Program Manager

January 26 2023
Expected expiry date: February 2 2023
Industries Public administration
Categories Human Resources, Public Sector,
Victoria, BC • Full time

The Merit Commissioner is an independent officer of the Legislature, who provides oversight of hiring and dismissal processes in the BC Public Service, as set out in the Public Service Act. The Merit Commissioner is responsible for the audits of appointments to and from within the BC Public Service to ensure that hiring and promotions are based on merit. The Merit Commissioner, on applicant request, conducts staffing reviews of proposed appointments to bargaining unit positions. The Merit Commissioner also monitors the processes used for just cause dismissals to ensure consistency with government practices, policies and standards. The Merit Commissioner reports findings to the public through the Legislative Assembly.

Reporting to the Director, Audit and Review, the Program Manager will participate in all aspects of auditing hiring processes and carry out detailed examinations of recruitment decisions as well as undertake special studies within the Merit Commissioner’s mandate.

For complete details, please review the job posting.*Job share and part-time options considered. If this position interests you and you meet the required criteria, we look forward to your application.


Your application must include a resume and provide detailed information about your education and employment history in order to clearly demonstrate how you meet the required job qualifications. Please ensure your employment history includes the month and year(s) for each job in your resume as well as job-related responsibilities. 

This posting will close at 12:00 (noon, PST) on Thursday, February 2nd, 2023. Please submit your resume to


In order for you to be considered for this position, your resume must clearly demonstrate that you have the following education and experience:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in human resources, business or public administration or a related field and a minimum of three years of related experience.

    • Related experience involves facilitating, reviewing and/or providing advice in hiring processes in the public sector at a practitioner level (e.g., advisor, auditor, consultant). This experience is preferred within the last five (5) years.

  • An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered (for example, human resources diploma and five years of related experience).

  • Experience identifying and analyzing human resources related issues at an organizational level.

  • Preference for a related Master’s degree.

  • Preference for experience developing policy, directives, or guidelines related to hiring. 

  • Preference for experience conducting investigations, audits, or program evaluations.

 Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process may be assessed on the criteria outlined in the attached job profile.

This posting is for one permanent, full-time opportunity. An eligibility list for same or similar temporary or permanent future opportunities will be established. Temporary positions may become full or part-time, permanent status. This position is excluded from union membership. This position is required to work on site regularly although hybrid work arrangements are possible.

While the Merit Commissioner is an Independent Officer of the Legislative Assembly, the staff of the Office are public servants appointed under Section 8 of the Public Service Act. This position is excluded from union membership. A criminal record check will be required.

 Our office recognizes the value of varied cultural backgrounds, lived experience, education, and professional experience and we welcome applications from candidates with a variety of backgrounds, influences, and experiences.

To apply for this position, you must be eligible to work in Canada. You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada or authorized in writing to work in Canada under the federal Immigration Act. For further information, please refer to the BC Public Service website.

Proof of Covid-19 vaccination will be required. It is a term of acceptance of employment that you agree to comply with all vaccination requirements that apply to employees of the BC Public Service.

To Apply: 

Your resume must be submitted by email to, quoting competition number 96401 in the subject line.

To apply for this position, you must submit a resume which must clearly demonstrate how your education and experience meet the position requirements.

Applications packages must be received by email no later than 12:00 PDT (noon), Thursday, February 2nd, 2023. Incomplete applications, late applications, or applications submitted incorrectly will not be evaluated or acknowledged, and only those applicants who pass all initial screening requirements will be considered for the next step in the selection process.

Applicants who identify as Indigenous may choose to seek assistance with their application by accessing the Indigenous Applicant Advisory Service available through the BC Public Service.

NOTE: If your degree was obtained outside of Canada, you will need to confirm it has been assessed for equivalency through the International Credential Evaluation Services (ICES). Confirmation for equivalency for your degree is required for you to be considered.

Your resume may be evaluated as part of the screening process with respect to the position requirement to be able to communicate in writing in a clear manner. Candidates may be asked to complete a written assignment or other assessment(s) as part of the selection process.

If you have questions related to the position or the application process, please email Catherine Arber at

Office of the Merit Commissioner for BC
Upholding Fair Hiring in the BC Public Service

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