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Director, Organizational Development (Designated)



Competition # : 33663 

Department: Public Service Commission

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 12/10/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)


Please join us for a virtual information session to find out more about working for the Province of Nova Scotia and an opportunity to ask questions.  This session will be held on Monday December 6, 2021 from noon-1pm AST and hosted by Managing Director Pam Matheson and Tracey Thomas Executive Director.  You may join here:

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Designation Status


This opportunity is designated to those who self-identify as Indigenous Persons, African Nova Scotian or Other Racially Visible Persons and/or Persons with Disabilities.  If you are a member of one or more of these equity groups, you must self-identify during the application process to be considered.  


About Us


The Public Service Commission (PSC) is a modern client-centric human resources organization within the Nova Scotia Public Service supporting government departments, agencies and employees as they deliver programs and services to Nova Scotians.  We are committed to be the change for a more engaged and inclusive public service.  Our work culture is one of collaboration, flexibility, partnership and continuous improvement.


The PSC has four key deliverables:


  • Younger Workers: Continue to champion youth hiring and participation of younger workers aged 35 and under in the public service
  • Equity, Diversity & Inclusion: Lead efforts to attract, retain, and celebrate diversity and equity within the public service and maintain focus on attracting, hiring, and promoting workers from diverse backgrounds
  • Psychological Health & Safety: Continue to support the psychological health and safety of the Nova Scotia public service
  • Human Resources & Employee Relation Solutions: Continue to lead public service innovation by providing human resource and employee relation solutions


For more information on the Public Service Commission please visit the following link:


About Our Opportunity


Reporting to the Managing Director, People and Culture, this is an excellent opportunity for an experienced and innovative learning and development leader to provide strategic input into existing and new organizational development and talent management initiatives with a highly engaged group of employees and leaders. If you are a collaborative and creative leader focused on making an impact in public service this may be the perfect opportunity for you!


Primary Accountabilities


As Director you will be leading a high performing team in the design and implementation of innovative Organizational Development and talent management strategies, processes and systems that enhance employee engagement, support an inclusive learning and development culture and ensure a skilled and competent government workforce. 

Other accountabilities include:

  • Applying an equity, diversity and inclusion lens to organizational development programs and services to ensure they support a culture of inclusion and align with government’s core values.
  • Building and leveraging strong relationships with leaders across the PSC, government, external partners, institutions, and interjurisdictional teams to help address the strategic business needs of clients. 
  • Setting the strategic direction of customized learning solutions by understanding organizational and departmental needs, OD trends, and principles of adult education.
  • Providing effective and collaborative management to a team of highly engaged organizational development professionals
  • Leading research and development initiatives to evolve organizational development through innovation and technology, including e-learning development.
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of OD and talent management programs and initiatives across the organization to ensure they are meeting client needs.
  • Collaborating with other teams in the PSC to ensure a seamless and consistent response to meeting unique clients needs.


Qualifications and Experience


As the successful candidate you will possess:

  • A post-secondary degree specializing in adult education, organizational development, education, or a related discipline with several years related experience in organizational and employee development
  • In-depth experience, skills and knowledge in the areas of adult learning and organizational development sufficient to provide leadership to the OD team and other leaders in these areas. 
  • Excellent leadership skills with the ability to delegate and coordinate activities and lead and motivate OD professionals.
  • Strong demonstration of LEADS leadership capabilities (Leading Self, Engaging Others, Achieving Results, Developing Coalitions and Systems Transformation)




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.


Equivalent experience and training include, but are not limited to:


  • Minimum 4 years of related experience with HR program/curriculum development, leadership development, training delivery, talent management, facilitation, consultation, and coaching.
  • Related experience should be progressive and demonstrate management of teams and multiple projects.




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


  • Normal work week is 35 hours/week, 7 hours/day.
  • May be required to work overtime on occasion.
  • Majority of time is spent in an office setting in Halifax, with flexible working from home arrangements.


Additional Information


Please note this is a 2-year Term opportunity. 


On October 6, 2021 the Government of Nova Scotia has announced full vaccination will be a condition of employment for new staff being hired.  View the news release.


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:  $3,705.20 - $4,642.15 Bi-Weekly   



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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