Human Resources Consultant
in Halifax, NS

Halifax, NS
$63,016 - $76,602 / year
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Competition Number: 22098

Human Resources Consultant
Housing Authority, HR Services
Location: Halifax
Type of Employment: One-Year Term, Full-Time Position
Number of Positions: 1
Union Status: Excluded (Non-union)
Competition # 22098
Closing Date: Open until filled 

About Our Opportunity

The Human Resources Consultant is a problem solver, change agent and service-oriented client partner who coaches, consults and supports all levels of management and employees within a complex unionized and non-unionized environment. The HR Consultant has both an internal and external focus and must always be aware of any broader implications when making decisions. This role provides, coaching and advising leaders on performance management, structural and staffing issues, workforce planning, recruitment and selection, attendance and absence management, organizational design, classification, compensation, talent management, employee and labour relations, investigations policies, issues resolution, acts, legislation, and the collective agreements. This position will also be cross trained to support the Junior HR Consultant role within the Housing Authority HR Services.


• Provides strategic advice through research and uncovering emerging issues. Analyzes specified problems and issues to find the best technical and/or professional solutions. 
• Provides advice on designing new processes and systems to achieve professional standards and desired outcomes. Manages, produces, implements and evaluates a broad range of human resources strategies.
• Builds respectful relationships with clients, colleagues, and stakeholders through demonstrated expertise, ethical behaviour and integrity.
• Collaborates with internal clients to outline the organization's HR goals, identify opportunities to improve processes, and provide recommendations to improve employee engagement and performance. 
• Works closely with colleagues, and other subject matter experts, to coordinate HR initiatives including training, workforce planning and development, labour management, absence management, recruitment, classification/compensation, and organizational design and development. Gathers data and feedback from internal clients and use this information to work with colleagues to guide future HR initiatives.
• Builds own capabilities and develops the capabilities of internal clients by working within existing development framework and adapting as necessary; provides specialized training or coaching in area of expertise to colleagues within the HR group and to others throughout the organization. Participates in working groups, committees and meetings to coordinate strategic direction for the Housing Authority. Actively participates in decision-making by bringing internal client perspective forward. 
• Participates in developing policies for area of responsibility, creating underlying procedures and monitoring their implementation within the organization. Analyzes trends related to policy and programs and works with management and executives to identify opportunities to improve efficiencies, while aligning HR efforts with the Housing Authority's goals.


• Completion of a post-secondary education with a focus in Human Resources with 3-5 years experience.
• Direct experience in the role of an HR Consultant or specialist providing client-focused coaching and consulting, while building and sustaining relationships with a diverse client base. 
• Demonstrated experience conducting workplace investigations including employee misconduct, bullying and harassment complaints. 
• Working in an environment with multiple collective agreements. Candidates must demonstrate previous experience and strengths in negotiation, mediation, and interpretation of collective agreements. 
• Must have valid Nova Scotia driver's license with access to a motor vehicle and ability to travel throughout the Housing Authority regional locations as required. 
• Intermediate to advanced knowledge of desktop software is required with emphasis on Microsoft Office. 
• Good knowledge of Labour Standards, Human Rights, Privacy Laws, and other relevant legislation. 

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.

If you are a team player, who is passionate about improving the lives of Nova Scotians, you are the candidate we are looking for to join our team. We will assess qualifications using one of more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks. Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer. Checks may include one or more of the following: criminal background checks, driver's abstract, child abuse registry and confirmation of education credentials.

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.

Work With Us

Based on the employment status, eligibility and union agreement, the Nova Scotia Housing Authorities 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 and flexible working schedules.

Classification: PR 13 
Salary Range: $63,015.97 to $76,601.80 annually
Work Week: 35 hours

Note: This is not a Civil Service position.

To Apply

Please merge your cover letter and resume into one document when applying. In the cover letter or resume, please quote the competition number and name.

Our preferred method of applying is through Career Beacon, otherwise applications/ resumes should be sent directly to:
Housing Authority, Human Resources Services
Email: [email protected]

Submissions must be received by midnight on the closing date. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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About Metropolitan Regional Housing Authority

It is an exciting time for the organization and a great opportunity to join us as we work to further meet the housing needs of Nova Scotians. Housing Nova Scotia (HNS) is working to advance the objectives of the National Housing Strategy and has developed a 3-year Action Plan. HNS is the provincial government agency responsible for the administration and delivery of affordable housing solutions for low-to modest income Nova Scotians. Through its five regional Housing Authorities, HNS provides more than 11,500 safe, affordable homes as part of its Public Housing program to more than 17,000 seniors and families. Housing Authorities manage the day-to-day operations of Nova Scotia's public housing stock. Their responsibilities include administering tenant applications and placements, collecting rent, resolving tenant issues, and maintaining and repairing properties. 

Metropolitan Regional Housing Authority is responsible for the management of social housing units within the Halifax Regional Municipality.

The Housing Authorities are committed to employing staff who are representative of the diverse community we serve. If you are a member of one or more of the following designated groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your cover letter or resume: 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 application.

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