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Coordinator, Mental Health & Addictions



Competition # : 32839 

Department: Health and Wellness

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 10/20/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

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 (NSHA) and the IWK Health Centre (IWK), we’re committed to continually improving our health care system. With a focus on collaborative primary health care, acute care, improved supports for mental health and addictions, digital health, capital infrastructure, and more, the department is thinking differently about how to plan, fund, legislate and monitor to improve access and service delivery. To do this, we’re recruiting leaders at all levels of the organization who embrace a challenge and believe in their ability to make a difference.


We are recruiting for a Coordinator, Mental Health & Addictions with the Office of Mental Health and Addictions (OMHA). This is your opportunity to have an impact on the development and delivery of multiple plans, strategies, and initiatives that improve the mental health of the population, and address health inequities.


About Our Opportunity


The Coordinator, Mental Health & Addictions is a key member of OMHA. You will lead the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of initiatives focused on improving access to treatment for mental illness and addictions and supporting efforts to improve quality and accountability. You will work closely with intersectoral partners including, but not limited to, intradepartmental, provincial, federal, and territorial colleagues, the NSHA and IWK, the Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment Act (IPTA) Review Board, the private and non-profit sector, and broader community.


Primary Accountabilities


Your key responsibilities will include but are not limited to:


  • Participating in, and in many cases leading, the completion of complex policy and project initiatives which require significant coordination and collaboration across multiple sectors.
  • Participating in, and in many cases leading, the development of standards, policy, legislation, and models of care.
  • Providing input into development and implementation of an accountability framework with results-based management tools, processes and indicators that monitor, assess risk, impact, and progress of system performance.
  • Leading multiple teams and providing functional direction to staff in various working groups, both within OMHA and collaboratively with staff from other departments, NSHA and IWK, and members of the IPTA Review Board, private and non-profit sector, and broader community.
  • Monitoring the planning and delivery of OMHA’s services under IPTA, ensuring they are delivered in accordance with relevant legislative and regulatory frameworks, approved plans, outcome frameworks, and according to contracts, where they exist.
  • Providing HR support to a team of Clerk 3 staff including, but not limited to, professional development, performance management, and work planning. Contributing to the effective functioning of the team by setting and evaluating staff performance targets, promoting cultural competence and inclusion, and a healthy, respectful workplace.
  • Effectively managing the financial resources allocated to the IPTA Review Board.


As the Coordinator, Mental Health & Addictions, you will report to the Program Director, OMHA.


Qualifications and Experience


As the successful candidate you have a bachelor’s degree in a related field as well as several years of experience in the design, development, implementation and evaluation/monitoring of policies and programs.


You will demonstrate experience with the following:


  • Progressive position responsibility.
  • Experience supervising staff/team of staff. Strong leadership skills with proven ability to build collaborative working relationships.
  • A strong analytical mind who can also think conceptually and see the big picture.
  • Highly developed communications skills and using tact and diplomacy to communicate effectively to any individual regardless of their level.
  • Demonstrated experience leading complex projects to achieve objectives, work collaboratively, and motivate people and teams.
  • Demonstrated understanding and respect of cultural differences including a commitment to recognizing diversity both between and within cultural groups.


The following will be considered assets:


  • Knowledge of structure, processes, and key players in Government.
  • Familiarity with relevant mental health and addictions legislation including IPTA.
  • Experience working in a role that entails the provision of service delivery for individuals/families/communities impacted by addictions and/or mental health.
  • Experience dealing with various HR matters.


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 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 and experience will be considered.


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


Most of your time is spent in a comfortable office setting. Your normal work week is 35 hours/week, 7 hours/day.


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:  $3,062.13 - $3,836.49 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