Director, Labour Relations

November 8 2020
Industries Public administration
Categories HR, Training, Project Management, Business Analysis, Labor Relations - Legal, Public Sector, Human Resources
Yellowknife, NT


Director, Labour Relations,

Department of Finance, Government of Northwest Territories,

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Department Information

The Department of Finance has the mandate to provide leadership and direction to the public service in all areas of finance and human resource management. Fulfilling this mandate involves the recruitment and retention of a competent public service that is representative of the people it serves, the development of programs and services that effectively serve the human resource needs of the public service, and the creation of a work environment that promotes employee development, safety and wellness and that provides for positive labour/management relations.

Job Information

Looking for a challenging and exciting leadership opportunity within the Government of the Northwest Territories Public Service?  The Director, Labour Relations is located in Yellowknife and reports to the Deputy Secretary of Human Resources. This senior management position is responsible for leading all aspects of collective bargaining with the Union of Northern Workers and the Northwest Territories Teachers' Association. The Director, Labour Relations is the Government of the Northwest Territories' (GNWT) expert on unionized and non-unionized employee relations. The position leads and develops strategies and initiatives to proactively foster sound, harmonious labour and employee relations throughout the GNWT, advancing a unified approach to resolution of disputes.

The Director, Labour Relations participates in major government program initiatives and must work with others in government, often as the project lead, to develop strategies and approaches for supporting broader government objectives that could impact labour relations and/or employment matters. This involves assisting in the development of programs to support these priorities and ensuring that labour relations and employment functions are administered in a manner that supports the broader objective. The incumbent is responsible for the management of four direct reports: the Manager of Advice and Adjudication; the Manager of Accommodations and Investigations; the Manager, Negotiations and Compensation and the Labour Relations Assistant.

Candidates must have proven negotiating skills and interpersonal skills to maintain effective and lasting working relations with senior managers and staff from other departments. Additionally, the incumbent must have the ability to research, analyze and synthesize multiple concepts and priorities, manage a budget and work to meet deadlines as required.  The successful incumbent will need to communicate both orally and in writing to all levels of government and different stakeholders on a regular basis.

The ideal candidate brings strategic vision, leadership acumen, and highly developed relationship skills to the Labour Relations division.

The knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position are normally obtained through a post-secondary degree in law or industrial relations or a related field plus seven years of progressively more senior experience, including supervisory experience in the public sector in a labour/employee relations environment.

Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.

Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory criminal record check. Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.

Senior Management Occupation

This job opening is for a Senior Management Occupation.  Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.


Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Salary Information

The salary range for this position is from $68.49 per hour to $98.48 per hour (approximately $134,433 - $192,036.) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $3,700.

Job Opening ID #: 19332         

Closing Date: November 20, 2020 - 23:59, Mountain Time

Inquiries Only:

Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel (867) 767-9154 Extension 14106
Fax (867) 873-0445

Note: If you do not receive electronic notification confirming receipt of your application, please follow up via telephone.

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