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Associate, Regional Medical Officer of Health (2 positions)



Competition # : 31750 

Department: Health and Wellness

Location: Flexible

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 8/9/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Department of Health and Wellness offers opportunities to grow and advance in a dynamic sector that touches the lives of all Nova Scotians.  Along with our partners, including the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the IWK Health Centre, we are committed to continually improving our health care system. With a focus on collaborative primary health care, continuing care, improved supports for mental health and addictions, digital health, capital infrastructure, and more, the department is thinking differently about how to plan, fund, legislate and monitor to improve access and service delivery. To do this, we are recruiting leaders at all levels of the organization who embrace a challenge and believe in their ability to make a difference.


About Our Opportunity


The Associate Regional Medical Officer of Health (ARMOH) directly impacts the improved health and safety of our population. As the ARMOH, you support Nova Scotia Health (NSH) and the IWK through your leadership and expertise in relation to the promotion and protection of health and the prevention of disease and injury.


Through interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral partnerships, you will assist in providing leadership in the assessment and measurement of the health of populations, the development of strategies for improving health and well-being through health protection, disease prevention, and health promotion initiatives. You are a key support of the Regional Medical Officer of Health (RMOH) and the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (OCMOH), and where necessary through delegation, legislated health protection responsibilities. Under legislation, you are responsible for informing, investigating, and acting on any health hazard, notifiable disease or condition, communicable disease or public health emergency that poses a health risk to the population.  You will have opportunity to engage in strategic prevention and health care initiatives led by the Department.


Primary Accountabilities


In this role, you have a direct impact on the high-quality public health in Nova Scotia and the improved health of our population. We count on your expertise to:


  • Provide leadership, strategic direction, and content expertise to the health protection function of DHW, Nova Scotia Environment (NSE) and NSH Public Health under the Health Protection Act
  • Provide leadership, strategic direction and content expertise to the health promotion and disease and injury prevention functions of the NSH and IWK
  • Provide public health physician expertise to NSE on issues involving the interface between human health and the environment
  • Provide a public health perspective to DHW or NSH/IWK discussions and decisions regarding health services and patients
  • Support the RMOHs in the provision of public health physician expertise to the Senior Director of Public Health, NSH and their senior leadership team
  • Support the OCMOH in providing the public with an independent assessment and voice on issues impacting the health of the public
  • Contribute to research and knowledge translation on issues that are of public health relevance to Nova Scotia and participate in the teaching and training of current and future public health and other health care practitioners


Qualifications and Experience


As our next Associate Medical Officer of Health, you must be licensable by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia, and have a fellowship in Public Health and Preventive Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (or equivalent training). Post-graduate training in public health with public health experience may also be considered.


You demonstrate an understanding of disease control, risk assessment and management, the framework of legislation, public health science, inter-sectoral relationships, government policy and general executive direction. You are an innovative thinker with an ability to negotiate and communicate complex ideas and information in concise, meaningful ways.  You identify opportunities to encourage greater integration of programs and activities and work collaboratively with a wide range stakeholders and partners across health systems.  Your decisiveness along with superior organizational and time management skills is essential to your success.


We will assess the above qualifications using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.



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


  • Normal work week is 35 hours/week, 7 hours/day (will require availability 24/7 during times of emergency)
  • May be required to work overtime on occasion
  • Works within an office environment in Nova Scotia with some travel at local, provincial, and national level
  • Requires intense ability to concentrate and decipher complex information into decisions and easily understood concepts for senior management and public at large
  • Is a key spokesperson for the health of the population and requires interfacing with the media, senior levels of government, and national/international forums
  • Often the decisions may require a risk assessment which requires keen listening and analytic skills
  • Dealing with highly complex and often scientific/technical issues which will require decisions in an urgent or timely basis
  • With the need to balance competing demands of individuals with those of the wellbeing of the whole community the decisions made may be controversial (or unpopular)
  • There is a requirement to travel to represent the province at FPT meetings and to contribute to scientific meetings


Additional Information


Positions are located within Nova Scotia, however flexibility with work-site location may be negotiated during the offer stage.  These positions support Regional areas and you must be able to travel to various work site locations throughout the province.


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:  MS 11 

Salary Range:  $7,852.20 - $9,102.84 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