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Director, Subsurface Energy Development



Competition # : 32541 

Department: Natural Resources & Renewables

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 1/24/2022 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Department of Natural Resources and Renewables manages and promotes energy and mineral resources to achieve optimum economic, social, and environmental value from these sectors. The Subsurface Energy Development Branch of the Department provides leadership, strategic direction, research, and innovation for building subsurface energy regimes in onshore and offshore Nova Scotia.  Subsurface energy responsibilities include establishing resource and economic potential for development while ensuring responsible resource stewardship. The Department manages these resources through legislation, regulations, market assessments, and cross-jurisdiction relationships for energy development.


About Our Opportunity


As the Director, Subsurface Energy Development you will provide leadership and effective strategic direction for the development and delivery of program initiatives and measures that support responsible energy resource development and that capitalize on innovation and opportunity to responsibly promote the sector while exercising responsible stewardship.


Primary Accountabilities


In this role you are the primary face of government to the Subsurface energy sector and sub-sectors and will be highly visible, both externally and internally, leading consultations and strategic dialogue with policy partners and senior stakeholder representatives in support of efforts to advance and strengthen the province's energy industry sector, contributing to the development of the provincial economy.  You will work closely with the Business Development and Strategic Opportunities Branch to develop policy options in terms of promoting and advancing economic development and enhancing ability to attract energy resource industries to Nova Scotia and to compete globally; and to take an integrated and strategic approach for setting, management and attraction of energy developments.


Qualifications and Experience


As the successful applicant you will have a minimum of a bachelors degree in a relevant discipline (Geology, Geophysics, Earth Sciences, Engineering) and a number of years of progressive leadership experience, including several years in a senior leadership role and demonstrated experience in research, planning, project management, critical thinking and analysis are a must.


You are a strategic leader, who seeks to build effective relationships and partnerships. You also:

  • Understand the value of team, and have demonstrated experience leading, and empowering teams to their highest potential;
  • Have demonstrated ability to foster and build relationships with multiple stakeholders to support successful business outcomes for the department and for partners;
  • Demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills
  • Have superior networking and communication skills (technical & non-technical) to develop relationships and present complex issues to senior leaders;
  • Demonstrate that you operate with a strong ethical and values driven leadership approach;
  • Have high productivity in an environment of conflicting demands with a track record for meeting business deadlines and commitments;
  • Demonstrate experience in continuous improvement and are comfortable working within a change driven environment;
  • Create and promote opportunities within the organization to deliver innovative and effective services;
  • Possess the ability to develop and implement adaptive strategies to respond to unexpected events, limit negative impact on operations; and,
  • Have a demonstrated track record of understanding how to take strategy to action.

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.




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.




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 offerings and eligibility criteria.


Working Conditions


This position is based in Halifax and will require frequent travel throughout Nova Scotia, Canada and internationally.


Additional Information


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


The applicant should be current or eligible for a Professional Designation as a Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo.) or Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) through the appropriate registered Nova Scotia Associations.


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:  $4,075.74 - $5,106.37 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