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Manager, Programs



Competition # : 37723 

Department: Agriculture

Location: BIBLE HILL

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 2/1/2023 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us

At the Department of Agriculture, our vision is to create a Nova Scotia agriculture and agri-food industry that is diversified, market-focused and profitable. We work to support the development of competitive, sustainable and profitable agriculture and agri-business industries that contribute to the economic, environmental and social prosperity of Nova Scotia. 

About Our Opportunity

If you are interested in meaningful work, solving complex problems and ensuring the programs and services that stimulate Nova Scotia economy are effective, then this position is a perfect fit!

Primary Accountabilities


As the Manager, Programs you will accomplish department goals to stimulate growth in agriculture and agri-food industries through public sector investment in developmental programs. You will act as the leader in implementing funding agreements for the agri-food industry while also designing and developing strategic programs based on industry needs and provincial and federal departmental priorities. This position also focuses on creating effective policy and regulatory framework by developing and maintaining strong relationships with government and local authorities as well as evaluating the financial, policy and regulatory implications.


In addition to the above, you will play a key role in the development and communication of the programs budget to senior officials throughout the department and provide leadership in change/crisis management to respond to everchanging industry needs and trends.

Qualifications and Experience


You have a bachelors degree in a related field (such as Agriculture or Business) as well as some progressive experience in a similar role with time spent as a team leader. An equivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered.

To ensure your success within this role, you will have strong budget experience and a good understanding of financial management. You excel at program development and building lasting relationships with both internal and external stakeholders as well as possess excellent communication skills (both verbal and written). This position will also require you to have a good understanding of the Nova Scotia Agriculture Industry.


Experience with Project Management and CRM Systems as well as with Federal/Provincial Territorial relationships will be an asset.


The Government of Nova Scotia has adopted the LEADS Leadership Framework.  During the interview, candidates will be expected to express how they have demonstrated the key behaviours and capabilities required to effectively lead in a caring and inclusive environment. LEADS Domains includes Leads Self, Engage Others, Achieve Results, Develop Coalitions and Systems Transformation.


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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 and Union agreement, 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 offering and eligibility criteria. 

Additional Information


This is a Term employment opportunity with an anticipated end date of January 2, 2025. The appointment status (‘term’, ‘temporary’ or ‘casual’) is dependent on the start date of the successful candidate.

What We Offer


  • Career Development where you have access to career guidance, tools, resources, and ongoing training for every stage of your career.
  • Engaging workplace. Our Employees feel valued, respected, connected, and tuned in. We have forward-thinking policies and strategies.
  • Countless career paths. 
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules.



Pay Grade:  EC 12 

Salary Range:  $3,458.20 - $4,322.75 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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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