Bilingual human rights representative - CUPE

Position type: Full-time

Salary level: $120,000 - 124,000


Reporting to the Regional Director and the National Human Rights Branch Director, the Human Rights Representative will be responsible for the development of programs and initiatives to respond to equity and human rights issues in the Maritimes region.  The Human Rights Representative will provide technical assistance and specialized resources on these issues to regional servicing staff, CUPE local unions, regional action committees and the New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island Divisions.


The successful applicant will be required to perform the following functions:

  • Coordinate and implement equity and human rights policies and programs developed by CUPE in conjunction with staff, local unions, the Divisions, CUPE councils and other groups.

  • Assist local unions, CUPE councils and the Divisions in identifying equity and human rights issues and concerns and provide assistance in addressing them.

  • Analyze legislation, policies and procedures related to equity and human rights, and provide advice and support to CUPE staff and members.

  • Undertake research, prepare and present briefs and reports, addressing the specific problems encountered by members of equity-seeking groups within CUPE’s jurisdiction to governments, boards, commissions, task forces, authorities and other groups and organizations.

  • Develop and coordinate campaigns on equity and human rights issues.

  • Prepare and facilitate education/training sessions for CUPE staff and members on equity and human rights issues.

  • Assist in the planning and coordination of human rights and equity meetings, conferences and events.

  • Work with CUPE locals and staff to identify leadership potential among CUPE’s equity-seeking members.

  • Work with labour, coalitions and other organizations that are addressing discrimination against members of equity-seeking groups, to promote the goals of equity-seeking groups, and to represent CUPE, when requested, at conferences and other functions related to these issues.

  • Perform other duties as may be assigned.


This position requires a highly motivated individual with considerable experience in providing professional support and advice on equity and human rights issues and services and has demonstrated a commitment to human rights struggles. Proven leadership abilities, strategic skills, and a strong intersectional analysis of complex issues are essential.  Sound judgement, resourcefulness and flexibility within a highly challenging political environment are also key requirements.

The incumbent must also possess:

  • A university degree or equivalent experience;

  • Sound knowledge and understanding of the policies, programs, structure, function and objectives of CUPE;

  • Knowledge, experience and skills required to develop and articulate CUPE’s positions on equity and human rights issues (e.g., pay equity, racism, heterosexism, genderism, ableism, employment equity, harassment, and other equity and human rights issues in the workplace) to members and staff, the labour movement, government-appointed bodies, organizations engaged in similar work, and the general public where required;

  • A thorough knowledge and understanding of government legislation, agencies and commissions as they relate to human rights and equity issues affecting CUPE members;

  • Ability to work co-operatively with CUPE staff and members;

  • Demonstrated ability to do independent research, to prepare written materials and presentations, and to develop other communication materials for union members;

  • Excellent intersectional analytical skills;

  • Excellent oral and written skills in English and French, including the ability to speak and write clearly and succinctly in a variety of settings, styles, and media;

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively use new media and current technology, including Word, Excel, Twitter, Facebook, Listservs, file management systems and databases;

  • Exemplary interpersonal skills;

  • Free to travel and work weekends and holidays as required.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: As set out in the collective agreement between CUPE and the Canadian Staff Union.

As part of its commitment to employment equity, CUPE encourages applications from: women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, racialized people and LGBTQ2+ people. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

Closing date: 

Friday, September 27, 2019 - 10:30


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