Director, Mineral Management



Competition # : 43337 

Department: Natural Resources & Renewables

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 25-Jul-24  (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


Nova Scotia is rich in natural resources – including biodiversity, forests, geological resources, provincial parks and the land we manage. The Department of Natural Resources & Renewables is responsible for the development, management, conservation and protection of forest, mineral, parks and wildlife resources and the administration of the province's Crown land. Together we are working with Nova Scotians to build a better future through sustainable natural resource management as we all benefit from the natural health and wealth of the province.

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About Our Opportunity


Reporting to the Executive Director of the Geoscience and Mines Branch, the Director, Mineral Management Division is accountable for strategic planning, direction, and administration of provincial legislation, regulations, policies and programs related to the development of the province's mineral resources in accordance with the Mineral Resources Act and Regulations and supports the achievement of the Department's strategic and operational goals. The Director provides leadership and planning, develops and implements programs and policies, and provides advice and information regarding all aspects of the mining industry to government, the public, the mineral industry, other stakeholders, the Mi'kmaq of Nova Scotia, non-governmental organizations and communities of interest. 

Primary Accountabilities


The Director of Mineral Management is responsible for:


  • Providing advice and recommendations to the Executive Director and/or Minister as requested on issues related to mining, mineral tenure, interpretation of the Mineral Resources Act, contaminated sites remediation and mining-related regulatory processes in Nova Scotia.
  • Leading and managing the implementation of regulatory requirements, and directs the activity of the Registry of Mineral and Petroleum Titles, ensuring that mining land use activities are properly regulated and monitored. 
  • Effectively leading a team while maintaining effective internal communications, monitoring of revenues and expenditures, and accurately forecasting and reporting budget requirements. 
  • Leading and directing the review and development of legislation, regulations, policies, goals, and strategies related to mineral resourced and their operational, financial, and economic development implications. 
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with other government and mining industry partners to encourage the use of best practices in mineral exploration and mining. 

Qualifications and Experience


To be the successful candidate, you must hold a bachelor's or graduate degree in Engineering or Science in one of the following disciplines: mining (preferred), geotechnical, geological, metallurgical, civil, or geoscience. The successful candidate must also be eligible for registration with Engineers of Nova Scotia or the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Nova Scotia. 


You must have extensive experience in mining industry operations, a government organization responsible for administration or regulation of the mining industry, or a mining-related organization. You must be familiar with Nova Scotia's and Canada's mineral industries, the role of public policy and regulatory issues in public service resource management, current trends and issues in mining, minerals engineering and geoscience, and the role of government in administration of minerals programs in a societal context. 


The successful candidate must have progressive experience in the management of human and financial resources, and have demonstrated leadership skills, with the ability to develop and mobilize a team. 


We will assess the above qualifications and capabilities using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.



Based on the employment status, the Government of Nova Scotia offers its employees a wide range of benefits such as a Defined Benefit Pension Plan, Health, Dental, Life Insurance, General illness, Short and Long Term Disability, Vacation and Employee and Family Assistance Programs.  For information on all our Benefit program offerings, click here: Benefits for government employees.

Working Conditions


Typically located in a comfortable office environment with an opportunity to move about the premises.  Occasionally mine site visits are required, which might require the use of protective gear such as a hard hat, safety boots, eyewear, and gloves. Travel is required.

Additional Information


This is a permanent position based in Halifax.

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 14 

Salary Range:  $4,461.45 - $5,576.81 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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PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information. 


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