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Manager, People and Culture



Competition # : 37364 

Department: Community Services

Location: Flexible

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 12/7/2022 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


At the Department of Community Services (DCS), we are a large and diverse department providing a broad portfolio of programs and services including Child Youth and Family Support (CYFS), Employment Support (ESS), Income Assistance (IA), Homelessness and Supportive Housing, and Disability Support (DSP).


Through our services, we advocate and help vulnerable Nova Scotians be independent, self-reliant, and secure.  We work collaboratively across the province with a strong dedicated network of supports and staff, to achieve desired and shared outcomes for all.


About Our Opportunity


We are hiring for a results-driven, creative, and innovative Manager of the People and Culture team. Reporting to the Director of People and Culture, you will lead a team of professionals responsible for organizational development (OD) services, training, internal communications, and engagement.  In this exciting role, you will work in a highly collaborative environment to develop a new expanding team which will focus supporting human centred, culturally responsive client service at DCS.


As part of the People and Culture leadership team within the Strategic Services Division, you are largely responsible to oversee the work of Learning and Development Consultants, OD Consultants, and the Engagement and Communications Coordinator.  The team works collaboratively with subject matter experts across the department to produce high quality communications; learning and development delivered through a variety of methods; and engagement activities. As well, the team supports leaders in the organization in leading and developing their teams. 


You have a direct impact on ensuring staff at DCS are equipped with the skills and knowledge they require to perform their jobs and demonstrate competencies which underpin human centred culturally responsive service to Nova Scotians.


Primary Accountabilities


As the Manager, you will leverage your expertise in organizational development to:

  • Lead a team in working with a wide variety of subject matter experts to determine curriculum and training requirements
  • Oversee curriculum development, design, and delivery
  • Manage several complex training projects and ensure efficient project management under tight timelines
  • Oversee internal communications and engagement activities
  • Participate in leading a newly expanded team with a mission to influence culture change at DCS through expanded organizational development services


Qualifications and Experience


You have completed a related bachelor’s degree and have several years related experience with training, organization development, facilitating, and training methods.  An education degree or Adult Education Certificate is highly desirable.


The Manager requires a comprehensive understanding of organizational development practices, adult education, organizational culture, Government, and departmental priorities. You will have experience with leading and motivating teams to produce exceptional results.


Essential to this role are your effective interactive communication skills (written and verbal), self-awareness and visionary leadership abilities and the ability to work well in a collaborative team environment under tight deadlines.


The Government of Nova Scotia has adopted the LEADS Leadership Framework.  During the interview, candidates will be expected to express how they have demonstrated the key behaviours and capabilities required to effectively lead in a caring and inclusive environment.


LEADS Domains include: Leads Self, Engage Others, Achieve Results, Develop Coalitions and Systems Transformation.


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.




An equivalent combination of training, education and experience will be considered. Related equivalencies may include, but are not limited to:

  • A related master’s degree several years related experience


Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application




Based on the employment status, 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. 


Working Conditions


You’ll work in a comfortable office setting. Periodic travel to other locations within the province to consult with staff and/or deliver training is expected.


Your normal work week is 35 hours/week, 7 hours/day.


There are numerous requests and frequent pressure to develop and implement training to support the achievement of training goals. Requests must be prioritized and balanced to ensure outcomes align with overall Departmental objectives.


Additional Information


This is a Term opportunity with an anticipated end date of March 31, 2026. The appointment status (‘term’, ‘temporary’ or ‘casual’) is dependent on the start date of the successful candidate.


The worksite location is flexible and will be determined at the time of offer negotiation and based on operational requirements. This position may be located in any of our 30 offices. You can find our office locations here.


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:  EC 12 

Salary Range:  $3,458.20 - $4,322.75 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