RECENT OR POTENTIAL GRADS: Workplace Relations Specialist

  • Location: North Sydney, NS or Port aux Basques, NL
  • Deadline: November 4, 2022

Marine Atlantic

Workplace Relations Specialist

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 Workplace Relations Specialist to work
with the Office of the Corporate Counsel. The successful candidate may choose
to work from our North Sydney, NS or Port aux Basques, NL location.


The office of the Corporate Counsel is responsible for providing legal advice and
guidance to the senior management of Marine Atlantic and is also Corporate
Secretary to the Corporation and the Board of Directors. The office is accountable
for the direction of overall legal affairs for the organization to ensure that the rights,
activities and interests of the organization are legally protected and for ensuring
the organization’s compliance with laws and regulations.


Reporting to the Corporate Counsel/Corporate Secretary, the Workplace Relations
Specialist will serve as a key independent resource to lead and manage
responsibilities associated with Marine Atlantic’s Workplace Harassment and
Violence Policy as well as other initiatives to prevent and/or resolve issues
associated with discrimination and conflict in the workplace.


Additional Key Areas of Responsibility:

• Acts as Designated Recipient for all employee reports of occurrences of
harassment or violence in the workplace and is required to work within the
legislated framework, legal precedents and conflict resolution practice.
• Acts as a facilitator or mediator employing various approaches to dispute
• Act as Designated Recipient, identifying short- and long-term strategies and
actions to address employee concerns and work with managers and
• Stays current with changes to legislation and remains informed of all
policies, procedures, standards and guidelines, as well as relevant
collective agreements and industry best practices.
• Maintains Marine Atlantic’s policies relating to workplace harassment and
violence and makes policy changes as necessary based on industry best
practices, experience, and legislative changes.
• Creates, manages and monitors confidential records relating to workplace
harassment and violence.
• Reports to the Executive and Board of Directors and external reporting as
required by legislation.
• Develops workplace assessments in each area of the organization,
identifying areas of risk for harassment and violence and developing plans
to mitigate those risks.
• Conducts regular workplace audits to determine effectiveness of measures
implemented to reduce the risk of harassment and violence in the workplace
and to monitor and evaluate preventive measures.
• Serves as a resource and support for the Psychological Health and Safety
Advisory Committee.
• Provides support and advice to employees on a confidential basis with
respect to processes and recommendations to address conflict, as well as
available individual support.
• Develops and implements training and other initiatives to educate
employees and promote a safe and respectful workplace.
• Provides regular communication, promotion and awareness of relevant
policies, programs, initiatives to proactively enhance knowledge of issues
associated with harassment and violence prevention.
• Works diligently, to promote a physically and psychologically safe
working environment, that is diverse, accessible, inclusive and equitable.


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


Education and Experience

Post-secondary degree in Human Rights, Dispute Resolution, Law or other related
field to conflict resolution


Five or more years’ senior level experience in Human Rights, Complaint
Investigation/Dispute Resolution or Labour Relations


A combination of equivalent education, job-related training, and work experience
in a related position.

Additional Qualifications

• Training and/or certification in ombuds practice, negotiation, conflict
management, mediation, arbitration, or labour relations
• Demonstrated knowledge and experience in investigation and alternative
dispute resolution (ADR) principles for conflict resolution
• Excellent writing, critical thinking, presentation and communication skills.
• Empathetic listening skills and conflict resolution experience
• Sensitivity to the needs of a diverse employee community
• Considerable knowledge of related legislation (Canada Labour Code,
Occupational Health & Safety, Canadian Human Rights and other
applicable federal legislation) and industry best practices


Salary: $75,648.31 – $94,560.38

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 diversity, 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 a 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 04 November 2022.

All applicants must apply online:

• Marine Atlantic recognizes the importance of vaccination to reduce the risk
of spreading COVID-19 while continuing to provide an essential service to
the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. All employees are required to
follow Marine Atlantic Covid-19 protocols. All new hires are required to be
fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless a reasonable accommodation is
requested and authorized based on one of the prohibited grounds of
discrimination as defined by the Canadian Human Rights Act. As part of the
recruitment process, proof of vaccination for COVID-19 will be required or
the necessary documentation to provide an approved accommodation.

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 Peoples, persons
with disabilities, visible minorities and 2SLGBTQIA+ community members. If you
are a member of one or more of these groups, please state to which group(s) you
identify in your cover letter, resume or application.

To receive this job poster in an alternative format or to discuss alternate ways of
completing the online application, please contact the Marine Atlantic Human
Resources Department, in confidence, at

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment,
starting with the recruitment process. If you need to be accommodated
during any phase of the evaluation process, contact the Marine Atlantic
Human Resources Department, in confidence, at