Negotiator – Metro Vancouver (Burnaby, BC)


Position Status: Full-Time Temporary (This position to last not later than March 11, 2022)
Department: Regional Employers Services
Employee Group: Exempt
Location: 4730 Kingsway, Burnaby

Our Regional Employers Services is seeking a Negotiator who will plan, coordinate, and lead collective bargaining, primarily acting in the role of chief spokesperson, for member jurisdictions and fee-for-service clients.

You are a skilled and experienced labour relations negotiator, can ably represent clients and facilitate best results in all aspects of collective bargaining, possess significant labour relations experience, and work well with clients and with a team of professional colleagues.

The Negotiator reports to the Division Manager, Collective Bargaining and falls within our Professional / Technical 4 job family.

This role:

  • Plans, coordinates, and prepares for collective bargaining with multiple clients. Works with employers collectively and individually to develop strategic objectives. Negotiates Collective Agreements for member municipalities, various Boards, and fee-for-service clients.
  • Works as a technical/specialist resource and provides advice to clients preparing for and conducting collective bargaining. Reviews and interprets the client’s collective agreement and guides the creation of proposals to address changes in the law or problems the client has encountered.
  • Develops bargaining coordination plans involving multiple clients with the guidance of the Division Manager of Collective Bargaining.
  • Drafts proposals prior to bargaining representing the clients desired approach. Investigates the true nature of the Employer’s concerns and evaluates if the proposed solution is the most effective for resolving the issues encountered.
  • Acts as chief spokesperson for the client during bargaining and makes strategic recommendations regarding negotiating with the Union; strategizes to achieve the best possible result for the client.
  • Advises clients on the economic and employment related impacts of both the Client’s and the Union’s bargaining proposals and makes recommendations.
  • Advises clients of the impact of proposals on other member municipalities and the effect that settlements can have on other clients and employers in the region.
  • Creates new Collective Agreement language that is compliant with the law and clearly articulates what has been agreed to during bargaining. Drafts language in a manner that allows the employer to retain as much flexibility as possible within the negotiated provision.
  • Manages bargaining and caucus dynamics. Assists in reconciling differing opinions within the employer’s bargaining committee and applies a professional approach to managing difficult discussions with the unions; coaches team members on effective and productive conduct at the bargaining table and other proceedings.
  • Represents clients at third party proceedings including mediations, arbitrations, and Labour Relations Board hearings and makes arguments based on sound research and analysis.
  • Provides advice and guidance on difficult or problem situations; may train, supervise and mentor junior staff.
  • Consults with the Division Manager, Collective Bargaining on strategic matters and identifies areas of risk or opportunity; develops action plans to meet the best interests of the department or organization.
  • Performs other related duties as requited.

To be successful, you have:

  • 7-10 years of recent, related, progressively senior experience supplemented by a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce, Industrial Relations, Human Resources or related discipline; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Sound experience as a spokesperson for Collective Bargaining and representing the employer in mediations, arbitrations, and Labour Relations Board hearings.
  • Designation as a Certified Human Resources Professional is preferred.
  • Extensive knowledge of best practices for collective bargaining involving multiple clients and unions.
  • Expert knowledge of relevant legislation and Acts such as the Labour Relations Code, Employment Standards Act, and the Human Rights Code.
  • Ability to work under broad direction without formal guidelines or precedent and use significant independent judgment to provide advice to clients on issues of significant consequence.
  • Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external contacts under circumstances that may be highly politicized and sensitive.
  • Ability to establish clear expectations and effectively resolve differences in sometimes highly adversarial situations; strong ability to effectively deal with disagreements and prevent the escalation of conflict.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to effectively listen, persuade others, and resolve complex problems using a high degree of independent judgment; comprehensive experience writing and revising collective agreements.
  • Ability to meet timelines and objectives and demonstrates persistence in overcoming obstacles.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify areas of opportunity or risk and propose solutions to resolve issues in the best interest of the client, department or organization; understands and evaluates the long-term impact of decisions.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret complex issues where considerable variation in interpretation is possible.
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office programs including Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Valid B.C. Class 5 Driver’s License.

Our Vision: 
Metro Vancouver embraces collaboration and innovation in providing sustainable regional services that contribute to a livable and resilient region and a healthy natural environment for current and future generations.

Please follow this link to our Careers page where you can submit your application by February 5, 2021.


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