Business Partner | Work Design & Classification (WORKSITE LOCATION IS FLEXIBLE)

Position Summary

Who are we looking for?

Interior Health is looking for a permanent full time Business Partner, Work Design & Classification to join their dynamic team.

If you are interested in expanding your career opportunities and further developing your skills, this is the position for you!

The worksite location for this position is flexible and can be located anywhere within British Columbia.

How will you create an impact?

The Business Partner, Work Design and Classification provides expert advice in making decisions regarding organizational/program/ department design and redesign. The Business Partner provides advice and consultation in the areas of job evaluation, analysis, contract interpretations, and legislation relating to unionized compensation and classification. The Business Partner investigates and negotiates resolutions to classification issues such as job review requests and classification grievances and may represent Interior Health (IH) on provincial compensation committees. As part of the Human Resources Team, the Business Partner also plays a key role in the development of organization-wide Human Resource policies, strategies, and procedures.

Some Key Duties may include:

• Provides expert advice and negotiates/influences others in making decisions regarding organizational/ program/department design or redesign/restructuring initiatives. Recommends compensation and classification changes necessary to meet short- and long- term operational and service delivery needs.
• Provides advice and support to managers in developing new and/or revising job descriptions according to established protocols, recommending revisions, and assessing the relevance of qualifications related to the duties performed. Recommends an appropriate classification in accordance with individual classification systems through the assessment of the job description, researching previous classification awards, and liaising with HEABC. Registers new and revised job descriptions with appropriate unions in accordance with established procedures and responds to union inquiries with a view to resolving job classification issues.
• Investigates, monitors, and makes recommendations regarding the internal equity between positions in the organization to ensure consistency in applying classification criteria, collective agreement language, processes, and guidelines.
• Provides consistent interpretation and application of the classification systems as referenced in the collective agreements to management. Researches relevant jurisprudence and consults with HEABC as required. Reviews classification-related arbitration awards, contract interpretation updates, and industry-applied benchmarks and/or salary adjustments to identify the impact to the organization. Recommends a course of action to be taken and classification changes to be made.
• Investigates and responds to job review requests and classification grievances; analyzes data, financial, and operational implications; recommends solutions; and negotiates a resolution with local or provincial union representatives within established parameters.
• Prepares for third party classification hearings by conducting detailed investigations, interviewing managers and employees, and consulting with HEABC. Attends and represents the Employer at third party hearings.
• Represents IH on provincial compensation committees, as assigned.
• Participates on committees and develops a network to maintain a knowledge base and expertise of current compensation issues as well as upcoming changes and trends.
• Builds relationships and liaises with local and provincial union representatives and external agencies such as the Health Employers Association of British Columbia (HEABC) and Work Design and Classification Consultants from the other provincial Health Authorities.
• Develops, maintains, and reviews compensation/classification policies and procedures to ensure they meet organization objectives and collective agreement provisions.
• Establishes communication channels to ensure that required information is shared with Human Resources and Finance representatives, such as compensation and classification changes as a result of collective bargaining, new and revised job descriptions as they relate to job postings, and job code data fields.
• Acts as a member of the Human Resources Team in the development, implementation, and evaluation of organization-wide Human Resource policies, strategies, and procedures.
• Advises the Leader, Work Design and Classification of significant issues arising that may adversely affect the operation or reputation of the organization.
• Manages a job description file system with related job design history. Develops and maintains an electronic classification database that enables access by Human Resources, Managers, and line staff.
• Develops related reports as required.
• Participates in the development of Health Authority-wide retention strategies that enhance quality of work life and positions IH as the preferred place of work.
• Performs other related duties as assigned.

Some of the Benefits of Joining Interior Health:

An attractive remuneration package and excellent career prospects await the right candidate. We offer one of the best benefit packages and pension plans in Canada. In addition to Medical, Dental and Extended Health coverage, we also offer paid annual vacation starting at 4 weeks (20 days) up to a maximum of 7 weeks (35 days). We also offer an attractive defined employee pension plan, disability and life insurance, and options for maternity &/or paternity leave top-up.

Interior Health strives to create an environment where you enjoy the work you do, the place where you work, and the people around you. Together, we create great workplaces. Join our Work Design & Classifications team. Apply today!

Why Interior Health is a Top 100 BC Employer

Honouring Interior Health’s commitment to Truth and Reconciliation and the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (DRIPA), and Pursuant to Section 42 of the BC Human Rights Code, preferential consideration and/or hiring will be given to qualified applicants who self-identify as Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit).


Education, Training, and Experience:

• A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline.
• Five to seven years of recent, related experience in a multi-union healthcare environment with emphasis on classification and analysis.
• Or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

Skills and Abilities:

• Effective interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
• Ability to influence, negotiate, advocate, and relate effectively with others.
• Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with all levels of staff.
• Ability to conduct research, analyze, strategize, plan, and problem-solve.
• Ability to organize and manage multi-projects simultaneously.
• Ability to work independently and as a team member.
• Ability to operate related equipment and software applications.
• Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.


Starting salary is approximately from $80,900 to $116,300 and will be based on education, training and experience.

This posting is covered by the Provincial Health Officer’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination orders and selected applicant(s) must comply.

Interior Health now offers assistance from an Aboriginal Employment Advisor. If you self-identify as Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) and if you would like assistance with internal career exploration, send your question via email to to be redirected to the Employment Advisor. We invite applicants to self-identify as First nations, Métis, or Inuit within cover letters and/or resumes.

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