The Assistant Executive Director provides executive support, expertise and resources to the President, Central Executive and Executive Director.
Under the direction and guidance of the Executive Director, the Assistant Executive Director shall provide advice and guidance to the President and Executive Committee and the membership of the Northwest Territories Teachers’ Association (NWTTA) in matters concerning terms and conditions of work, in communications both internal and external, and professional development.
- The Assistant Executive Director shall provide assistance in the day-to-day operation of the Association Central Office, program delivery and facility management.
- The Assistant Executive Director shall be responsible for assisting the Executive Director in labour relations through effective collective bargaining and contract administration by assisting in:
- implementing, co-coordinating and participating in establishing policies and procedures accepted by the NWTTA Executive Committee and Council;
- providing support to the NWTTA membership’s preparations of proposals/demands for negotiations;
- providing the necessary services for negotiations, conciliations and mediations such as analysis of employer proposals, preparation of position papers, and act as assistant Chief Negotiator; and
- in conjunction with the Executive Director, managing the grievance process for all three bargaining units, and maintaining a grievance system to ensure accurate and updated information is available.
- The Assistant Executive Director shall provide advice to all members in matters pertaining to their respective collective agreements and employee-management affairs by:
- interpreting collective agreements on request;
- assisting members with inquiries and complaints, administering grievances leading to possible arbitration hearings;
- performing as a witness for NWTTA in matters of adjudication, arbitration and court cases;
- preparing briefs, carrying out studies and research on labour relations issues; and
- interpreting and advising on the application of personnel policies.
- The Assistant Executive Director shall provide services in research on teacher issues, trends in collective bargaining, pay and benefits tracking, dispute resolution, and litigation preparation.
- The Assistant Executive Director shall maintain effective working relationships with employer representatives, educational colleagues, NWTTA members, and federal and territorial officials.
- The Assistant Executive Director will be expected to work collaboratively with the other staff of Central Office.
- The Assistant Executive Director will also be expected to develop expertise over time in the following:
- The Acts and regulations of the GNWT that apply to teachers.
- Professional Development programs for teachers in all three bargaining units
- The Bylaws and Policies of the NWTTA
- Federal Labour Code
- Pension programs details for all three bargaining groups
Professional development and skills upgrading will be part of this position. If necessary, the successful candidate will be relocated to Yellowknife as per the benefits of the GNWT/NWTTA collective agreement.
Through a combination of training, expertise and/or qualifications, this person will have:
- Interest and expertise in the areas of labour relations, collective agreement interpretation, negotiations and professional development;
- Outstanding communication and problem-solving abilities;
- Proven track-record of leadership, teamwork and lifelong learning;
- Interest and/or involvement in the activities of a professional teacher organization, and
- Personal vigour and capacity to meet the demands of this position.
While not essential, eligibility for a NWT Teacher’s Certificate would be an asset. This position offers a competitive salary, a full range of benefits, and an attractive summer vacation package.
The Northwest Territories Teachers’ Association (NWTTA) is a professional organization of approximately 800 teachers from three distinct bargaining units who work within the Northwest Territories’ publicly funded school system.
With the support of five professional staff operating out of a central office located in Yellowknife, the NWTTA offers a broad range of services to its membership.