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Project Manager (Architectural Assistant 3)

Date: Nov 10, 2020

Location: BRIDGEWATER, NS, CA, b4v 1v8

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Competition # : 27823 

Department: Transportation & Infrastructure Renewal


Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 11/24/2020

About Us


Building and maintaining our provincial infrastructure is no small job.


The Building Services Group at the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR) supports Nova Scotia’s 2,400 buildings and infrastructure assets across a wide range of clients. We maintain and support various government buildings and assets, including museums, core buildings and office buildings, correctional centres, and justice centres.


Without our Building Services staff’s proactive measures, equipment issues or failures could lead to an interruption of government services provided. The Project Manager is just one of our key team players who support the overall safety and efficiency of our provincial building infrastructure.


About Our Opportunity


As the Project Manager, you are responsible for the planning, coordination and management of a wide variety of construction, renovation and maintenance projects for existing provincially-owned buildings.


Primary Accountabilities


You are a critical resource to the Building Services group who directly impacts the working conditions of government buildings. You provide an integrated technical perspective to the various complex infrastructure projects you will manage across a large geographic area and are responsible for:


  • the preparation of specifications, cost estimates and tender documents;
  • ensuring all work is completed within the pre-established parameters (budget, schedule, quality and scope);
  • investigating problems, identifying solutions, establishing budgets and scheduling repairs;
  • ensuring adherence to policies, standards, design documents, health and safety regulations and all applicable local, provincial and national codes; and
  • liaising with client departments on all aspects of building operations, maintenance, and renovations.


You will also carry out inspections for government property and infrastructure including, but not limited to, structures (dams, retaining walls, towers, wharfs), architectural systems (roofs, walls, windows, doors), electrical systems (fire alarm, security, power distribution, lighting) and mechanical systems (heating, ventilation, air conditioning, sprinkler, plumbing).


Qualifications and Experience


You have completed an approved technician course in architecture or a diploma in civil engineering technology or construction technology, and eight (8) years of related experience in project management, building construction, renovations and maintenance, specification writing and tender document creation. An equivalent combination of training and experience will be considered.

You must have:


  • a broad knowledge of all aspects of building construction (including: excavation, architecture, concrete and masonry, steel construction, carpentry, plumbing, and electrical systems, HVAC and roofing);
  • knowledge of project management principles and techniques;
  • knowledge of the National Building Code of Canada, National Fire Code of Canada, the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Occupational Safety General Regulations (along with safe work procedures); and
  • the ability to interpret specifications and drawings, and prepare tender documents.


Though not required, it is an asset it you have:


  • Red Seal Certification (electrical, mechanical, carpentry);
  • Formal training in project management (PMI);
  • Experience with MS Projects, and SAP Plant Maintenance (PM) and Financial Accounting (Fl) modules;
  • Familiarity with government procurement policy and tendering procedures;
  • Training or certification in First Aid, CPR, WHMIS, Fall Protection, Transportation of Dangerous Goods, and Confined Space Awareness; and
  • Experience in specification writing and tender document creation.


As the ideal candidate, you exercise sound problem-solving and decision-making skills. You have proven and professional communication skills, both oral and written, for collaborating with various stakeholders.  You have well developed planning and organizational skills, coupled with the ability to multi-task and adapt in this fast-paced environment with competing priorities. You maintain a professional and courteous disposition and hold a high standard for client and customer service.


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 offerings and eligibility criteria.


Working Conditions


This position has a combination of office and field work. Field work occurs in adverse weather conditions and normal hazards associated with construction sites and working with or near heavy equipment are present.


This position will require climbing, working at heights and/or working within confined spaces.


You must be able to work under adverse conditions in times of emergency and sometimes overtime may be required.


Additional Information


Travel is a component of this position; as such, you must have a valid driver’s license and ability to travel.


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.
  • Mentorship through iNSpire; a new formal, interdepartmental mentorship program that connects employees so they can gain knowledge and experience to support their career development.
  • Countless Career Paths for Nova Scotians.
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules.



Pay Grade:  TE 26  

Salary Range:  $2,402.25 - $2,806.63 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.


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


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