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Director, Human Resources, Administration and Labour Relations – Canadian Bar Association


Over the past three years, the Canadian Bar Association has undertaken a “ReThink” project, which was driven by an identified relevance gap within Canada’s legal community.  The outcomes of CBA Re-Think include plans to conduct both governance and operations in a different, more member-centric fashion.   This lengthy process has created an extended period of uncertainty within the National office and significantly impacted morale, to the point where there was a successful application for certification by the Canadian Office and Professional Employees’ Union in mid-June.  The CBA also has a potential office move pending in spring of 2019, which will involve further staff upheaval.  The CBA is therefore seeking a Director of Human Resources, Administration and Labour Relations (DHAL) with the level of energy and experience to support a reversal in these trends and provide change leadership for staff.  The National staff complement is approximately 80 FTE, of which approximately 50 will comprise the bargaining unit.



Job Title: Director, Human Resources, Administration and Labour Relations

Reports to: National CEO

Location: Ottawa



The DHAL will be responsible for all aspects of human resources and labour relations, including developing and maintaining policies, recruitment, hiring, terminations and all aspects of collective bargaining and management of grievances.  The DHAL will also oversee the payroll process and will be working with the Director of Finance on the administration and compliance for CBA’s pension program.

Key Accountabilities

HR and Office Administration:

  • Managing all hiring and termination processes, in coordination with the implicated department(s)
  • Effectively onboarding all new employees
  • Ensuring that an annual performance review process is undertaken by staff directors and appropriately documented in employee files
  • Overseeing the payroll process and ensuring it is accurate
  • Playing a leadership role in any office move or reorganization
  • Managing office administration in terms of closures, providing and servicing equipment in the staff lounge, office supplies, etc.
  • Managing the receptionist
  • Managing the employee benefits program, in coordination with the CEO and the Director of Finance
  • Coordinating broad professional development opportunities for staff (based on what is learned of staff needs)

Labour Relations:

  • Leading, in partnership with the CEO, collective bargaining and other negotiation processes
  • Administering the grievance and conflict resolution processes
  • Serving as liaison with the shop stewards and other union representatives
  • Fostering a cooperative labor relations environment consistent with the mission, values and objectives of the CBA
  • Conducting regular research in terms of competitive wages, labour guidelines, etc.
  • Employee Engagement:
  • Ensuring that there is an active social committee, with events regularly scheduled for staff within budget allowances
  • Facilitating staff surveys, focus groups or other mechanisms to keep a finger on the pulse of staff morale
  • Compliance:
  • Ensuring that the CBA has current and compliant HR policies in place and supports Branches and Shared Services in providing this expertise across the pan-Canadian organization
  • Ensuring that staff training occurs according to compliance requirements (e.g. Harassment, health and safety, AODA)
  • Ensuring that all employees have current job descriptions
  • Ensuring payroll processing in terms of deductions, remittances, etc. are compliant, in coordination with the Director of Finance


Competencies and Attributes

  • Similar HR and administrative experience in an office of similar size
  • Experience with collective bargaining and supervising human resources in a unionized environment
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills
  • Previous knowledge of pension administration
  • Previous experience with other aspects of office administration, such as schedules, office reorganizations and/or moves
  • Excellent knowledge of employment legislation and standards
  • Experience and track record with change management
  • Sufficient capacity with Office Suite, Microsoft Project, etc. to be self-sufficient without significant administrative support
  • Able to participate effectively in the budget development process


Required Minimum Education/Experience:

  • University degree in human resources, business administration or equivalent education/job experience
  • CHRP or equivalent designation would be a significant asset
  • Must have managed HR in a unionized environment
  • Minimum 8 years of related experience in an HR leadership role
  • Ability to work in both official languages is highly desired



An excellent compensation package awaits the successful candidate.

How to Apply:

Please send your resume in Word or PDF format to: Copy and Paste the following job title and code and place it in the subject line of your email so we can identify the job and confirm receipt of your application:
AAPE-376531 Director, Human Resources, Administration and Labour Relations – Canadian Bar Association - ON - Ottawa (OTIAPPLY)

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