The BCIT Faculty and Staff Association in Burnaby is seeking a Senior Labour Relations Representative (SLRR) beginning August 1, 2019.
The BCIT FSA is a union of 1,600 faculty and technical employees working primarily at BCIT’s Burnaby and Downtown Vancouver campuses. The FSA is associated with the BC Federation of Labour, the Canadian Association of University Teachers, the National Union of the Canadian Association of University Teachers, and the Canadian Labour Congress. The SLRR co-ordinates and leads a team of representatives working with FSA members to identify and seek resolution to workplace and collective agreement issues through advocacy, engagement, and educational processes. As all FSA members are covered by one collective agreement and one employer, the members of the FSA’s representation team work closely together and share responsibilities. The SLRR reports to the Executive Director and keeps them apprised of labour relations concerns and priorities. In addition to ensuring that the strategies and positions adopted by other representatives are coherent with a broader labour relations strategy, the SLRR usually handles the association’s most complex and sensitive files up to and including third party tribunals. The SLRR provides direction and guidance to FSA staff in the Executive Director’s absence. For this position, we seek a seasoned union representative with strong communication and collaboration skills who has experience at arbitration as well as with leading teams and co-ordinating colleagues.
- Maintains a caseload of frequently complex files representing the union and its members in consultations and negotiations with the employer and through grievances and other recourse processes up to and including arbitration or other third party tribunals
- Takes a leadership role in identifying systemic concerns with the terms and conditions of work for the FSA’s members and works with the Executive Director, the labour relations team, and other union officers to develop strategies for addressing such issues
- Maintains an overview of the case loads of the labour relations representatives and ensures that approaches to files are consistent with an overall labour relations strategy
- Provides guidance and advice to other representatives in the handling of their caseloads. Oversees and workload of the labour relations team and adjusts as necessarily. Escalates any concerns to Executive Director for intervention.
- Leads the labour relations team in developing best practices
- Prepares monthly status reports for the Executive Director and Board of Directors
- Carries out legal research in support of this work
- Thoroughly documents case files
- Participates in the development and delivery of member education programs
- Prepares written materials for the newsletter and website as requested
- Provides direction and guidance to staff in the absence of the Executive Director
- Substantial experience as a union representative including appearances at arbitration and related tribunals, or relevant equivalent experience
- Familiarity with applicable legislation and recent developments in labour law
- Ability to listen, ask incisive questions, identify problems, and develop solutions
- Strong written communications and file documentation skills
- Demonstrated ability to lead teams and provide guidance to colleagues
- Strong analytical reasoning skills including the ability to see patterns, identify solutions to complex problems, and develop strategies for achieving those solutions
- Ability to prioritize competing demands and organize work flow in a high volume, high stress office environment
- Outstanding advocacy and negotiation skills
- Collective bargaining experience, direct experience as a lead in collective bargaining an asset
- High tolerance for complexity and uncertainty, and a strong skill set and propensity for collaboration
- Familiarity with the post-secondary education environment is strongly preferred
- Comfortable working in a highly computerized and networked environment, including reliance on MS Office and Outlook, internet research, and using databases
The FSA is actively committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from qualified members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including but not limited to: status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, neurodiversity, political belief, religion, marital or family status, or age.
The salary for the position is between $92,835.11 and $98,654.29 with placement based on experience. The FSA offers many lifestyle advantages including a comprehensive benefit package, participation in the Municipal Pension Plan, minimal overtime and travel, and the amenities of working on a post-secondary campus. Interviews for this position are expected to be held between July 8-12, 2019 with an anticipated start date of August 1, 2019. Please email your cover letter and resume by June 26, 2019.