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Director, Regional Services



Competition # : 37198 

Department: Communities, Culture, Tourism & Heritage

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 12/7/2022 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

Valuing Diversity


At the Department of of Communities, Culture, Tourism & Heritage 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 valued.


We are committed to helping diverse talent thrive. We encourage applications from those that equally values diversity.

About Us


The Department of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage supports communities across the province to be welcoming, inclusive, and accessible, providing a great quality of life for Nova Scotians. We value the collective diversity of our heritage and our people and believe in the transformative nature of culture to help create healthy, active, growing communities. For more information, visit

About Our Opportunity


The Director in the Communities, Sport and Recreation Division works with a diverse group of partners to oversee and coordinate physical activity and sport and recreation programs and services in communities throughout the province. We are seeking a champion of equity, diversity, inclusion and access (EDIA) with a deep understanding of community capacity building.


The Director understands community development principles, has positive working relationships with community builders across the sectors, and leads a team of staff and managers (project, policy, administrative, strategy) on multiple initiatives connected to departmental and government priorities.


The Director works with communities to implement plans and strategies and provides advice and recommendations to senior leadership and government officials.  You are a key member of the CCTH Leadership team, helping to identify partnerships and opportunities in areas such as culture and tourism, and supporting your staff in regions to do the same.


As the Director you play an important role in navigating and connecting the aspirations and issues of diverse communities and regional partners to the services of government.


This position reports to the Executive Director.

Primary Accountabilities


Core services of the Director of Regional Services include:


  • capacity building
  • facilitation
  • grant management
  • knowledge and information dissemination
  • building strong alliances
  • leading and contributing to provincial government sectorial initiatives; and
  • support for policy and program development.


In addition, the Director provides mentorship and support to non-government contract positions residing in the 6 regional offices.

Qualifications and Experience


To be successful in this role your degree in a related field of study plus a minimum of 5 years leadership and management experience, with several years of experience at the senior level.


In addition, you also posses the following:

  • Experience working with and in diverse communities, particularly racialized communities including Indigenous and African Nova Scotian communities.
  • Experience providing direction, input and advice on the landscape, assets and priorities of communities with regards to physical activity, inclusion, sport and recreation programs and policy, community infrastructure, resources and scope
  • Experience developing and delivering reports and providing accountability mechanisms to ensure the requirements and expectations of the business are being met
  • Experience leading and monitoring compliance of programs (interpreting policies and legislation);
  • Experience in community development for capacity building at a community level through policy, planning, consultation for the development of an effective delivery system; and
  • Experience providing leadership to the development of appropriate research, evaluation and surveillance activities to monitor program effectiveness by aligning provincial and local policies and practices.


You demonstrate strong interpersonal skills and have a proven track record of motivating high-performance teams. Your leadership skills use a streamlined approach to service delivery working with a wide variety of partners and stakeholders to develop, implement and monitor strategies and strategic priorities.  


You possess exceptional verbal and written communication skills and the ability to establish productive relationships with senior representatives of non-governmental and governmental organizations (both internally and externally). You represent the Department on intra-department committees, cross government collaborations, Provincial/Territorial groups, project teams, and at conferences and meetings.


Qualifications and Experience Cont.


You will work to ensure the effective management of human and financial resources, promote a diverse and a healthy workplace, demonstrate leadership competencies that promote teamwork and individual development, monitor expenditures, accurately forecast budget requirements for the fiscal year, and adhere to procurement and grant management guidelines. 


In this role you will participate as a member of the CSR’s Leadership Team in the annual planning process ensuring the integration of division efforts with the department’s overall strategic directions. 


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.



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 offering and eligibility criteria. 

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:  $3,804.02 - $4,755.01 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