Job descriptionThe Peel District School Board (PDSB) is a racially, culturally and linguistically diverse board that serves 155,000+ students and approximately 17,000 employees. In PDSB, 87% of students are racialized, non-white, representing 162 different ethnic backgrounds. Students in Peel have 121 different first languages. Student diversity also exists in terms of gender and gender expression, sexuality and in terms of ability and faith. A responsive and empathetic understanding of the lived experiences of the students and communities we serve is vital to those who will take on leadership roles within the PDSB. The workforce consists of teachers, office staff, custodial staff, education assistants and professional staff. The workforce is largely unionized through PDSB’s numerous affiliated bargaining agents. We are currently accepting applications for an Employee and Labour Relations Partner – Service Delivery (full time permanent position) Reporting to the Senior Partner, Employee and Labour Relations, Service Delivery, the successful candidate will be responsible for an assigned group of unions, federations, and associations. In alignment with the HR Service Delivery strategies, Ministry directives and the Board’s strategic goals, this position is an employee, management and union engagement champion for Human Resources, Partnerships and Equity. Responsibilities include: acting as a resource to support and guide Superintendents, Principals, Managers and employees on employee and labour relations matters, collective agreements and Board Policies and Procedures, build and maintain effective partnerships with unions, associations and federations; managing the grievance process including research and preparation, drafting responses and providing support and expertise in the arbitration process; managing the collective agreement negotiations process by researching, drafting and presenting key issues to facilitate the bargaining process and implement and communicate changes to policies and/or procedures as a result, providing advice, direction, support, and coaching on all labour relations matters, and establishing and maintaining excellent working relationships with union leaders. Providing support in the application and interpretation of collective agreements, policies, and practices, ensuring accurate processing of employee changes and transfers, in compliance with the collective agreements and Board Policies and Procedures; wage and salary administration; administering policies and procedures related to resignations, retirements, leaves and secondments; preparing and presenting relevant workshops/presentations; working collaboratively within a team; supervising and directing the activities of their assigned team to build capacity and promote a positive and productive work environment; developing and implementing quality and service initiatives; supporting a variety of HR projects and continuous improvement initiatives to support change management and service delivery excellence, and employee experience and engagement; prepare accurate reports using data and metrics to inform decisions, and promote HR best practices and efficiencies for continuous customer service improvements; other duties as assigned. QUALIFICATIONS: Demonstrated commitment to equity, inclusion, anti-racism, anti-oppression and working in a diverse school community and/or work environment Post-secondary degree in human resources, industrial relations, labour relations or equivalent related education and directly related experience Professional designation such as Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) or equivalent is an asset Minimum of three (3) to five (5) years of experience in progressively responsible positions in labour/employee relations in a multi-union and public sector environment Demonstrated experience supervising a team Comprehensive knowledge and experience in employee and labour relations and human resources practices, policy/processes, negotiations, grievances, arbitration and investigation processes, and in-depth understanding of collective agreements, Thorough understanding of the Labour Relations Act, Employment Standards Act, School Boards Collective Bargaining Act, Education Act, Occupational Health and Safety Act, Ontario Human Rights Code and maintain current knowledge on labour relations trends and issues in the education sector Demonstrated ability to work effectively with all levels of management, unions, federations, and associations, to establish and maintain relationships and provide expertise Ability to exercise considerable independent judgment, tact and sensitivity with confidentiality and discretion in dealing with internal and external clients Demonstrated leadership and success with negotiations, conflict resolution, mediation and problem solving Excellent research, documentation, presentation, and communication skills, both written and verbal with attention to detail and accuracy Ability to use judgment and work independently in fast paced environment to meet timelines Demonstrated initiative, problem solving and decision-making skills and the ability to foster change Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities in a dynamic and changing environment. Demonstrated experience using key performance metrics for reporting and statistical analysis Proficiency with Microsoft applications; (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) HRIS, SharePoint, Absence Management and Dispatch System, reporting tools, and Visio workflow design. Record of satisfactory on-the-job performance while employed by the Peel District School Board Commitment to Equity, Anti-Oppression and Anti-Racism The Peel District School Board is committed to equity in employment. We are committed to equitable hiring practices that allow us to hire qualified staff who reflect the full diversity of the Region of Peel. We will provide reasonable accommodation (e.g., an accessible location, rescheduling of interviews that fall on Days of Significance etc.) based on any of the human rights protected grounds, during the hiring process if advised in advance. We are also committed to inclusion, anti-oppression and anti-racist practices while also supporting the continuous growth and development of an equitable and empowered education system at the PDSB. Criminal Background Check Successful candidates must provide a satisfactory Criminal Background Check prior to commencing employment. Please review the requirements for the Criminal Background Check. Recruitment Process We appreciate the interest of all applicants, but will only be contacting candidates whose skills, experience and qualifications best meet the requirements of the position. When contacted, candidates will be provided with an overview of the various elements of the selection process; such as, test and skill demonstrations. All communication to applicants regarding this job posting, including an invitation to complete skills assessments and/or a job interview if applicable, will be made through email. Candidates are encouraged to regularly check their email as listed on their applytoeducation.com account. Discover why you should consider a career with us! Preference will be given to qualified members of the Administrative Staff Group (ASG).
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