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Budget Officer (Financial Services Officer 2)



Competition # : 34020 

Department: Finance and Treasury Board

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

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

About Us


At the Department of Finance and Treasury Board we strive to provide financial leadership, analysis and policies that strengthen Nova Scotia. As stewards of the province’s financial affairs, we deliver a wide range of corporate fiscal and management services – including the preparation of the provincial budget – as well as ensure government plans are coordinated and fiscally responsible.


We are constantly looking for new and better ways to plan, manage, budget and invest.

About Our Opportunity


As the Budget Officer you will be responsible for the preparation and interpretive analysis of financial reports required by Management.


Most importantly, you will be the key resource who is responsible for the monthly forecasting and annual budget process and preparation of the Minister’s briefing materials, as well as supplementary details in preparation of the Minister’s debate.


As the Budget Officer you will report to the Coordinator, Financial Advisory Services.


Primary Accountabilities


  • Provide advice and recommendations regarding the administration of the Department of Community Services financial resources.
  • Assist with solutions and options of financial and accounting issues.

Qualifications and Experience


This may be the right opportunity for you if you have successfully completed high school and have 3 years of post-secondary professional accounting training plus 5 years of related experience. An equivalent combination of training and experience may be acceptable.


You have experience completing financial reconciliations and providing accurate budgeting and forecasting advice to clients. Analyzing large volumes of information and producing concise, relevant, and timely reports are your strengths. You comfortably manage and produce complex spreadsheets and financial reports. 


In this role, your organizational skills and ability to strategically manage multiple deadlines is essential. With sound partnering and relationship building skills, you articulate financial information in a way that is readily understood by non-financial users You possess sound judgement and problem-solving skills that allow you to accurately interpret information and determine appropriate courses of action.


You are guided by Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) as well as Public Sector Accounting Board (PSAB) in your work.


Proficiency in programs such as Microsoft Suite and Corporate Financial Management Systems (CFMS/SAP) or similar software packages is required.


While not required, it is considered an asset if you have a Bachelor’s degree in commerce or Business Administration, are currently enrolled in a professional accounting program (CPA), and have experience with Tangible Capital Asset (TCA) Policy and the Salary Analysis System (SAS).


Demonstrating the following competencies will be considered an asset: Analytical Thinking, Adaptability & Flexibility, Attention to Detail, Outcome Focus, Effective Interactive Communication, Teamwork/ Collaboration, and Intercultural & Diversity Proficiency.


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 offering and eligibility criteria.

Working Conditions


A normal work week at the Department of Finance and Treasury Board is 35 hours per week, 7 hours a day. During certain periods of time where deadlines must be made, overtime may be required. The workplace is a comfortable office environment.


Daily activities include:


  • Regular communication via phone, email & in-person meetings
  • Reading of multiple sources of information and subsequent analysis
  • Frequent requirement to type and work on a computer

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.

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:  TE 22  

Salary Range:  $2,052.93 - $2,414.26 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