• Ontario
  • Type: Full Time
  • Toronto

Website OPSEU/SEFPO

Title: Administrator, Contract Enforcement
Location: Contract Enforcement Division, OPSEU/SEFPO Head Office,
100 Lesmill Rd., Toronto, ON M3B 3P8

Reporting To: President of OPSEU/SEFPO
Start Date: To be determined
Salary: Executive level with comprehensive benefits $163,906.60 annually
Search Type: Open to all – staff, members, and the community

Ontario Public Service Employees Union/Syndicat des employés de la fonction publique de l’Ontario OPSEU/SEFPO represents approximately 180,000 members across Ontario. They are full-and part-time workers, as diverse a group as you could imagine. OPSEU/SEFPO’s members work for the Ontario government, inside community colleges, for the LCBO, in the health care and education sectors, and they are employed in a wide range of community agencies within the broader public sector.

OPSEU/SEFPO has an incredibly talented, knowledgeable, and dedicated workforce that provides the highest level of support to its diverse membership. OPSEU/SEFPO’s approximately 350 employees believe in the labour movement and stand at the frontlines to support members and fight for what is right for the working people of Ontario. OPSEU/SEFPO’s exceptional team works across Ontario to engage with and represent the rights of members in their workplaces and communities, negotiate collective agreements, advance workplace health and safety, win mediations and arbitrations, plan and deliver educationals, conferences and events, promote anti-harassment and anti-discrimination practices, address equity-related matters, organize new members, prepare and disseminate communications, plan and execute campaigns, and perform the internal work that ensures the organization runs smoothly and efficiently for the membership.

OPSEU/SEFPO’s employees belong to two internal staff unions: the Ontario Public Service Staff Union (OPSSU) and the Administrative Staff Union (ASU). OPSEU/SEFPO also has a small group of non-unionized employees that work in the Legal Services and Employee Relations Divisions, as well as in the senior leadership domain.

It is within this context that OPSEU/SEFPO welcomes applications and nominations for the appointment of its Administrator, Contract Enforcement (“Administrator”).

About This Opportunity
Reporting to the President, the Administrator is a member of the senior leadership team and provides sound advice to the President’s Office while playing a vital leadership role in shaping and executing the strategic goals of OPSEU/SEFPO.
We are looking for an individual who understands that the power of trade unions comes from engaging and supporting members to organize for a better Ontario for workers. The successful candidate will be a creative and thoughtful leader who has experience leading in several of the following areas: grievance arbitration, worker health and safety, and pensions and benefits.

Candidates must have a demonstrated ability to foster an inclusive union culture and to advance equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility programs, strategies, and principles.

Principal Duties:
The Administrator, Contract Enforcement Division, will:

  • As a member of the administrative leadership team, participate in the development of the OPSEU/SEFPO budget, strategic plan and annual goals, and manage the Contract Enforcement Division in order to meet those objectives;
  • Lead, develop and direct the staff and operations of the following specialized work units at OPSEU/SEFPO:
  • The Arbitrations Unit is primarily responsible for processing a high volume of grievances to arbitration and conducting all aspects of grievance litigation on behalf of OPSEU/SEFPO and more than 180,000 members;
  • The Pension and Benefits Unit supports OPSEU/SEFPO members with pension and benefit claims, and represents the Union as joint sponsor of defined benefit pension plans, including advising and collaborating with external parties on issues of pension policy;
  • The Worker Safety Unit represents members with Worker’s compensation appeals before the WSIAT and provides advice, education and campaign support to members regarding health and safety requirements, work refusals, reprisal complaints, and research of emerging trends and hazards;
  • Develop and administer internal protocols, strategic vision and programs for all areas of Contract Enforcement to best support members to secure workplace entitlements and objectives;
  • Directly and through front-line staff, provide ongoing expert advice and strategic support to Union leaders and staff concerning specialized areas of Contract Enforcement, and work collaboratively within complex, multi-disciplinary teams to advance the goals of OPSEU/SEFPO members;
  • Represent OPSEU/SEFPO in joint initiatives with community, labour partners, and allies; and
    Perform other related duties as assigned.

Core Competencies:

  • Proven ability to think strategically, develop a vision and translate strategy and organizational requirements into clear, actionable goals, motivate team performance, and achieve measurable results
  • Demonstrated capacity to direct and manage a team of professionals
  • Substantial understanding and demonstrated actioning of equity principles as essential and core values to foster an inclusive union culture
  • Current and expert knowledge of employment, labour and related policy, legislation and regulations
  • Experience with the practice of grievance arbitration, worker health and safety programs and pension and benefits negotiation and administration
  • Strong people leadership, collaboration and communication skills
  • Strong and sound judgement, with an ability to make thoughtful decisions that account for both short-term and long-term impacts

Qualifications: 

While qualifications are important, we also recognize that lived experience and other experiences that are unique to the individual and are not reflected in formal education or work experience, may render a candidate qualified for the position.  If you do not meet the requirements and/or experience thresholds outlined but feel that you have the experience and skills to excel in this position, please apply and share with us why you feel you are the ideal candidate for the position.

We offer the following qualifications as guidelines:

  • Completion of post-secondary education in a field that supports this position
  • A minimum of 7-10 years of experience in a related position, with experience in complex unionized work environments
  • A minimum of 3-5 years of senior leadership experience, preferably in a not-for-profit organizationFrench and/or additional language skills are an asset

What to expect:

  • Competitive compensation package
  • Comprehensive and robust health, medical, and dental benefits
  • Short-term and long-term disability income protection programs and life insurance
  • Paid sick days
  • Generous paid time-off entitlements for you to reset and recharge
  • Out-of-country travel insurance
  • Defined benefit pension plan
  • Wellness program
  • Professional development
  • Employee & Family Assistance Program
  • Respect, feeling valued, and being part of something special
  • Employment Equity

OPSEU/SEFPO supports employment equity. Racialized workers, women, Indigenous workers, 2SLGBTQ+ workers and workers with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For the purpose of statistical data collection, applicants are strongly encouraged to voluntarily self-identify. OPSEU/SEFPO’s diverse workplace also supports Francophone workers and young workers.

Accessibility & Accommodation
We are committed to an inclusive, accessible and welcoming hiring process that provides reasonable accommodation to all applicants.  Please advise should you require any accommodation to participate in this posting, recruitment, selection and/or assessment processes.  Please reach out by email or mail and we will work with you to meet your accessibility needs.

Expression of Interest:

All applications must be sent as a PDF, and should include:

  • Letter of Interest
  • Resume
  • Any other supporting materials (optional)

Please submit the above to the attention of President JP Hornick by emailing your application to the Employee Relations Unit at competitions@opseu.org.

APPLICATIONS:   We will begin consideration of applications after January 31, 2023

If you apply to this post because you saw it here, please mention that you saw the notice at the CALM Job Board on your cover letter.

To apply for this job email your details to competitions@opseu.org