Labour Relations Officer - Professional Practice Specialist - ONA

Location: Ottawa, ON, Canada

Type: Permanent Full-time
Group/Grade: Bargaining Unit/Officer
Rate: $96,457.82 (start) - $115,614.42
Date: December 12, 2019

Founded in 1973, the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is a leading health-care union representing 65,000 registered nurses and health professionals and 18,000 nursing student affiliates working in Ontario hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, community, clinics and industry. ONA is committed to the advancement of the social, economic and general welfare of its members providing labour relations services that include representation of members to ensure their rights under the collective agreement are protected and negotiating the best possible terms and conditions of employment. ONA advocates for the highest standards of health care for all Ontarians. Looking to the future, ONA will continue to provide proactive strategies to raise the awareness of the value (including economic and patient benefits) of RNs with all stakeholders.

ONA is seeking to hire a Labour Relations Officer (Professional Practice Specialist) to join our Provincial Services/Professional Practice Team and work out of our Ottawa Office. The successful candidate will act as an organizational resource on professional practice and advocacy. This role is accountable for identifying professional practice issues and advising on early intervention strategies to resolve them, including whether to settle, mediate or pursue the issues at an Independent Assessment Committee (IAC). The Specialist works closely with staff and elected leadership to prepare professional responsibility cases, identifying resolutions to the practice issues, identifying supporting evidence, and discussing them at agency meetings, as required. The role is also accountable for drafting submissions and position statements to the government and other agencies, and participating in oral presentations of these submissions and statements.

This is what else you can expect from this dynamic role:

  • Accountable for providing service to members and staff in a manner that is consistent with member values and keeping the interests of membership as the primary focus of work.
  • Preparing and presenting submissions to Independent Assessment Committees.
  • Act as a resource to the individuals on the District Service Teams holding responsibility for professional practice.
  • Represent ONA on external committees as directed by the Manager and provide backup to other Labour Relations Officers on the team as required.
  • This exciting opportunity also provides education to our membership and orientation to new staff.

What we are looking for:

  • A Registered Nurse (RN) designation is required with a minimum of five (5) years of nursing experience.
  • Three (3) to five (5) years of labour relations and/or professional practice experience (or equivalent combination of education and experience satisfactory to ONA).
  • Labour Relations or Industrial Relations Certificate is preferred.
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills.
  • Experience with teaching/coaching/mentoring is an asset.
  • The successful candidate must be flexible, adaptable and able to work well with others in a rapidly changing work environment.
  • Must have demonstrated advocacy and an "activist's heart."
  • Adept in the use of Microsoft Office Suite, Windows and have a basic knowledge of database application is also required.
  • Bilingualism (written and verbal French) would be a further asset.

The candidate must be able to travel, possess a valid driver’s license and have access to an automobile for business use.

If you are seeking an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others as well as your own, visit our website and apply today!

To submit your application, please visit ONA Jobs by end of day on December 26, 2019

The Ontario Nurses’ Association is committed to employment equity within its staff.  Applications are encouraged from equity groups including individuals of Aboriginal descent, racialized individuals, individuals with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ persons.  We also provide accessible employment practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (‘AODA’). If you require accommodation for a disability during any stage of the recruitment process, please notify Human Resources at

Thank you for your interest in joining us. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


Closing date: 

Thursday, December 26, 2019 - 17:30


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