Manager, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Accessibility (Designated)



Competition # : 43486 

Department: Natural Resources & Renewables

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 26-Jul-24  (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

Designation Status

This opportunity is designated to applicants that identify as an Indigenous Person, African/Black Nova Scotian and other Racialized Persons or a Person with a Disability.


See the Nova Scotia Government’s Employment Equity Policy for more information, including additional details on the designated groups.

About Us


The Department of Natural Resources and Renewables (NRR) is responsible for the development, management, conservation and protection of energy, forests, geoscience, mines, minerals, provincial parks and wildlife resources, and the administration of the Province’s Crown lands. Together we are working with Nova Scotians to build a better future through sustainable natural resource management for us all to benefit from the natural health and wealth of the province. 

About Our Opportunity


Are you passionate about Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (EDIA)?


Do you get excited about setting the vision and strategic direction for EDIA in the Public Service and making systemic change?


Are you a leader and a champion of change?


Do you thrive in building and fostering positive relationships and culturally responsive work environments?


Do you like to roll up your sleeves and get things done?


If you answer yes to these questions, then we would like to invite you to read further.


As the Manager of EDIA with the Department of Natural Resources and Renewables, you will be accountable for the successful implementation of strategic initiatives that are focused on creating a more equitable, diverse, inclusive, and accessible work environment.

Primary Accountabilities


The Manager will support actions to transform NRR into a welcoming workplace with a workforce representative of the NS population at all levels of the organization. They will do this by designing, inspiring and leading the cultural and other changes required to realize an equitable, diverse, inclusive, and accessible workplace at NRR and to influence similar change within NRR partner communities and sectors.


Primary accountabilities will include:


  • Lead and collaborate with senior leaders, management, and staff on strategic planning to advance EDIA at NRR, which involves:  
    • Assessing the current state of EDIA at NRR and collaboratively framing a desired future state aligned with corporate strategies;
    • Identifying and supporting implementation of new initiatives, ongoing activities, and prioritized measures to build on strengths and address gaps;
    • Developing an evaluation framework, monitoring and reporting on progress.
  • Build relationships and collaborate with EDIA colleagues across government, community-based groups and organizations, and other partners to identify and successfully implement EDIA best practices and approaches to transform the public service, and specifically NRR. 
  • Work closely with senior leaders and managers to integrate EDIA into core people and business processes such as recruitment and selection, leadership development, performance management, and workforce planning through the development of new and innovative training, tools and resources.
  • Ensure EDIA is embedded into resource, policy, and program development to reflect corporate EDIA goals and objectives
  • Ensure NRR’s external engagement, partnerships, and service delivery reflect the department’s commitments to EDIA

Qualifications and Experience


As the ideal candidate, you hold a Bachelor’s degree in a related field (such as social sciences, public administration, or human resources), along with progressive managerial experience. This opportunity is suited for a strategic leader with a proven experience with EDIA issues, adept at innovative thinking and capable of introducing and executing new concepts with confidence and judgment. Key experience includes:


  • Leading large-scale projects from inception to completion, employing strategic project management and evaluation techniques.
  • Conducting research, policy development, and strategy formulation in collaboration with senior leadership.
  • Partnering with organizations and community groups, government departments, and employers to achieve shared objectives.
  • Facilitating and training in large group settings and preparing high-quality reports and presentations for senior leaders.


You possess strong communication, cross-cultural competence, and consultation skills, enabling effective problem-solving through stakeholder collaboration. Results-oriented, you manage competing priorities adeptly, thrive independently, and excel in team environments on complex assignments. Additional assets include experience in government settings, established relationships with equity-seeking communities, and proficiency in change management within large organizations. A Master’s degree in a relevant field is advantageous.


The Government of Nova Scotia follows the LEADS Leadership Framework, emphasizing self-leadership, engaging others, achieving results, developing coalitions, and systems transformation. Candidates will demonstrate these qualities during the interview process, which may include written exams, tests, presentations, interviews, and reference checks.



An equivalent combination of training, education and experience will be considered.


Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.



Based on the employment status, the Government of Nova Scotia offers its employees a wide range of benefits such as a Defined Benefit Pension Plan, Health, Dental, Life Insurance, General illness, Short and Long Term Disability, Vacation and Employee and Family Assistance Programs.  For information on all our Benefit program offerings, click here: Benefits for government employees.

Working Conditions


Work is conducted within an office environment.


The ability to travel locally, nationally, and internationally may be required (driver’s license and/or passport may be required).

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 11 

Salary Range:  $3,351.92 - $4,189.95 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