Director, Policy & Governance

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York University is known for championing new ways of thinking that drive teaching and research excellence. Our 53,000 students receive the education they need to create big ideas that make an impact on the world. Meaningful and sometimes unexpected careers result from cross-discipline programming, innovative course design and diverse experiential learning opportunities. York students and graduates push limits, achieve goals and find solutions to the world’s most pressing social challenges, empowered by a strong community that opens minds. York U is an internationally recognized research university – our 11 faculties and 24 research centres have partnerships with 200+ leading universities worldwide.

In this role you will be responsible for providing leadership, advice and support regarding policies, procedures, legal contracts and documents (e.g. employment documentation, student abroad course agreements, vendor contracts, etc.), governance and optimal academic human resources and labour relations practices, systems and processes within LA&PS to ensure the achievement of the Faculty’s strategic priorities. You will work closely with the ADFA, the Manager, Faculty Affairs, Manager, Faculty Council and the teams, and will support the Faculty Affairs and Faculty Council portfolios. You will also participate in collective agreement administration, dispute resolution and collective bargaining as requested. You will act as a key contact between the Faculty and the Provost & Vice-President Academic’s Office in the area of faculty recruiting, supporting LA&PS’s efforts to recruit and retain world class faculty, and will work with the Faculty Affairs team to provide advice and support for sabbatical and other leaves, tenure and promotion and other collective agreement matters. You will act as a liaison between LA&PS and central Faculty Relations regarding collective agreement matters pertaining to the York University Faculty Association (YUFA) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 3903). You will also support academic leaders within LA&PS and represent the Faculty in productively resolving academic employment-related issues, including workplace accommodations, in coordination with central Faculty Relations, the Employee Well-Being Office and/or the Office of the Counsel (as applicable), and will take a proactive role in developing a positive relationship with faculty members. In addition, you will provide advising for various legal contracts and documents in consultation with Office of the Counsel as required on behalf of the Office of the Dean; will advise on non-academic employee relations matters as requested in consultation with the Director, Human Resources, LA&PS and the Executive Director, Strategy & Administration and Office of AVP Labour Relations (Employee Relations) and Office of AVP Human Resources as required.

To be considered for this opportunity, you will bring the following:

LLB or J.D. and member in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario. In addition, you will bring 5 years of relevant experience with a strong emphasis on labor law in a unionized public-sector environment; expert knowledge of labour relations, including applicable legislation, Collective Agreement administration, principles and best practices, and current legal trends is required. Negotiation and litigation experience are assets. Post- secondary governance experience is considered an asset.

For full position details and to apply to this exciting opportunity visit and refer to posting CPM-12055.

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York University is committed to Employment Equity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. The University welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including individuals within the University's employment equity categories of women, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities and aboriginal persons, individuals of diverse gender and sexual orientation and all groups protected by the Human Rights Code.  York University is committed to employment equity and diversity and a positive and supportive environment.

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