Trillium Lakelands District School Board is seeking an outstanding leader who inspires educational vision, in anticipation for an opening for a Senior Manager of Employee Services.

The Board operates a strong, progressive system with approximately 2,000 staff members and 16,000 students from JK to grade 12, including forty-one elementary schools, seven secondary schools, adult and alternate education learning, and virtual learning.

Trillium Lakelands District School Board is centrally located in the province with urban and rural areas offering spectacular scenery, a wide variety of four-season sporting activities, as well as cultural and post-secondary educational opportunities.

Location: Lindsay or Muskoka, ON and surrounding area.

Please note that travel throughout the TLDSB area will be required. Ongoing access to reliable, efficient and effective transportation.

 Salary: $130,131.00 plus pension and benefits.

 Summary of duties:

Reporting to the Executive Officer of Employee Services, and as a member of the management team, the Senior Manager of Employee Services is responsible in the shared effective leadership of the department’s staff and related service delivery in accordance with Trillium Lakelands District School Board’s mission, values, strategic priorities, policies and procedures.  The Senior Manager is responsible for contributing to the leadership of employee services and management on employee and labour relations related matters and strategies. Acts in an advisory capacity to the application of collective agreements; addressing grievances at different stages; conducting workplace investigations, providing advice and guidance on performance related issues and appraisals, hiring process, class size, staffing (including transfer, surplus, redundancy, layoff and recall process), timetabling and scheduling, amongst other duties. The Senior Manager is responsible for contributing to the planning, organizing, directing, and evaluating the delivery of all assigned accountabilities. As a member of the management team, the Senior Manager contributes to excellence in the leadership of the organization and collaborates with other members in the planning and decision processes aimed at enhancing the delivery of the department’s services and accountabilities.  The Senior Manager ensures the department operates in accordance with all legislated requirements, governing policies and procedures, and collective agreements.

Skills, Abilities, Qualifications, and Knowledge

Reporting to the Executive Officer of Employee Services, the successful candidate must on an ongoing and consistent basis demonstrate effective knowledge and practice of:


  • Ability to develop and promote a shared vision working with various dynamic teams including employee services and labour relations;
  • Demonstrate active leadership and work collaboratively with the academic and operations departments and all employee groups to support students achievement and well-being;
  • Demonstrate the importance of accountability to students, parents, the community, the Director of Education, and the Board, for ensuring that students benefit from a high quality education;
  • Provide focused policy planning and implementation, guidance, thinking, staff capacity building, and the promotion of equitable practices which value inclusion and diversity;
  • Apply a high level of professional judgment, tact, diplomacy and confidentiality in work related and work impacted engagements;
  • Demonstrate problem solving, facilitation, outstanding clear communication and presentation skills (both verbal and written) delivering to diverse client groups and before various boards and tribunals;
  • Ability to balance and manage multiple competing interests in a fast pace environment, adapt to new, different, and changing requirements; prioritization and organization of workload within an ongoing dynamic work environment; working within multidisciplinary teams;
  • Application of evidence informed decision making and practices;



  • A proven ability to utilize best-practices to provide innovative and fundamentally sound tactical and strategic advice in the areas of employee services and labour relations with a focus on ensuring organizational effectiveness and achievement of departmental goals;
  • Provide subject matter expertise in operational areas (academic related) including: demonstrate leadership in the staffing and recruiting functions of the Board, including selection strategies and operations, class size and hiring of teachers, staffing (including transfer, surplus, redundancy, layoff and recall process), providing advice on timetabling and scheduling;
  • Providing subject matter expertise on labour and employee relations matters: grievance resolution (informal and formal); administration and interpretation of collective agreements, policies and procedures; employment contracts; and acting as a contributing member regarding negotiations of collective bargaining agreements;
  • Bring a comprehensive understanding of relevant employment legislation and regulations, including: The School Boards Collective Bargaining Act (SBCBA), Education Act, Ontario Labour Relations Act, Employment Standards Act, Occupational Health and Safety Act, Pay Equity Act, Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection Act and Privacy Act, the Ontario Human Rights Code, and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, etc.; and any statutes and regulations governing the operation of elementary and secondary schools, including the school year calendar, class size, instructional time, hiring practices etc.
  • Demonstrate strong analytical, research ability in conducting workplace investigations and report-writing skills to obtain information and provide creative and fundamentally sound recommendations on a variety of complex issues;
  • Facilitate performance appraisal processes for all categories of staff including the ability to coach and assist managers to have difficult conversations, manage performance, mentor, etc.;
  • Contribute to the oversight of the effective management and initiatives relating to Employee Health and Safety;

Minimum qualifications and position requirements:


  • A four (4) year University degree in Human Resources Management or related discipline.


  • Minimum ten (10) years of progressive experience in labour relations within a multi-union environment.
  • Minimum two (2) years of leadership and management experience and/or Administrative experience as a Principal or Vice-Principal.

 Preferred experience and qualifications:

  • In-depth knowledge of or experience working in the Education Sector.
  • In-depth and practical working knowledge and application of the School Board Collective Bargaining Act, Hiring and Class size regulations and any other related regulations governing the practices within the Education Sector.
  • Professional working experience with Federations / Unions.
  • Graduate Degree in a related discipline (e.g. Masters of Industrial Relations, Masters of Education, etc.), or in the process of doing so.
  • Currently Certified Human Resource Professional (CHRP) or Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation, or willingness to do so.



Please submit your application by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 including a recent performance appraisal and three professional references from a direct supervisor, including the current immediate supervisor, quoting posting #SA-2019-09-06-06 to the Executive Assistant to the Executive Officer of Employee Services, Tracy Downing via email:


Trillium Lakelands District School Board would like to thank all respondents, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. The successful candidate will be required to provide an original Criminal Record Check, including Vulnerable Sector screening, prior to the commencement of employment. Please note that the CRC must be dated within six months of acceptance of employment.


Trillium Lakelands District School Board complies with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodation for a disability during any stage of the recruitment process, please advise the Employee Services Department.

2019-09-06T17:11:31-04:00September 6th, 2019|
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