MacEwan University is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. We encourage Indigenous people, persons living with a disability, sexual and gender minorities, women, and members of all minority groups to apply and self-identify. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


MacEwan University is currently in a hiring restraint. As a result, job opportunities are limited. Available opportunities are listed below.

Senior Consultant, Faculty and Employee Relations
Human Resources

MacEwan University inspires students with a powerful combination of academic excellence and personal learning experiences – ours is a connected culture that focuses on learner-centered teaching, and on providing opportunities for students to grow and achieve.

The university provides a transformative education in a creative, collaborative and supportive learning environment. 19,000 full- and part-time students are enrolled in more than 65 programs: four-year undergraduate degrees, applied degrees, university transfer programs and one- and two-year diploma and certificates. Additional offerings include university preparation, English as an Additional Language, professional and personal development courses and workshops, corporate training and the Conservatory of Music.


The Employee and Labour Relations team at MacEwan focuses on building an effective institution-wide human resource community that fosters best practices and responsive, client-focused services.

Reporting to the Director, Labour Relations and Employee Services, the Senior Consultant, Faculty and Employee Relations is responsible for handling a broad range of complex HR issues for faculty and support staff; providing strategic human resource consultation, advice and services; playing a lead role in the application and interpretation of collective agreements (MacEwan Staff Association (MSA) and Faculty Association), grievance resolution and management, supporting negotiations and collective bargaining; in addition to being a sound advisor to the University Provost on matters related to institutional HR-related initiatives and priorities. This is a senior role providing direct advice and mentorship to the Employee and Labour Relations Consultants, as well as advice to clients, union representatives and faculty leaders about Human Resources and Employee and Labour Relations matters.

Working with a small client portfolio of its own and keeping apprised of the clients of the Employee and Labour Relations Consultants to assist and advise on more complex issues, the Senior Consultant will develop an intimate knowledge of the clients' strategic and operational goals as well as their human resource needs and issues. The position will have a focus on faculty relations and working with the Provost and Vice President, Academic on matters related to the Grant MacEwan University Faculty Association In collaboration with the Director, this position will participate in the development of institution-wide human resource strategies, programs, procedures and services, as well as ensure an integrated approach to addressing and resolving HR issues.


  • Ability to work well under pressure with minimal supervision, as well as adapt to an ever-changing environment;

  • Ability to manage ambiguity, apply critical thinking skills, exercise good judgment and make appropriate recommendations/decisions within applicable HR/LR and employment-related legislation and University policies, principles and practices;

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills;

  • Demonstrated ability to foster and maintain relationships with senior leadership, operational managers, union representatives as well as team members;

  • Demonstrated communication, interpersonal, organizational and negotiation skills;

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as part of a team;

  • Proficiency utilizing the Microsoft Office Suite as well as HRIS such as PeopleSoft.


A post-secondary degree in Business Administration, Human Resource Management, or a related discipline and 7-10 years of progressively responsible experience is required.

A minimum of 5-7 years of progressively responsible experience resolving labour relations issues and formal grievance handling and resolutions, including experience in a lead/mentorship capacity including:

  • A minimum of 8 years of experience in a post-secondary institution or a public sector organization that employs multiple collective agreements, with direct experience supporting bargaining, leading negotiations and managing the dispute resolution process up to and including arbitration;

  • Proven experience as an HR Generalist (previous experience with workforce structuring, disability management, organizational change management, learning and development, compensation, etc.) is preferred;

  • Proven experience conducting investigations, as well as proposing and managing remedial action;

  • Proven experience in supporting collective bargaining for multiple collective agreements;

  • Demonstrated experience in project management.

  • A CPHR designation would be an asset as it demonstrates a nationally recognized level of achievement and capability within the field of human resources.

  • Experience in alternative dispute resolution, conflict resolution and employment law are considered assets.


When you become part of the MacEwan team, you will enjoy a competitive salary. Our total compensation package includes:

  • Competitive base pay

  • Generous vacation time

  • Secure pension plan

  • Excellent benefits package

  • Effective recognition and retention programs

  • Continuous learning culture

  • Opportunities for career growth

How to Apply

Only applications received electronically will be considered. To apply, go to http://www.macewan.ca/careers and select the job posting.

Thank you for your interest in employment with MacEwan University. We will be reviewing all applications to select the candidates whose qualifications and experience most closely meet our needs. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

For general inquiries, please contact us at careers@macewan.ca.

This position is included under the Out of Scope employee policy (D1015).

MacEwan University is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.  We encourage Indigenous people, persons living with a disability, sexual and gender minorities, women, and members of all minority groups to apply and to self-identify. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Category Full-Time Continuing
Salary Commensurate with education and experience
Closing Date July 31, 2020
Competition No. 20.06.035
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