• HR Advisor - Inuit Relations

    Job ID
    Job Category
    Human Resources
    Job Type
    Job Location 1 : Location
    CA-NU-Mary River
  • Mission for this Position

    At Baffinland, we work and live beyond the Arctic Circle, mining iron ore at our Mary River Property, located in the Qikiqtani Region of Nunavut on Baffin Island;  one of the world’s most captivating and seldom seen destinations.


    We are a unique company with a strong management who have amassed specialty experience on northern mining projects through all phases of Inuit consultation, permitting, construction and operation. Our workforce brings together the modern practice of safe, sustainable mining and the enduring value of a traditional culture, which is rapidly advancing. The result is a work and community experience you won't find anywhere else.


    We are looking for people ready to share, build, and grow with our company.


    Reporting to the Human Resources Manager, the Human Resources Advisor, Inuit Relations provides ongoing advice to the Corporate office and management team about Inuit human resource issues and opportunities as well as support for the daily activities of the Site Human Resource team as they interact with Inuit employees.


    This role has a strong emphasis on building and maintaining positive, culturally aware, and harmonious workplace relationships at the mine site. This role will have a strong emphasis on helping the company meet its obligations under the Mary River Project Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement.


    Main Accountabilities

    • Provide Frontline support to Inuit staff in day to day HR operational requirements
    • Ensure HR presence at site by attending morning line-ups, tool box meetings and social activities that increase HR exposure to the work crews and understanding of the issues and concerns facing all staff
    • Assist with onboarding activities for Inuit employees (i.e. Employee Handbook, 8 Week Check-in, Site Tours)
    • Develop and maintain close working relationships with Baffinland Community Liaison Officers and Inuit Cultural Advisors (formerly known as “Site Elders”) to ensure Inuit employees receive support during the whole employment lifecycle.
    • Facilitate communication with workplace parties to resolve issues; provide advisory support on complex queries or issues along the entire employee lifecycle with a focus on Inuit Employee relations
    • Member of the IIBA Employment Committee to advise on site specific Inuit HR activities (i.e. recruitment, Workplace Conditions Review, Annual Work Planning)
    • Supported by the Sustainable Development Team, ensure that Company HR practices align with the IIBA
    • Develop career path and training plans for Inuit employees
    • Provide guidance and support on Inuit Employee Relations issues in line with applicable legislation
    • Provide support as business partner to the HR Manager; act as second in charge in his/her absence
    • Provide best practice advice and support/coaching to management and Inuit employees during disciplinary investigations, conflict resolution sessions and termination of employment
    • Support Managers by providing appropriate tools, techniques and insights on Inuit employee management
    • Conduct exit interviews and provide analysis on data
    • HR data consolidation and IIBA reporting
    • Be a courageous safety leader; adhere to and sponsor safety and environmental rules and procedure compliance to site OHS standards as well as participating in safety initiatives, hazard identification, tool box meetings and incident investigations where required
    • Support Absence Management process for the company and communicate with the respective departments and stakeholders
    • Participate in interviews for internal transfers
    • Works closely with the hiring managers and recruiting specialists to support hiring requests; provide recommendations for additional manpower to support operational requirements.
    • Administer the group benefits program.  Responsible for outlining the complete program to all new Inuit hires, answering and providing direction to Inuit employee questions, submitting and resolving benefit claims, and providing communication meetings for the re-enrollment process.  Responsible for advising and assisting management with understanding of company policies and procedures.
    • Provide a proactive HR service, keeping people informed of site and corporate HR initiatives
    • Provide support and recommendations for community services for Inuit employees (i.e. outside counselling, personal support, financial management counselling)
    • Other duties as assigned.

    Main Qualifications

    • An understanding of mining operations or industrial/construction workplaces
    • College diploma in Human Resources or extensive relevant work related experience
    • A minimum of 5 years of experience in a generalist role; FIFO or remote site operations experience an asset
    • Excellent organizational and communication skills
    • Fluency in Inuktitut is considered as asset
    • Knowledge of Inuit Culture and Inuit communities
    • Competent user of Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint applications; exposure to and familiarity with SAP is an asset
    • Adaptable, willing to learn, self-motivated and fair


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