The Opportunity

Halifax, NS
Human Resources and Recruiting
$76,431 - $98,500 / year


Date Posted: June 27 2024

Posting Deadline: Until filled

Department: People & Culture

Type of Employment: Permanent, Full-time

Group Affiliation: APC Group, Group 7 ($76,431 - $98,500 annually)

At Saint Mary's University, you will be surrounded by a talented and dedicated team of professionals committed to accessibility, diversity, and the provision of a positive and supportive learning environment. We recognize the importance of the contribution and growth of each individual in the University's success. We are currently looking to fill the position of Senior Compensation and Classification Consultant to join our People & Culture team.

What we offer

As a team member at Saint Mary's, we are proud to offer many benefits. Some of these include:

  • Competitive compensation
  • Comprehensive benefits package
  • Defined Contribution Pension plan
  • Vacation
  • Personal days
  • Flexible Workplace
  • Professional development
  • Holiday closure
  • Summer hour schedule
  • Employee Transit EPass through Halifax Transit

Job Information and Responsibilities

Under the direction of the Associate Vice President, People & Culture, the Senior Compensation and Classification Consultant:

  • Consults, collaborates, and provides advice on organizational and job design.
  • Participates in senior management discussions regarding initiatives/changes in organization structures and provides corresponding job evaluation support, analysis, and compensation recommendations.
  • Acts as the lead resource on job classifications for new and existing positions and related inquiries
  • Proactively meets with Senior leaders to determine what the strategic needs are for their department/divisions and plans to develop and evaluate new positions.
  • Leads and participates in projects to streamline processes.
  • Maintains all records relating to job descriptions, job evaluation process and classification systems.
  • Participates in salary surveys, ad hoc compensation surveys and compilation of survey market data.
  • Builds knowledge capacity and expertise with partners, clients and colleagues by leading presentations and training.
  • Provides expert advice on classification and compensation related issues.
  • Interprets and administers language governing job evaluation and salary administration in collective agreements and Human Resource policies and procedures.
  • Provides compensation recommendations (e.g., new hires, promotions/demotions, acting, ad hoc increases) ensuring internal equity and adherence to policy.
  • Provides advice on the application of the collective agreements as it relates to compensation programs.
  • Conduct market research, benchmarking, and trend analysis practices to ensure internal and external equity and competitiveness.
  • Monitor compliance with legislation and compensation policy, and document changes to existing policies
  • Researches and analyzes trends and best practices, and compiles compensation data to assist in the design of compensation programs.
  • Works with the Associate Vice President, People & Culture in developing, coordinating and implementing various projects.

Experience and Education Requirements

To be the successful Senior Compensation and Classification Consultant you will have:

  • Bachelor's degree with courses in Human Resources and/or Compensation or Job Design or an acceptable equivalent.
  • Minimum of five (5) years' compensation and classification experience consulting, collaborating and leading projects or an acceptable combination of education and experience.
  • Canadian Compensation Professional (CCP) or Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) is an asset.
  • Experience conducting market analyses and job evaluations.
  • Experience working in a unionized public sector environment.
  • Experience providing solutions-oriented advice to managers and people leaders.
  • Experience with an HRIS with the ability to learn new systems.
  • Advanced working knowledge of relevant employment, labour and human rights legislation and regulations.
  • Thorough knowledge of the compensation cycle including salary administration, surveys and market analysis.
  • Excellent analytical skills with the ability to resolve complex problems.
  • Ability to synthesize data and present recommendations.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to respond to clients and stakeholders in a timely manner and multi-task efficiently.
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship management skills with ability to build productive, collaborative relationships between management, employees, unions, and other internal/external stakeholders.
  • Ability to function independently with minimal supervision and as a part of a team.
  • High degree of cultural proficiency with a demonstrated track record of working effectively within and across equity-seeking communities.
  • Proficiency with MS Office Products with at least intermediate excel skill to perform various look-up functions, create Pivot tables and create basic dashboard.
  • Experience in a leadership role would be considered an asset.
  • A professional Classification and Compensation designation is an asset.

Application Details

Apply for this opportunity online using our online application system through Career Beacon. Click on "Apply Now" and complete all required information fields. Qualified candidates should submit the following with their application:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Three Professional References

Late applications may not receive consideration. We appreciate all applications and note that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please.

At Saint Mary's University, equity and diversity are integral to excellence and enrich our community. As an institution committed to fostering an environment of inclusion and respect, we encourage all qualified candidates to apply; however, preference will be given to applicants who self-identify as Black/African Nova Scotians, Indigenous peoples, racialized persons/visible minorities, persons with disabilities and women. If you require accommodations during the recruitment process, please contact Talent Acquisition at [email protected]

A little bit about us

Saint Mary’s University

Saint Mary's University is one of Canada's top primary undergraduate universities--known for its international collaborations, leadership in entrepreneurship, and research that benefits local and global communities. Our programs in Arts, Science, Graduate Studies and the Sobey School of Business are among Canada's best and feature professors who are committed to the success of their students. Saint Mary's provides our 7,000 students with a place that fosters possibility, excellent research opportunities, and distinguished graduate and professional programs combined with a caring community. Nestled in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Canada's east coast, Saint Mary's University is marked by iconic buildings, green spaces and fresh ocean air. The Saint Mary's University community is committed to a prosperous future for the world-a world without limits.

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