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Executive Director, Infrastructure, & Cyber Security



Competition # : 31704 

Department: Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 7/29/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About the Team


The Nova Scotia Digital Service (NSDS) is a new organization within the government of Nova Scotia, with a mission to change the way government interacts with citizens. Our team is large, diverse, and passionate about making a difference to citizens’ lives. We believe in user-centered iterative digital service design, and practice internet-era ways of working.

About the Role


We’re looking for an internet-era Executive Director who wants to help move government away from using siloed technology stacks and transform our infrastructure and security practices to enable inter-net-era delivery. We’re interested in candidates who have strategic leadership experience, a track record of delivery, digital awareness and a data-driven approach.


The ED will be responsible for bringing high-quality technological capability into government to drive transformation. Success will be measured against delivery of technology that enables next generation digital public services, and high-quality working environments for public servants.

Primary Accountabilities


  • Guide strategy and advocacy for the delivery of internet-era technology solutions.
  • Create and deliver internet-era infrastructure and cyber security services.
  • Collaborate with the Chief Digital Officer (CDO) and the NSDS executive team to develop the Digital and Technology Strategy, and a Technology Code of Practice.
  • Develop and implement transformation projects to drive cost efficiencies and increased automation across all infrastructure technical disciplines, including but not limited to: 
    • data center rationalization 
    • migration to the Cloud 
    • software defined networks 
  • Oversee the Operations Center (network and security), including: 
    • notification 
    • alerting and first / second tier resolution of incidents 
    • monitoring and automation
    • incident response
  • Deliver the underlying technologies and systems that meet the needs of users.
  • Provide strategic vision and advocacy for internet-era IT security and develop, implement, and support a human centered multidisciplinary approach to cyber security.
  • Lead, manage and direct the development and implementation of a cyber security strategy for government and the broader public sector.
  • Build a strong team of engaged digital technology leaders and empower them to use internet-era ways of working, maintaining a strong focus on delivery priorities, holding others accountable for delivery, and acts swiftly to respond to changing requirements.
  • Work collaboratively across the organization to exchange best practice, develop cross-government strategic direction and deliver excellent user-centered services for the whole of government.
  • Be responsible for the financial position of the service, department and wider government context, promoting and visibly demonstrating a culture of value for money.
  • Make strategic choices on spending and procurement, challenging high risk or costly options.

Qualifications and Experience


The successful candidate will be:


  • An experienced servant leader who actively promotes the importance of people, teams, diversity and culture.
  • Equally at ease presenting to senior leaders, elected officials, or a team of developers.
  • A clear, articulate communicator.
  • Able to work under pressure to tight deadlines and in managing significant events
  • Good at building relationships within and beyond government.
  • Cool with agile ways of working, which are a relatively new idea in government


They will have:


  • Experience leading a review of an existing IT function, followed by defining and delivering a program of improvements to its internal processes, structures, and capability.
  • Experience managing infrastructure organizations in a 24x7 mission-critical enterprise environment.
  • Knowledge of the technology landscape and marketplace.
  • Experience with internet-era practices, and capable of effectively engaging with multidisciplinary teams to define the best approach to achieve business/policy outcomes ( for example: Agile, Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery (CI/CD), DevOps, Cloud technologies and cloud-based systems architectures, infrastructure as code, etc.).
  • Experience with a major cloud framework (for example: AWS, Azure, etc.).
  • Fluent in multiple modern programming languages, development stacks, orchestration frameworks, cloud-based platforms and microservice frameworks.
  • Demonstrated ability to foster a security and availability first culture where team members are accountable and empowered.
  • Demonstrated understanding and commitment to strong user centered cyber security practices
  • Experience in the creation and implementation of strong cyber security policies and practices.
  • Demonstrated commitment to customer service excellence, teamwork, and collaboration.
  • Experience of innovative approaches to sourcing services.
  • Experience of managing relationships with suppliers, including conducting negotiations.
  • Experience of working with modern network management solutions; utility or commoditized hosting environments; and cloud-based procurement.



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.

Additional Information


While this position is based in Halifax, travel throughout the province will be required. 24/7 availability is also a requirement of this role. 

What We Offer


  • See the impact of your work.
  • 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.
  • Join a close-knit, collaborative team of digital leaders.  
  • The opportunity to make Nova Scotia a better place to live for all citizens.



Pay Grade:  EC 15 

Salary Range:  $4,483.30 - $5,617.00 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