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Manager, Foreign Worker Program



Competition # : 37380 

Department: Labour, Skills and Immigration

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 12/8/2022 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Labour Standards Division administers and enforces the Labour Standards Code and related regulations. The legislation establishes minimum employment standards that apply to provincially regulated workplaces in Nova Scotia, as well as special protections for foreign workers. 


The division is responsible for providing a comprehensive dispute resolution service (settlement, investigation, adjudication, and collection).  It is also responsible for administering the foreign worker provisions of the Code, which include the requirements that foreign worker recruiters obtain a licence from Labour Standards, and that employers register with Labour Standards to hire foreign workers for employment in Nova Scotia. 

About Our Opportunity


You will manage the overall delivery of the division’s foreign worker program.  You will lead a team of officers responsible for administering the employer registration and recruiter licensing provisions of the legislation.  Using your expertise, experience and relationship building skills, you will identify and implement effective strategies and tools for ensuring employers and recruiters of foreign workers understand and are complying with the legislation.


This position reports to the Director of Labour Standards. 

Primary Accountabilities


In this role you will:

  • Manage workflow in relation to the intake of employer registration and recruiter licence applications, as well as the assignment of these applications and related investigations, audits and inspections.
  • Manage a team of officers providing effective leadership and guidance and ensuring the team has the tools and supports they need to provide quality and timely services.
  • Develop and implement effective strategies to ensure compliance with the foreign worker provisions of the legislation.
  • Monitor the performance of the foreign worker program and provide feedback to support continuous process improvement.
  • Manage a small caseload of files, which includes investigation and written adjudication work.
  • Promote a safe, inclusive, anti-racist and welcoming workplace that values diversity, fosters employee recognition and encourages employee development and engagement.

Qualifications and Experience


You have an undergraduate degree with several years of relevant experience or an acceptable equivalent combination of education and work experience.


You are a motivational leader who applies the concepts of equity, diversity, and inclusion to all areas of your work and supports your team and colleagues to do the same.  You actively seek opportunities for personal learning, character building and growth.  You have previous experience relevant to managing a team, including in relation to fostering the development of others and supporting others in achieving professional goals. 


You have well-developed planning and organizational skills with the ability to multi-task and adapt in a fast-paced environment with competing priorities and deadlines. You are a problem solver and innovator who generates, promotes, and implements new ideas, and resolves concerns. You have excellent communication skills, both oral and written, and use these skills to foster effective relationships with others, including collaborative relationships to achieve common goals.


You understand the unique vulnerability of foreign workers and the legislative tools available to protect these workers.  You demonstrate relevant experience in interpreting, applying, and analyzing legislation, regulations, or policies. You have proven experience with enforcing legislation through investigation, inspection, and adjudication activities. 


You consistently maintain a professional and courteous disposition and hold a high standard for client and customer service.


The following are considered assets:

  • multilingual (verbal and written)
  • experience with licensing and/or registration processes


Competencies required at this level of work are Analytical Thinking, Action Management, Team Leadership, Initiative, Effective Interactive Communication, Partnering and Relationship Building, and Intercultural & Diversity Proficiency.



Based on the employment status, 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


  • Normal work week is 35 hours/week, 7 hours/day
  • Must have a valid driver’s licence and be able to travel on occasion

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 10 

Salary Range:  $2,858.01 - $3,572.52 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