Executive Director of Employee Relations

Treasury Board
Executive Director of Employee Relations
Pay Band 9
Open Competition

The Treasury Board provides the strategic, policy and program framework for the hiring, compensation and terms of employment, development, and the health and safety of talent in the New Brunswick Public Service.

We are seeking an Executive Director of Employee Relations. Reporting to the Chief Human Resources Officer, the Executive Director leads a team of negotiators and support staff responsible for the negotiation, interpretation and administration of 25 collective agreements covering 40,000 unionized employees across Part I (civil service), Part II (school districts) and Part III (health care sector) of the New Brunswick Public Service.

Other responsibilities include:

  • providing labour relations advice to the provincial government's administrative and political leaders;
  • aligning labour relations objectives and practices with the government's strategic and operational priorities;
  • overseeing provincial-level labour-management relations;
  • managing grievance arbitration files;
  • fostering effective working relationships with the various unions representing GNB employees; and
  • strike management.

The successful candidate will be a highly knowledgeable labour relations or employment law professional with a demonstrable record of achieving results at negotiations, solving workplace problems, establishing trust and credibility with senior managers as well as union representatives, and building effective labour-management relations. The successful candidate must possess the stamina and resilience required to work effectively in a fast-paced and challenging environment.

The position may require acting as government spokesperson at the bargaining table for certain contract negotiations. Evening and weekend work is required as necessary. Occasional travel inside and outside the province is required.

ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor's degree with a minimum of nine years of experience in human resources or in management in a unionized environment, including 5 years in labour relations and collective bargaining; OR a law degree with a minimum of 7 years of practice in labour and employment law including 4 years in collective bargaining or other type of formal negotiations.

Applicants must clearly demonstrate the essential qualifications to be given further consideration.

An equivalent combination of education, training and experience may be considered.

ASSET QUALIFICATION: Preference may be given to candidates who possess a law degree.

Subject to the response to this competition, candidates may be required to possess the asset qualification in addition to the essential qualifications in order to be given further consideration.

BEHAVIOURAL COMPETENCIES: The successful candidate will demonstrate the following competencies:

  • strategic and analytical thinking
  • relationship building
  • results orientation
  • coaching and team development
  • organizational awareness and commitment
  • resilience

TECHNICAL COMPETENCIES: The successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • strong knowledge of labour and employment law and best practices;
  • strong verbal and written communication skills;
  • planning and organizing skills.


Written and spoken competence in English and French is required. Please state your language competency on your application.

Please indicate your preferred assessment language in your application.

Salary: $101,374 to $111,592 per annum

Applicants are to apply on-line at www.ere.gnb.ca no later than January 25, 2019 indicating competition number: 19-TB-03. This competition may be used to fill future vacancies at the same level.

Human Resources Services
Phone: (506) 440-3544

We thank all those who apply however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

As per the Civil Service Act, candidates registered with the Equal Employment Opportunity Program and veterans, who demonstrate they are among the most qualified, shall be given preference at the time of appointment.

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