Director, Labour Relations

Posting Date:
Nov 27, 2019
College Employer Council
Area of Law:
Labour, Employment
Dec 27, 2019
Collective agreements


The College Employer Council (“Council”) was created in 2010 through legislation and is a not-for-profit statutory corporation. The Council is owned and operated by Ontario’s 24 publicly funded colleges. The Colleges Collective Bargaining Act, 2008 and Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology Act, 2002 provide both the mandate of the Council and for its governance  by the Board of Directors (known as the Governing Council and composed of the 24 College Presidents plus the Chair of the Board of Governors at each of the 24 colleges).

The Council is the bargaining agent for the 24 Ontario colleges in negotiating collective agreements with unionized staff. In addition, the Council provides a variety of services for the college system such as advice on human resource issues, collective agreement administration, benefits administration and research. Each college board determines the terms and conditions of employment for non-unionized staff.

The Council wishes to recruit a Director, Labour Relations, who will work closely with the Vice President, Labour Relations in managing a wide-ranging portfolio including research, administration, planning and negotiating collective agreements, providing counsel and advice to college human resources management and staff, working with outside counsel to provide assistance with grievances and arbitrations, and special projects. The Director, Labour Relations will play an important role in ensuring the Council remains relevant to the college community. It is critical for the new Director, Labour Relations to develop positive and productive working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders. The Council is also seeking an individual with upside potential, in part due to succession considerations.

Education Requirements

  • A lawyer called to the Ontario Bar is preferred. A non-lawyer would be considered for the role but experience with labour negotiations and counselling stakeholders on collective agreements would be required.

Selected Leadership Competencies

  • At least five years’ experience in labour law, collective bargaining, labour relations, grievance and arbitration and conflict resolution.
  • Highly developed communication skills (verbal and written) and tact are essential in order to work with a diverse client base (various college management levels and union representatives) and to conduct negotiations and mediate issues.
  • Broad understanding of the college environment and the unique working/reporting relationship between the Council and the colleges would be an asset.

For more information or to submit your application in confidence, please contact Four Corners Group, the Council’s recruitment partner for this search:

Helen Mekonen, Principal
416-593-0900 x2235

The College Employer Council is an equal opportunity employer that welcomes candidates from equity-seeking groups and is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities. Please let us know if you require accommodation due to a disability during any aspect of the recruitment process and we will work with you to address your needs.                   


Contact Name Helen Mekonen

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