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Aboriginal Consultation Coordinator (Program Admin Officer 4)



Competition # : 37312 

Department: Public Works

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 1/31/2022​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


Making our Province work is no small job. We’re recruiting for people like you to help our Province achieve big things.


The Department of Public Works is responsible for construction and maintenance required to support Nova Scotia’s 23,000 kilometers of roads and highways, 4,100 bridges, 2,400 facilities and 9 provincial ferries.


This is an opportunity to use your leadership and management skills in a new role within the Department that will support the Province’s duty to consult obligations with the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia on infrastructure projects.


About Our Opportunity


As the Consultation Coordinator reporting to the Executive Director of Highway Engineering and Construction, you play a central coordination and file management role for Department consultations with the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia. You work closely with Department of Public Works staff, the Office of L’nu Affairs and other provincial and federal departments, and the Mi’kmaq to support the Department in implementing the corporate approach to consultation as outlined in the Government of Nova Scotia Policy and Guidelines: Consultation with the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia.


You will also conduct research and analysis and develop policy advice on Aboriginal economic, social, cultural, and environmental interests in infrastructure related developments, lead all Divisions in consultation and engagement efforts with the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia, and act with others in the Department to advance the relationship with the Aboriginal community.


We invite you to consider this opportunity to join a diverse, energetic and committed team at the Department of Public Works.


Primary Accountabilities


In this role, you will:


  • Coordinate and implement all Aboriginal consultation for the Department, working collaboratively with other Divisions, Departments, governments, subject matter experts, and industry representatives to prepare correspondence and briefings and lead meetings.
  • Conduct pre-screening of proposed projects and work closely with the Office of L’Nu Affairs to advise on appropriate level of consultation to ensure fulfillment of the Crown’s constitutional Duty to Consult and coordinate the consultation process.
  • Provide recommendations to the Department’s senior management on the adequacy of consultation conducted by the Department.
  • Work directly with Aboriginal communities (and their associated organizations) to identify potential impacts to treaty and aboriginal rights, interests, and opportunities related to infrastructure initiatives, and processes and coordinates departmental input and responses where appropriate, and to support accommodations for any identified impacts.
  • Represent the department by leading and participating in committees and working groups on an intergovernmental, interdepartmental, and/or tripartite basis.


Qualifications and Experience


To be successful in this position, you hold a Bachelor’s degree and at least six (6) years of experience in policy-related research, analysis and evaluation or environmental analysis or lands management. An acceptable equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered. You are able to demonstrate a strong work ethic, are well organized and have the ability to work efficiently with minimal supervision. Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, both orally and in writing, are required. You have experience in networking and engaging a variety of stakeholders forming collaborative and strategic relationships. You can also demonstrate knowledge and skills in consulting and facilitation processes. You possess advanced critical thinking and problem-solving skills, with the ability to resolve complex and emerging issues and identify innovative solutions.


You have experience in and are skilled in coordinating and managing complex files and you have an understanding of the government regulatory environment. As a public servant representing the Province in consultations often involving the Mi’kmaq and the Government of Canada, you must be highly professional, and exercise sound judgment around issues requiring a high degree of tact and diplomacy.


Assets for this role include:


  • Sound knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Treaty rights in Canada, preferably in Nova Scotia
  • Experience in project management
  • Familiarity with Aboriginal consultation processes


In addition to the above, you are a highly organized individual who is focused on continuously improving quality and has a solution-focused approach. You are responsive and able to prioritize a high volume of competing and sometimes rapid requests. You are an excellent relationship builder, a self-starter with the ability to initiate tasks with little supervision and possess great organization skills. As a skilled communicator, you possess excellent written and verbal communication skills.


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 acceptable combination of training and education may include:


  • A completed related master’s degree and four (4) years of experience
  • A completed related diploma and eight (8) years of experience
  • Ten (10) years of related experience without post-secondary education


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


Most of your time is spent in a comfortable office setting. You will have daily contact with various internal and external stakeholders. The scope of this role requires strong abilities in multi-tasking, balancing multiple priorities, meeting frequent deadlines, and making time sensitive recommendations.


  • Normal work week is 35 hours/week, 7 hours/day
  • May be required to work overtime on occasion


Additional Information


This position requires the successful candidate to work on-site.


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 17  

Salary Range:  $3,001.65 - $3,525.41 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