Employee Relations Consultant
Government of Nunavut - Iqaluit, NU

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Multiple opportunities are available for experienced employee relations experts to play a key role in promoting effective relationships between bargaining agents and Government of Nunavut (GN) departments, boards and agencies.
Based in Iqaluit, NU, and reporting to the Manager of Employee Relations, you will draw on your knowledge of employee / employer relations and Human Resources principles and practices, as you contribute to developing and maintaining positive workplace relationships across the GN, in accordance with legal obligations, collective agreements and Inuit values.

As an Employee Relations Consultant, you will be responsible for:

  • Providing expert advice, training and guidance to departments concerning staff relations, the accurate interpretation of collective agreements, Human Rights legislation, terms and conditions of employment, and alternative dispute resolution.
  • Conducting investigations.
  • Acting as a mediator in disputes.
  • Preparing and presenting cases at arbitration and other tribunals, as assigned.

Your profile as a qualified Employee Relations Consultant will include the following highlights:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Relations, Business with a Human Resources / Labour Relations major, Industrial Psychology, or Labour Law, or Human Resources Certification combined with a minimum of 2 years of directly-related experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of collective agreements and terms and conditions of employment.
  • Knowledge of theories, principles and practices in the human resources field.
  • A good understanding of behavioural sciences, group dynamics and motivational theories.
  • A sound understanding of employee / employer relations principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of employment conditions in a unionized environment, preferably in the public service.
  • Excellent consulting, facilitation, training, presentation, and verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong analytical and research skills.
  • An understanding of labour relations jurisprudence, including arbitration and human rights issues.
  • Experience and a proven record in the presentation of cases before administrative tribunals, including arbitration and human rights tribunals.


  • Knowledge of Inuit language, communities, culture, and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit.
  • Knowledge of boards and agencies within Nunavut.
  • A good understanding of compensation policies and practices.

Compensation & benefits: These positions are excluded from the Nunavut Employees Union and have a starting salary of $93,951 per annum, plus a Northern Allowance of $15,016 per annum.
Note: Subsidized staff housing is available.

About Nunavut
Nunavut offers a diverse and unique environment both inside and outside of the workplace. Our vision at the Government of Nunavut is one of co-operation with an emphasis on our long heritage in the north coupled with a desire to move our communities carefully forward into an exciting future. As our Premier says: “We are guided by a vision of a public service that balances thoroughness, accessibility and efficiency with simplicity.” And we want to increase Inuit participation in government employment in Nunavut to a representative level.

For more information and to apply
If you are interested in one of these opportunities (Reference #03-501350), please send your resume by clicking "Apply Now", by midnight (EST), November 22, 2013.

Job descriptions may be obtained by fax or e-mail, or online. Only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. Note: An eligibility list of successful candidates may be used to fill future vacancies.

The Government of Nunavut is committed to create a more representative workforce, so that it can better understand and serve the needs of Nunavummiut. Priority will be given to Nunavut Land Claims Beneficiaries. Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Nunavut Priority Hiring Policy. Employment in some positions requires an acceptable criminal record check. Possession of a criminal record will not necessarily disqualify candidates from further consideration.