Project Director, Enterprise Project Delivery Unit



Competition # : 39163 

Department: Community Services

Location: Flexible

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 6/12/2023 (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 and Family Wellbeing (CFW), Employment Support Services(ESS), Income Assistance (IA), Homelessness and Supportive Housing, and Disability Support Program(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 recruiting a key member of the leadership team whose mandate is to lead, prioritize, and deliver on key departmental priorities that drive social system change. You will lead a portfolio of projects and be responsible for the design, management, and implementation of significant projects for the department and/or cross-government implications. The Project Director, Enterprise Project Delivery Unit (EPDU) will work as part of a team within the Enterprise Project Delivery Unit of the Strategic Operations and Innovation division.


You will lead and direct project teams that provide evidence-based research, policy analysis, strategic planning, monitoring, and evaluation support for the development of legislation, provincial policy, as well as standards and guidelines that are responsive to the changing needs of Nova Scotians and aligned with the overall strategic vision and priorities of the Department. The Project Director works collaboratively across the Department, government, and with external service providers, communities, and clients on key initiatives that improve our client and system outcomes.


Primary Accountabilities


As Project Director your primary accountabilities will be providing leadership over a portfolio of priority projects and will include (but is not limited to):

  • Providing leadership in the identification, design, planning, implementation, integration, and evaluation of multi-function, cross-departmental projects.
  • Building strong collaborative relationships and teams within the unit, across the department, and with other partners.
  • Managing a team of professionals (internal direct reports, internal resources, external resources and cross-departmental subject matter experts) to deliver on key initiatives.
  • Coordinating project/business activities (often carried out by others) that establish how and when the department will deliver products and services.
  • Developing innovative solutions by integrating and analyzing complex and diverse information sources and building complex frameworks to assess the scope and context of short- and long-term business needs.
  • Contributing to the preparation of advice and recommendations to government including Memoranda to Executive Council, Reports and Recommendations, and Requests for Legislation.
  • Performing strategic advisory/principal level consulting to senior executives by leading, directing, and guiding the development and implementation of major, complex, multi-sector projects and initiatives.
  • Engaging with senior leaders and cross-sector representation to understand long-term strategic challenges.
  • Developing and delivering change management plans and achieving outcomes that support both the department’s and government’s overall strategy.


Qualifications and Experience


You have a bachelor’s degree in a related field and several years of progressive, senior-level management experience. Possession of a master’s degree in a related field will be considered an asset.


The successful candidate requires skill in the management of people which must be demonstrated through formal people management experience. This position also requires an individual who is experienced in leading large-scale change in a complex and collaborative environment. Experience working with internal and external partners will be required. As a dynamic leader, the successful candidate must possess the ability to lead change, move forward new initiatives, and overcome ongoing challenges.


As our next Project Director, you will have:

  • a proven track record in a management role with demonstrated leadership competencies and a strong history of producing results;
  • experience in multiple project and portfolio management, budgetary processes, and risk management/mitigation principles and practices;
  • an appreciation and understanding of social government and the breadth and depth of factors in leading teams in creating social system change;
  • excellent collaboration, interpersonal, and communication skills;
  • experience working within complex systems; and
  • the ability to lead complex projects to achieve objectives, work collaboratively, build rapport with senior leaders across all levels, and to inspire creativity and motivate people and teams.




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 includes Leads Self, Engage Others, Achieve Results, Develop Coalitions and Systems Transformation.


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




An equivalent combination of training, education and experience will be considered. 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 role is based in a comfortable office environment, and you may be working at your computer for extended periods of time. You may be required to travel to worksite locations.


Your normal work week is 35 hours/week, 7 hours/day. This role does entail a high volume of work which may require longer than normal working hours and overtime. Due to the multiple spheres of action and scope of responsibilities that this position requires, there is significant mental pressure, requiring your resilience.


Additional Information


This is a Term employment opportunity with an anticipated end date of May 1, 2025. The appointment status (‘term’, ‘temporary’ or ‘casual’) is dependent on the start date of the successful candidate.


This competition may be used to fill multiple vacancies.


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 13 

Salary Range:  $3,918.14 - $4,897.66 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