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Curriculum Writer



Competition # : 35316 

Department: Labour, Skills and Immigration

Location: Flexible

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 5/24/2022​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Department of Labour, Skills, and Immigration (LSI) 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 in offices throughout Nova Scotia.  Together we are responsible for workplace safety, immigration, apprenticeship, adult education, to help people find and keep jobs in the province and to help employers find and train the people they need.


The Adult Education Division of Nova Scotia's Department of Labour, Skills, and Immigration is dedicated to improving the education and employment prospects of Nova Scotia's adults by promoting, developing and funding adult literacy, essential skills, and upgrading programs in the province. The division administers the following programs: Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning, General Educational Development (GED), Recognition of Prior Learning, and Labour Mobility.

About Our Opportunity


The Curriculum Writer is responsible for the development and writing of programs/courses as well as professional development activities to support the curricula designed for the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL). 


This position reports to directly to the Manager.

Primary Accountabilities


The curriculum writer is responsible for:


  • developing and writing courses/programs which can be delivered in-person and/or online across the NSSAL system;
  • identifying, evaluating, and developing appropriate resources to support curricula;
  • supporting the development of learner assessment and program evaluation guidelines and tools including recommending strategies for developing and implementing program standards and guidelines;
  • developing, designing, and delivering professional development workshops and adult education-related training for practitioners to support the implementation of new programs/courses;
  • researching and understanding emerging practices in the fields of adult literacy and secondary education programming as well as online instructional design; and
  • participating on project teams for Adult Education Division initiatives.

Qualifications and Experience


The position requires a BEd plus five years of related experience. The Curriculum Writer will have knowledge of curriculum development models, adult learning practices and principles, inclusive education principles and practices such as universal design for learning and culturally responsive andragogy, and the education delivery and accreditation systems at the secondary level in Nova Scotia. A strong understanding of essential skills and employment readiness programming is a must.


Excellent interpersonal, and communication skills and the ability to demonstrate good judgement and strategic thinking are necessary. Exceptional problem-solving and organizational skills are needed and the ability to adapt to change is essential. Strong negotiation skills are required to resolve issues and develop new working relationships. The ability to synthesize and summarize large amounts of information and research is also important. Proficiency with general office software is required, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and the internet as well as able to use multi-media software tools.


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


Work location offers flexibility to be housed at an LSI office in Sydney, Halifax, Bridgewater or Kentville.


This is a term employment opportunity with an anticipated end date of June 5, 2024. 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:  PR 16  

Salary Range:  $2,488.52 - $3,030.25 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