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Building Portfolio Specialist, Energy (Program Admin Officer 3)



Competition # : 36824 

Department: Public Works

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 10/7/2022​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Infrastructure Management team at the Department of Public Works has exciting new opportunities. We have changed the way we do business - bringing in more private sector approaches to managing our 50 office buildings, plus museums, courthouses, and other provincial infrastructure. We are focusing on life cycle asset management, innovative design thinking, energy efficiency, accessible buildings, using new digital technologies for asset management, and leading the industry by example. If you want to be part of a forward-thinking, collaborative environment, this may be the right opportunity for you.


About Our Opportunity


Reporting directly to the Building Performance Lead, the Building Portfolio Specialist will be responsible for supporting building performance initiatives to support the Nova Scotia Environmental Goals and Climate Reduction Act. Working with project managers, engineers, trades personnel and building specialists to improve asset management, facility operations, and maintenance, to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.


Primary Accountabilities


  • Providing independent, specialized professional expertise for the administration, management and delivery of energy conservation and efficiency initiatives for the provincial building portfolio.
  • Administering and supervising the mediation of concerns relating to energy conservation.
  • Planning, developing, evaluating, promoting, and monitoring new initiatives.
  • Analyzing and providing program recommendations through reports and advice to management.
  • Coordination and analysis of building operating expenditures for budgeting/forecasting purposes.
  • Developing work plans to improve building performance and reduce operational costs.
  • Facilitating program initiatives such as energy retrofit projects, energy assessments, LED lighting upgrades, fuel-switching projects, and controls upgrades.
  • Implementing energy efficient standards for heating, ventilating and air conditioning equipment, and the application of alternate, renewable, and sustainable energy systems, and other emerging technologies.


Qualifications and Experience


Bachelor’s Degree and five (5) years of related experience; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.


Knowledge of building systems, programs and software as per below would benefit:


  • Electrical, Lighting, Building Automation Systems
  • Architectural and Structural
  • Mechanical including HVAC, Heating, and Conveying Equipment
  • Site and Site Components
  • Specialty Systems, i.e., Server Rooms, Humidification and Refrigeration systems
  • Excellent computer skills are required, hands on experience in BOMA BEST®, RETScreen®, ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager


The following experience would be considered an asset:


  • Exposure to various energy standards and codes including NECB, ASHRAE 90.1, and LEED, Zero Carbon Building Standards,
  • Analyzing data from multiple sources to draw appropriate conclusions and make suitable recommendations,
  • Estimation and costing of the Preventive maintenance Program, budgeting, and finance tasks,
  • Acquiring, organizing, protecting, and processing data to fulfill business objectives, and
  • Analyzing data trends for use in reports to help guide decision making.


You use comprehensive knowledge and skills to work independently while providing guidance and training to others on planning, organizing, prioritizing, and overseeing activities to efficiently meet business objectives.




An equivalent combination of training, education and experience will be considered. Equivalencies may include, but are not limited to:


  • Completion of a 2-year Technologist diploma and seven (7) years of related experience


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


This position has a combination of office and field work. Field work occurs in adverse weather conditions and normal hazards associated with construction sites and working with or near heavy equipment are present.


This position will require climbing, working at heights and/or working within confined spaces.


You must be able to work under adverse conditions in times of emergency and sometimes overtime may be required.


Additional Information


Frequent travel across the Province of Nova Scotia is a requirement of this position (a valid Driver’s License with a clean driving record is required).


This position requires the successful candidate to work on-site.


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.



Pay Grade:  PR 13  

Salary Range:  $2,469.30 - $3,001.65 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