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Administrative Assistant (Secretary 2)



Competition # : 34018 

Department: Labour, Skills and Immigration

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Temporary

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 1/18/2022​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Labour Standards team is responsible for the Labour Standards Code and related regulations, which set out the basic rights and responsibilities of provincially regulated employers and workers in Nova Scotia.  The legislation also establishes a licensing and registration framework to protect vulnerable foreign workers recruited for employment in Nova Scotia. 


We help people understand and comply with our legislation and provide a fair, accessible and responsive dispute resolution system. 


We are a busy office that relies on a strong team dynamic to achieve our goals, where everyone is valued for their contribution to the team.  We strive to create a safe, supportive, diverse, and inclusive workplace culture. 


About Our Opportunity


You will report to the Director of Labour Standards and provide administrative support to the entire Labour Standards team. 


You will work in a collaborative and fast paced environment and will carry out the day-to-day administrative functions with minimal direction.  Relying on a high level of concentration, patience, and attention to detail, you will deal with a variety of activities and a significant volume of work, much of which involves confidential material and is time sensitive.  Your work will be critical to the efficient and effective operations of the office.  

Primary Accountabilities


  • Responsible for a significant volume of data entry ensuring complaints and applications for recruiter licenses and employer registrations are accurately captured in our system in a timely manner.     
  • Help process recruiter licence, employer registration and variance applications, and will respond to inquiries in relation to the application process over the phone and by email.
  • Responsible for general secretarial duties such as scheduling meetings, coordinating administrative activities, ordering supplies, processing invoices, running expenditure reports, maintaining filing systems, scanning documents and processing mail.

Qualifications and Experience


This might be the right opportunity for you if you have completion of a one-year business course plus three years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of training and experience may be acceptable.


You have advanced skills in MS Office Products, including Outlook, Word, Teams, Excel, and PowerPoint, as well as experience with Adobe Creative Cloud.  You have excellent data entry, proofreading and grammatical skills. You are conscientious about and accurate with your work and have well developed prioritization, time management and organizational skills to effectively manage competing priorities in a busy work environment. 


You are a critical thinker, self-directed learner and problem solver who takes initiative to identify opportunities to improve the way things are done.  You consistently maintain a respectful, professional, and courteous disposition with colleagues and clients.  You demonstrate a strong understanding of, and commitment to, equity, diversity, and inclusion.  You are a flexible and adaptable team player with strong interpersonal, communication and administration skills. 


Assets for this position include:


  • Familiarity with business structures and the Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stock Companies
  • Experience with records management


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



Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.

Additional Information


You are encouraged to submit a cover letter with your application.  Failure to do so may result in your application being screened out. 


This is a Temporary employment opportunity with an anticipated end date of May 24, 2022. The appointment status (‘term’, ‘temporary’ or ‘casual’) is dependent on the start date of the successful candidate.


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.

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:  CL 18  

Salary Range:  $1,579.09 - $1,766.79 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