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Internet Applications Specialist (Program Admin Officer 1-2)



Competition # : 37683 

Department: Legislative Services

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 1/31/2023 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us

The Nova Scotia Legislature is the legislative branch of the Government of Nova Scotia. It is made up of democratically elected representatives (the MLAs) who form the House of Assembly, and the Lieutenant Governor. The Legislature makes laws, controls provincial public spending, and monitors and questions the executive branch’s policies and actions.


The Legislative Library provides its legislative clients with confidential, reliable, and non-partisan information services supported by a unique collection and expert knowledge.  We preserve history as it happens by collecting Nova Scotian legislative and government publications and published works about Nova Scotia and making it accessible on the Nova Scotia Legislature’s web site.


About Our Opportunity


We’re looking for an Internet Applications Specialist who will maintain and direct the Nova Scotia Legislature web site and support the Legislative Library and other House of Assembly divisions by creating and maintaining database and internet applications that assist in their work.


Primary Accountabilities


  • Formulate and realize the Internet and intranet strategies for the Nova Scotia Legislature.
  • Lead and facilitate the effective planning, analysis, design, implementation, deployment, and delivery of the Nova Scotia Legislature’s web environment, which includes custom built public and internal web-based products and platforms.
  • Ensure that new and updated platforms and products are thoroughly tested for performance, are able to handle specified load, and can be maintained over the long-term.
  • Database development
  • Train and advise legislature staff on effective use of information technology
  • Work with cybersecurity to ensure security-by-design and identify additional security risks and mitigation plans.
  • Work with teams across the legislature to understand user needs and translate those into technical solutions for new and existing web platforms.
  • Work with colleagues and supplier team members to write specifications, tests, code and documentation for new and existing systems.
  • Assist with building a culture of continuous delivery and improvement, ensuring that key systems are regularly analyzed, maintained and improved.


Qualifications and Experience


As the successful candidate, you will have a related Bachelor’s Degree in a related field of study such as Computer Science with 1 year of related experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience may be acceptable.


As the ideal candidate you have:

  • A track record of hands-on delivery using Drupal, SharePoint, and database technologies.
  • Recent experience with web languages including HTML5, CSS, PHP, and JavaScript. Other programming languages will be considered an asset.
  • Experience with databases such as MySQL.
  • Knowledge of version control with git.
  • The ability to write comprehensive technical documentation and step-by-step developer guides
  • Experience performing code reviews to ensure code quality and maintainability.


Also, you are interested in the democratic process and want to help the legislature find innovative methods to help provide public access to legislative documents and proceedings.


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. 


Working Conditions


When the House of Assembly is sitting, this position may be required to be on call for emergency support in the evenings, on weekends and during holidays.


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:  PR 06 - PR 10  

Salary Range:  $1,859.58 - $2,666.69 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