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Advisor, Employee Relations

Job ID: J0120-1040
Classification: SEN-08
Job Type: Indeterminate (Permanent) Full-Time
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Minimum Salary: 70757/Year
Maximum Salary: 89525/Year
Closing Date: February 27, 2020

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 in a unionized environment. If you enjoy being on the front lines resolving sensitive labour or employee relations issues in an operational setting, this role will be a right fit.

Reporting to the Senior Advisor, Employee Relations, you will be responsible for providing specialized strategic advice, guidance and recommendations that are compliant with legislation, company policies and rules to solve a variety of labour or employee relations issues to the Senate Administration management and employees as well as Senators and their staff.

Open to

The general public to staff one (1) permanent, 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.


• Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources with an acceptable specialization in labour or industrial relations, legal studies or business administration, OR an acceptable combination of education, training and experience directly related to the duties of the position;
• A minimum of five (5) years of experience working with employees at all levels, including management as well as unions on various aspects of labour or employee relations on issues related to performance management, absenteeism and disability management as well as grievances;
• Experience conducting investigations with a focus on presenting strategic advice and options to mitigate risks for the organization and facilitate management decisions;
• Experience in interpreting collective agreements, terms and conditions of employment, as well as human resource policies and guidelines at the corporate level;
• Experience in administering the grievance resolution process (includes file preparation, formulation of recommendations, participation in hearings, mediations/adjudication of grievances at the Federal Public Sector Labour Relations and Employment Board or equivalent administrative tribunals);
• Experience in developing and delivering presentations and training sessions to audiences at various organizational levels;
• Ability to research and analyze decisions made by Labour Relations Boards or tribunals or other relevant bodies, to prepare briefing notes or reports for management members to support the effective resolution of labour or employment relations issues;
• 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;
• Experience with collective bargaining would be considered an asset;
• Experience in occupational health and safety (OH&S) and joint OH&S committees would be considered an asset.

Linguistic Requirements



Result oriented
Teamwork and cooperation

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.