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HR Business Partner (Designated)



Competition # : 37831 

Department: Public Service Commission

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

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 that identify as Mi'kmaq and/or Indigenous Person and/or African Nova Scotian.


African Nova Scotian- is any Nova Scotian who chooses to declare African ancestry, regardless of how long they have lived here and regardless of how much African ancestry they can declare.


Indigenous Peoples - persons who identify themselves as First Nation (Status and non-Status), Métis, or Inuit.


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:


  • Diversity & Equity: Lead efforts to attract, retain, and celebrate diversity and equity within the public service, and maintain focus on attracting, hiring, and promoting workers from diverse backgrounds.
  • Younger Workers: Continue to champion youth hiring and participation of younger workers aged 35 and under in the public service.
  • Psychological Health & Safety: Continue to support the psychological health and safety of the Nova Scotia public service.
  • Human Resources & Employee Relation Solutions: Continue to lead public service innovation by providing human resource and employee relation solutions.


About Our Opportunity


If you are a problem solver, relationship builder, change agent, and service-oriented human resources professional who enjoys coaching, consulting, and supporting managers and employees within a complex unionized environment, then the role of Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP) may be a role for you to discover with the Public Service Commission. There is a community of approximately 40 Human Resources Business Partners, each reporting to one of eight Human Resources Client Service Directors, serving the diverse departments of the Nova Scotia Government. The HRBP roles are also supported by subject matter specialists in areas such as employee relations, classification, organizational development, recruitment, absence management, engagement, compensation, equity, diversity, and inclusion in the delivery of our programs and services to clients.


Reporting to the Client Service Director, this is a strategic consulting role and part of a client account management team within our service delivery model. This role is responsible to build strong client partnerships, work collaboratively, and leverage relationships with subject matter experts across the Public Service Commission, and to keep a focus on the potential system wide impacts and implications of all decisions. The Human Resources Business Partner provides coaching, advice, and support on a wide range of topics such as equity, diversity and inclusion, performance management, organizational structure, staffing issues, workforce planning, attendance and absence management, talent management, recruitment and selection, investigations, respectful workplace, issue resolution, conflict resolution and policies, acts, legislation, and collective agreement(s).


Qualifications and Experience


This may be the right opportunity for you if you have the following knowledge and experience:


  • Demonstrated success in client-focused human resources coaching and consulting, while building and sustaining relationships with a diverse client base.
  • Post-secondary education in human resources and several years of progressive, practical experience as a Human Resources Business Partner/generalist or specialist.
  • Proven experience within a complex unionized workplace and interpreting collective agreements and related legislation.
  • Technical proficiency in software applications such as Microsoft Office and email (i.e., Outlook) and related business applications is required.


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 examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.




Equivalencies considered include, but are not limited to, several years of related experience in various areas such as recruitment and selection, classification and compensation, change management, conflict resolution and employee/labour relations etc.


Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.




Based on the employment status and Union agreement, 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.


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 flexibility may be available for work location.


What We Offer


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


Additional Information


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.




Pay Grade:  EC 11 

Salary Range:  $3,143.79 - $3,929.78 Bi-Weekly   


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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