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Business Workforce Consultant (Planning & Development Officer 3 )

Date: Nov 13, 2020

Location: HALIFAX, NS, CA, B3J 2T8

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Competition # : 27830 

Department: Labour and Advanced Education

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Temporary

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 11/27/2020

About Us


Workplace Initiatives is dedicated to building a productive, innovative and competitive Nova Scotian workforce by partnering with employers and industry to ensure they have the skills needed as a province, to have a thriving economy. To achieve this goal, Workplace Initiatives partners with organizations, business and industry to ensure Nova Scotia employers have the Human Resources and skilled workforce they need to succeed.

About Our Opportunity


As the Business Workforce Consultant, you are a team player who supports business development, expansion, job creation and job satisfaction for a broad client base including: private sector employers, community organizations, researchers, human resource practitioners, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders. How will you do this? By providing specialized, innovative human resource planning and labour market services and consultations customized to address specific workplace issues and challenges at a provincial, regional and local level. You will lead forward thinking employment practices and strategies to better advise and equip employers with planning tools and strategies to develop their most valuable asset – their people. 


You will report to the Manager, Sector Initiatives.

Qualifications and Experience


This may be the right opportunity for you if you have a university degree in the discipline of human resources, business, commerce, economics or social science plus 8 years related experience or an equivalent combination of training and experience.


You demonstrate strong research and analytical skills as well as partnering and relationship building skills. You are proficient in planning and implementation with a strong client focus and exceptional interpersonal skills. You understand government programs and policies, labour market information, and encompass the ability to align government offerings with the unique needs of industry. You also value the concepts of equity, diversity and inclusion is all areas of your work and will support your colleagues to do the same. 


You possess effective leadership skills, proficiency in planning and implementation, partnership development skills and expertise in consultative services and practices with clients and stakeholders. You have superior communication skills (written and verbal), as well as strong presentation and public speaking skills necessary to deliver internal and external presentations. You are proficient with computer systems, database systems, internet-based applications, Microsoft Word and Excel.


Knowledge of federal, provincial and community labour market partners, and relevant programs and services, is required.  Insight into challenges faced by small & medium enterprises (SMEs) and their employees is essential.   


While not necessary, it is considered an asset if you have the following:


  • Proficiency with on-line databases such as LaMPSS (Labour Market Program Support System).


We will assess the above qualifications and competencies using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.



Additional Information


  • Must be willing to travel throughout the province.


This is a temporary opportunity with an anticipated end date of May 31, 2021; however, the position status (“term,” “temporary,” or “causal”) is dependent on the start date of the successful candidate.


Pay Grade:  PR 17  

Salary Range:  $2,899.09 - $3,404.96 Bi-Weekly


Employment Equity Statement:

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy, and we welcome applications from Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.  If you are a member of one of these equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.


This is a bargaining unit position initially restricted to current civil service employees represented by the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union (NSGEU). If applying from outside a government office, employees must apply correctly via this link:



 Failure to apply correctly means that your application will not be given first consideration as a bargaining unit applicant, and will only be included if external applications are pursued. 


External applicants and current casual employees will only be considered if there are no qualified civil service bargaining unit candidates. PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information. 


Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer. We thank all applicants for the interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All questions and concerns may be directed to


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