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Community Liaison Coordinator (Designated)



Competition # : 37849 

Department: Mental Health and Addictions

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 2/6/2023 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

Designation Status


Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  Under the Government of Nova Scotia’s Employment Equity Policy, this position is designated and therefore, only applicants from the following group will be considered:  Indigenous People, African Nova Scotian and other Racially Visible Persons, and persons with Disabilities.


If you are a member of one of these equity groups, you must self-identify during the application process, to be considered.

About Us


The Department of Health and Wellness offers opportunities to grow and advance in a dynamic sector that touches the lives of all Nova Scotians.  Along with our partners, including the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the IWK Health Centre, we’re committed to continually improving our health care system. With a focus on continual improvements within the Health System, the department is thinking differently about how to plan, fund, legislate and monitor to improve access and service delivery. To do this, we need leaders at all levels of the organization who embrace a challenge and believe in their ability to make a difference.


The Office of Addictions and Mental Health (OAMH) works closely with the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA), and the Izaak Walton Killam Health Centre (IWK) Mental Health and Addictions programs (MHAP). The goal is to ensure that Nova Scotians receive the right service, at the right place, at the right time by the right care provider.  OAMH partners with numerous community-based organizations to fund and support the delivery of important mental health and addiction services. In addition to traditional mental health and addiction support, our work also includes interventions and actions that will help address the social determinants of health, including collaboration with our partners within and across government departments. OAMH is responsible for ensuring harm reduction and anti-stigma approaches are taken in delivering mental health/addiction care in Nova Scotia.

About Our Opportunity


Reporting to the Program Director, Office of Addictions and Mental Health (OAMH), the Community Liaison Coordinator is a key member of the Branch whose role is to drive initiatives that are focused on enhancing community wellness. This position provides evidence-based research, policy analysis, strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation for the creation, implementation and evaluation of a structure that will support liaising with community organizations identified as contributing to the efforts to enhance community mental health and wellness.


There are no direct reports associated with this position though the successful applicant will have opportunities to work collaboratively with other members of the team, exploring leadership competencies to help ensure OAMH operational needs are met.

Primary Accountabilities


You will directly contribute to the success of the Office of Addictions and Mental Health by supporting the team in the following ways:

•    Providing leadership to complex addictions and mental health system projects, across the continuum of addictions and mental health, with significant coordination and collaboration across multi-sectors – department, government (e.g. Finance and Treasury Board, Municipal Affairs and Housing), health authorities and community-based organizations (e.g. system performance evaluation and monitoring, indicator development, gap analysis).
•    Development of system strategy, standards, legislation, and grant frameworks related to community organizations contributing to community wellness.
•    Implementation and monitoring of a comprehensive accountability framework. Developing strong governance in organizations that deliver on key indicators of impact and intended outcomes.
•    Leading multiple teams and providing functional direction to staff in various working groups, both within the branch and collaboratively with staff from other branches and/or departments. (e.g. internal working groups to identify strategies to improve health system performance, monitoring of health system outcomes and performance measures, etc.). 
•    Ensuring the effective management of financial resources by setting and evaluating organization performance targets, promoting diversity and a healthy, respectful workplace, monitoring Grant expenditures.

Qualifications and Experience


A post-secondary degree in a related discipline (e.g. social science or health and human services) with demonstrated related management experience; an acceptable equivalent combination of education, training and experience may be considered.  Work experience in the field of addictions and mental health is preferred.
Must have demonstrated experience in policy analysis, operational planning, legislation development, and preparing reports and briefing materials. Experience and/or education in the field of community development is required. The successful candidate will be a demonstrated leader, team player, well organized, capable of prioritizing and delegating high level work under tight timelines, and able to exercise sound judgement under pressure.  Requires demonstrated experience successfully communicating at various levels within an organization (both verbal and written).
Graduate degrees such as M.A.Ed, M.S.W, MSAC would be considered as asset.

Proficiency with computer software such as MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook is required.
Leadership competencies required at this level of work are: Analytical Thinking, Action Management, Team Leadership, Initiative, Effective Interactive Communication, Partnering and Relationship Building, and Intercultural and 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.



An equivalent combination of training, education or experience (additional time working in a similar setting/field) will be considered. Applicants relying on education and/or 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)    Physical Effort 
Job is spent predominantly working at a computer with occasional phone use. Occasionally moves/lifts light objects such as office supplies, equipment, and boxes of files. 
b)    Physical Environment 
Typically located in a comfortable office environment. Work from home model is supported. 
Most of the time is spent sitting in a comfortable position with opportunity to move about. Ergonomic tools are available to reduce repetitive strain injuries. 
c)    Sensory Attention 
Environment can experience periods of time of high stimulation due to receipt of multiple email/phone correspondence requiring time-sensitive response. Attention to detail is paramount to ensure decisions/actions are in compliance with the legislation. 
d)    Mental Pressures 
Must be able to balance multiple priorities and produce high-quality, accurate results while dealing with time pressures and changing deadlines/schedules, periods of time where volume of work is high, and conflicting demands from various internal and external sources – all which must be responded to efficiently and in a respectful manner.

Additional Information


This is a permanent position.

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:  EC 11 

Salary Range:  $3,143.79 - $3,929.78 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.


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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