New Job Human Resources Business Partner In Nova Scotia

Human Resources Business Partner
Human Resources Business Partner

Human Resources Business Partner

Company : Nova Scotia Provincial Housing Agency
Salary : $76,988–$100,085 a year
Location : Nova Scotia

Full Description

Human Resources Business Partner
Corporate Services
Location: Sydney
Type of Employment: Full-time, Term up to 1 year
Union Status: Excluded (Non-union)
Competition #: COR 23104
Closing Date: July 12, 2023

About Us

Nova Scotia Provincial Housing Agency (NSPHA) is the provincial government agency responsible for the administration and delivery of affordable housing solutions for low-income Nova Scotians.

We contribute to the prosperity of Nova Scotia by helping individuals and families find a home that’s right for them, at a price they can afford, in a healthy and vibrant community that offers the services, support and opportunities they need. We accomplish this by working closely with other levels of government as well as private and community partners.

Across its districts, NSPHA provides more than 11,200 safe, affordable homes as part of its Housing Services to seniors and families. District offices manage the day-to-day operations of Nova Scotia’s housing stock. Their responsibilities include administering tenant applications and placements, collecting rent, resolving tenant issues, and maintaining and repairing properties.

About Our Opportunity

Under the direction of the Manager, Human Resources, the Human Resources Business Partner builds strong relationships within designated client groups, works collaboratively while leveraging relationships with subject matter experts and is committed to understanding the business and needs of internal clients. This role provides strategic consulting, 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 and policies, issues resolution, acts, legislation, and the collective agreement(s).

Primary Accountabilities

  • 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 Agency. 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 Agency’s goals.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Completion of a post-secondary education in Human Resources including several years of progressive, practical experience as an HR Business Partner/Generalist or Specialist.
  • 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.
  • Direct experience in the role of an HR Business Partner providing client-focused coaching and consulting, while building and sustaining relationships with a diverse client base.
  • Must have valid Nova Scotia driver’s license with access to a motor vehicle and ability to travel throughout the Housing Agency 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.


  • Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) Designation.
  • Knowledge of SAP payroll system.

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.


Based on the employment status, eligibility and union agreement, the Nova Scotia Provincial Housing Agency 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: MC21
Salary Range: $76,987.99 - $100,084.88
Work Week: 35 hours

Note: This is not a Civil Service position.

We 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.

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.

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.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $76,987.99-$100,084.88 per year


  • Employee assistance program

Flexible Language Requirement:

  • French not required


  • Monday to Friday

Work Location: In person