Labour Relations Manager – Vancouver Police Department (Vancouver, BC)

Labour Relations Manager

#2066- 50012453

Regular full-time / Exempt

HOURS OF WORK:                
Monday to Friday, 35-hour work week

Pay Band 11 – $61.27 to $76.70 per hour

Friday, October 9, 2020

Responsible for the resolution of complex employee relations, labour relations, and human resource issues, negotiations with three bargaining units, and representing the employer at full and expedited arbitrations.

Reports directly to the Inspector of Human Resources and supervises the labour relations personnel. The purpose of the Labour Relations Manager position is to manage and co-ordinate all functions related to labour relations, employee assistance, attendance management, and labour investigations. Provides senior level advice and counsel to human resource practitioners, management, executive management, and the Police Board.


  • Provides labour opinions for the Executive on complex labour relations matters, and provides advice and guidance on ongoing files as required
  • Develops labour-related policies, procedures, and guidelines to establish best practices and defensible positions in grievances and arbitrations
  • Develops strategic legal expenditures allocation
  • Remains current in human rights and labour relations trends and trajectories
  • Directs the conduct and resolution of complex employee relations and labour relations cases in early settlement negotiations, arbitrations, and hearings at the BC Labour Relations Board, BC Human Rights Tribunal, and BC Employment Standards
  • Researches collective agreement provisions, arbitration and court decisions, and legislation
  • Represents the Vancouver Police Board in collective bargaining and provides strategic leadership/direction in union negotiations
  • Liaises with the Education and Training Section
  • Provides advice and support to the Civilian and Auxiliary Police Services Manager on complex labour and employee relations matters
  • Provides advice and support to the Police Employee Relations & Advisory Services’ Staff Sergeant on complex labour and employee relations matters
  • Develops and maintains positive relationships with all levels of the Department including the unions – Vancouver Police Union and Teamsters and their stewards/representatives
  • Liaises with the Inspector of Professional Standards, Legal Counsel – Access and Privacy, and VPD Operations Legal Advisor, to co-ordinate multi-faceted complaints that arise concurrently through civil actions, human rights proceedings, and Police Act investigations
  • Briefs the Executive and the Police Board on the status of complaints
  • Provides opinions and recommendations on the direction of files including negotiated settlements
  • Liaises and provides direction to external legal counsel representing the employer
  • Attends Early Settlement meetings and oversees negotiated settlements as directed by the Executive
  • Other related duties and responsibilities as assigned


  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with union representatives, external counsel, and internal stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to compile and synthesize large amounts of information to develop employer strategies for human rights and labour relations cases
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare legal or labour relations opinions for complex case files
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to fast changing priorities while delivering and following through on employer mandates
  • In-depth working knowledge of the BC Human Rights Code, BC Labour Relations Code, and the Employment Standards Act
  • Working knowledge of the Police Act
  • Working knowledge of FOIPPA


  • Certified Professional in Human Resources
  • Society of Human Resources Management – Senior Practitioner
  • Active member of the BC Law Society in good standing


  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in employee and labour relations with a minimum five years’ experience in a regulatory environment
  • Minimum five years’ experience practicing employee and labour relations in the broader public sector
  • Extensive experience negotiating and representing the employer in collective bargaining
  • Extensive experience representing the employer in grievance, case conference, expedited arbitration, and arbitration proceedings
  • Extensive experience providing both written and verbal strategic advice to executives and Board members on complex human rights and labour relations matters
  • Extensive experience providing legal or labour relations advice to Human Resources partners and management
  • Minimum five years’ experience in an excluded/exempt supervisory role


  • Experience in labour and employee relations in a policing organization


  • Undergraduate degree in business administration, law, or equivalent, with a specialist focus in labour relations, human resources, employment law, or human rights
  • Masters in labour relations/industrial relations, L.L.M., L.L.B., or an equivalent

All employees must maintain their enhanced security clearance while employed with the Vancouver Police Department, which will be renewed every five years.

Selection Process: Candidates may be required to take a written test and/or present on a relevant employee or labour relations topic. Candidates must meet satisfactory standards to proceed to the interview stage.

NOTE: This position is exempt from the union.

Applicants should submit a resume via email by 4:30 p.m. of the closing date. Resumes should indicate clearly the competition number on the subject line in the email, and be made to the attention of Human Resources Section, via email

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