Executive Director, Planning and Performance



Competition # : 41634 

Department: Health and Wellness

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 23-Feb-24  (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us

The Department of Health and Wellness offers opportunities to grow and advance in a dynamic sector that touches the lives of all Nova Scotians.  Along with our partners, including Nova Scotia Health and the IWK Health Centre, we’re committed to continually improving our health care system. With a focus on collaborative primary health care, continuing care, improved supports for mental health and addictions, digital health, capital infrastructure, and more, the department is thinking differently about how to plan, fund, legislate and monitor to improve access and service delivery. To do this, we need leaders at all levels of the organization who embrace a challenge and believe in their ability to make a difference.

The people who benefit from government programs and services come from all walks of life. It is important that the Department of Health and Wellness reflects the people that we serve – so we can deliver better, more accessible, and inclusive public services. We work hard to create an environment where different perspectives and experiences are valued. We are committed to helping diverse talent thrive.


About Our Opportunity

Achieving our strategic vision to provide more care, faster for Nova Scotians requires focused investment in the most important parts of our health system.  Nova Scotians expect better healthcare. We’re working together to make it happen right now.

The Executive Director of Planning and Performance provides executive leadership to ensure that the department and the health system are poised and organized to deliver on short and long-term priority health needs of Nova Scotians and achieve measurable results and return-on-investment across the health system.  This position will be focused on cultivating strategic direction and priorities that lead to allocation of human and financial resources where it matters most to Nova Scotians.  


Primary Accountabilities

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Serving on the Executive Team for the Department of Health and Wellness as a senior leader championing modern approaches to strategic planning, investment management, and performance management.
  • Provides strategic direction on multi-year and annual business planning functions based on health analytics, economics, and other evidence.
  • Partnering with senior leaders across health system partners to ensure good governance and shared alignment with strategic direction.
  • Works with other senior leaders from the health system to monitor major investments ensuring standards and return-on-investment outcomes are maintained across service delivery organizations. 
  • Monitors trends in planning and performance accountability legislation, policy, programming to identify and analyze trends, citizen needs, and issues of significance to the department. 
  • Help health system partners translate opportunities for investment into outcomes-based deliverables and key performance indicators that can be embedded into funding and accountability agreements.
  • Establishing policies, guides, and tools that enable planning, investment management, and outcomes management across health priorities and investments.
  • Providing independent and objective analysis and expert advice to senior government officials on a wide range of complex, cross-cutting issues, priorities, opportunities and legislative and regulatory matters affecting the department, government, and the public.

Qualifications and Experience

We recognize that everyone brings different skills and experiences to the table and that not everyone “checks all the boxes”. So, apply anyway!  Tell us why you’re the right fit for the job.

As a member of the Executive Team at the Department of Health and Wellness, we will require you to be an experienced leader with demonstrated experience communicating complex topics, partnership building with internal and external parties, and lived experience leading corporate planning, investment management, and performance management teams.  Ideally, your background and experience leading up to this opportunity blends the fields of public administration, heath care, and executive leadership.

You are an innovative thinker with very strong interpersonal skills and have an ability to identify opportunities to encourage greater integration of programs and activities and to champion change.  You have significant experience in supporting teams to transform and create a culture of continuous improvement and innovation.  You make sound decisions within the framework of legislation, policies, contracts and agreements, budgets, and provincial priorities. You have proven experience managing financial and human resources, maintaining complex and multi-jurisdictional relationships, and leading strategy development and implementation.

You are a servant leader who has strategic leadership experience with a track record of delivery. You are passionate about people’s experiences and want to make people’s lives better. You’re curious, and your humbleness helps you learn and grow. You love to collaborate across roles and organizations, and you can create a path forward from uncertainty. You are comfortable inspiring others with your communication skills whether they be senior leaders or technical teams.

You share our values of Respect, Integrity, Diversity, Accountability & The Public Good, have a passion for service excellence and actively promote and encourage the importance of people, teams, diversity, and culture.

You possess a bachelor's degree and several years of experience in progressively responsible leadership positions. A master's degree along with progressive senior leadership experience in the health/social care sector is considered an asset.

The Government of Nova Scotia has adopted the LEADS Leadership Framework.  During the interview, candidates will be expected to express how they have demonstrated the key behaviours and capabilities required to effectively lead in a caring and inclusive environment. LEADS Domains includes Leads Self, Engage Others, Achieve Results, Develop Coalitions and Systems Transformation.

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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.


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 15 

Salary Range:  $4,740.95 - $5,926.16 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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PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information. 


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 Competitions@novascotia.ca.