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Director, Internal Audit

Date: Feb 19, 2021

Location: HALIFAX, NS, CA, B3J 2Y3

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Competition # : 28989 

Department: Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 3/5/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


At the Department of Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services, we impact every citizen, business and municipality in Nova Scotia. Our mandate is to design and deliver programs and services to meet the needs of our clients and the public good through a culture of excellence.  Our vision is to be a recognized leader in service and public protection that delivers trusted, accessible, modern programs, and contributes to Nova Scotia as a safe and desirable place to live, work and do business.

About Our Opportunity


The Internal Audit Centre is looking for a seasoned professional with significant experience in internal auditing, including information technology (IT) audit and analytics, to lead our dynamic team of professionals. Do you understand risk in an internal audit context? Are you described as a natural leader? Are you considered a high achiever and driven to succeed? Do you have a passion for employee engagement and creating a culture where employees feel valued and motivated to give their best? Is leading people and projects one of your key strengths? If this sounds like you, this opportunity may be a perfect fit.


Under the direction of the Executive Director, Internal Audit, the Director will be accountable for administering internal audit activities across Government Departments. In this role you will support management in the effective discharge of their responsibilities by providing independent and objective assurance and consulting services that add value while improving provincial operations.

Primary Accountabilities


  • Support the development of a risk-based audit plan by identifying and prioritizing issues for audit planning purposes.
  • Promote and maintain the strategic plan, mission, vision and values of the Internal Audit Centre, through strong leadership and active involvement with audit staff and engagements while ensuring consistency in practice between the audit teams.
  • Support the development and implementation of a long-term strategic plan for the provision of audit and advisory services.
  • Support the development of an enabled IT/digital Internal Audit Centre.  This will include increasing IT knowledge and expertise, building the analytics skills of staff, and utilizing data analytics to support client engagements. 
  • Re-define how we work both internally and with clients to support a digital organization in the internet era.  This includes things like exploring agile ways of working, how we communicate and collaborate with our clients, how we analyze and conclude on data, and ways we present information.
  • Provide oversight for the Fraud Risk Management Program and the effort to create a strong ethical government workforce that prevents, deters, and detects fraudulent activities.
  • Establish measurable objectives that guide the audit teams in performing their work to promote the economic, effective, and efficient use of taxpayer resources.
  • Oversee internal audit activities in accordance with the IIA standards and contribute to the overall effectiveness of the Internal Audit Centre by supporting internal initiatives and the continuous evaluation and improvement of activities.
  • Provide timely and appropriate reporting to senior leadership on a regular basis. This includes providing the Executive Director with regular, formal updates regarding staffing issues, audit scheduling, and follow up activities.
  • Build and maintain a communication network with senior management in government, peers in other jurisdictions and industries, external consultants, and others for the purpose of sharing knowledge related to best practices and emerging issues.
  • Ensure the effective management of financial resources.

Qualifications and Experience


As the ideal candidate, you possess a bachelor’s degree in a related field and at least six (6) years of relevant audit experience. You hold an accounting or auditing designation (e.g. CPA, CIA, and/or CISA) and thorough knowledge of governance, risk management, internal controls, and IT audit and analytics. Holding a Master’s degree (MPA, MBA), a recognized fraud designation, and/or experience with information technology are considered assets.


You can demonstrate that you maintain a high-level of expertise through continued professional development involving attendance at seminars, membership in professional associations, self-learning, and sharing of information with other accounting/auditing entities.


The Director must have strong analytical, interpersonal and communication skills both written and verbal, and able to exercise discretion working with confidential information. You are a high-level performer with the demonstrated strong ability to multi-task, manage projects and to lead and develop professional staff.


Leadership competencies required at this level of work are: Decisiveness, Strategic Orientation, Developing Others, Team Leadership, Self-Awareness & Personal Impact, Effective Interactive Communication, Partnering & Relationship Building, and Intercultural & 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



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.

Additional Information


This is a full-time, Permanent employment opportunity.


Travel between government departments and the Internal Audit Centre will be required.

What We Offer


  • Career Development where you have access to career guidance, tools, resources, and ongoing training for every stage of your career.
  • An engaged workplace where we foster respect and recognition.
  • 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 for Nova Scotians.
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules.



Pay Grade:  EC 14 

Salary Range:  $3,903.65 - $4,868.11 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