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Grants & Contributions (Program Admin Officer 1-2) (Designated)



Competition # : 35872 

Department: Labour, Skills and Immigration

Location: Flexible

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 8/23/2022 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

Designation Status


Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  Under the Government of Nova Scotia’s Employment Equity Policy, this position is designated and therefore, only applicants from the following group will be considered:  Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians.


If you are a member of this equity group, you must clearly identify in your cover letter and self-identify during the application process, to be considered.

About Us


The Department of Labour and Advanced Education works to provide fairness, safety, and prosperity for all Nova Scotians by helping them live, learn, and work to their highest potential.  We have a staff of more than 500 employees working from offices throughout Nova Scotia.  Together we are responsible for workplace safety, fire safety, pensions, apprenticeship, adult education, and many other facets of everyday life.


Employment Nova Scotia is a Division within the Skills & Learning Branch of the Department of Labour & Advanced Education. Through various programs and services, we help Nova Scotians meet their employment potential; help employers find the employees they need to prosper; and help communities play and active role in developing well-balanced local labour markets.


If you are searching for a rewarding career opportunity, we have an exciting opportunity for you to explore as a Program Administration Officer with Employment Nova Scotia.   


About Our Opportunity


If you are searching for a rewarding career opportunity, we have an exciting opportunity for you to explore as a Program Administration Officer with Employment Nova Scotia. As a Program Administration Officer, you will work as part of a regional team to administer and deliver employment programs on behalf of Labour, Skills & Immigration (LSI). As the Program Administration Officer, you develop and manage contribution agreements through the entire agreement life cycle with individuals, employers and organizations for employment programs offered by Employment Nova Scotia (ENS).


 The Program Administration Officer reports to the Regional Manager Labour Market Programs and will work under the supervision of regional Team Leaders.

Primary Accountabilities

    • Developing contribution agreements through the receipt and assessment of applications, recommendation of financial support and helping individuals, employers and organizations understand ENS program terms and conditions.
    • Ongoing management of contribution agreements through the verification of progress reports, financial and activity reports, and contact monitors with agreement holders.
    • Evaluating the effectiveness and success of contribution agreements and completing agreement close out activities.

Qualifications and Experience


This may be the right opportunity for you if you have a bachelor’s degree in a related field with 1 year of related experience or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Related experience is defined as: experience providing information, interpreting, and applying policies, legislation, regulations and/or programs to citizens, employers or communities. 


 You have excellent communication skills (oral/written) and interpersonal skills, and you are skilled at navigating difficult conversations with the public or stakeholders. You are a self-starter with a high degree of personal initiative and integrity, who is able work under minimal supervision, and comfortable working in team environments while valuing an inclusive workforce. You possess time management skills, able to multi-task, identify competing priorities and prioritize your responsibilities. You have a strong attention to detail, can undertake analysis, evaluate proposals, and you think clearly and critically, and demonstrate judgement and problem-solving skills and are able to make difficult decisions in a timely manner.


 Other requirements include experience:

  • Working with community stakeholders such as individuals, employers, clients, customers and organizations;
  • Making presentations to individual(s) and/or groups;
  • Negotiation;
  • Education in finance and/or accounting related to business and/or government operations such as working with money, banking, bookkeeping, payroll, accounts receivables, accounts payable.

Qualifications and Experience Con't.


While not required, the following will be considered assets:


  • Experience in delivering programs to individuals and/or communities, such as employment programs, community programs, social programs, program management;
  • Experience working with and understanding the needs of various communities (e.g., African Nova Scotian, Persons with Disabilities, Youth, Older Worker, Indigenous, Francophone, Newcomers and Immigrants) that are part of the labour market and the challenges they face in achieving full labour market integration.


We will assess the above qualifications and competencies using one or more of the following tools: Interview(s), reference checks, oral presentations, and written exercises.



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


Must be able to travel periodically within the South Shore and Valley region.


There is flexibility for the successful applicant to work at one of the following LAE office locations:  Bridgewater, Digby, Kentville, Yarmouth

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.
  • Numerous career paths.
  • Department-specific flexible work options.


Pay Grade:  PR 06 - PR 10  

Salary Range:  $1,805.02 - $2,588.45 Bi-Weekly



This is a bargaining unit position initially restricted to current civil service employees represented by the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union (NSGEU). If applying from outside a government office, employees must apply correctly via this link:



 Failure to apply correctly means that your application will not be given first consideration as a bargaining unit applicant, and will only be included if external applications are pursued. 


External applicants and current casual employees will only be considered if there are no qualified civil service bargaining unit candidates. PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information. 


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