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Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Consultant (Designated)

                                                                                                           

 

Competition # : 37877 

Department: Public Service Commission

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 2/8/2023 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

Designation Status

 

This opportunity is designated to applicants who identify as an Indigenous Person: Persons who identify themselves as status Indian, non-status Indian, Inuit, or Métis, with a preference given those from the Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw Community or with significant connection to the Mi’kmaw Community.

 

We recognize the additional challenges and barriers faced by individuals who have lived intersectional experiences of marginalization. We welcome applicants, who feel safe and comfortable doing so, to share any additional areas of intersectional marginalization with us in your application.

 

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 has four key deliverables:

 

  • Younger Workers: Continue to champion youth hiring and participation of younger workers aged 35 and under in the public service
  • Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI): Champion equitable access for workers from diverse backgrounds in attracting, hiring, retaining and promoting them in the public service
  • Psychological Health & Safety: Continue to support the psychological health and safety of Nova Scotia public service employees
  • Human Resources & Employee Relation Solutions: Continue to lead public service innovation by providing human resource and employee relation solutions

 

Who is Corporate EDI?

 

The Corporate Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) unit consists of a group of professionals who support the work of equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility in the public service. We support departments in eliminating barriers to underrepresented groups, establishing and meeting employment equity targets at all levels, and in creating safe, inclusive and accessible workspaces. Our team functions as one with respect and acknowledgement for differences and how they make us stronger, together.

 

About Our Opportunity

 

Are you a passionate champion for equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility? Do you enjoy strategy implementation and developing others? Do you thrive in building and fostering positive relationships and culturally responsive work environments? Do you enjoy working in a respectful environment dealing with complex issues and thoughts?

 

If you answered yes to these questions, we have an exciting opportunity for you to explore with the Public Service Commission as a Consultant, with the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Unit.

 

Our Story

 

As a natural leader you actively support change through effective communication and planning. As an EDI Consultant you will report to the Director of the unit and be part of a team that provides strategic leadership, training, advice, and support to the Nova Scotia Government on EDI activities and initiatives.

 

You will provide subject matter expertise, training, advice, and support on a wide range of equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility issues, with a focus on all areas, and specifically related to that of Indigenous people.

 

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

 

  • Advising and supporting client departments in the implementation of the corporate strategy, All Together: An Action Plan for Diversity and Inclusion in the Public Service;
  • Increasing awareness of and building capacity for EDI across government. This includes facilitating a range of EDI training courses for employees and leaders across the public service;
  • Partnering with colleagues from L’Nu Affairs, and the Office of Equity and Anti-Racism on an Anti-Racism Strategy and a Community Engagement Project;
  • Fostering positive partnerships with various community-based groups and organizations, related stakeholders, including departmental EDI leads/resources and champions, employee-led diversity networks and the Accessibility Directorate, to name a few;
  • Playing a lead role in the identification and removal of barriers, including systemic barriers, preventing members of equity-seeking groups from participating to their full potential in the workplace; and
  • Contributing to the development, implementation, management, and evaluation of policies, guidelines and programs designed to foster equitable, diverse, and inclusive workplaces.

 

Your Story

 

This could be the right job for you if you have the following skills and experience:

 

  • Project management experience, i.e., developing, implementing, and evaluating policies, guidelines and/or programs.
  • Effective facilitation, presentation, and training skills.
  • Extensive experience partnering and building positive relationships, including stakeholder engagement and consultation processes, particularly with Indigenous communities.
  • A high level of intercultural competence and a strong diversity lens when reviewing policies, programs, processes, and practices.
  • Experience working on anti-racism policies and issues around systemic discrimination affecting underrepresented groups.
  • Completion of post-secondary education in a related field plus several years of related community and/or work experience. This may include advocacy, organizing or research on systemic racism and oppression, inclusion and accessibility, cultural responsiveness, as examples.

 

Leadership competencies required at this level of work are: Conceptual Thinking, Strategic Orientation, Outcome Focus, Initiative, Effective Interactive Communication, Partnering and Relationship Building, and Intercultural and Diversity Proficiency.

 

We will assess the above qualifications and competencies using one or more of the following tools: written or situational pre-interview exercises, multi-media format presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.

 

How to Apply

 

We respect, understand and validate diverse lived experiences. As such, please share with us in your application any experiences within the Indigenous communities including volunteer and community involvement that speaks to your abilities to fulfil the requirements of this position.

 

Applicants have the option to submit a multi-media presentation, in addition to their application, expressing their lived experiences and passion for working with Indigenous communities:

 

  • a short video (maximum 2 minutes - YouTube is acceptable);
  • a one-page infographic that conveys information in a highly visual format which may include images, photographs, graphs, charts and/or other illustrations; or
  • a PowerPoint presentation (maximum 5 slides).

 

You may forward directly to Steve Crichton at Steven.Crichton@novascotia.ca

 

Benefits

 

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.

 

What You Can Expect

 

  • Normal work week is 35 hours/week, 7 hours/day
  • May be required to work overtime on occasion
  • Time in a comfortable office setting with flexible work arrangement options
  • Pressures to meet deadlines with attention to accuracy
  • Facilitating and at times initiating difficult and courageous conversations
  • A work community that supports and recognizes varying perspectives and thoughts
  • A strong team culture working cohesively in the promotion of Allyship and education

 

Additional Information

 

This is a term employment opportunity with an anticipated end date of December 31, 2023.

 

Should you have any questions regarding this competition please do not hesitate to contact Steve Crichton at Steven.Crichton@novascotia.ca

 

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
  • Being an active leader in addressing systemic barriers experienced by Indigenous communities
  • 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 Competitions@novascotia.ca.