Director of Labour Relations

An exciting opportunity for a visionary leader to contribute to the success of learners

The Vancouver School District is an exciting, progressive, and dynamic school district providing a rich array of educational opportunities to meet the needs of more than 50,000 learners from kindergarten to adult. The School District has 110 educational sites and over 8,000 employees, represented by 14 bargaining units and exempt staff. Vancouver schools have an excellent reputation as being diverse and inclusive, and for providing outstanding student-centered choice programs.

As Director of Labour Relations, reporting to the Associate Superintendent of Employee Services, you will provide district leadership, strategic advice, and support to district management to optimize sound and responsible labour relations practices for the district.  You will bring your expert knowledge and broad labour relations experience in multi-union public-sector environments to this role leading all aspects of labour relations, including leading the bargaining teams for all collective agreements, and administering labour relations procedures.  

You will share your deep labour relations experience and knowledge by providing advice and leadership on all aspects of labour relations issues, including collective agreement application/ interpretation, employee discipline, investigations, grievances, mediation, and arbitrations.  You will ensure consistent district labour relations practice by developing and implementing relevant and engaging labour relations training programs for district management and stakeholders.  As Director of Labour Relations, you will be the key resource and trusted advisor to both internal and external stakeholders on a variety of labour relations issues. Furthermore, you will represent the district on labour relations matters competently and with confidence. 

You are a dedicated and committed leader who brings exemplary interpersonal skills, experience leading bargaining and arbitrations, and a reputation for building trust and respectful relationships in diverse teams and settings. You can establish and maintain positive and productive relationships throughout the district and understand how the contributions of the employee groups, administrators, district leadership teams, and Trustees support the learners in the district. You are a natural communicator with strong business writing skills, who conveys your message concisely and respectfully, keeping senior management appropriately informed of significant issues. Your refined problem-solving skills allow you to suggest thoughtful solutions to complex issues.   

In addition to your more than 10 years of labour relations experience in a multi-union, public education or public sector setting, you bring relevant post-secondary education. You hold a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (e.g., Business Administration, Public Administration, Industrial Relations), as well as a professional designation (e.g., CPHR, LLP,etc). A relevant master’s degree is an asset.

The District welcomes qualified applicants who value equity and diversity as essential to excellence. The district makeup of the VSB strives to support all voices and fosters a community where all members feel a sense of belonging, security, and acceptance. The VSB community is for everyone, and you may wish to share some lived experiences that demonstrate your connections to our diverse student community. 

To apply, please send your cover letter, resume, and supporting documents to  by  October 20, 2021. If you would like more information about the position, please contact our search consultant, Catherine Jagger at