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Executive Director (Officer)

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Executive Director (Officer) Edmonton, AB


We have an exciting opportunity for an Executive Director (ED) to join the Edmonton Police Associate (EPA), in Edmonton, AB. 

The ED will be Human Resources centered, with focus on employee relations, creating and ensuring consistent application of internal policies and procedures, managerial oversite of staffing within the EPA, and assisting with labour relations between the EPA and the Edmonton Police Service (EPS). Reporting to the President and accountable to the EPA Executive Board of Directors, this position provides stable leadership to the EPA, leads initiatives pertaining to organizational design, identify employee roles/responsibilities and guides business implementation. 

The successful candidate has a strong understanding and practical experience in labour and employee relations, employment law, human rights legislation and application, employment standards legislation, labour relations code, Occupational Health & Safety legislation and working within collective bargaining agreements. An individual with a background in policing with working knowledge of the Police Act, Police Service Regulations and Police Officers Collective Bargaining Act is beneficial.


The Edmonton Police Association (EPA) is the Association behind the men and women that serve as sworn officers of the Edmonton Police Service.  Today the EPA has many responsibilities, the core of which is the collective bargaining on behalf of its members.  This includes negotiations with the City of Edmonton in relation to salary, benefits, and general conditions of employment. 

For more information about the Edmonton Police Association, please visit https://theepa.ca/.


