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Director Programs & Stakeholder Relations



Competition # : 31344 

Department: Advisory Council on the Status of Women

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 7/27/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Status of Women office works collaboratively with government departments, agencies, academia, community groups, and women-serving organizations. It is responsible for operational and administrative support to transition houses, women’s centers, and Alice House.

The Status of Women office leads Standing Together, Nova Scotia’s coordinated approach to prevent domestic violence.


Our current priorities are:


  • ensuring that women and their children are safe from gender-based violence
  • strengthening women’s economic security
  • encouraging women’s participation in leadership


Our Vision: Gender Equality


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About Our Opportunity


The Director, Programs & Stakeholder Relations is accountable for oversight of the Office’s gender-based violence prevention programs and leading Stakeholder Relations functions. Together, these inform the Office’s program development and administration framework.


You have a direct impact on providing effective gender-based violence prevention programs, establishing strong community relations, seeking opportunities for innovation, and creating a solid foundation for integrated business and operational planning processes.


Primary Accountabilities


Stakeholder partnerships are significant in your role as you collaborate and advocate for the integration of women's equality in legislation, programs, and practices. You will achieve this through:


  • Collaborating with key government departments and with stakeholders from women's equality seeking organizations and service providers;
  • Building partnerships with leaders advocating for the interests of women and girls in the in the Mi’kmaq Community, the African Nova Scotian Community, disability rights advocacy organizations, Immigrant and Ethnic Communities, Youth, Seniors, and the 2SLGBTQQIA+ community;
  • Directing the operational governance and oversight of women serving organizations across the province including:
    • Transition houses within the Transition House Association of Nova Scotia;
    • Halifax Transition House Association;
    • Alice House second-stage housing;
    • Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association; and
    • Women’s centres within Women’s Centres Connect;
  • Leading the collaborative development of programs, policies, standards, and outcomes for community-based organizations focused on gender-based violence prevention and women’s safety and economic security;
  • Leading the development and delivery of impactful programs that support women’s leadership;
  • Overseeing the implementation and ongoing delivery of gender-based violence prevention and discretionary grants program; and
  • Negotiating effective public/stakeholder engagements which will promote the advancement of women and the equality rights of women and girls in the province.


Qualifications and Experience


As our next Director, you have completed your Bachelors or Master’s degree in the social sciences or public administration combined with several years of progressive experience in policy, program delivery and/or a stakeholder relations environment.


You must have experience with stakeholder relations, collaborating with government and community entities, and are proficient in outreach strategies. Previous experience working within the gender based violence sector and/or supporting survivors of gender based violence is essential as you inform recommendations and advice in the complex intersection of safety and economic security across diverse circumstances such as: immigration status, ethnicity, geography, language, culture, sexual orientation, family life, health, education, legal rights and experiences of discrimination and violence.


Your experience designing innovative projects and approaches to promoting women’s leadership will be important assets.


Your creativity and problem-solving abilities are critical to effectively respond to complex, sensitive issues and to recommend actions impacting opportunities for women and girls in Nova Scotia. You employ strong analytical skills and develop resourceful strategies in partnership with community-based organizations.  Balancing priorities in a demanding environment is a constant challenge, and requires your ability to motivate both direct reports, and call forth the best efforts of a large sector of community-based professional and paraprofessional staff, and community advocates.


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


Most of your time is spent in a comfortable office setting with some site visits as required.


Your normal work week is 35 hours/week, 7 hours/day. This role does entail a high volume of work which may require longer than normal working hours and significant overtime. Due to the multiple spheres of action and scope of responsibilities that this position requires, there is significant mental pressure.


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   


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