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Budget Officer (Financial Services Officer 2)



Competition # : 37728 

Department: Finance and Treasury Board

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 2/1/2023​ (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 Senior Management.


Primary Accountabilities


You will provide advice and recommendations regarding the administration of budget managers’ financial resources. You will also identify financial implications of proposed programs and activities and help with solutions and options of financial and accounting issues.


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.


You will also ensure client departments/agencies participate in a comprehensive budgeting/ business planning process by providing training to all budget managers, when applicable, to aid them in submitting accurate forecast and budget documents.


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


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. A Bachelor’s degree in commerce or business administration and/or enrollment in a professional accounting designation (CPA) program will be considered an asset.


You are guided by Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) as well as Public Sector Accounting Board (PSAB) in your work. You possess exceptional time management skills and are detail oriented. You are comfortable working with minimal supervision, with demonstrated initiative.


You are proficient in computer-based accounting software, e-mail, and Microsoft Office programs including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. You also have excellent presentation skills.



You have previous experience providing advice and direction with regards to financial matters, using discretion when dealing with confidential and sensitive information. You also possess exceptional communication skills (written and verbal) and are comfortable communicating with both internal and external stakeholders, clients.


While not required, it is considered an asset if you have knowledge of the Corporate Financial Management System (CFMS/ SAP), 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 offerings 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


This is a full-time Term opportunity with an anticipated end date of February 19, 2024.


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 and arrangements.  


Pay Grade:  TE 22  

Salary Range:  $2,114.98 - $2,487.23 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