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African NS Liaison/Education Officer (Program Admin Officer 1-2, Designated)



Competition # : 34062 

Department: Human Rights Commission

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 1/27/2022 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

Designation Status


Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  Under the Government of Nova Scotia’s Employment Equity Policy, this position is designated and therefore, only applicants from the following groups will be considered:  African Nova Scotians


If you are a member of this equity group, you must self-identify during the application process, to be considered.


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

About Us


The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission (NSHRC) has a unique role within Nova Scotia. It is an independent government agency tasked with administering the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act ("the Act"), a provincial statute created in 1969, with the most recent amendments in November 2012. The Commission has many responsibilities.  Currently, the Commission is focused on two main areas; providing a human rights dispute resolution process to resolve allegations of discrimination both on an individual and systemic level; and working to eliminate barriers and prevent discrimination through education, training, public engagement, and policy development. The Commission is mandated by the Act to help build inclusive communities and protect human rights in Nova Scotia.


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About Our Opportunity


The African Nova Scotian Liaison/Education Officer is responsible for promoting   Human Rights services available to a diverse range of African Nova Scotian communities and communities of African descent across the province. You will also work with the Race Relations, Equity and Inclusion (RREI) Team to provide education to the general public, as it relates to the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act.


You will work with the NSHRC on how to better adopt and engage in Africentric approaches to service delivery and to resolve human rights complaints.

Primary Accountabilities


As the African Nova Scotian Liaison/Education Officer you are an integral member of the Race Relations, Equity and Inclusion Team with the responsibility to provide human rights education to all Nova Scotians, through an Africentric lens by:


  • Developing, delivering, and keeping up-to-date on human rights education and training to African Nova Scotian communities/communities of African descent and to other communities and organizations across Nova Scotia.


  • Planning, developing, and delivering consultation and outreach programs and initiatives that align with the Commission’s priorities for African Nova Scotians.


  • Developing and conducting information sessions, providing education materials as well as managing appropriate evaluation, reporting and follow-up tools that incorporate cross-cultural and equity/inclusion understanding for all Nova Scotians.


  • Working closely with African Nova Scotians and communities to identify opportunities for collaboration on initiatives and services that will strengthen African Nova Scotians’ confidence in the NSHRC and enhance their willingness to raise discrimination inquiries and complaints.


  • Responding to requests for information on the Commission’s programs, policies and services and providing appropriate linkages to staff of the Commission while collaborating with government departments and community organizations.


Qualifications and Experience


Bachelor's Degree in a related discipline such as adult education, community development, plus a minimum of one (1) year of related experience.  You also have extensive experience working within the African Nova Scotian Community and understanding of the history and realities of the community.  An equivalent combination of training, education and experience will be considered. 


Demonstrated knowledge of the Africentric Community Engagement process.


As the successful candidate for this position, you also possess the following:


  • Experience with training and development and techniques of adult learning is essential.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and communications skills including the ability to develop and deliver professional presentations and develop program materials are essential.
  • Working knowledge of human rights and discrimination including systemic discrimination.
  • Knowledge and practice in cultural competency and trauma-informed practice
  • A team player with good organizational, time management, conflict management, and negotiation skills and be able to operate effectively in diverse and inclusive environment.


Experience with restorative and “train-the-trainer” approaches are considered assets for this role.


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


  • You will work in a comfortable office setting with regular travel throughout the province as required. You will have daily contact with various Commission staff, government departments as well as other local Agencies and community members. At times, you will have to manage conflict situations with clients who may be experiencing frustration.
  • Your normal work week is 35 hours/week, 7 hours/day.


Additional Information


Please note this is a repost of competition 33458. 

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