Essential Services Agreement/Exclusions Officer

$97 763 - $110 035 (Expired Salary)
Employment type: 
Ottawa Headquarters
Closing Date: 
Thu, 17 Oct 2019 15:30 EDT
English requirements: 
Search area: 
Employees of PSAC, Components, and PSAC Holdings Ltd
Members giving PSAC membership number
General public
Competition Number: 
Collective Bargaining Branch
Unifor 2025
Band 12
Purpose of position: 

Under the direction of the Coordinator of Negotiations, the Essential Services Agreement/ Exclusions Officer is responsible for the development and implementation of the PSAC’s strategy with respect to essential services and exclusions, and for the determination and enforcement of the PSAC’s position on management exclusions.



  • Extensive knowledge in labour law or labour relations and ability to research, interpret and apply many different pieces of legislation and complete familiarity with the processes of various labour tribunals.
  • Extensive knowledge of the arbitration process, techniques of advocacy, such as cross-examination, the rules of evidence and procedure and ability to research, interpret and apply complex jurisprudence.
  • Extensive knowledge of the negotiations process and methods of alternate dispute resolution, such as mediation and conciliation, and ability to apply this knowledge to the negotiation of agreements on essential services and exclusions in concert with the overall collective bargaining strategy.
  • Extensive knowledge of organizational structures and ability to assess work descriptions, job functions and classifications in order to assess the legitimacy of employer applications for essential services or management exclusions and to determine the appropriate strategy in concert with negotiations and/or bargaining unit amendments or certification applications.
  • Knowledge of the PSAC structure and policies, the structure and operation of the federal government, crown corporations and other governmental entities, and the structure and policies of the labour movement.
  • Knowledge of computer software used at the PSAC, including MSOffice, e-mail and internet.


  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing in English and French and with the ability to articulate complex legal principles in the formal environment of a quasi-judicial tribunal, and to make such complex principles accessible to all members through written communications to members, and in print and electronic media;
  • Skilled  in eliciting detailed information from members and witnesses, including witnesses hostile to the PSAC in preparation for hearings, and ability to explain PSAC strategy and process;
  • Strong powers of persuasion in order to convince employers, adjudicators and other decision-makers of the PSAC’s position in hearings; or in negotiating agreements;
  • Ability to analyze information and to recommend innovative solutions to problems, and to communicate these solutions;
  • Ability to listen to complex evidence and to filter unnecessary information from hours of testimony.

Personal Suitability:

  • Demonstrate commitment to union principles and social justice;
  • Sound judgment;
  • Tact.

A detailed job description is available on our website: or on the attached document

The PSAC is committed to employment equity and is actively seeking to ensure a representative workforce. We encourage applications from members of equity seeking groups.