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Manager, Health Safety and Environment



Competition # : 37798 

Department: Public Works

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 2/1/2023 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


Making this Province work is no small job.

The Department of Public Works supports Nova Scotia's roads and highways, bridges and many government owned buildings. Our Safety Division plays a pivotal role in helping our employees return home safety. We are recruiting for a Manager, Health, Safety and Environment to champion and provide leadership within our Health, Safety and Environment Programs.

If you have an advanced understanding of the department's work activities and are keen to identify and promote adherence to operational best practices and provincial regulations related to OHS, then this is the perfect opportunity for you.


About Our Opportunity


Reporting to the Manager, Corporate Health, and Safety Services, the Manager, HSE provides health and safety services to multiple levels of management and staff within the department's structure. This includes consultation and support services; monitoring, auditing, evaluation, and reporting services; and leading corporate health and safety initiatives to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses.


Primary Accountabilities


In this role you will:


  • Deliver outcomes by managing others and working within established systems to provide HSE consultative, advisory, and support services throughout the Department based on organizational needs and provincial accountabilities. Examples include interpretation of legislation, advisor to JOHSE Committees, delivery/formulation of training, liaising with regulators.
  • Lead and/or support the development and review of corporate health and safety policies, procedures, and programs. Demonstrate and communicate the Department's commitment to HSE by providing advice and support within the corporate structure on the various corporate policies, programs, and initiatives. Deliver prescribed outcomes by working within established strategic planning systems and HSE requirements.
  • Provide research and recommendations on HSE trends so that appropriate corporate policies, procedures, programs, and corrective actions can be implemented.
  • Ensure appropriate quality and risk management processes are followed, identify shortcomings, and suggest improvements in current compliance processes, systems, and procedures within assigned unit and/or discipline. Regularly review and report on the effectiveness of operations.
  • Conduct or lead HSE audits to measure compliance with legislated health and safety standards in government workplaces, including audit analysis, preparation of audit reports, and providing recommendations on the audit results to the Department.
  • Deliver on small-scale or medium-scale projects by working within an established program management plan. Develop and/or deliver plans for internal communication with guidance from senior colleagues and team members.
  • Advise and act as a resource to various HSE Committees on health and safety matters.


Qualifications and Experience


The success of this position requires a combination of self-motivation, strong leadership and a genuine interest and determination in fulfilling the departmental goals and priorities relative to Health, Safety and Environment.

You have a post-secondary degree and a minimum of 6 years of related OHS experience or an acceptable equivalent combination of education and work experience. Preference will be given to those candidates with prior management experience or progressive experience in leadership roles.

This position requires the successful candidate to have a nationally recognized safety designation, examples include the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP), Canadian Health and Safety Consultant (CHSC), Nebosh Certificate or equivalent.


As the ideal candidate you should have previous experience managing / leading teams. You have a strong background in technical writing and safety program development with demonstrated experience in the areas of project management, policy development, strategic planning, procurement processes, and managing budgets while ensuring a diverse & healthy workplace.

You possess exceptional communication (written/verbal) and relationship building skills to effectively work with internal and external stakeholders to achieve departmental objectives. The Manager must be a problem solver and innovator who generates, promotes, and implements new ideas, and resolves concerns arising from the resulting changes these ideas would produce. You will be responsible to promote a safe and healthy work culture where idea generation and innovation are encouraged, while still ensuring overall program compliance.


Leadership competencies required at this level of work are: Decisiveness, Developing Others, Effective Interactive Communication, Intercultural Diversity Proficiency, Partnering and Relationship Building, Team Leadership, Strategic Orientation, Self Awareness and Personal Impact.

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


Related equivalencies may include, but are not limited to:


  • A related diploma and eight (8) years of related experience and a Professional designation of Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP), or equivalent.


Candidates that do not currently meet the designation requirement of this posting but can demonstrate they are “in process” of achieving an acceptable designation may be considered. A designation will be required post hire.




We offer you 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.


Working Conditions


Located in a comfortable office environment. Moderate travel required.


Additional Information


This position requires the successful candidate to primarily work on site.


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 arrangements.




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.


Current government employees may access this posting through the link below:



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