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Director, Housing Programs

Date: Jan 4, 2021

Location: HALIFAX, NS, CA, B3J 3K5

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Competition # : 28433 

Department: Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 1/22/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing is dedicated to working with municipalities to build healthy, vibrant, and safe communities throughout Nova Scotia. Municipal Affairs provides programs, grants, and funding opportunities for municipalities and community groups. The Department also provides services and guidance to municipalities in many areas including land use planning, budget planning and finance, infrastructure development, policy and program development, and support for economic development through the management of the Regional Enterprise Network program.


The Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing is also responsible for ensuring the availability of safe, suitable, and affordable housing for all Nova Scotians. Our work involves making strategic investments, leveraging new funding, and building on critical partnerships to help further position ourselves to meet current and future housing challenges.


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About Our Opportunity


Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Housing and Municipal Sustainability, the Director, Housing Programs is responsible for the overall planning, administration, and operations of the Housing Programs division. The Director leads the stabilization and growth of the community housing sector through active engagement with various stakeholders and strategic program implementation. In addition, the Director will lead the rent supplement and affordable housing programs by providing oversight on the direction of the division and ensuring efficient and effective operations.


Primary Accountabilities


As the Director, you will plan and direct operational priorities, strategic goals, and initiatives in accordance with the strategic direction and budgetary framework set by the COO. Furthermore, you are responsible for determining staffing needs, recruitment, hiring, coaching, scheduling, directing and disciplining staff.  The Department will count on your strong management abilities to lead program development, administration, and continuous improvement. You will also lead change required to adjust existing programs and program structures to most effectively advance provincial housing priorities and National Housing Strategy (NHS) goals.


Qualifications and Experience


You have a bachelor’s degree in business, planning, or other related discipline. You must have extensive experience in program planning, design, and implementation in the housing or related sector. A related graduate degree would be considered an asset.


Your experience with government, private sector, non-profit, and community-based agencies allows you to implement programs that have the greatest impact. You are known to be a strategic thinker who is up to date on current industry, social, political, and environmental trends and can draw upon a well-established network of industry colleagues when needed.


To be successful in this role, it is essential that you have experience in:


  • Transforming community housing;
  • Program implementation and administration;
  • Planning and project management;
  • Strategic proposal development;
  • Change management strategies;
  • Interpreting and applying knowledge of laws, regulations and acts which guide the industry;
  • Creating complex financial modeling;
  • Contract negotiation;
  • Analysis related to improving of operating structures and diverse program delivery; and
  • Creating and building partnerships with the private and not-for-profit sector.


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.




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, with some site visits as required.


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.
  • Mentorship through iNSpire; a new formal, interdepartmental mentorship program that connects employees so they can gain knowledge and experience to support their career development.
  • Countless Career Paths.
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules.




Pay Grade:  EC 13 

Salary Range:  $3,548.79 - $4,425.55 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