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Accessibility Coordinator (Program Admin Officer 1-2)



Competition # : 34007 

Department: Municipal Affairs and Housing

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 1/19/2022 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us

The Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing is dedicated to working with municipalities to build healthy, vibrant, and safe communities throughout Nova Scotia. Municipal Affairs provides programs, grants, and funding opportunities for municipalities and community groups. The Department also provides services and guidance to municipalities in many areas including land use planning, budget planning and finance, infrastructure development, policy and program development, and support for economic development through the management of the Regional Enterprise Network program.


The Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing is also responsible for ensuring the availability of safe, suitable, and affordable housing for all Nova Scotians. Our work involves making strategic investments, leveraging new funding, and building on critical partnerships to help further position ourselves to meet current and future housing challenges.


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About Our Opportunity

Reporting to the Building Asset Planning Manager, the Accessibility Coordinator is responsible for providing the specialized input required for establishing, implementing, and managing the Accessibility Program for the Housing portfolio of the Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing. The Accessibility Program is key to effective implementation of major accessibility initiatives required to meet provincial and organizational goals and established targets requiring coordination with several departmental and government-wide accessibility bodies and committees.


Primary Accountabilities

As the Accessibility Coordinator, you have province-wide responsibilities requiring close coordination with the Building Design group to ensure the intent of the Accessibility Plan is reflected in individual projects managed through Building Infrastructure & Asset Management and the Senior Project Director responsible for the formulation and successful delivery of capital projects.


Qualifications and Experience

You have a bachelor’s degree in Planning or Architecture.


You have an in-depth understanding of the interdependencies of built environment systems along with a working knowledge of the National Building Code, National Fire Code, OH&S acts and regulations. You also have related experience in accessibility standards and code compliance. Furthermore, you have:

  • Ability to read architectural plans and documents used to retrofit existing buildings to achieve accessibility improvements
  • Experience in issue identification and policy research to gather information and advance accessibility initiatives
  • Thorough knowledge of benchmarking and experience with electronic document control
  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and Microsoft Project software


You are also able to exercise tact, diplomacy, sound judgment and initiative when investigating, questioning, and dealing with inquiries, requests, and submissions. You work collaboratively with others and are also able to work independently and be self-directed. You have proven communication skills, both verbal and written. Organizational skills are critical when managing projects simultaneously. You are adaptable to change, are receptive to new ideas, and willing to try new methods and approaches.


Assets for this role include Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification, Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, and familiarity with Yardi Voyager Property Management or similar software.


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 offerings and eligibility criteria.


Working Conditions

Work is performed in an office environment, and extensive travel may be required.


Additional Information


On October 6, 2021 the Government of Nova Scotia announced full vaccination will be a condition of employment for new staff being hired. View the news release here.


This is a Term employment opportunity with an anticipated end date of January 18, 2023.

Extensive travel may be required; as such, you must have a valid driver's license and access to a reliable vehicle for work purposes.


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 06 - PR 10  

Salary Range:  $1,805.02 - $2,588.45 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