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Director, Employee Relations

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Type of employment: 
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This position is not included in the Nunavut Employees Union
$123,186 to $175,980 per annum, 37.5 hour/week
Northern Allowance: 
$15,016 per annum
Subsidized staff housing available
Closing Date: 
16 March 2018

A leadership mandate for a seasoned employee relations professional with a wide range of human resources management experience and partnership building skills to influence and foster a positive work culture across the territory.

Officially founded in 1999, Nunavut is a Territory where tradition meets progress. Nunavut Inuit have a strong cultural heritage, having lived nomadically in family groups across the Artic for 4,000 years. Rooted in this rich tradition, the Government of Nunavut (GN) prepares for a prosperous future.  You can enjoy Nunavut’s majestic natural landscapes, active community life, rich Inuit arts, wildlife viewing and immersion in Inuit culture, which are among the many benefits of living and working in Nunavut. 

The Government of Nunavut is seeking a Director, Employee Relations, to play a crucial role within the Government of Nunavut, as one of seven staff members reporting directly to the Associate Deputy Minister, Human Resources. Based in Iqaluit, Nunavut, you will be responsible for strategically planning, developing and delivering programs throughout the GN to foster harmonious employer-employee relations. A dynamic leader able to influence, facilitate and reach consensus, you will oversee the negotiation of collective agreements and aid in the development of legislation, policies and programs. With proven success at excelling in multiple stakeholder environments, you are the right person to promote a workplace wellness program consistent with Inuit societal values, while meeting the diverse operational needs of GN departments and taking into account collective agreements, laws and legislation in a fiscally responsible manner. 

As the Director, you will oversee the work of all bargaining teams and provide a strategic plan that results in successful negotiations on collective bargaining matters, including mediating essential service agreements, resolving grievances and human rights complaints, and other issues as they arise. Adept at human resource and financial management, you will work with departmental Finance officials, to prepare cost analyses, and present your findings and recommendations to the Associate Deputy Minster, Deputy Minister and Minister. Your ability to communicate effectively and build trust will be imperative, as you will be called on to prepare the documentation necessary to seek a mandate for negotiations, and make presentations to the Financial Management Board and Cabinet.

As the successful candidate, you will have a relevant degree (e.g., Labour Law, Industrial Relations, Business Administration with major in Industrial Relations) complemented by an in-depth understanding of various aspects of law relating to labour. You must have a minimum of five years’ experience in managing and leading a team. Significant experience in developing policies/procedures and in the interpretation of legislation/agreements/policies/procedures related to employee relations is required. In addition, the successful candidate must have experience in collective bargaining. You should have a sound knowledge of job evaluation systems and compensation mechanisms.  The ability to analyze and evaluate problems effectively in order to work through conflicting priorities within a fast-paced environment is a requirement. Exemplary human relations, communications and partnership-building skills are required to lead, influence, facilitate and reach consensus, and to build trust and credibility among a diverse range of clients.  Equivalences that consist of a combination of education, training and/or experience may be considered.

The Official Languages of Nunavut are Inuktitut, Inuinnaqtun, English and French. Fluency in more than one of Nunavut’s official language would be considered an asset. Knowledge of Inuit language, communities, culture, land and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit would also be considered an asset.  A satisfactory Criminal Records Check is required for this position. 

To apply to this vital leadership position, submit your resume, in confidence, to Phelpsgroup, by March 16, 2018, quoting title and reference number 03-504476, at


401 Bay Street, Suite 1400, Toronto, ON M5H 2Y4             

Phone: 416-364-6229

  • The Government of Nunavut is committed to creating a more representative workforce so 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. 
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