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Compensation Consultant



Competition # : 36788 

Department: Public Service Commission

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 10/6/2022 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

Competition Information


Please note, this is a re-post of Competition #35770.  Those who have previously applied need not reapply.  Thank you.


About Us


The Public Service Commission (PSC) is a modern client-centric human resources organization within the Nova Scotia Public Service supporting government departments, agencies and employees as they deliver programs and services to Nova Scotians.  We are committed to be the change for a more engaged and inclusive public service. Our work culture is one of collaboration, flexibility, partnership and continuous improvement.


The PSC is responsible for determining the human-resource management policies, programs, standards and procedures necessary for the public service; and provides direction, advice and assistance regarding implementation. It is committed to developing a responsive HR system and strives to improve client experience.


Some of our exciting initiatives include:


  • Supporting employee well-being, resilience, and engagement;
  • Supporting welcoming and inclusive workplace cultures;
  • Advancing the capacity of the Province of Nova Scotia to meet the current and future needs of Nova Scotians through a diverse workforce with the necessary talents, experience, and skills; and
  • Developing client-focused, person-centered approaches to HR service delivery.


For more information on the Public Service Commission, please visit the following link:


About Our Opportunity

The Compensation Consultant leads consultation, research, and analysis providing advice, options, and recommendations on a variety of compensation issues and topics to support client service delivery, inform decision making and support compensation policy and strategy. The Consultant is a subject matter expert, leading, supporting and advising on all aspects of compensation including but not limited to base pay, salary determination, market competitiveness, pay plan maintenance, and costing as well as leading the analysis of information and data to support and encourage the attraction and retention of a highly skilled workforce.


Primary Accountabilities


Primary accountabilities include:​​​​​


  • Providing advice, recommendations and solutions to PSC leadership and clients on a wide variety of compensation matters including salary determination, market competitiveness, pay plan maintenance and costing through consultation, research and analysis.
  • Providing subject matter expertise to the development of progressive compensation policies, processes and guidelines which support and encourage the attraction and retention of talent.
  • Contributing to the relationship with client departments by collaborating with PSC partners to provide expert guidance and advice to ensure alignment of compensation policy with overall human resource talent management strategies.
  • Co-ordinating the pay adjustment process, in collaboration with Payroll, Client Services Delivery, and other partners as required.
  • Contributing to our market data needs by conducting custom market surveys or obtaining data from external surveys, maintaining a network of external contacts for data sharing, analyzing data using appropriate statistics and effectively applying the data to decision making.
  • Supporting the resolution of collective bargaining and grievances by completing cost estimates, conducting research and analysis, and providing advice and guidance.
  • Developing and maintaining processes, guidelines, and resources to support the delivery of consistent compensation practices in accordance with policies, collective agreements, and applicable legislation.


Qualifications and Experience


A university degree in a related discipline with a minimum of 3 years of progressive experience in compensation, leading research and analysis, coordinating projects and developing options and recommendations related to compensation strategy.


The successful candidate will demonstrate:


  • Superior research and analytical skills with an ability to interpret and manipulate large data sets, detect trends, draw conclusions, and formulate recommendations and solutions to complex compensation policy issues and problems
  • Critical thinking, problem solving and project management skills
  • Strong communication (oral and written), interpersonal and client relationship skills
  • Ability to multitask while maintaining a high degree of attention to detail and accuracy
  • Advanced proficiency with MS Excel
  • Willingness to complete the Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) designation is required


The Government of Nova Scotia has adopted the LEADS Leadership Framework. During the interview, candidates will be expected to express how they have demonstrated the key behaviours and capabilities required to effectively lead in a caring and inclusive environment. LEADS Domains includes Leads Self, Engage Others, Achieve Results, Develop Coalitions and Systems Transformation.  For more information on the LEADS Leadership Framework click here.


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.




An equivalent combination of training, education and experience will be considered. Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.


Equivalencies considered include, but are not limited to:


  • at least 4 years of previous experience in an analytical field.
  • significant direct experience with some facets of compensation management such as job evaluation, salary market analysis, costing compensation plans or implementing pay adjustments.




The Government of Nova Scotia offers its employees a wide range of benefits such as Health, Dental, Life Insurance, Pension, General Illness (Short and Long Term), Vacation and Employee and Family Assistance Programs. Click here to learn more about our various benefits offerings and eligibility criteria.




The Nova Scotia Government is committed to providing an inclusive, accessible, and safe experience for all applicants. Accommodations are available to applicants on request throughout all aspects of the hiring process. Please indicate how you prefer to be contacted, and if you require adaptive communication technology.


Working Conditions


  • Normal work week is 35 hours/week, 7 hours/day.
  • May be required to work overtime on occasion.
  • Majority of time is spent in an office setting with flexible working from home arrangements.
  • Some travel may be required.


What We Offer


  • Career Development where you have access to career guidance, tools, resources, and ongoing training for every stage of your career.
  • Engaging workplace. Our Employees feel valued, respected, connected, and tuned in. We have forward-thinking policies and strategies.
  • Countless Career Paths.
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules.




Pay Grade:  EC 11 

Salary Range:  $3,143.79 - $3,929.78 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.


Current government employees may access this posting through the link below:



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