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Director, Operational Accounting



Competition # : 35328 

Department: Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 5/25/2022 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

Valuing Diversity


At Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services (SNS-IS) we don’t just accept difference – we celebrate a supportive culture of diversity, inclusion and belonging!  We work hard to create an environment where different perspectives and experiences are welcome and valued.  We are committed to helping diverse talent thrive. 


We encourage applications from those that equally value diversity.

About Us


Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services is a unique department committed to deliver, with excellence, a vast array of services to the citizens and businesses of Nova Scotia.  The department provides tools and supports that enable other government departments and public sector entities to focus on providing quality services and deliver on their priorities.


The Financial Services Division of SNS-IS provides transactional financial services for all of government.   The teams of this division pay the bills, receive revenue, process payroll and recover debt.

About Our Opportunity


Within the Financial Services Division, Operational Accounting provides transactional financial services, using a Shared Services model, to the province’s departments, agencies, boards, and commissions.  This includes centralized and integrated support and services in areas of payment production, vendor/customer management, corporate credit card management, accounts payable, accounts receivable, procurement, as well as month end, calendar year end and fiscal year end procedures and internal controls for transactional financial services for the Province.  If it sounds like this job was meant for you, then come join a team of like-minded professionals looking to make a difference, who take pride in the work they do and the contribution they make.


If you thrive on leading a team which is responsible for meeting the needs of its clients, ensuring services are provided to agreed upon service standards while working to improve the way in which tasks are performed, then this is the right job for you.  This is an amazing opportunity for you to support five Managers working with seven functional teams, striving to achieve client service excellence in a shared services environment.

Primary Accountabilities


As the Director of Operational Accounting, you will provide strategic leadership, operational support, and guidance.  You provide expert advice and assistance to the Executive Director and in some cases the Deputy Minister, in the development of innovative strategies and initiatives to assist the division and province in meeting its fiscal and service objectives.


As Director you will strengthen control in the environment ensuring standardization across departments, eliminating duplication of efforts, and ensuring effective policy, standards, quality management, accountability processes and metrics are current and firmly in place to support the shared services model.


An open and engaging leader, you work with your team and senior officials to provide leadership, advice, and oversight in the development of corporate policies and procedures involving complex integrated systems and services government wide.

Qualifications and Experience


•    A Bachelor’s degree and a Chartered Professional Accounting (CPA) designation with significant experience in management in an operational accounting environment where your CPA designation was required and applied in your role; 
•    Demonstrated a high level of integrity through significant progressive management experience leading a team of client service providers in a transactional financial setting;
•    Client focused through partnering and strong relationship building;
•    Demonstrated ability to shape a positive and collaborative organizational environment that demonstrates strong team leadership and develops people and relationships that affect positive change; 
•    Demonstrated effective management of human and financial resources by setting and evaluating performance targets, promoting diversity and a healthy, respectful workplace, demonstrating leadership competencies, respecting corporate human resources practices, promoting team work and individual development, maintaining internal communications, 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. 
•    Operational knowledge and experience working in an Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP) system, SAP FICO (Financial Accounting and Controlling Cost Centre Accounting Modules) would be considered an asset; 
•    Strategic and forward thinking for future opportunities to provide innovative services to other government-funded entities;
•    Strong decision-making skills and the ability to communicate to a diverse group of individuals;
•    A demonstrated commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.




Based on the employment status, 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. 

Working Conditions


  • Normal work week is 35 hours/week, 7 hours/day
  • May be required to work overtime on occasion

Additional Information


Competencies which may be evaluated during the interview process may include: Analytical Thinking, Strategic Orientation, Innovativeness, Adaptability and Flexibility, Initiative, Effective Interactive Communication, Partnering and Relationship Building and Intercultural & Diversity Proficiency. 


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

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:  $4,184.42 - $5,230.52 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