National Representative, Women’s and Human Rights

Posted:  22 September 2017

Internal/External Posting

Bulletin No. 2017-02 - Ottawa, Ontario 
Deadline: October 6, 2017 The Canadian Labour Congress has a vacancy for a National Representative in the Women’s and Human Rights Department. This position is based in Ottawa. The successful candidate will work with the Director of Women’s and Human Rights Department.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • support the work of the CLC through the implementation of organizational priorities for work in the area of women’s and human rights;
  • participate in the development of CLC policies related to women’s and human rights issues;
  • conduct research on assigned issues;
  • write and edit reports;
  • write copy for web and social media components of campaigns and issues;
  • maintain relations with Canadian affiliates, NGOs and government departments involved in related work;
  • work with other departments and with regional offices to integrate women’s and human rights issues into national campaigns and to implement the Department’s programs, projects and campaigns at all levels;
  • participate in advocacy and lobbying work with the federal government;
  • analyze the impact of federal and provincial government positions and decisions on working women, their families and communities;
  • participate in the development and implementation of work plans and budgets;
  • promote the work of the CLC in the area of women’s equality and human rights;
  • initiate and support activities with social justice partners at the national level;
  • represent the CLC at meetings with non-labour organizations and government agencies;
  • promote a greater understanding of women’s and human rights issues within the labour movement and in the community, nationally and internationally;
  • encourage and assist affiliates, federations of labour and labour councils to participate in activities to improve the status of women, women of colour, Aboriginal women, young women, people with disabilities, and members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community.


The successful applicant will have:
  • sound knowledge of the Canadian labour movement and our social and economic equality goals;
  • an understanding of current and historic issues related to women’s and human rights;
  • demonstrated ability to organize campaigns in the labour movement and with our social partners;
  • recognized success in ongoing advocacy and lobbying at the national level;
  • demonstrated successful experience working in teams in a collegial context;
  • excellent analytical, writing and presentation skills;
  • experience in the effective use of web and social media to conduct campaigns, including the ability to write for these formats;
  • administrative and budgeting skills;
  • demonstrated ability to work with other organizations inside the labour movement (e.g., federations of labour, labour councils and affiliates) and outside the labour movement, in a cooperative environment;
  • ability to integrate a feminist and anti-racist perspective into union work;
  • successful experience in program and project development demonstrated over a number of years, including implementation and reporting, and the demonstrated ability to organize and carry out several projects concurrently;
  • the ability to work within CLC structures including national affiliated unions and provincial and territorial federations of labour;
  • the ability to travel within Canada and internationally;
  • the ability to work in Canada’s two official languages is an asset.

The starting salary for this position is $83,166.90 (plus benefits) under the collective agreement (Unifor/CULR-1).

Please submit your resume and covering letter to the attention of Lori McCarthy, Director of Human Resources, via email: by October 6, 2017. Quote Bulletin 2017-02 in your application.

Note: The CLC will complete its internal hiring process prior to proceeding with external candidates. While we appreciate all applications received, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 

The Canadian Labour Congress is an equal opportunity employer. Members of equity‑seeking groups are encouraged to self-identify. Women, workers of colour, workers with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirit, intersex and Aboriginal workers are encouraged to apply for this position.