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Briefing Coordinator (Secretary 2)



Competition # : 32928 

Department: Labour, Skills and Immigration

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Temporary

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 10/19/2021​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


With the introduction of the new cabinet on August 31st, 2021, some Nova Scotia Government departments are going through name changes and structural transitions. Until administrative & system updates are made, the name of these departments, as it appears in the posting, might be impacted. Meanwhile, if you require clarification, please contact


The Corporate Policy and Services Branch of the Department of Labour, Skills and Immigration is the department’s primary link with broader government. The Branch helps ensure the department aligns with and adheres to government policies, priorities, and processes, and in turn supports government decision-making. The Policy and Planning division plays a lead role in supporting corporate policy initiatives, including business planning, the development of legislation, regulations and policies (including submissions to Executive Council), and coordination of issues management activities for the department including weekly Minister and Deputy Minister Policy Briefings.

About Our Opportunity


As the Briefing Coordinator in the Policy and Planning division you are responsible for providing a wide range of moderately complex office support to the Director and divisional staff. A primary focus will be on preparing ministerial and deputy ministerial agendas and briefing materials along with supporting the routine day-to-day operational management of the division by serving as a resource for the Director and staff. You will contribute to the development of process improvements/standards.

Primary Accountabilities


Your responsibilities will also include but are not limited to:


  • Identify urgent items for the attention of the Director or others.
  • Develop and prepare professional presentations and reports on behalf of the Director.
  • Coordinate meetings and events.
  • Act as the primary backup to the Executive Director's Administrative Assistant for the Corporate Policy and Services Branch.

Qualifications and Experience


As the successful candidate you will have a one-year commercial course supplemented by two years of administrative experience preferably in a professional setting, an equivalent combination of training and experience may be considered.


You demonstrate a strong client focus and possess excellent communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills  when establishing  relationships with a variety of internal and external clients, including other levels of government. You may at times work independently and be part of a team-based environment, providing support to other team members, while valuing an inclusive environment. You exercise professional discretion, establish effective working relationships with confidentiality, tact, and diplomacy.


This position requires experience composing letters, reports and presentations and an ability to balance multiple priorities under tight deadlines with a strong eye for attention to detail to ensure accuracy, with demonstrated skills in organization and prioritization.  You also have experience coordinating and organizing meetings.


Proven proficiency in computer applications including Microsoft Office Suite (i.e., Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and is clearly demonstrated in your resume.


We will assess the above qualifications 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.

Additional Information


This competition is used to fill a Full time - temporary position. 


Please note, this is expected to be a temporary status position with an end date of April 1, 2022; however the position status (“term”, “temporary” or “casual”)  is dependent on the start date of the successful candidate.

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:  $1,407.60 - $1,532.16 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