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Full-time Executive Director

at The Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty Association (WLUFA) in Waterloo

Job Title: Executive Director

Reports to: President, WLUFA

This position is represented by CUPE local 1281.

The Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty Association (WLUFA) is the exclusive bargaining agent for full-time faculty, contract faculty and full- and part-time professional librarians at Wilfrid Laurier University. Overseen by an elected executive committee, and supported by a small administrative team, WLUFA represents the interests of over 1400 Members located across four locations: Waterloo, Kitchener, Brantford and Milton.

In representing this diverse membership, WLUFA is committed to fostering equity for members of equity-deserving groups, including those who identify as Indigenous, Black, and from other racialized groups. WLUFA commits to providing leadership that opposes systemic discrimination, removes barriers, and encourages inclusivity by promoting equity within its own work and governance structures, as well as holding Laurier accountable through advocacy. With offices located on the Haldimand tract, traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishnaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples, WLUFA is working with Laurier’s Indigenous Faculty Advisory Council to advocate for real recognition of Indigenous knowledge in the academy, including increasing the number of Indigenous full-time faculty at Laurier.

Position Summary

The Executive Director is responsible for working with the President and members of WLUFA to promote the interests of full-time and contract faculty and librarians employed by Wilfrid Laurier University. The Executive Director monitors compliance for both Collective Agreements, responds to member questions, provides advice to the President and Executive Committee, and is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the WLUFA office.

Reporting to the President of the Association, The Executive Director is responsible for:

  • The day-to-day operation of the Association office, and the supervision and direction of staff; providing input during hiring, probation, performance and salary reviews
  • Assisting the President in the execution of their duties, by serving as advisor, consultant and resource person; providing regular reports to the President on the day-to-day functioning of the office and direction and performance of staff
  • Organizing regular meetings with staff to provide direction and discuss tasks performed, the assignment of tasks, and other issues that arise from the performance of their duties. 
  • Providing resources and support during collective bargaining, and the grievance process
  • Coordinating Grievances
  • Initiating and developing strategic long-range plans for the Association.
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with staff and officers of other local, provincial and national associations and bodies which pursue similar objectives
  • Initiating and developing seminars, manuals, and other informational material
  • The financial affairs of the Association


Supporting day to day operations

  • Holding the explicit responsibility for the day-to-day operation of the Association office and for the supervision and direction of WLUFA staff, including making recommendations for the hiring, evaluation, and development of salary scales and increments for those staff members
  • Initiating and developing strategic and long-range plans for the activities of the Association
  • Consulting with the Association Treasurer in the development of the annual budget, and other matters that arise from time-to-time
  • Ensuring that financial accounts, investments and yearly audit are completed in a timely and efficient manner
  • Ensuring efficient and effective office management
  • Ensuring the regular production of information materials for the general membership

Coordinating grievances

  • Serving as Grievance Coordinator for WLUFA and providing support to Grievance Officers and acting as a Grievance Officer when required
  • Meeting with grievors, attending grievance meetings, researching and providing grievance documents, and liaising with WLUFA’s legal counsel to obtain advice and support when necessary
  • Representing the Association at hearings and before other bodies when required

Providing resources and support during collective bargaining

  • Participating in and providing support during the collective bargaining process, including being a member of the negotiating teams. This may require providing relevant proposals and assisting in the review and development of Association policy
  • Developing a thorough knowledge of the Collective Agreements, University Policies and Provincial statutes, and responding to members’ inquiries when requested
  • Monitoring compliance with the Collective Agreement
  • Maintaining a record of possible collective agreement changes that result from grievances and arbitrations, meetings of the Executive, meetings of the Joint Liaison Committee, changes to University policies, changes to laws and regulations, and other pertinent sources, for the use of the Executive and negotiating committees
  • Developing a surface knowledge of non-WLUFA faculty collective agreements and making recommendations to the WLUFA Executive about possible changes to the WLUFA Agreement

Relationship management

  • Developing and maintaining effective relationships with staff and officers of other local, provincial and national associations and bodies which pursue similar objectives
  • Attending CAUT Council and OCUFA meetings
  • Attending other conferences of faculty and association staff, and any other bodies which discuss matters of concern to the Association to ensure that the advice provided to the Association is current and useful, as directed on a case-by-case basis
  • Liaising with Human Resources on benefits- and pension-related issues


  • Post-secondary degree, ideally in Human Resources, Law or a related field required
  • At least 3 years of recent and relevant experience in a comparable environment
  • Experienced leader and a record of success in motivating and collaborating with others to achieve goals and objectives
  • Demonstrated success in a labour relations environment
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Appreciation for the inner workings of a member-driven organization
  • Ideally work experience in or with academic environments or institutions • Knowledge of applicable legislation such as Employment Standards Act, Labour Relations Act, Human Rights Code, Occupational Health and Safety Act
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft office Suite 365
  • High regard for the sensitivity and confidentiality of information
  • Advanced problem-solving skills


Salary: Salary commensurate with experience (minimum $90,000 annually). The Executive Director will receive a generous benefits and pension package.

Hours of work: This a full-time position normally scheduled between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday. Some flexibility in hours will be required, including evening and/or weekend work, due to occasional membership events requiring WLUFA representation. The incumbent is expected to work out of the Waterloo office with some travel to other campuses.

How To Apply:

Applicants should submit a cover letter, writing sample (e.g., press release or newsletter) and résumé to Rob Kristofferson, WLUFA President c/o wlufa@wlu.ca. The deadline for applications is January 7, 2022.

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Published at 09-12-2021
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