BC Public School Employers’ Association – Executive Director, Labour Relations (Collective Bargaining)

ID: 24-1100 Location: Vancouver, BC

The Executive Director, Labour Relations (Collective Bargaining) (“ED”) is responsible for the teachers’ provincial agreement, the support staff provincial framework agreement, and sector-wide provincial and local collective bargaining, leading/directing the development of the sector’s collective bargaining mandate, provincial and sector bargaining preparation and strategy, approval of bargaining plans, and sector communications (in conjunction with BCPSEA’s Chief Communications Officer and the CEO). The ED is the Lead Spokesperson at the provincial negotiation tables.

The incumbent reports to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and is a key and integral member of the BCPSEA Executive Leadership Team (ELT) in support of BCPSEA’s mandate, strategic plan, goals, and objectives, and helps direct and manage BCPSEA’s strategic operations, objectives, and activities.

The ED should be a strategic leader with exceptional relationship management, communications, and negotiations skills, and the ability to quickly establish credible, robust, and collaborative partnerships with school districts, government, and key sectoral interest and rights holders. Building collaborative partnerships will be key to the successful negotiation of the sector’s collective agreements in the next round of negotiations which commence at a local (school district) level in November 2024.

The K-12 sector has a unique bargaining structure with: one main provincial collective agreement and 60 sub agreements for 49,000 teachers represented by the BCTF; there is one adult education agreement; and there are 69 support staff collective agreements covering 40,000 members with a provincial framework agreement. Support staff in the K-12 sector have 57 union locals represented by CUPE and 12 collective agreements with other unions. The ED will be responsible for leading provincial collective bargaining, and for providing strategic, tactical, and sector coordinated advice for local collective bargaining across the province.

This is an outstanding opportunity for an experienced and strategic labour relations professional to lead critical bargaining initiatives on behalf of the people of British Columbia. Using their well-developed relationship building skills and political acumen, the ED will set the stage for creating a productive public education environment for the next decade.

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First Resume Review: July 26, 2024


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