violence complaints under the Canada Labour Code could be considered an asset;
• Previous experience working within Parliament could be considered an asset.

Linguistic Requirements



Action management
Teamwork and cooperation


As per the new Senate Policy on COVID-19 Vaccination, Senate employees must provide proof of their vaccination status. The requirement for employees to be fully vaccinated applies whether they are teleworking, working remotely or working on-site. This is a condition of employment and it applies to indeterminate (permanent), determinate (term), casual, and student hiring. Should you reach the point in the selection process where it is necessary to verify terms and conditions of employment then the hiring manager or a human resources representative will contact you in order to verify your vaccination status.

Organizational Needs

The Senate of Canada is committed to building and maintaining an inclusive workplace where all employees are provided full and equal access to employment, development, and advancement opportunities.

Conditions of Employment

Candidates must consent to supply personal information and obtain a security accreditation in order to be eligible for appointment.

How to apply

Alternative selection tool methods and/or reasonable accommodation for special needs are available upon request.

The use of masculine gender in the text includes feminine and is used without discrimination.

Communication for this process will be sent via email. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required. You must consent to receiving e-mails from our system in your online profile.

The Senate of Canada reserves the right to retain a determined number of candidates who best meet the essential requirements of the position.

The Senate of Canada is a separate and distinct employer from the federal public service and is not subject to the Public Service Employment Act.

We thank all those who apply to this selection process.

The posting closes at 11:59 p.m. EST on the closing date stated above.