RECENT OR POTENTIAL GRADS: Talent Acquisition Consultant (Non-Designated)

  • Location: Halifax, NS
  • Deadline: March 3, 2024 at 11:59 pm

Competition # : 41901 

Department: Public Service Commission

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion – Non Union – NSPG

Closing Date: 03-Mar-24  (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

Diversity Statement

At the Public Service Commission, we don’t just accept difference – we celebrate a supportive culture of diversity and belonging. We strive to create an environment where different perspectives and experiences are welcomed and valued. We encourage applications from those that equally value and champion equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility (EDIA).

To ensure all candidates can participate fully in the competition process please let us know if any accommodations are required. Should you be selected for an assessment or interview please ensure you notify the person contacting you of any accommodation needs. For additional information please email us at (please ensure to include the competition number and job title in your email).
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, safe 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-centred, and culturally responsive approaches to HR service delivery.

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

About Our Opportunity

The Talent Acquisition Team works collaboratively with other service areas within the PSC and managers to lead talent acquisition strategy and planning as well as operational recruitment support.

Under the supervision of the Talent Acquisition Director, the Talent Acquisition Consultant builds strong relationships within the designated client groups, works collaboratively and leverages relationships with subject matter experts across the PSC and is committed to understanding the business and hiring needs of clients. Key areas of focus for this position includes strategic consulting, coaching, and advising leaders on best practices and culturally responsive approaches to recruitment and hiring, workforce planning, employee and labour relations, policies, issues resolution, acts, legislation, and the collective agreement(s) with regards to their recruitment and selection needs.

The Consultant supports special projects within client assignment and is accountable to a variety of projects related to service improvement initiatives, policies and procedures, and recruitment training.

Primary Accountabilities

Responsible for supporting several Government departments and managing an ongoing workload of approximately 100 active competitions (which includes an average of 30 new competitions and 50 offer letters each month), the Talent Acquisition Consultant will:

  • Execute the full cycle recruitment process and provide subject matter expertise to departmental leadership, hiring managers and other key partners.
  • Support the Government’s goal to ensure our workforce is reflective of the citizens of the province and that we honour the growing diversity of our province.
  • Conduct in-depth consultation meetings with leaders and hiring managers to ensure alignment on position, clarity of expectations and impact while providing market insights and education to ensure that marketing and promotion efforts align.
  • Conduct executive search activities for senior and hard to fill positions, assist managers and candidates navigate immigration enquiries.
  • Partner with multi-disciplinary Human Resources teams within PSC to develop approaches for problem-solving within client portfolio; work closely with other PSC colleagues and subject matter experts to design, develop, coordinate, deliver and evaluate talent acquisition strategies, policies, and guidelines; support and promote EDI principles throughout the recruitment process.
  • Consult and advise on screening criteria; assist with pre-screening of candidates against specific role criteria (if needed); provide guidance to managers on all assessment tools such as pre-screening questions, predetermined tests, and interview questions utilizing available tools.
  • Interpret and advise Hiring Managers on collective agreement terms related to the recruitment and selection process.
  • Provide recruitment training to the hiring manager and coach them effectively on recruitment processes.
  • Utilize all available tools for self development and reflect commitment to continuous improvement; provide guidance, direction and coaching to Talent Acquisition Coordinators.
  • Successfully Contribute to the Unit’s Operational goals, KPIs and all additional special projects.

Qualifications and Experience

We are searching for someone to join our innovative team who has a high interest, energy, and enthusiasm for recruitment work. That someone is also creative, client-service focused, and excited by change. If that sounds like you, we encourage you to apply. Along with that energy and enthusiasm, we are searching for candidates with post-secondary education in Human Resources, and experience in the full cycle of recruitment, including providing subject matter expertise to departmental leadership, hiring managers and other key partners in a unionized environment would be ideal. Other critical skills to this role include excellent attention to detail, time management, and organizational skills.

Your experience will include:

  • Providing in depth consultative, training, and coaching advice to leaders and managers on the recruitment and selection process.
  • Conducting executive search activities for senior positions and hard to fill positions.
  • Creating compelling job profiles and marketing plans to post and promote the job.
  • Building mutually benefiting partnerships and networks with outside agencies to assist in filling leadership roles, hard-to-fill vacancies, and candidates of diverse backgrounds.
  • Ensuring a consistent, transparent, and equitable recruitment process is undertaken, including supporting and promoting EDIA principles throughout the recruitment process.

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.


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


Based on the employment status 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
  • This position allows for flexible work arrangements (generally two days a week in office)

Additional Information

We currently have one permanent vacancy available, however this competition may also be used to fill future vacancies, including permanent and term opportunities that may arise.

What We Offer

  • Work-Life Balance: Maintain a healthy work-life balance with a 35-hour work week
  • Secure Your Future: Take advantage of our defined benefits pension plan for a stable retirement
  • Generous Time Off: Enjoy all national/civic holidays, 18 sick days, and family leave provisions
  • Flexible Work Arrangements: Accommodate your needs with various options for flexibility
  • Employee and Family Support: Access our Employee and Family Assistance Programs for resources and guidance
  • Support in Times of Need: Receive short- and long-term disability assistance when required
  • Cross-Sector Collaboration: Experience the power of collaboration as you engage with various government departments. Unlock a world of knowledge, expertise, and connections, contributing to the betterment of our province
  • Lifelong Learning: Continuously expand your knowledge and skills through training and development programs
  • Professional Advancement: Immerse yourself in the government landscape and discover endless opportunities for learning, advancement, and making a meaningful impact

Pay Grade:  EC 11

Salary Range:  $3,238.10 – $4,047.67 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.

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PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information.

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

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