Marine Atlantic – Labour Relations Manager

  • Location: North Sydney, Nova Scotia
  • Deadline: January 15, 2021 at 4:00 pm

Labour Relations Manager

At Marine Atlantic, we do so much more than get people from point A to point B. Whether it’s reunions, long-awaited trips home, or the start of a new adventure, we bring people together. We couldn’t bring people together every day without our own dedicated employees. Our employees embody
our core values; they are diverse, safety-oriented team players who exhibit integrity and commitment, and always strive for excellence. Their understanding and commitment to our values make our employees an invaluable part of our organization.

Marine Atlantic is currently looking for a Labour Relations Manager to work with our Human  Resources team located in North Sydney, NS.

Reporting to the Director of Human Resources, the successful candidate will be a key member of the Human Resources leadership team and will oversee all elements of the labour relations function, including but not limited to labour relations strategy, management-union relationships, collective bargaining, policy development, workplace investigations, attendance
management and grievance administration including arbitrations and disciplinary actions. Leading and directing a team of three employees, the Labour Relations Manager is tasked with creating a labour relations function that is a source of sound, knowledgeable advice and progressive policies that reflect current trends and best practices. The role contributes and leads the implementation of critical elements of the Human Resources
Strategic Plan. Furthermore, this individual will ensure the effective administration of six collective agreements and relevant legislation in a manner that creates a progressive workplace with productive and respectful relations with union representatives.

What qualifications do I need to be considered for this opportunity?

Education and Experience

  • Recognized university degree in Human Resources, Labour Relations or related field
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in a senior Labour Relations position within a unionized environment
  • Experience developing, leading and managing a team to meet departmental and individual goals


  • A combination of equivalent education, training, and work experience in a relevant position

Additional Qualifications

  • Extensive Collective Agreement negotiation experience
  • Experience in interpretation of collective agreements and application of labour relations and labour law principles
  • Experience in investigations and disposition of workplace complaints
  • Effective interpersonal, analytical, problem solving, impact and influence skills with the ability to engage others effectively through a confident, collaborative, and persuasive style
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and regulations and their application in the workplace
  • Awareness of workplace investigation process and experience conducting investigations
  • Knowledge of disability/absenteeism management processes
  • Strong presentation and facilitation skills
  • Detail oriented, well organized and a demonstrated ability to function effectively with a high degree of interdependence and autonomy
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, prioritize, and multi-task
  • Strong research skills
  • Comprehensive written and oral communication skills
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Power Point)

Asset Qualifications

  • Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) or progressing towards obtaining CPHR
  • Training and/or experience in alternate dispute resolution and interest based negotiations
  • Training and/or experience in investigating procedures

Why work for the Marine Atlantic team?

As part of the Marine Atlantic team, you will participate in a variety of ongoing training programs and development opportunities to navigate your career and chart your course for success. We provide a positive and inclusive work culture that is dedicated to creating an environment which promotes employee growth, career development, and job satisfaction. Some benefits of working with Marine Atlantic include competitive salaries, defined benefit pension plan, comprehensive health benefit packages, and professional development opportunities. Come experience the pride of working with an organization with newly constructed and revitalized infrastructure that has positioned itself for the future.

How do I become part of the team?

If you meet the listed qualifications, are interested in this opportunity and exemplify  our core values, please apply online before 4 pm Atlantic Time on 15 January 2021.

All applicants must apply online:

Additional Information

Marine Atlantic is a Federal Crown Corporation that provides a vital ferry service link between Newfoundland and Labrador and mainland Canada.

At Marine Atlantic, we are dedicated to building and fostering an inclusive and diverse environment, where all employees and customers feel welcomed, valued, and respected.

Marine Atlantic invites applications from all qualified candidates and hires on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principles of equitable employment for all and strongly encourage applications from Women, Indigenous People, Persons with Disabilities, Visible Minorities and
persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. If you are a member of one of these groups, we invite you to self-identify on your application, cover letter or resume.