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Manager, Labour Relations and Health & Safety

City of Kingston

The City of Kingston’s vision of being a smart, livable 21st century city is fast becoming reality. History and innovation thrive in our dynamic city located along the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, an easy drive from Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, in the heart of eastern Ontario. With a stable and diversified economy that includes global corporations, innovative startups and all levels of government, Kingston’s high quality of life offers access to world-class education and research institutions, advanced healthcare facilities, affordable living and vibrant entertainment and tourism activities. 

Job Code: NU199
File Number: J0417-0299
Type of Position:
Salary Range: $83,538 - $114,059 / Year
Closing Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017

Position Summary:

The Manager, Labour Relations & Health & Safety, is responsible to lead labour relations, health & safety, occupational health and WSIB in alignment with corporate strategies, plans, and priorities. The Manager supports strategic planning, budget development, work planning, human resources, staff development and change management and collaborates with internal and external stakeholders to build working relationships that are mutually beneficial.

  • Establish tactical plans, objectives, and metrics that contribute to the corporate priorities, strategies and annual plans.
  • Align the work of the unit with the broader goals and objectives of HR&OD.
  • Provide expert advice and direction regarding labour relations, health & safety, occupational health and WSIB policies and programs for the corporation.
  • Lead the development, implementation and ensure compliance with policies, programs, and practices that are based on corporate needs and best practices.
  • Manage assigned staff and plan and direct change as needed.
  • Facilitate the ongoing development and improvement of the employee and labour relations environment.
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders in the development of collective bargaining/negotiation strategies for five bargaining units.
  • Manage employee dispute resolution processes including grievances, arbitrations, mediations and human rights tribunal.
  • Investigate complaints of workplace violence and harassment.
  • Cultivate a culture of health, safety and wellness.
  • Ensure compliance with Occupational Health & Safety Act and its regulations.
  • Oversee early and safe return to work and accommodation processes, occupational health/disability management – prevention and intervention (wellness), WSIB – claims management and accident investigations.
  • Manage the annual budget for unit.
  • Identify issues and reallocate resources as required in order to ensure achievement of objectives.
  • Develop systems and procedures to maintain the operating quality and efficiency of the division.
  • Lead, promote, and model a culture of health, safety, well-being, and respect.
  • Ensure the customer perspective is a driving force behind decisions and activities.
  • Address grievances, arbitrations, and mediations.
  • Use collaborative relationships to facilitate the accomplishment of work goals.
  • Assist the Director with the selection, evaluation, and management of staff, vendors, and external consultants.
  • Facilitate the implementation and acceptance of change within the workplace.
  • Research and keep current on best practices and industry trends.
  • Engage team members in developing and committing to an action plan that targets specific competencies, skills, or knowledge needed to achieve performance improvement or prepare for success in new responsibilities. anage employees by establishing annual performance goals, allocating resources, and assessing annual performance.
  • Build the capacity of front line leaders. 
Qualifications & Competencies:
  • Diploma or degree in Industrial Relations, Human Resources, Business Administration, or related field.
  • Five years of human resources management experience including; employee and labour relations, health & safety, and occupational health in a unionized environment.
  • Extensive experience in contract negotiations.
  • Management experience developing and interpreting collective agreements and relevant legislation.
  • Experience representing management in grievance, mediation, and arbitration processes, and in leading collective bargaining proceedings for five bargaining units.
  • Experience administering issues relating to harassment, dispute resolution, and human rights.
  • Experience developing policies, programs and strategies to develop a proactive safety culture (disability management, accident investigations, WSIB case management etc.).
  • Required to obtain and maintain satisfactory CPIC (Criminal Record Check) at own expense.
  • Must demonstrate the corporate competencies: Customer Focus, Results Oriented, Integrity and Teamwork. 

Skills, Abilities, Work Demands:

  • Ability to communicate effectively with well-developed written and verbal communication skills, with strong public relations skills.
  • Ability to forge and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external customers.
  • Demonstrate judgment and ability to critically assess options within the context of applicable legislation, policy and collective agreements to guide decisions.
  • Proven organizational and time management skills to ensure timely management of a busy grievance, arbitration and negotiation schedule.
  • Advanced problem solving skills with the ability to influence, negotiate, mediate and resolve conflicts in a professional competent manner.
  • Ability to work in a politically sensitive environment while demonstrating tact and diplomacy.
  • Excellent leadership skills with the ability to coach, motivate and develop employees.
  • Strong knowledge of municipal policies, procedures, and applicable legislation and regulations including; Employment Law, Human Rights and Occupational Health.
  • Strong computer skills including MS Office.
How to Apply:

Please apply to Career Opportunities at: 

Your resume must clearly demonstrate how you meet the requirements of the position. Please upload to your profile, any educational Degrees, Diplomas and/or Certificates that are relevant and required for the position you are applying to.

We thank all of those who apply; however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

The City of Kingston is an equal opportunity employer. Accessibility accommodations are available for all parts of the recruitment and selection process. Applicants need to make their needs known in advance. Information collected will be handled in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act

Manager, Labour Relations and Health & Safety Kingston Ontario

Expiry Date: 2017-04-27
Date Posted: 2017-04-13
Province: Ontario
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