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Pre-Primary Consultant (Program Admin Officer 3)



Competition # : 37823 

Department: Education & Early Childhood Development


Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 2/7/2023​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is working to build an integrated early years system throughout the province that will provide more accessible and comprehensive support for young children and their families.


The pre-primary program is an investment in our youngest Nova Scotians that will help them transition more easily into their school years and identify those who will need additional supports once they begin school a little earlier.

About Our Opportunity


As a Pre-primary Consultant in the Early Childhood Development & Pre-primary Branch at the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, you will be part of a team responsible for providing expertise in the planning, development, implementation and quality improvement of early childhood programs and initiatives including providing specialized consultation support and advice to Pre-Primary programs in Nova Scotia.
As the consultant, you will be consistently called upon to provide specialized advice and guidance that will include but not be limited to onsite consultation and enhanced program evaluation to support and inform efforts to ensure that programs and services meet the diverse cultural and development needs of children.
This position reports to the Manager, Early Childhood Development & Pre-Primary.


Primary Accountabilities


  • Monitor and assess program quality to ensure that it meets diverse needs of children and families and ensure accountability to the pre-primary policies, standards, and expectations. 
  • Work collaboratively with key partners, stakeholders, and colleagues from EECD, Regional Centres for Education, Conseil scolaire acadien provincial and across government departments to ensure a collaborative and cohesive approach

Qualifications and Experience


To be successful in this role you have a Bachelor’s degree plus 5 years related experience in early childhood education, child and youth study in early childhood learning environments, an equivalent combination of training and experience will be considered.  You are familiar with the Nova Scotia Early Learning Curriculum Framework, the Pyramid Model for Social Emotional Development.  You are a reflective practitioner and have experience coaching adults.
You work well independently, and in team environments you apply the concepts of equity, diversity, and inclusion to all areas of your work and will support your colleagues to do the same, including extensive knowledge in culturally responsive practice. You can build productive relationships with non-governmental and governmental members (both internally and externally). When dealing with clients, you exercise tact, diplomacy, and sound judgment.
You are proficient using Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint), have strong interpersonal, communication (written and verbal) and organizational skills with attention to detail and accuracy while balancing priorities. You also have experience facilitating.
For this role you also have:


  • Extensive/current knowledge of philosophical approaches and best practice models in the development of high-quality early learning programs for children;
  • Extensive knowledge of the administration, organization, and operation early childhood programs;
  • Extensive/current knowledge of the philosophical approaches/models related to inclusion, developmental intervention, family centered practice and community collaboration; and
  • Experience in implementing evaluation tools specific to the assessment of early years’ quality and effectiveness.

Bilingualism (French/English) is a requirement for this position. 
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


Please note: this is a term opportunity with an anticipated end date of October 17, 2023; however, the status of the opportunity (Term/Temporary/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 13  

Salary Range:  $2,469.30 - $3,001.65 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