  • Planning – Supporting the Board of Directors in the creation and maintenance of the Association’s vision and developing programs and services to support the vision and mission. Conduct internal and external environmental scans, setting organizational goals and objectives, identifying resources needed, and assessing key stakeholders.
  • Management of Association Programs and Resources – Support senior staff leadership in the implementation of business plan objectives, strategies, and priorities, as identified for the Association’s core services to its membership. Coordinate stakeholder input, committee and Board review and creation of EPA Policies. Recommending Operational Policies to the Board and overseeing the preparation of procedure statements for Operational Policies. Manage the Association’s fiscal and human resources to ensure the effective use of resources in meeting business plan objectives and sustainability of the Association. Provide senior staff leadership sound fiscal management, personnel management, and administrative support to the Board and committees.
  • Delineation of Responsibility – The Executive Director reports to the President through the Board of Directors and will support the Board’s development of strategic priorities and communications. The Executive Director retains responsibility for operating decisions, including operating within a Board approved work plan and operating budget. Operating collaboratively with the Board, the Executive Director is expected to act transparently and with ongoing reporting to the various Committees and Board of Directors. All Association staff shall report to the Executive Director.
  • Charity Funds: Maintaining a fund for charitable purposes which includes providing bursaries for children of members entering a recognized post-secondary institution as well as benevolence for members of the EPA.
  • Bargaining: Assist in Collective Bargaining through participation on the EPA bargaining committee undertaking research and providing advice and recommendations on compensation, current and proposed collective agreement language; current & past practices; EPS and EPA policies and other relevant bargaining matters. Attending and participating in bargaining meetings and arbitrations as required.
  • Grievances: Investigate and assess potential grievances and advance grievance files by researching and applying relevant information, legislation, agreements, police policy/directives and/or other relevant information. Gather evidence and speak to potential witnesses to confirm the efficacy of grievances. Prepare grievance correspondence. Represent the member and the Association in meetings, negotiations, mediations, and hearings as may be required to resolve disputes. Assist counsel in preparing for grievance arbitration hearings. Provide instruction to counsel as may be required and in consultation with the EPA Executive. When appropriate, draft settlements and ensure implementation.
  • Workplace Discrimination and Harassment: Act as a neutral source of advice and information, discuss the application and scope of harassment policy and clarify formal and informal options available to members. When appropriate, attend with members at Workplace Discrimination and Harassment investigations. Assess the quality of these investigations. Assess the efficacy of the response to the findings.
  • Workplace Safety, WCB and Disability Management: Understand established and relevant EPS/EPA policies and the WCB/LTD process and be able to provide advice to members on the application to their circumstances. Work with EPS/EPA persons and external counsel where necessary to advocate for members. Assist members with return to work and accommodation as may be required.
  • Human Rights: Through an in-depth understanding of the Human Rights Code and related case law as it pertains to employment, advise members with regards to their human rights and the employer’s related obligations. Advise and assist members to acquire appropriate accommodation due to restrictions and limitations related to a prohibited ground under the Human Rights Code, the Collective Agreement and the Employer’s Directives. Review demands for medical information to ensure they are consistent with Policies, Directives, and the Human Rights Code. Attend accommodation and return to work meetings as required/requested by members. Represent the Association at Human Rights Tribunal/grievance mediations. Provide instructions to counsel representing the Association at Human Rights Tribunal proceedings as may be required by the Association Executive.
  • New Member Orientations: Prepare materials and support the new Director Board Orientation process. Attending recruit orientations representing and explaining Association matters as required.
  • General Meetings: Prepare for and attend EPA Board meetings, Annual and Semi-annual General meetings providing support for the Executive and Board as required. Advise members with regards to conflict-of-interest rules and procedures.
  • Research and Training: Conduct research and provide training on emerging and contemporary policing matters as called upon by the Vice President. Attend seminars, conferences, and related courses to maintain a working knowledge of legislation, policies, and initiatives. Provide seminars, presentations with regards to labour relations, human rights and the interpretation and application of the collective agreement.
  • Member Benefits: Keep up to date and be able to respond to members’ requests for guidance regarding the administration of and entitlements afforded by Group Life Insurance, Health and Dental Insurance, Disability and Death Benefits and otherwise refer members to more specialized persons for support as needed.
  • Financial and Fiduciary Support: Prepare letters, forms, and process same as required by the Association regarding the Societies Act for the Registration of the EPA and its Annual Returns as well as the Ezio Committee and other organization submissions as may be required by the Association from time to time.
  • Insurance and Director Liability: Evaluate, file, and ensure Director’s Insurance and Director Liability coverage is active, current, and up to date and accurately reflects all Director’s needs.
  • Budget and Finance: Provide informed support to the Executive and Board regarding the review and preparation of the Association’s Annual Budget. When called upon to do so by the Vice President, assist in the administration of investment funds and advise the Board of Directors of the status of such investments. Assist with the coding of legal billing and review billing by outside legal counsel and provide advice to the EPA Legal Affairs Committee.
  • Office Operations: Help support the Executive and EPA Administration by helping to receive and advise members attending at the EPA Office directing them and connecting them with other members of the EPA Administration or otherwise personally assisting members with general requests and inquiries. Work closely with and support the activities of the EPA Administrative Assistants towards the efficient operation of the office.
  • Policy and Procedures: Be instrumental in researching, developing, documenting, and serving as a knowledgeable reference for Association Bylaws and Policies with respect to all facets of the Association.
  • Property and Facilities: Assist the Association Executive to safeguard all property and facilities owned or leased by the Association.
  • Committee Support: Provide support to the Board’s Executive Committee as well as the individual Board Directors and their assigned and ad hoc committee responsibilities and specifically the Alberta Special Forces Pension Plan committee. Perform all other duties that from time to time may be assigned by the Vice President.
  • Communication: Attend meetings on behalf of the Association as requested by the Vice President and maintain liaison with other Police Associations and organizations were doing so serves the interests of the Edmonton Police Association. Work with and support the Executive and Administration staff in preparing, reviewing, and forwarding various communications to internal and external partners, members and retired members.


  • A minimum of 7 years of related experience to include: labour and employee relations, policy development and implementation and performance management.
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources, Commerce, Labour Relations, or a related field is an asset.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • A Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation or equivalent is an asset.
  • Experience with other disciplines of human resources (e.g., recruitment, organization development, compensation, etc.) is an asset.
  • Experience as chief negotiator in collective bargaining is an asset.
  • A Class 5 drivers license and the use of a personal vehicle for work use are required for this role.
  • Experience in navigating Collective Bargaining Agreements is essential.
  • Experience with Police Act, Police Service Regulations and Police Officers Collective Bargaining Act.


  • Strong organization and project management skills with the ability to deliver quality results within deadlines.
  • Strong analytical, planning, and financial management skills are essential.
  • Strong leadership skills, including the ability to provide staff with vision and motivational direction in obtaining clearly defined goals.
  • Strong communication, business acumen and ability to build relationships and engage stakeholders.
  • Fully proficient in the use of Microsoft Office applications.


SANDY JACOBSON | T: 780.944.1327 | E: sandy.jacobson@richardsonsearch.ca | www.richardsonsearch.ca

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