Labour Relations Specialist

21 hours per week

Working as a member of a small and cohesive team, the Labour Relations Specialist has a primary focus of providing support to the membership of the GVLRA.  Issues of concern will be related to collective agreement interpretation, resolution of disputes, corporate policy development in alignment with legal principles and strong HR practice, relationship building with union leaders and providing support to the lead negotiator for all public sector agreements of the GVLRA membership.   

This role will focus on enhancing the relationship building process and the incumbent will have a strong value of people and principles of support to leadership in public sector organizations.  This is not a role which provides black and white resolution but rather a people focus and practice. This requires advanced skills associated with solution development and implementation in a constantly changing workplace environment.    

Job Requirements

Qualifications and experience

University degree in Business or Public Administration, Industrial Relations, or a related field with an emphasis on labour relations or    human resources management

Five to ten years of closely related work in a complex public sector labour relations environment, or an equivalent combination of education, experience and training.

   Previous experience in conflict resolution in multi union environment 

Key job-specific competencies

Comprehensive knowledge of the principles of labour law, collective bargaining trends and human resource management principles and practices.

Experience and depth in legal research associated with the collective agreement process.

Familiarity with public sector Collective Agreements including CUPE, IAFF, USW, Police Union and IATSE.

Experience and knowledge of government labour and other related legislation such as the BC Labour Code, Employment Standards Act, Fire and Police Collective Bargaining Act, Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, and BC Human Rights Code.

Demonstrated ability to independently organize workload in a customer-focused environment that includes high volume, frequent interruptions, multiple tasks, and shifting priorities and deadlines.

General knowledge of local government and familiarity with Greater Victoria municipal government structure.  Strong business acumen and awareness of organizational priorities and their impact on the labour relations process.

Demonstrated ability to use current office software.

Core Competencies

 Navigating Change - Demonstrates adaptability and resilience in response to changing work environment and demands.

Communication - Communicates effectively in conversation and writing with a broad range of people.

Building Equitable Relationships - Builds and maintains equitable relationships with a variety of organizations.

Teamwork – Actively collaborates in a small and tight team environment and is flexible in meeting needs of team.

Service Focus - Effectively assists and serves members of the GVLRA community to meet their needs.



The Labour Relations Specialist provides advice, coordination and support to the membership of the GVLRA regarding complex interpretation and administration of collective agreements, employment legislation and other terms and conditions of employment.  

The LRS is responsible for primary case management of complex grievance/arbitration cases, investigates and assesses substantive issues, and employs a range of effective communication and problem-solving skills to reach negotiated resolutions in the best interests of the entire membership of the GVLRA.

Supporting a lead negotiator in bargaining settlements within the membership’s defined economic mandates and utilizing the broad direction of the variety of municipal Board and Council’s involved within the GVLRA.  This in addition to supporting the goals of the GVLRA Board itself.

Contact the GVLRA

Greater Victoria Labour Relations Association
330-2950 Douglas Street
Victoria, BC  V8T 4N4

P: 250.386.6196
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