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Financial Services Officer 2



Competition # : 31945 

Department: Infrastructure and Housing

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 7/28/2021​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Department of Infrastructure and Housing designs and constructs public buildings and delivers housing programs.  The Department promotes safe and secure communities by working with partners across the province to build strong, affordable, and suitable homes for Nova Scotians with low and moderate incomes.  The Province is entering a period of major transformation of its social housing portfolio and modernization of housing programs to ensure it delivers affordable housing for vulnerable Nova Scotians into the future in alignment with the Province’s fiscal and economic framework.

About Our Opportunity


Reporting to the Manager of Accounting and Finance Operations, Housing Nova Scotia, the incumbent is expected to have a sound working knowledge of all aspects of accounting, procurement, finance, and departmental procedures and policies. The ability to communicate effectively and work independently as part of a team while adapting to a constantly changing work environment is key. Ability to utilize complex spreadsheet applications, prepare reports and handle administrative detail is essential.

Primary Accountabilities


As the Financial Services Officer you will be responsible for the preparation and interpretive analysis of financial reports required by Senior Management and your primary responsibilities include:


  • Preparation, analysis and data entry of monthly forecasts of expenditures and revenues.  This includes follow-up with appropriate managers to challenge and obtain explanations of variances from Estimate. Liaises with managers to reconcile SAS and compare to SAP.


  • The incumbent will independently monitor and provide timely analysis, financial advice and recommendations related to the reporting of federal/provincial/municipal cost shared programs.


  • Work as part of a team to enforce accountability and controls, ensuring integrity of claims processing, and financial analysis, and providing accurate and timely information to support department and provincial goals.


  • Performing detailed reconciliations and maintenance of various balance sheet accounts to support monthly and year-end accounting functions.


  • Administering the general accounting function including interpretative financial and comparative analysis of contract records and progress payments. Provides summary of financial information and interpretive analysis required by Senior Management; provides advice and updates related to timing and status of departmental expenditures and revenue.

Qualifications and Experience


This may be the right opportunity for you if you have  3 years of post-secondary professional accounting training plus 5 years of related experience; an equivalent combination of training and experience may be acceptable. A Bachelor’s degree in commerce or business administration and/or enrollment in a professional accounting designation (CPA) program will be considered an asset.


You are guided by Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) as well as Public Sector Accounting Board (PSAB) in your work. You possess exceptional time management skills and are detail oriented. You are comfortable working with minimal supervision, with demonstrated initiative.


You are proficient in computer-based accounting software, e-mail, and Microsoft Office programs including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.


You have previous experience providing advice and direction with regards to financial matters, using discretion when dealing with confidential and sensitive information. You also possess exceptional communication skills (written and verbal) and are comfortable communicating with both internal and external stakeholders, clients.


While not required, it is considered an asset if you have knowledge of the Corporate Financial Management System (CFMS/ SAP)  and the Salary Analysis System (SAS).


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


Most of your work is in a comfortable office environment. You may be required to travel to sites on occasion. There is a need for you to balance competing priorities and meet strict deadlines.

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 for Nova Scotians.


  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules.


Pay Grade:  TE 22  

Salary Range:  $2,052.93 - $2,414.26 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