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Accessibility Capacity Building Program Specialist (Program Admin Officer 3)



Competition # : 31801 

Department: Justice

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 7/27/2021​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Accessibility Directorate in the Department of Justice is responsible for implementing and administering the Nova Scotia Accessibility Act, with the ambitious goal of an accessible province by 2030. The Directorate is also responsible for addressing broader issues related to disability in Nova Scotia.


We are working with persons with disabilities, municipalities, businesses, post-secondary institutions, and community groups to improve accessibility in Nova Scotia. Accessibility standards are being developed in the areas of:

  • Education
  • Built Environment
  • Employment


Accessibility standards will also be developed, one each year beginning in 2022, in the areas of:

  • Goods and Services
  • Information and Communication
  • Transportation


For more information on the Accessibility Directorate please visit our website:

About Our Opportunity


As the Accessibility Capacity Building Program Specialist you will develop and administer the accessibility capacity building/collaboration program with prescribed public sector bodies, sectors that will be impacted by accessibility standards, community organizations and other stakeholders to support awareness, capacity, and compliance with the Accessibility Act. This will include development and implementation of educational and awareness resources, including toolkits, guides, presentations, webinars, fact sheets, and other resources as need. You will work in partnership with Accessibility Directorate and other Government of Nova Scotia staff to ensure capacity building programs align with accessibility priorities and initiatives. You will also develop and implement tools to determine program needs and priorities, recommend options for program development and improvement, and develop and implement approved options to build capacity, as well as program processes (evaluation, data collection, reporting, etc.).

Primary Accountabilities


  • Provide independent, specialized professional expertise for the administration, management and delivery of accessibility capacity building programs
  • Conduct needs analysis, and lead and/or respond to complex issues identified by stakeholders
  • Plan, develop, evaluate, promote, and monitor new initiatives. Promote and develop initiatives and programs using current and emerging technology
  • Analyze and provide program recommendations through reports and advice to management, and develop program plans, update program(s) and provide program evaluation. Provide contract management, communication, and implementation of initiatives and programs
  • Support senior colleagues in the development of internal and external communications

Qualifications and Experience


You have completed a bachelor’s degree in a related field and have five (5) years of related experience. A combination of training and experience will also be considered.


You have

  • Demonstrated success in project management, including ability to plan, track and manage multiple priorities and pieces of information.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and delivering awareness and educational resources and programs in a collaborative environment.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing productive, collaborative relationships with stakeholders, including a strong ability to understand stakeholder needs. 
  • You must be proficient in the use of Microsoft Suite, including Teams, and demonstrate a good understanding of computer technologies.
  • Understanding of accessibility and disability issues.
  • Fluency in French (oral and/or written) would be considered an asset.


We will assess the above qualifications with an interview(s), written assignment, oral presentation, and reference checks.



Include, but not limited to:

  • Master’s degree in a related field and three (3) years of related experience
  • A related two-year diploma and seven (7) years of related experience


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.

Working Conditions


  • Normal work week is 35 hours/week, 7 hours/day
  • May be required to work overtime on occasion
  • Majority of time spent in an office environment
  • Travel within Nova Scotia may be required

Additional Information


This is a term employment opportunity with anticipated end date of March 31, 2023. 

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 for Nova Scotians
  • Department specific flexible working schedules


Pay Grade:  PR 13  

Salary Range:  $2,396.86 - $2,913.59 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