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Community Navigator (Program Admin Officer 3) (Designated)



Competition # : 32950 

Department: Equity and Anti-Racism Initiatives

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 10/22/2021​ (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:  Due to the nature of this project, this is a designated position that is restricted to members of the African Nova Scotian community.  


If you are a member of this equity group, you must clearly identify in your cover letter and self-identify during the application process, to be considered.


About Us


The Office of Equity and Anti-Racism Initiatives (OEA) will provide oversight and enhance efforts related to equity and anti-racism throughout government.


We are an energetic team with a positive attitude and determination to make a difference by applying an all of government approach to address systemic racism and ableism, promote diversity and achieve anti-racist outcomes that lead to economic success and well being.


If you are interested in making a difference in the area of equity and anti-racism and wish to join a strong team environment who strive to achieve success, we are interested in hearing from you.

About Our Opportunity


In 1963, a legislative process was created to clear up land title and land ownership issues for residents who live in thirteen specific communities within Nova Scotia. The process allows residents in these Land Title Clarification Areas (LTCA) to give information to the government on how they (or those for whom they inherited or bought the land) have used and occupied the land. This position will be dedicated to the land title clarification areas of North Preston, East Preston, Cherry Brook, Lincolnville, and Sunnyville. As the community navigator you will be working in these communities, directly with residents in the land title clarification areas, to navigate the process to obtain clear title.


The Community Navigator interacts with a variety of individuals including community members, stakeholders, lawyers, and government staff. You will invest in understanding the unique context of each individual community to support residents.  The Community Navigator has tact and a high level of professionalism when communicating with various community stakeholders when navigating the land title process. As the Community Navigator your primary area of responsibility will include resident support to assist the Land Titles Initiative for residents who live in five specific communities within Nova Scotia.


This position reports to the Manager, Land Titles Initiative.

Primary Accountabilities


As the Community Navigator, you will provide support, direction, and leadership to African Nova Scotians throughout the Land Titles Initiative, you also: 


  • Have an understanding of the African Nova Scotian community, and the unique context of each individual community, its historical significance, and the current challenges.
  • Lead contact between individuals and the various government departments required to verify a claim through all the steps and processes necessary for successful completion.
  • Involve extensive work with residents, municipal and government departments, non-profit agencies and support groups.
  • Build strong relationships to assist with encouraging residents to identify their needs and be the primary contact between internal and external entities involved in the process.
  • Develop written reports, correspondence and deliver presentations in public settings.

Qualifications and Experience


To be successful in this position, you hold a bachelors’ degree in Arts, Public Administration, Business, or a relevant post-secondary field of study, plus five years of related experience.  An equivalent combination of training and experience may be considered.  To be considered for this position you must have an understanding and knowledge of African Nova Scotian communities. You have experience in successful relationship building techniques to ensure an unbiased process is leveraged. In addition, you have acquired the skills to assist in mediation if required.


You possess exceptional communication skills both verbal and written; and the ability to build productive relationships with community members, non-governmental and governmental members (both internally and externally). You have excellent interpersonal skills, and are skilled at connecting and navigating with community members and groups facing barriers and challenges. You are proficient using Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint), have excellent research capabilities, and strong organizational skills with attention to detail and accuracy while balancing priorities.


In addition, you will act with the greatest discretion and confidentiality, and communicate with sensitivity in all situations.  You will also have the ability to adhere to deadlines while maintaining confidence from all stakeholders.


Knowledge of community histories and complex issues from the diverse perspectives of stakeholders is key in this role.


A valid driver's license is a requirement for this position.


The following would be viewed as assets:


  • a Degree in Law; and
  • Community Development practices or experience.


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 offering and eligibility criteria. 

Working Conditions


Travel throughout the Province is required to the areas of North Preston, East Preston, Cherry Brook, Lincolnville, and Sunnyville. 

Additional Information


Please note, this competition will be used to fill 2 term opportunities, with an anticipated end date of March 31, 2023; however, the position status (“term”, “temporary” or “casual”) is dependent on the start date of the successful candidate.

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 13  

Salary Range:  $2,396.86 - $2,913.59 Bi-Weekly




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