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Financial Services Officer 2



Competition # : 31632 

Department: Community Services

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 7/28/2021​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Department of Community Services (DCS) works collaboratively with community, social enterprise, other departments of government, and not-for-profits to ensure vulnerable children, families and individuals receive the supports they need to live safe, healthy, and productive lives. We are committed to a social service system that helps people be as independent and healthy as possible, and to reach their full potential.


We offer various programs including Child, Youth & Family Support, Employment Support & Income Assistance, and Disability Support Programs.


For more information on our Department please click here:

About Our Opportunity


The Financial Services Officer 2 (the Officer) supports the Department's accounting and finance functions. You are a subject matter expert in departmental procedures and policies pertaining to these functions.


We are looking for an experienced professional accounting/finance guru who is a master multitasker and an expert in utilizing complex spreadsheets. If this is you, we encourage you to apply.

Primary Accountabilities


You will support the Financial Advisory Services section of the department, providing accurate financial information impacting stakeholders and service providers’ financial reports and agreements. You will ensure accuracy, timeliness, and adequacy of information, along with preparing reports and managing administrative detail. Your primary responsibilities will include:


  • Ongoing reviewing, monitoring, and analysis of financial reports;
  • Administering and ensuring appropriate fund disbursements to external service providers and service recipients;
  • Performing detailed reconciliations and maintenance of various balance sheet accounts;
  • Enforcing accountability and controls while ensuring integrity of financial analysis and processing; and
  • Collaborating with management and advisory staff within Finance and Treasury Board (FTB), Operational Accounting and the Office of the Auditor General (OAG).


Qualifications and Experience


As our next Financial Services Officer, you have completed three (3) years of post‐secondary professional accounting training and at least five (5) years of related accounting/financial experience. Enrolment in the Chartered Professional Accountant program would be considered an asset.

You have experience completing financial reconciliations and providing accurate budgeting and forecasting advice to clients.  Analyzing large volumes of information and producing concise, relevant, and timely reports are your strengths.  With sound partnering and relationship building skills, you articulate financial information in a way that is readily understood by non-financial users.


You possess sound judgement and problem-solving skills that allow you to accurately interpret information and determine appropriate courses of action.  In this role, your organizational skills and ability to strategically manage multiple deadlines is essential.  You comfortably manage and produce complex spreadsheets and financial reports. Computer proficiency in programs such as Microsoft Suite and Corporate Financial Management systems is required.


Knowledge of and familiarity with SAP, as well as ICM (Integrated Case Management) would be considered assets.


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. Related equivalencies may include, but are not limited to:


  • A completed related 2-year diploma along with six (6) years of related experience;
  • Eight (8) years of related 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 offerings and eligibility criteria.


Working Conditions


Most of your time is spent in a comfortable office setting. Your normal work week is 35 hours/week, 7 hours/day.


Additional Information


This is a Term employment opportunity with an anticipated end date of September 8, 2023. The appointment status (‘term’, ‘temporary’ or ‘casual’) is dependent on the start date of the successful candidate.


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:  TE 22  

Salary Range:  $2,052.93 - $2,414.26 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.


This is a bargaining unit position initially restricted to current civil service employees represented by the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union (NSGEU). If applying from outside a government office, employees must apply correctly via this link:



 Failure to apply correctly means that your application will not be given first consideration as a bargaining unit applicant, and will only be included if external applications are pursued. 


External applicants and current casual employees will only be considered if there are no qualified civil service bargaining unit candidates. 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