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Coastal Protection Act Program Administrator (PAO 4)



Competition # : 32983 

Department: Environment and Climate Change

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 11/3/2021​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


Nova Scotia Environment and Climate Change’s role is to protect the environment, human health and farm animal welfare through regulatory excellence, conservation, partnership, and promotion. To achieve this, we strive to develop legislation, regulations and policies, process notifications, applications, and approvals for regulated activities based on sound scientific knowledge and expertise. Our goal is to educate, inspect and enforce to ensure compliance with legislation and regulations. We also proactively respond to environmental, conservation, farm animal welfare, and human health risks and work to develop programs and deliver services to enhance protection in these areas.


This position is based in our Water Branch. We are the strategic leaders of programs to manage and protect drinking water, water resources, and coastal and aquatic areas. We are specialists in our fields and trusted advisors to our government and colleagues on issues affecting water. We lead the collaborative and strategic development of Policy, standards, processes, tools, monitoring and training to manage risks and promote activities to protect health, water and shorelines.

About Our Opportunity


The Coastal Protection Act Program Administrator is the strategic and administrative leader of the program that implements the Coastal Protection Act and its regulations.


The Coastal Protection Act (CPA) creates province wide vertical and horizontal building setbacks and protections for sensitive coastal ecosystems along more than 13,000 km of coastline and intersecting approximately 80,000 properties.  The CPA works through existing legislation and enactments and therefore requires careful integration into existing municipal processes, as well as creating new regulatory standards to be observed in the approval processes for Crown Lands Act and Beaches Act permits issued by Lands and Forestry district offices across the province.


The effectiveness of the Act will rely heavily on the actions of a wide range of stakeholders. Stakeholder engagement and support (guidance, tools, training and advice) will be essential part of this role in building and maintaining a well-functioning program to achieve the Act’s purpose of Coastal Protection with minimal regulatory burden and unintended consequences.


The CPA Program Administrator will be responsible to lead continual improvement and quality of the program, with the objective of a simple, well-functioning and accountable program.

Primary Accountabilities


Within this role, you will be the technical and administrative lead on specific activities, including:


  • Development and delivery of training for program participants (e.g., designated professionals, municipal building permit administrators, etc)
  • Development and maintenance of guidance, templates and tools to support the program
  • Technical and policy advice 
  • Ministerial correspondence
  • Support to the department’s efforts to ensure compliance with regulations
  • Auditing and evaluation of the program

As a strategic program lead, you will collect evidence of program function to evaluate and report on program success both through data and continual engagement with key stakeholders. You will work with your management team and department to elevate and lead projects to address opportunities for improvement on a priority basis. 

Qualifications and Experience


As the successful candidate, you will have a relevant bachelor’s degree, such as engineering or geoscience, and at least 6 years of related work experience or an equivalent combination of training and experience. 


While not a requirement, you are encouraged to highlight your advanced education and qualification to register as a professional engineer or geoscientist in Nova Scotia. 


Experience in coastal science, developing and delivering technical training, and policy development would be considered assets in this role, as would experience in working with geospatial data tools, such as GIS. Your experience must clearly demonstrate your skills in stakeholder engagement, project and program management, and advanced written and verbal communication.  

To excel within this role, you must be a self-directed and organized team player with exceptional coalition building, project management, group facilitation and critical thinking skills. You are comfortable with public speaking and have excellent verbal communication skills to reach a variety of audiences. You can use data, theory and best practice to identify creative, practical and defensible approaches to overcoming challenges and be able to recognize and articulate appropriate approaches to policy issues.   You have a proven track record of working both independently and collaboratively with a team as well as experience building, empowering and leading multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural groups.  You must show that you can consider different viewpoints and can manage competing perspectives diplomatically as you will be expected to forge strong relationships of trust and collaboration between partners and meaningfully bring them together in planning.



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


35 hours a week. Some travel may be required across the province. You must either have a driver’s license or a reliable alternative form of transportation

Additional Information


PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information. 

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:  PR 17  

Salary Range:  $2,913.59 - $3,421.98 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