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Early Learning & Child Care Advisor

Date: Jan 7, 2021

Location: HALIFAX, NS, CA, B3J 2S9

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Competition # : 28587 

Department: Education & Early Childhood Development

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 1/22/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is leading the transformation of the Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) and public education system in Nova Scotia. This will provide children and families with a strong foundation for lifelong success and well-being. Nova Scotia regulates, funds and provides policy and program support to early learning and child-care programs, and other key partners, across Nova Scotia to develop and sustain quality early learning and child care programs province-wide.

About Our Opportunity


As the Advisor, a senior member of the ELCC Leadership team, you contribute to and provide recommendations on the development, implementation and evaluation of effective policies, programs, and initiatives in ELCC. The advisor has the responsibility of overseeing various components of the branch’s strategic plan and ensuring the implementation of its goals and objectives.


As the Advisor you play a primary role in the establishment of community partnerships, and collaborative work projects, as well as communicating and consulting with our key stakeholders, including child-care providers, Early Childhood Educators, and families accessing our services. The Advisor has the responsibility of staying informed on jurisdictional trends related to Early Learning and Child Care, as well as community needs. Using this information to further advise senior management through a culturally responsive, equitable, efficient, and transparent lens.


This position reports to the Director, Early Learning and Child Care.

Primary Accountabilities


  • Analyzes available data sets for trends and patterns, for the purpose of informed and proactive decision making in the branch.
  • Leads projects and teams, through short and long-term projects.
  • Prepares high level documents and materials, such as information and briefing notes, sector memos, Ministerial correspondence, and media responses for the Department’s senior leadership team.

Qualifications and Experience


You possess a relevant undergraduate university degree in such areas as Public Administration, Management, or Social Sciences. Your degree is accompanied by extensive senior leadership experience, or a Masters’ degree in the above areas, with several years of leadership experience. An acceptable combination of training and experience may be considered.   


You have confidence in your knowledge, professional judgement, and ability to problem-solve complex issues in a collaborative and responsive manner, in a fast-paced and dynamic work environment. You will also possess exceptional interpersonal skills, verbal and written communication skills, and a demonstrated ability to establish genuine and collaborative relationships with colleagues both within the organization and externally with service providers and other community-based and government stakeholders. You have experience leading teams through change, using various change management skills and processes.


You have experience providing advice and developing recommendations to senior leadership, including the preparation of information and briefing notes, data and written reports, and presentations. You are a demonstrated leader, strategic planner, team player, and independent thinker. You are well organized, capable of prioritizing and delegating high level work under tight timelines and you exercise sound judgement under pressure. You are organized and flexible, with the ability to motivate, multi-task, and manage resources. Your excellent speaking and writing skills allow you to communicate information through various succinct methods, accurately and efficiently.


Assets considered for this position:

  • Having a strong understanding of the importance of early learning and child-care programs for children’s long-term well-being, health and development, and learning, as well as the issues within the sector related to accessibility, affordability, wages and operational requirements.
  • Direct, and extensive experience working with community stakeholders and senior level government experience.



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.

Additional Information


Leadership competencies required at this level of work are: Analytical Thinking, Action Management, Team Leadership, Initiative, 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.

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.
  • Mentorship through iNSpire: a new formal, interdepartmental mentorship program that connects employees so they can gain knowledge and experience to support their career development.
  • Countless career paths for Nova Scotians.
  • Department specific flexible working schedules. 



Pay Grade:  EC 11 

Salary Range:  $2,932.88 - $3,657.49 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