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Pension Consultant (5481)

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Pension Consultant
Organization:  Dalhousie University
Province:  Nova Scotia
Location:  Halifax
Job Start Date: 
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Description:

About Dalhousie University


Dalhousie University is Atlantic Canada’s leading research-intensive university and a driver of the region’s intellectual, social and economic development. Located in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with an Agricultural Campus in Truro/Bible Hill, Dalhousie is a truly national and international university, with more than half of our almost 21,000 students coming from outside of the province. Our 6,000 faculty and staff foster a vibrant, purpose-driven community, that celebrated 200 years of academic excellence in 2018.

Job Summary

Human Resources is committed to a vision where employees are engaged, supported, and inspired to achieve excellence at Dalhousie University. A unit within Human Resources, Retirement Services administers the benefits of the Dalhousie Pension Plan. Reporting to the Senior Pension Advisor & Manager, Retirement Services, the incumbent is a key resource in several aspects of the operation of Pension Administration including processing of retirements, death benefits, buybacks, and pension division.

Key Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with Senior Pension Advisor to resolve complex issues involving Dalhousie Pension Plan rules, Nova Scotia Pensions & Benefit Act, and Federal Income Tax Act.
  • Provide consultation services to Plan members and beneficiaries through personal interviews and written correspondence regarding plan benefits and complex situations or life events such as retirement, marital breakdown, and death.
  • Impart expert advice regarding pension administration to internal and external contacts, and collaborate with team members to ensure pension information is accurate, relevant and accessible.
  • Analyze and approve purchases of past service and portability transfers based on interpretation of Plan rules and legislation.
  • Manage employer administration requirements relating to the Public Service Superannuation Pension Plan (PSSP) and provide professional services to internal and external clients including liaising with the Nova Scotia Pension Services Corporation to resolve complex issues.
  • Collaborate with internal staff to verify salary information, interest rates and benefit entitlements applicable to the PSSP and the Supplemental Arrangement plan.

Note

The successful applicant will be eligible for hybrid work (combination of in-person work on campus and remote work) as agreed by all parties based on operational requirements and university guidelines.
Dalhousie’s vaccine mandate has been suspended at this time, and employees no longer need to provide proof of full vaccination. However, health and safety risks to our community will continue to be monitored and a vaccine mandate may be reinstated if necessary.

Required Qualifications

Undergraduate degree in relevant field such as business or human resource management, or other undergraduate degree with Human Resource Management Certificate, plus a minimum of five years’ related experience in human resources administration (or an equivalent combination of training and experience).
Strong mathematical, interpretation, organizational and interpersonal skills.
Experience with information systems including databases and query/reporting tools.

Assets

Certification in the field of Pension Administration.
Experience within a university or unionized environment.

Job Competencies

The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate proficiency in Dalhousie’s core and leadership competencies (https://www.dal.ca/dept/leaders.html), in particular:

- Respect & Inclusion
- Knowledge & Thinking Skills
- Service
- Integrity
- Communication

Additional Information

Dalhousie University supports a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Our total compensation package includes a defined benefit pension plan, health and dental plans, a health spending account, an employee and family assistance program and a tuition assistance program.

Application Consideration

Applications from current university employees and external candidates are assessed concurrently. Current university employees will be given special consideration.

We sincerely appreciate all applications and note that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted directly by the hiring department or Human Resources.

Diversity Statement

Dalhousie University commits to achieving inclusive excellence through continually championing equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons (especially Mi’kmaq), persons of Black/African descent (especially African Nova Scotians), and members of other racialized groups, persons with disabilities, women, persons identifying as members of 2SLGBTQ+ communities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit www.dal.ca/hiringfordiversity.

Salary  $55,034 - $73,625 per annum

Quick Link for Direct Access to Posting  https://dal.peopleadmin.ca/postings/12443

Requirements:

Required Qualifications

Undergraduate degree in relevant field such as business or human resource management, or other undergraduate degree with Human Resource Management Certificate, plus a minimum of five years’ related experience in human resources administration (or an equivalent combination of training and experience).
Strong mathematical, interpretation, organizational and interpersonal skills.
Experience with information systems including databases and query/reporting tools.

Assets

Certification in the field of Pension Administration.
Experience within a university or unionized environment.

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