Share this Job

Director, African Canadian Services (Designated)



Competition # : 35448 

Department: Education & Early Childhood Development

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 5/27/2022 (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: African Nova Scotians  


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 Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is leading the transformation of the early years and public education system in Nova Scotia. We are doing this by designing an innovative curriculum, facilitating excellence in teaching and learning, ensuring an inclusive education experience, and working closely with our partners in education. This will provide children, students, and families with a strong foundation for success. This department is a perfect fit for those that want to be part of the future of public education in the province by supporting student learning in a progressive and responsive policy environment.


The African Canadian Services Branch is located within the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is dedicated to collaborating across the Department to build a Nova Scotian educational system that is equitable, culturally responsive and a safe learning environment for African Nova Scotian/Black learners.  ACSB is dedicated to advancing the holistic development, well-being and scholarship of African Nova Scotian and African Canadian learners.


The African Canadian Division was established in February of 1996 to implement the Department’s response to the BLAC Report on Education, Redressing Inequity Empowering Black Learners.


ACSB’s mandate is located at the following link:

About Our Opportunity


As the Director, you are accountable for the effective planning, development, direction and implementation of programs and services to meet the educational needs of African Nova Scotian/Canadian learners and the African Nova Scotian community, and ensure that the programs reflect the history and culture of African people.  The Director ensures the Department is fulfilling its responsibility of providing African Nova Scotian/Canadian learners with the essential knowledge, skills and attitudes to become capable, lifelong learners and valued contributing members of society.


The Director provides leadership and guidance to other branches and divisions for the development, implementation and monitoring of the Department's anti-racism policy, guidelines for the evaluation of teaching and learning resources for race and cultural bias.  The Director ensures student assessments and testing practices do not discriminate based on race or culture, ensuring that all students and teachers have the benefits of cross-cultural and race relations training and information.


The Director ensures that the Regional Education Centres address the need to increase the number of Black teachers, administrators, and Student Support Workers in schools across the Province, while networking and making presentations to the Nova Scotia Teachers Union (NSTU), the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission and the Nova Scotia Education Common Services Bureau.


This position reports to the Executive Director, African Canadian Services Branch.

Primary Accountabilities


Ensuring the effective management of human and financial resources by setting and evaluating staff performance targets, promoting diversity and a healthy workplace, respecting corporate human resources practices, promoting teamwork and individual development, maintaining internal communication monitoring revenues and expenditures, adhering to procurement guidelines, acquiring goods and services in the most cost-effective manner, and accurately forecasting budget requirements for the fiscal year.


Strategically implement and ensure that projects and initiatives are actioned in accordance with projected timelines and budgetary allocations and provide support to staff in the fulfillment of operational plans and expectations.


Provide leadership and management in support of the administration of the Scholarship Program and Grant Program for African Nova Scotian  (Black) students; develop and implement funding strategies, in partnership with government departments and non-government agencies, which will ensure equitable access to educational programs and training opportunities for African Nova Scotian/Canadian learners. 

Qualifications and Experience


To be successful in this role you possess a master’s degree in Education (or related field) with 5 years of Educational experience in progressively responsible roles, including at least three years leading teams of professionals.  An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered. As a skilled negotiator, networker, and people manager you have successfully managed complex stakeholder relationships and demonstrated a capacity to build collaborative and high-performance teams. This must be clearly demonstrated in your cover letter.


Have you thought about a career in education that helps support Nova Scotia’s education mandate and working with African Nova Scotian/Canadian learners?


Here at the African Canadian Services Branch, we are looking for an individual that has a passion for education and inclusion while building trusting relationships. 


You will also possess a high degree of political acuity and judgment along with highly developed communication skills (verbal and written). You will have strong organizational and project planning skills, research and analytical skills and an open and creative approach to problem solving.

Qualifications and Experience Con't


You are strategic, consultative, and possess effective influencing skills, and an ability to build and maintain relationships with various levels of government, community members, teachers, and students. You are proficient in Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Power Point). 


Leadership competencies required at this level of work are:  Decisiveness, Strategic Orientation, Developing Others, Team Leadership, Self-Awareness and Personal Impact, 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.



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. 


Additional Information


This is a term employment opportunity with an anticipated end date of March 31, 2023. The appointment 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:  EC 13 

Salary Range:  $3,804.02 - $4,755.01 Bi-Weekly   


Employment Equity Statement:


Current government employees may access this posting through the link below:



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