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Deputy Minister, Education and Early Childhood Development



Competition # : 37334 

Department: Education & Early Childhood Development

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Government Officials - NSPG 

Closing Date: 12/1/2022 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

Diversity Statement


We don’t just accept difference – we celebrate a supportive culture of diversity and belonging.  We strive to create an environment where different perspectives and experiences are welcomed and valued.  We strongly encourage applications from members of equity seeking groups (Indigenous People, African Nova Scotia and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities), from members of the 2SLGBTQI+ community, and those that equally value and champion equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Department Overview


The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development has a broad mandate that includes responsibility for early childhood development and the education of children and youth through the public school system. The Department works to ensure children in their early years have the support they need for a positive start to school, works to ensure students benefit from a quality pre-primary to 12 education, and works with teachers, regional executive directors, community partners, and many others to provide children, students, and families in Nova Scotia with a strong foundation for success.



The Deputy Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development serves as the Department’s executive head, a key point of accountability, direction, and collaboration within the education system and an integral member of the leadership team of the Nova Scotia public service. As the Deputy Minister, you will lead planning and prioritization to promote good governance, develop and communicate priorities and strategic direction, and drive performance within the education system in Nova Scotia. You will provide sound advice on policies and processes and develop effective, open, and consultative relationships with key stakeholders. By providing leadership and direction in the effective implementation of the Department’s core business functions, you will improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and economy of the Department’s operations and ensure quality service is provided to the public.



A proven leader in the education or public sector, you have significant experience managing services and multiple stakeholder relationships within a complex environment. You understand systems thinking and are fluently conversant with how the education system operates today and will serve as a champion of the continued transformation of that system in order to provide access to a quality education and a brighter future for students and for the province. Collaboration, creativity, tenacity, and accountability are the hallmarks of your leadership.


You are comfortable working within a publicly accountable context and hold yourself to the highest standards of professional public service. You are committed to student success and to the renewal of Nova Scotia’s education system in order to provide all students with the chance to reach their full potential.



Pay Grade:  SO2 

Salary Range:  $6,993.53 - $8,741.90 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. To further support diverse and inclusive workplaces, we also welcome people who identify as a member of the 2SLGBTQI+ community to apply and self-identify on your cover letter or resume.


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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