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Clerk 3 (Accounting Clerk)



Competition # : 33604 

Department: Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 12/9/2021​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services supports the public sector as it delivers programs and services that Nova Scotians rely on. We deliver services to government and beyond by processing a million financial transactions each year, auditing government operations, optimizing information and technology, managing major purchases for the public sector and helping public bodies administer the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIPOP) Act and the Records Act.


We are well-positioned to meet our goals so that other departments can focus on delivering important programs for Nova Scotians.


About Our Opportunity


The Financial Service Delivery Branch/Operational Accounting, Department of Internal Services has an opening that will provide the opportunity to apply your excellent financial expertise and client service in a setting that offers challenges and values collaborative teamwork and innovative thinking. Under the general direction of the Coordinator, Operational Accounting, the Accounting Clerk will be responsible for timely and accurate processing of financial documents.


Primary Accountabilities


  • Processiong invoices, cheque requisitions, journal entries, travel expenses, etc.
  • Ensure all financial transactions are in adherence to generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and comply with government policies and procedures.
  • Verify documentation, signing authorities, tax codes and order numbers 


Qualifications and Experience


As the ideal candidate, you have at least three years related experience. An equivalent combination of related training and experience may be acceptable.


Experience with SAP Accounts Payable and General Ledger or a comparable large Enterprise Resource Planning Application (ERP) would be an asset as well as knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and bookkeeping procedures.


The successful candidate must be comfortable in a computer-based work environment, with proficiency in Microsoft Office software. The will also possess excellent organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills and the ability to manage large volumes of workflow while maintaining accuracy and meeting service level objectives as well as the ability to react and adjust positively to changes in work environment and in policies and procedures.


The ability to scrutinize and reconcile financial information and to detect and resolve discrepancies are considered assets.




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. 


Additional Information


This competition will be used to fill 2 permanent positions and 1 term position. 


Please note, the expected Term status position has an anticipated end date of June 30, 2022; however, the position status (“term”, “temporary” or “casual”) is dependent on the start date of the successful candidate.


This position offers the opportunity to enroll in the Flex NS working hours.


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


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:  $1,579.09 - $1,766.79 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